Listen up, folks. I’m here to tell you why pizza pinwheels are the best thing since sliced bread. (And let’s be real, who doesn’t love sliced bread?)
First of all, let’s talk about convenience. Pizza pinwheels are the perfect grab-and-go snack. They’re easy to make ahead of time and can be stored in the fridge for a quick and delicious lunch or snack. Plus, they’re portable, so you can take them with you on the go. Perfect for work, school, or even a road trip.
But let’s not forget about the taste. Pizza pinwheels are like mini pizzas in a bite-sized form. They’re packed with all the flavors you love from a traditional pizza, but in a convenient and portable form. Plus, you can customize them with your favorite toppings, making them a versatile option for all taste buds.
And let’s be real, anything in a pinwheel form is automatically 10 times cooler and more fun to eat. It’s science.
Pepperoni Pizza Rolls = The Perfect Easy Appetizer for Pizza Lovers
If you’re a fan of pizza, then you’re going to love these pepperoni pinwheels. These bite-sized treats are perfect for game day, quick dinners, or as an easy appetizer for any occasion. And the best part? They’re incredibly easy to make. All you need is some homemade pizza dough (use my 4 ingredient pizza dough recipe), marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings.
To start, you’ll need to make your pizza dough or use store bought. I highly recommend making your own using our easy recipe. Grocery store bought pizza dough will be significantly higher in calories but will work in a pinch! You might also be able to get away with using crescent rolls or crescent dough.
Once your dough is ready, roll it out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Next, spread marinara sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges then add your pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. I’m a big fan of using full fat mozzarella cheese but you can use low fat, fat free or a mixture of both to get the calorie counts lower.
Next, take the long side of the dough and roll it tightly, using a sharp knife to cut 1-inch pieces. You should be able to make 18 pinwheels from the dough. If you can’t you need to roll the dough thinner. Place the pepperoni pinwheels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
These pepperoni pizza pinwheels are a great way to use up any leftover pizza dough, and you can even make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge for a day or so until you’re ready to bake them.
I personally love to make these with turkey pepperoni but feel free to mix it up by adding your other favorite pizza toppings such as mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, red peppers, or even top it with parmesan cheese . Alternatively you can just leave out all the toppings and just make this with cheese and marinara sauce!
If you’re looking for an easy recipe that’s sure to please all the pizza lovers in your household, these pepperoni pizza pinwheels are the perfect choice. Give them a try and see for yourself how delicious they are. You can even make a batch and freeze them for those nights when you’re craving pizza but don’t have the time to make it.
What Makes This Lower Calorie?
By using my 4 ingredient pizza dough recipe you’ll be off to a great start cutting down the calories. Store-bought pizza dough is super high in calories, by making your own using my no yeast, 15 minute pizza dough recipe, you’ll be significantly lower in calories. I don’t use any olive oil in my dough recipe which keeps the calories down but doesn’t compromise the overall flavor.
The other main alternative that still allows you to enjoy the delicious taste of pepperoni on your pizza / in your pepperoni pinwheels: turkey pepperoni.
Turkey pepperoni is a great option for those who are watching their calorie intake. It is made from ground turkey meat, which is leaner than the pork and beef used in regular pepperoni. This means that turkey pepperoni contains less fat and calories per serving. A serving of turkey pepperoni (about 17 slices) contains about 70 calories and 5 grams of fat, while a serving of regular pepperoni (about 14 slices) contains about 130 calories and 11 grams of fat.
How Many Does This Make?
My Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels recipe makes 18 pinwheels. The calorie count for these only applies if you use my dough recipe, If you use a store bought pizza dough or crescent roll dough you will need to calculate your own calories and they may be higher. Each pinwheel is 93 calories. If you were to go pick up pinwheels from your local pizza place they would be around 320 calories a piece. By making these at home yourself you’ll be able to eat at least 3 1/2 for the same calories! I promise these are one of the easiest appetizers and a great recipe! Don’t be intimidated by making the pizza dough at home! It’s so fast and easy and can be stored in a freezer bag if you make it in bulk!
Here’s the full recipe for you to try out:
560g servings of homemade pizza dough – This is the entire 4 servings.
130g marinara sauce
5g Italian seasoning
84g shredded mozzarella cheese
30g turkey pepperoni
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. Roll out the pizza dough into a large rectangle on a floured surface.
3. Spread marinara sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
4. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the sauce.
5. Add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese over the dough.
6. Roll up the dough tightly, starting at the long side.
7. Cut the roll into 1-inch pieces.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
Enjoy your homemade pepperoni pizza rolls as an easy appetizer, quick dinner, or game day snack!
Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza PinwheelsCourse: Appetizers, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
These bite sized easy cheesy
560g Home Made Pizza Dough (This recipe! The entire 4 servings is 560g)
130g Marinara Sauce (or 100g Pizza sauce)
5g Italian Seasoning
84g Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
30g Turkey Pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out the pizza dough into a large rectangle on a floured surface.
- Spread marinara sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the sauce.
- Add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese over the dough.
- Roll up the dough tightly, starting at the long side.
- Cut the roll into 1-inch pieces.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
- You can slice these unrolled or rolled, I find slicing them rolled is easier!