Easy Pizza Pinwheels

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  • Easy Pizza Pinwheels – Made with fluffy crescent rolls, marinara and all your favorite pizza toppings. The perfect snack or appetizer that’s ready in just 20 minutes!

    My family absolutely loves these pizza pinwheels. They’re a fun appetizer or snack that’s delicious and both adult and kid-friendly. Some of our other favorite go-to’s are pigs in a blanket, ham and cheese rolls, BBQ meatballs, homemade pretzel bites and taco pop tarts.

    cooked pizza pinwheels on a white plate

    Crescent roll pinwheels

    When it comes to my kids and when they’re hungry – they want something good and fast. And these pizza pinwheels make the perfect snack!

    These little roll ups are made with Pillsbury Crescent Dough (or pizza dough) and can be made with jarred pizza sauce or if you have a little more time, homemade marinara sauce. They take just a few minutes to prepare and they bake in just about 10 minutes.

    I love that 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. So simple and delicious!

    2 rows of pizza pinwheels on a white plate

    How to make pizza pinwheels

    Roll out the dough. To make the pizza pinwheels, 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.

    crescent dough rolled out with sauce on top

    Add sauce and toppings. 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 (similar to how I split the toppings in the photo below).

    If you’re using crescents, you’ll want to make sure you press the seams together.

    adding toppings on dough for pizza pinwheels

    Roll the pinwheel. 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.

    TIP: One tip that I got from a reader 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!

    rolling the pizza pinwheel

    Slice into pieces. Using a sharp knife, slice the roll into 1-inch pieces. I like to rinse off my knife every couple of slices so that the cuts are cleaner.

    pizza pinwheel roll on a cutting board with a knife

    Add to baking sheet and bake. Place the pizza pinwheels onto a foiled-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in the oven at 350°F until tops are golden, about 9-11 minutes.

    uncooked pizza pinwheel rolls on a foil-lined baking sheet

    Serve and enjoy! Let cool for a couple of minutes and then serve with favorite dipping sauce such as pizza sauce or ranch.

    dipping a cooked pizza pinwheel into a bowl of marinara sauce

    Pizza pinwheel variations

    There are SO many fun variations you can make for these pizza pinwheels! Instead of pepperoni, add some chicken, diced peppers, onions, mushrooms or any other specialty ingredients you like. Below are some yummy ideas:

    Sauces:

    Toppings:

    • Cheese: Mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, pepper jack, monterey, parmesan
    • Veggies: Peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, jalapenos
    • Meats: Pepperoni, turkey pepperoni, chicken, Canadian bacon, ground beef

    Combinations

    • Pepperoni: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni
    • Veggie: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, chopped veggies of choice
    • BBQ chicken: BBQ sauce, chicken, mozzarella, red onion
    • Alfredo: Alfredo or white pizza sauce, mozzarella, chicken
    • Pesto: Pesto sauce, mozzarella, chicken, tomatoes
    • Buffalo: Buffalo sauce, mozzarella, chicken, ranch

    pizza pinwheels on a white plate

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    Pizza Pinwheel Recipe

    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: crescent roll pinwheels, crescent roll pizza pinwheels, pizza pinwheels
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 4 (about 12 pinwheels)
    Calories: 289
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy Pizza Pinwheels - Made with fluffy crescent rolls, marinara and all your favorite pizza toppings. The perfect snack or appetizer that's ready in just 20 minutes!

    Ingredients

    • 1 can refrigerated crescents , or pizza dough
    • 1/2 cup pizza sauce or marinara , more as needed
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    Optional toppings: pepperoni, bell peppers, olives, onions, mushrooms

      For dipping: extra marinara or ranch

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking 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 edges. Slice into 1-inch pieces. Place pinwheels on the prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
        • Bake 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.

        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.
        • For a cleaner cut, freeze the pinwheel roll for about 10-15 minutes before slicing. This helps preserve their shape! 
         
        Pizza pinwheel variations: 
        • Pepperoni: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni
        • Veggie: Pizza sauce, mozzarella, chopped veggies of choice
        • BBQ chicken: BBQ sauce, chicken, mozzarella, red onion
        • Alfredo: Alfredo or white pizza sauce, mozzarella, chicken
        • Pesto: Pesto sauce, mozzarella, chicken, tomatoes
        • Buffalo: Buffalo sauce, mozzarella, chicken, ranch

        Nutrition

        Serving: 3pinwheels | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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        Originally written by Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road.

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