These easy Pepperoni Rolls are made with pizza dough and delicious dunked into marinara sauce. If you can make pizza, you can make these rolls!
If there is a party snack that everyone will love, this Easy Pepperoni Rolls with Pizza Dough recipe is the one.
They are a fun spin on pizza, and they will be devoured by both kids and adults.
These are on the menu every time that I host a gathering to watch sports. They’re as easy to make as pizza, with just one more step: rolling the dough into pinwheels to create their fun shape.
I like serving them hot out of the oven with a cup of marinara sauce for dipping. They are delicious with ranch dressing, too!
I used a tube of refrigerated pizza dough (such as Pillsbury) to keep this recipe easy, but here’s a great recipe for homemade dough if you want to start from scratch.
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What’s a pepperoni roll?
Pepperoni Rolls are a combination of dough, pepperoni, cheese, and tomato sauce, baked to perfection.
They were popularized in West Virginia, where they’re also known as a “coal miner’s lunch” because the original variation was completely enclosed in bread dough.
This version is not a classic West Virginia version. The main differences is that these are not completely enclosed in dough, and these are made with pizza dough instead of bread dough.
So why should you make this recipe for Pepperoni Rolls instead? They are a LOT more attractive! You can see the pepperoni, sauce, and cheese oozing out, making them so much more delicious looking than an oblong hunk of bread.
- A tube of pizza dough (such as Pillsbury)
- Pepperoni, of course!
- Mozzarella cheese is traditional for these; an Italian cheese blend would be good, too.
- A sprinkle of dried oregano brings out the pizza flavors.
- The rolls are delicious dunked into marinara sauce (store-bought is fine!).
Keys to success
- You’ll need to roll the tube of pizza dough out just slightly so the dough has an even thickness.
- Roll the pepperoni rolls tightly and place seam-side down on the baking sheet so they don’t unroll as they bake.
- Don’t skip the egg wash on top—it makes the tops shiny!
How to make pepperoni rolls with pizza dough
Start with a disk of store-bought pizza dough. You can get this at a variety of grocery stores (I got mine at Trader Joe’s) or even from a some pizza shops.
Start with pizza dough from a tube for this recipe.
You can also use a disk of store-bough pizza dough (such as the one form Trader Joe’s), but frankly the tube of dough is much faster because you don’t have to let it come to room temperature OR roll it out very much.
Roll the dough into a 16×12 inch rectangle, and cover it with rows of pepperoni.
Then, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella, and top it with dried oregano.
Use a pizza wheel to cut the rectangle into eight strips.
I used the width of the pepperoni to guide the cuts, though you could make them thinner if you’d like.
Then, cut the dough in half width-wise. So you’ll have 16 pieces of dough total.
Then, roll up the strips, jelly roll style, to create a pinwheel shape.
Place the pepperoni rolls onto a sheet pan. Brush each roll with egg to create a shiny top, and bake for 20 minutes.
They are best right out of the oven or eaten shortly thereafter, dunked into marinara sauce or ranch on the side.
I serve them while my family and guests are watching sports games at our house, but they’d be a delicious after-school snack, appetizer, or light dinner, too!
Frequently Asked Questions
To freeze pepperoni rolls, bake them as directed and place in a resealable freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 minutes. When you’re ready to serve them, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Place the pan in a 350°F oven for 20–30 minutes (depending on the size of the rolls).
Pepperoni is the best topping for these rolls because it is thin and flat. Most other toppings wouldn’t work well (like sausage) because of its size. You could make these with just cheese and skip the pepperoni.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the pepperoni rolls on a sheet pan in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes for refrigerated rolls, or 20–30 minutes for frozen rolls.
Make it ahead
If you’d like to make Pepperoni Rolls with Pizza Dough ahead of time, follow the recipe through step #5, where you place the rolls on a sheet pan.
Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
When you’re ready to serve them, brush the rolls with egg and bake according to the directions. You may need to add 2–3 minutes extra time in the oven because they are cold from the refrigerator.
In a pizza making mood? Don’t miss this recipe for Cast Iron Skillet Pizza. It’s a deep-dish style pizza that your family and guests will love.
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Easy Pepperoni Rolls with Pizza Dough
- 1 (14 oz) tube of refrigerated pizza dough
- 5 oz thinly sliced pepperoni
- 1¼ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 egg
- For dipping: marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Lightly dust a large cutting board with flour. Place the dough on the cutting board and roll or pat into a 16×12 inch rectangle.
- Place the pepperoni in an even layer on top of the dough. Top the pepperoni with the cheese. Sprinkle the oregano on top.
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice the rectangle into 1½ inch slices along the long edge (I used the width of the pepperoni as a guide). Then, cut the dough in half along the short edge to create 16 pieces.
- Roll each piece up tightly lengthwise and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
- Combine the egg with one tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Whisk until the egg and water is combined. Brush the egg wash lightly on top of each roll (you won’t use all of the egg).
- Bake for 16–18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.