Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

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Garlic pizza bread dough is filled with a generous amount of tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni to make these Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

This is a super fun way to enjoy all your favorite pizza flavors.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Filled with plenty of cheesy deliciousness, rich homemade pizza sauce, and pepperoni, these pizza rolls have been a kid-favorite since the first time I made them. Luckily, they’re a parent favorite too!

As much as we love pizza, and frequently order it or make it ourselves, these rolls are a long-time pizza night favorite.

Pizza Inspired Recipes

I have a well-established love of pizza, as seen in all the pizza-inspired recipes here on the website. Many of those recipes start with this Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza and Philly Cheesesteak Pizza are a couple of family favorites, along with this Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza.

For the ultimate Homemade Pan Pizza, you’ll want to try Foodie with Family’s recipe too.

These Pepperoni Pizza Rolls feature a savory garlic lover’s version of my fluffy sweet roll dough and you’re sure to love them.

Want your pizza in a sandwich instead? Try these easy Pizza Sliders. And for a lightning-fast fix to your next pizza craving, French Bread Pizza is just what you need.

Last but not least, enjoy an Italian twist with your next movie night with this Pizza Popcorn.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are a terrific make-ahead meal.

Pizza Sauce Recipe

  1. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan and saute the garlic until tender. Add the tomato sauce, oregano, rosemary, onion, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will blend.
Cheesy Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pizza Dough Recipe

  1. To make the dough, place the milk and butter in a small sauce pan and heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the milk mixture and let sit for several minutes. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour to the pot with the milk, butter and yeast. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture made in the previous step. Cover again and refrigerate for an hour.
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Roll Recipe

  1. When the dough is ready to roll, lightly flour the counter and roll the dough into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. Light spread olive old on top, then a thin layer of the tomato sauce.
  2. Sprinkle with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese, a layer of pepperoni, and a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the long end. Cut into 15 slices and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until double in size.
  4. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown on top and cooked through. Serve warm with more pizza sauce.
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Garlic bread dough is filled with a generous amount of tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. This makes these Pepperoni Pizza Rolls a terrific way to enjoy your favorite pizza flavors.
Prep Time: 3 hrs
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 servings

Ingredients 

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic smashed
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk or evaporated milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • teaspoons or 1 packet active dry yeast
  • cups flour, divided (4 cups + ½ cup)
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Filling Ingredients

  • pizza sauce (see above)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni slices
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Sauce Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan and saute the garlic until tender. Add the tomato sauce, oregano, rosemary, onion, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will blend.

Dough Instructions

  • Place the milk and butter in a small sauce pan and heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and let cool. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the milk mixture and let sit for several minutes. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Stir in the remaining 4 cups of flour to the pot with the milk, butter and yeast. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Stir in the flour mixture made in the previous step. Cover again and refrigerate for an hour. (this step is not crucial, but yields a better texture).

Pizza Roll Instructions

  • When the dough is ready to roll, lightly flour the counter and roll the dough into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. Light spread olive old on top, then a thin layer of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese, a layer of pepperoni, and a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the long end. Cut into 15 slices and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until double in size.
  • While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown on top and cooked through. Serve warm with more pizza sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll · Calories: 279kcal · Carbohydrates: 36g · Protein: 8g · Fat: 11g · Saturated Fat: 6g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 30mg · Sodium: 643mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 5g
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This recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Rolls is very lightly adapted from The Make-Ahead Kitchen cookbook.

{originally published 6/22/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/7/21}

These Pepperoni Pizza Rolls beat anything you can order for take-out!

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  1. Jessicat says

    Did it! Rosemary can be eased up a bit and a bit more sugar in the sauce, not to mention my oven needed another 10 minutes. Aside from that, a MAJOR hit with my picky brother. ^_^ And so filling!! Seriously, you’d need to be starving to get down more than two.

  2. DCHUEY says

    Friday nights are pizza nights in our house, so I am going to try making this tomorrow for dinner.
    The only thing that seems confusing is how do you squeeze 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of butter, and 4 cups of flour into a “small” sauce pan? And then let it double?
    Maybe we have different ideas of what a small sauce pan is.
    I’ll figure something out.
    Sounds delicious..my family can’t wait to try it!

  3. Kerri says

    Can these be frozen until i need to bake them? What’s the longest i can freeze them? Would it still rise like if it instantly went in the oven?

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