Homemade Pizza Dough from The I Heart Naptime Cookbook


I’m excited to share my favorite Homemade Pizza Dough recipe with you today! I shared this recipe in the I Heart Naptime Cookbook and get to give you a little sneak peak of the book today as well. Yay!

One of my family’s favorite traditions is making homemade pizza together. My kids love rolling out the dough and putting their favorite toppings on. This pizza dough has a nice crisp outside, and great flavor. It seriously is the best.
I also share our favorite classic pizza sauce below, but you can also use a white or pesto sauce as your base. Then you and your family can get creative with your toppings.
 Favorite homemade pizza dough recipe

Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered the book. It means the world to me and I can’t wait for you to start cooking from it. I was SO excited to receive my cookbook this week. All the feels! After two years of working on it, it still feel surreal. I love how it turned out!

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The I Heart Naptime CookbookI made this little video for you in honor of the cookbook launch and pizza, of course :)


Homemade pizza dough recipe video

This dough is pretty simple to make and is made with a yeast mixture, flour, olive oil, honey and salt. What I love about this recipe, is we always have everything in our pantry.

The BEST homemade pizza recipe

Here’s a sneak peak of what the inside of the book looks like :)

BEST homemade pizza recipe from the I Heart Naptime Cookbook

Favorite Homemade Pizza Dough printable recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 (12-inch) pizzas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes


For the pizza crust:
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F)
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table or fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the counter
For the pizza sauce:
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 clove or 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea or table salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Optional toppings: Shredded or sliced mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, pepperoni, sliced bell peppers, olives, sliced onion, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, pineapple, jalapenos


Mix the water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes, or until it starts to foam. Place the yeast mixture, 2 Tablespoons oil, honey, and salt in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of flour and knead with a dough hook or by hands until combined. Add 1/4 cup more flour at a time and knead until the dough is smooth, soft, and just a little bit sticky, but not to where the dough still sticks to the bowl. Once the dough resembles this, knead for 3 to 5 minutes. Roll into a ball and rub a little oil around the dough.
Place into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 20 minutes, or until the dough puffs up a bit. It doesn’t need to rise much.
While the dough is rising, whisk together the pizza sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Add more salt and pepper, to taste. Prepare the toppings as well.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place flour on the counter. Cut the dough in half and then roll out the dough with a rolling pin or toss until 1/4-inch thick and 12-inches wide. You can also make four
6-inch pizzas. Lightly brush oil onto a pizza stone or large baking sheet. Place dough onto the stone or pizza pan. Spread sauce over the dough and add your favorite toppings. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. If baking smaller pizzas, check around 12 minutes.

Margherita pizza using my favorite homemade pizza dough!

In the photo above I added burrata cheese, grape tomatoes, pepperonis and fresh basil. Mmm…so good!!

I'm excited to share my favorite Homemade Pizza Dough recipe with you today! I shared this recipe in the I Heart Naptime Cookbook and get to give you a little sneak peak of the book today as well. Yay!

What’s your favorite pizza toppings?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Michelle | A Latte Food posted on August 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm (#

    Wow, this looks so delicious! Pizza night is my favorite!

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on August 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm (#

    Congratulations on your book! Looks beautiful! Homemade pizza is a tradition for us too!

  3. Joanie @ ZagLeft posted on August 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm (#

    You just can’t beat homemade pizza dough and this looks fantastic! I’m looking forward to your cookbook!!

  4. Sabrina posted on August 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm (#

    My kids love making their own pizzas! Making the dough too will be so much fun!

  5. Maryanne | the little epicurean posted on August 14, 2016 at 12:51 am (#

    Congratulations on the cookbook! I look forward to it!

    Pizza night is my favorite and homemade dough makes it sooo much better :)

  6. Dee posted on August 14, 2016 at 3:24 am (#

    This sounds like such a fun family dinner — can’t wait to try it!

  7. Vickie posted on August 15, 2016 at 12:06 am (#

    Congrats are in order!
    I received my email..so happy for you!
    The pizza looks healthy and yummy too.

  8. Hofterzielbeek posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:24 am (#

    It would be a great fun to make pizza dough in home. It is really great to have home made pizzas.