Easy Pizza Pinwheels

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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.

Easy Pizza Pinwheels on iheartnaptime.com

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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Yield: About 12 pieces

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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

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.

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?

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Kristin

Hi! I’m Kristin and I’m the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you’ll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can – from food to decor to DIY – because I believe that it doesn’t have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I’m exhausted and most days my house is a mess – and I’m okay with that!

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  1. Jane Schmidt posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:32 am (#
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    Your recipes look so delicious and easy too.

  2. mel posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm (#
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    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. Jennyroo posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm (#
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    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. 

    • Jamielyn posted on March 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm (#
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      I love that trick, it works perfect every time! :)

  4. sabs posted on March 12, 2015 at 10:50 am (#
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    That is so awesome! I use crescents for a lot of things but I never though about pizza roll ups. Doing it tonight!

  5. sabs posted on March 12, 2015 at 10:55 am (#
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    btw, I really like your “I heart naptime” logo!

  6. bahar posted on April 16, 2015 at 8:40 am (#
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    thanks for ur recipe

  7. Theresa Mauriello posted on May 22, 2015 at 8:17 am (#
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    Your recipes are fun and great. Thank you!

  8. Arial posted on September 11, 2015 at 11:16 am (#
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    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!

    • Laura Capello posted on September 15, 2015 at 7:27 am (#
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      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. Cassie posted on December 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm (#
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    could these be frozen before baking and then bake right from the freezer?

    Thank you!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm (#
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      I haven’t tried, but I think it would work!

  10. Natalie posted on January 19, 2017 at 11:06 am (#
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    Have you ever frozen these ahead of time and then just baked them the night you need them?

  11. Natalie posted on January 19, 2017 at 11:08 am (#
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    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.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm (#
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      Hi Natalie! That should work – it’s a close recipe and similar concept. :)