Easy Pizza Pinwheels


Easy Pizza Pinwheels Recipe -these make the perfect afternoon snack or lunch!

I’m Kristin, back again with a fun and delicious snack idea. These Pizza Pinwheels are super easy to make, can be adapted to be kids or adult friendly and make a great after school snack, or even a light meal.

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When it comes to my kids, when they’re hungry, they want something good and something fast. These little roll ups are made with Pillsbury Crescent Dough (or refrigerated pizza dough) and can be made with jarred pizza sauce or if you have a little more time, my homemade marinara sauce. They take just a few minutes to prepare and they bake in just about 12 minutes.


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Of course they’re not just kid-friendly, they’re a perfect appetizer for grown-ups too. Instead of pepperoni, add some chicken, diced peppers, onions, mushrooms or any other specialty ingredients you like.

To make them, you’ll need to flatten out the dough. You can use refrigerated crescents or pizza dough; they both come out to roughly the same size. Be sure to flour the surface first to avoid sticking.

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Spread on the sauce and add some toppings. Each roll makes about a dozen pinwheels, and you can divide the toppings to get more variety. If you’re using crescents, you’ll want to make sure you press the seems together.

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The next step is probably the hardest, but the great thing about these roll-ups is that they are very forgiving as they bake even if they look sloppy after you roll them up.

You’ll need to roll them lengthwise; I usually start by folding the edge and then continue the rolling motion, doing just a little bit at a time to keep the filling from falling out.

Easy Pizza Pinwheels on iheartnaptime.com

Easy Pizza Pinwheels on iheartnaptime.com

One tip I got from a reader who tried my Jalapeno Bacon & Cheddar Pinwheels was to freeze the roll for 10-15 minutes before slicing to preserve their shape. I thought that was a great idea if you have the time.

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Aren’t they pretty? They definitely look impressive and no one will no how easy they were unless you tell them.

Easy Pizza Pinwheels on iheartnaptime.com

My family loved these! In fact, we loved them so much that I decided to try a BBQ Chicken Pizza version. Just use BBQ sauce, chicken, cilantro and red onion.

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These 4-ingredient pizza roll ups come together so easy and are loved by all! Perfect for a quick dinner or snack.

Have you made pinwheels before? Do you have a favorite recipe?

Looking for more easy recipes? You’ll love these too:

Easy Pizza Pinwheels

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 88 kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor

Easy Pizza Pinwheels Recipe -these make the perfect afternoon snack or lunch!



  • 1 can Refrigerated Crescents or Pizza Dough
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce or marinara
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pizza toppings of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly flour a large wooden cutting board. Roll out dough onto the floured surface, pressing seems together as you go.
  3. Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, to the edges.
  4. Top with shredded Mozzarella and your choice of pizza toppings.
  5. Roll pizza width-wise (the longest side) and seal the and slice into 1 inch pieces.
  6. Place pinwheels on the prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-11 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes then serve with marinara or ranch for dipping.

Recipe Notes

For larger pinwheels, roll lengthwise (the shortest side). You’ll want to make sure the fillings are the same for the whole pizza if you choose this method.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Pizza Pinwheels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 comments on “Easy Pizza Pinwheels”

  1. Your recipes look so delicious and easy too.

  2. No comments??  Well I just have to say that these look Way too yummy and easy. My next shopping trip, I will definitely be buying ingredients for these. Thanks So much for posting

  3. The best trick for slicing anything in a roll (including cinnamon buns, yum!) is to use a piece of dental floss or fine kitchen twine. Slide it under the roll, bring the two sides up, cross them over each other and pull in opposite directions. Zip zoom swoosh. Fast and clean slicing every time without squashing the roll or altering the shape. You should give it a try. 

  4. That is so awesome! I use crescents for a lot of things but I never though about pizza roll ups. Doing it tonight!

  5. btw, I really like your “I heart naptime” logo!

  6. thanks for ur recipe

  7. Theresa Mauriello Reply

    Your recipes are fun and great. Thank you!

  8. Hi there! Recipe looks fabulous! I’m working on my upcoming Halloween party already and I want to be able to prep as much food as I can ahead of time. Do you think I would be able to make these a few days before and freeze them? Perhaps popping them in the oven to toast them up before the party starts? Any suggestions would be most appreciated, thanks!

    • Hi Arial, yes! You can make these ahead and if it’s only a a day or two ahead, store in the freezer and then pop them in the oven to toast them up.

  9. could these be frozen before baking and then bake right from the freezer?

    Thank you!

  10. Have you ever frozen these ahead of time and then just baked them the night you need them?

  11. Sorry, I was not done with my comment before it posted.

    I found a similar recipe for sausage pinwheels using crescent rolls that suggests freezing ahead of time and baking them as you need them. I was wondering if you’ve done this, because I’d think since the recipes are similar, it would work.

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