This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Our easy Homemade Pizza Rolls are generously stuffed with shredded mozzarella and zesty pepperoni and basted with a herbed butter sauce for that classic pizza flavor. Roll up and bake until golden brown, then dip in warm marinara sauce — each bite is cheesy and delicious!

Whether hosting a pizza night or planning an epic Super Bowl party, these homemade pepperoni pizza rolls are a guaranteed hit!

Why you’ll love this Pizza Rolls recipe!

  • Easy Recipe. Make this pizza roll recipe in about 30 minutes and with simple ingredients.
  • Make it Yours. Pepperoni and cheese is a classic combination. However, you can add your favorite pizza ingredients to make this recipe your own!
  • Great for All Occasions. These easy pepperoni rolls are a huge hit for game day, pizza night, family gatherings, office potlucks, and more.
ingredients for pizza rolls on a table.

Ingredient notes

  • Pizza dough | Use a 16-ounce ball of refrigerated pizza dough from the grocery store to give the appetizer that signature crust. 
  • Marinara sauce | Spread some marinara sauce on the dough and save some for dipping.
  • Cheese | Layer shredded mozzarella cheese on the pizza dough and use mozzarella sticks to pack more gooey, melty cheese.
  • Pepperoni | Make the classic pepperoni and cheese combo with sliced pepperoni cut in half. If preferred, chop the pepperonis into smaller pieces.
  • Butter | Brush the unbaked crust with melted unsalted butter for a beautiful toasted crust.
  • Seasoning | Mix Italian seasoning and garlic powder into the melted butter to flavor the crust.
  • Parmesan | Sprinkle the pizza crust with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

How to make Homemade Pizza Rolls Recipe

You’ll roll these pizza rolls up into a pinwheel (like cinnamon rolls), so for best results, let the refrigerated pizza dough sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes — or even up to an hour — before starting the recipe.

STEP 1 | Roll out the dough

Lightly sprinkle two tablespoons of flour onto a clean work surface, pastry mat, or a sheet of parchment paper, and roll the pizza dough into a large, thin rectangular shape (about 12 x 18 inches) with a rolling pin.

process steps for assembling pepperoni pizza rolls; roll out dough and top with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.

STEP 2 | Add the marinara

Set aside a cup of the marinara sauce for serving, then spread the remaining half cup of sauce on top of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.

STEP 3 | Layer the cheese

Next, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese in an even layer and add the sliced pepperoni. Arrange the string cheese sticks in a long line along the long edge of the dough.

STEP 4 | Roll the dough

Now, roll the dough just like you would for cinnamon rolls. Starting from the long edge with the string cheese, roll the dough up tightly, seal the seam by pinching the dough together, and place the pinched side down on the surface.

brushing butter mixture on pepperoni pizza rolls before and after baking in a cast iron pan.

STEP 5 | Brush with butter

Combine the melted butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Then, use a pastry brush to lightly brush the mixture all over the exposed sides of the roll and save the extra for later.

STEP 6 | Slice and rise

Next, use a serrated knife to carefully cut the roll into 1-inch slices, placing each into a lightly greased cast iron skillet.

Then, allow the rolls to rise for 20 minutes on the countertop. While you wait, turn on the oven and preheat it to 400 degrees F.

STEP 7 | Bake and enjoy!

Finally, it’s time to bake the rolls in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they’re a beautiful golden brown and the cheese is melty.

For extra flavor, brush the outside of the rolls again with the butter mixture and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Lastly, warm the reserved marinara sauce to dip the homemade pepperoni rolls. 

tips

  • Use nonstick spray, olive oil, or butter to grease the pan. If preferred, you can use a baking sheet instead of a skillet.
  • If you use pre-made, refrigerated dough, be sure it is at room temperature. Set it on the countertop for 30 – 60 minutes before starting the recipe.

Who isn’t a pizza fan? Try more of my unique pizza recipes, like Easy Homemade BLT Pizza with Garlic Mayo Sauce, Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza, and creamy Chicken Florentine Pizza.

baked pepperoni pizza rolls in a cast iron pan.

Variations and substitutions

  • Homemade Dough. You may also use your favorite homemade pizza dough recipe instead of the store-bought.
  • Hearty Marinara Sauce. Make a batch of homemade marinara instead of jarred sauce for an extra delicious experience.
  • Favorite Pizza Toppings. Add all your favorite pizza ingredients to these rolls, like black olives, diced green pepper, bacon bits, ham, or mushrooms. Make it a Hawwain, BBQ, or Buffalo chicken pizza!
  • White Pizza. Swap the marinara for a white sauce, like garlic butter or alfredo sauce.
  • Garnish the rolls with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Ricotta cheese is also a delicious addition!
a pizza roll on a serving plate on a table with a bowl of marinara in the background.

Storage and reheating tips

  • To keep your leftover pizza rolls fresh for later, let them cool completely, then place them in an airtight container to be refrigerated for up to four days.
  • Then, reheat the rolls at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make pepperoni pizza rolls ahead of time?

This recipe is best hot and fresh from the oven. However, if you’re making homemade dough, you can make it in advance, getting you ahead on the appetizer. Otherwise, you can freeze the unbaked rolls and cook when ready to serve.

Can you freeze homemade pizza rolls?

Sure! After they cool completely, freeze the rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet for an hour. Then, store the frozen rolls in a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to three months.

Looking for more delicious appetizers for the whole family?

Create the best Super Bowl party menu with classics, like Sticky Baked Chicken Wings, Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with BBQ, Bacon, and Cheese, my easy Jalapeno Popper Dip, and this sweet Cookie Dough Dip recipe!

dipping a pizza roll into a bowl of marinara.

Serving suggestions

If you’re serving this pizza recipe for lunch or as an easy appetizer, add a tossed green salad or this Watermelon Feta Salad on the side for a nice contrast.

Other delicious dipping options include creamy buttermilk ranch, garlic butter sauce, basil pesto, buffalo sauce, and even zesty salsa!

pepperoni pizza rolls in a cast iron pan on a table with a bowl of marinara.

Please share!

Your shares are how this site grows, and I appreciate each one. Do you know someone who would enjoy this recipe? I’d love it if you would share it on Facebook or Pinterest!

Love this recipe? Bookmark it for the future!

Simply tap the heart symbol located in the lower right corner of your screen, and the recipe will be securely stored in your own recipe box.

baked pepperoni pizza rolls sprinkled with parmesan cheese in a cast iron skillet.

Easy Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Appetizer

Our easy Homemade Pizza Rolls are generously stuffed with shredded mozzarella and zesty pepperoni and basted with a herbed butter sauce for that classic pizza flavor. Each bite is cheesy and delicious!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16-oz. ball refrigerated pizza dough at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce divided
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sliced pepperoni cut in half
  • 3 – 4 sticks mozzarella string cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Lightly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour onto a clean work surface. Roll the pizza dough into a large rectangle, about 12 x 18 inches.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the marinara sauce for serving, then spread the remaining 1/2 cup of sauce on top of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
  • Next, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese in an even layer and add the pepperoni. Arrange the string cheese sticks in a long line along the long edge of the dough.
  • Starting from the long edge with the string cheese, roll the dough up tightly (like a cinnamon roll) and seal the seam by pinching the dough together. Place the pinched side down on the surface.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the mixture all over the exposed sides of the roll (you can skip the seam side). Save the extra mixture for later.
  • Using a serrated knife, carefully cut the roll into 1-inch slices and place each roll in the prepared cast iron skillet. Allow the rolls to rise for 20 minutes on the counter.
  • Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and the cheese is melty. If desired, brush the outside of the rolls again with the butter mixture and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Warm the reserved marinara sauce and serve with the hot pizza rolls.

Notes

  • You may also use your favorite homemade pizza dough recipe instead of the store-bought.
  • Use nonstick spray, olive oil, or butter to grease the pan. If preferred, you can use a baking sheet instead of a skillet.
  • If you use pre-made, refrigerated dough, be sure it is at room temperature. Set it on the countertop for 30 – 60 minutes before starting the recipe.
  • To keep your leftover pizza rolls fresh for later, let them cool completely, then place them in an airtight container to be refrigerated for up to four days.
  • Then, reheat the rolls at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 218IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 0.4mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword marinara, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, pepperoni, pizza, pizza dough, super bowl party
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was.
Sheila Thigpen, blogger

About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating