Pizza Pinwheels

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

8 pinwheels

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
These little treats taste a lot like a rolled up pizza. With crispy pepperoni and lots of mozzarella and Parmesan, what's not to love? —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup chopped pepperoni (about 64 slices)
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, warmed, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 16x10-in. rectangle. Sprinkle with cheeses and pepperoni.
  2. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Cut into 2-in. slices. Place cut side down in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; lightly press down to flatten.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with spaghetti sauce if desired.
Pizza Pinwheels Tips

Can you use other types of dough to make pizza pinwheels?

You can also use homemade pizza dough or frozen pizza dough that has been thawed in the refrigerator overnight. Crescent roll dough would also work with a few tweaks: First, sprinkle the cheese and pepperoni to within 1 in. of the edges (you'll use less of both ingredients than you would when making the recipe with pizza crust). Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short edge. When you're done rolling, seal the edges together by pinching the seam tightly between your thumb and forefinger. Cut the crescent dough into 16 rolls. Bake at 375° until golden brown, for 11 to 13 minutes.

How can you make pizza pinwheels your own?

Like most other pizza-inspired recipes, pizza pinwheels can be customized to match your family's favorite pizza toppings. Try different meats like cooked sausage or Canadian bacon, plus veggies like chopped green pepper, red onion, mushrooms or olives. Be careful not to overload the dough with toppings to prevent the pinwheels from opening during baking. Although, don't worry if they do, because they'll still taste delicious—even if the pinwheels look a little different!

Can you freeze pizza pinwheels?

Freeze leftover pizza pinwheels in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To make them taste like they're fresh from the oven, heat them at 400° on a baking sheet in the oven until warmed, for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 pinwheel: 265 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 776mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.