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Pizza Pinwheels Recipe
  • READY IN 32 mins

Pizza Pinwheels

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"This recipe came from my Aunt when I was about 13 years old. Not only is it good for kids, but it's good for parties too!"

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Original recipe makes 16 pinwheels Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    32 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. On a large baking sheet, pinch the 8 crescent roll dough triangles into 4 rectangles. Layer each rectangle with 6 slices of pepperoni and even amounts of mozzarella cheese. Roll tightly lengthwise and slice each into 4 or more pieces.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 14, 2004

These are awesome! After reading other reviews on messy prep, I finely chopped the pepperoni in the food processor, pulsed in the cheese and a little sauce then spread it over the dough. I used toothpicks soaked in water for 15 minutes (so they don't burn) to secure the logs, popped them in the freezer for 20 minutes then sliced with a very sharp knife. I bake them on their sides on sheets coated with a little cooking spray and ooze was minimal. A snap, and you can make an industrial sized amount in a very short amount of time. The toothpicks worked out great, and made a little handle for dipping. Also fantastic using thinly sliced ham and cheese with a honey mustard dipping sauce, or taco meat and cheddar! Perfect to do and freeze ahead to pop a handful into the toaster oven for late night munchies.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 07, 2011

These were pretty good. I didn't use pepperoni b/c the kids don't like. I also used refrigerated pizza dough in the tube. Freezing works great but cook a little longer to compensate

Jun 06, 2003

I made a few additions to this recipe and it was fantastic! I diced up pepperoni in some, and added crumbled, cooked sausage to others. After adding cheese and filling, i seaseoned with italian seasoning and grated romano cheese. I rolled and added more grated cheese to the outside along with garlic and herb seasoning. I refrigerated overnight, cut and baked the next day. Served with homemade marinara...realy impressive!

Jan 30, 2004

These were fabuous and not hard to make at all when you know how to do it. The first time I tried to work with crescent dough, I cried because it turned out so horrible, but just put the can in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you work with it and work quickly, and it will turn out fine. I also cut them up beforehand and chilled them for awhile as suggested. They turned out perfectly! I would definitely suggest the marinara or pizza sauce to dip in--it makes it that much better!

Dec 05, 2006

This recipe was fantastic! I made one minor change to the recipe. Once I rolled and before I cut I sprayed a little butter on top of each and sprinkled with ground oregano. Nothing heavy, just a touch and they came out PERFECT! Melts in your mouth. In fact, the first time I made them the smell alone lured everyone to the kitchen and they never even made it to the table! I found that putting the cheese down then the pepperoni on top and leaving about a 1/2 inch without anything helped when rolling. The pepperonis on top kept the cheese at bay and the extra space allowed everything to squish forward a bit without leaving excess gushing out the end of the roll. Also, the logs themselves freeze just fine, so you can make ahead, then pop out to thaw, slice and cook for a VERY quick and easy appetizer! Love this recipe!

Jan 30, 2004

This is a good make ahead recipe. Chilling the dough after adding the sauce and toppings for a while makes the dough easier to roll up. You can then freeze it and slice it frozen to maintain the shape, just as you would a pinwheel cookie. The prepared dough can be frozen away as a log or slices for use at a later date. You don't even have to thaw the slices as they will heat up quickly. Enjoy!

Mar 26, 2007

I love this recipe!! I use the garlic flavored cresent rolls and add some pizza seasoning. I also use turkey pepperoni and they still taste awesome. The key is - after you roll them, freeze them for a bit (I freeze one roll while working on another) before slicing. This makes slicing them super quick and easy! I make a ton at a time, slice and freeze them and then just pull them out whenever we have unexpected company. I slice them very thin (about 8 pieces per roll) and bake them on a pizza stone... easy and fantastic. I serve them with pizza sauce and ranch dressing and they always go fast!

May 29, 2005

made these the other day, what a hit!! I added the pizza sauce inside the pinwheels, one recommendation though, glaze the pinwheels with an egg wash prior to baking. It makes them golden and glossy.


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 11 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 758 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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