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Pizza Rolls

Does anyone remember those microwavable pizza bites…? Am I the only one that gobbled up four or five every day as an after school snack? Well, guess what. These are sooooo much better! And easy to make!

They would be perfect for a kid’s pizza party because you can fill them individually with a vast array of toppings. They’d also be perfect as an appetizer with a glass of wine. In fact, I don’t really know of a time that a hot cheese filled roll is not appropriate, do you?

I didn’t think so.

I used my favorite pizza dough recipe to make these rolls and they turned out beautifully in just over an hour, start to finish. You could also make the dough ahead of time and freeze it, which is what I do often!

Let it be known that although the recipe calls for whole wheat flour, more often times than not, I just use all white flour. What can I say? I’m a carb purist.

All you is roll out the dough, cut it into squares and then fill the squares with whatever toppings you choose! I kept things simple with pizza sauce and mozzerella cheese, but you could totally go crazy here and add sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese, pepperoni, bits of sausage and even scrambled eggs and cheese. The options are endless!

Oh, and did I mention right when they come out of the oven you brush them with garlic butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese?

Pizza rolls > garlic knots

Make these this weekend!

Pizza Rolls

makes about 20 rolls

Print this recipe!


one batch the best pizza dough

1 bag mozzerella cheese

1 can pizza sauce

1 garlic clove, minced

2 T butter, soft

Parmesan cheese for serving

any additional toppings you like! Try goat cheese crumbles, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, spinach, ricotta cheese, pepperoni, sausage or diced jalapenos


Preheat oven to 425.

Roll out pizza dough to a large rectangle. Cut into strips and then those strips into six inch squares. Fill squares with about two teaspoons of sauce and a sprinkle of cheese

Pinch sides of squares together and seal well to form balls. Place balls on a parchment paper lined sheet tray and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

While rolls are making, mash together the soft butter and garlic. Brush on rolls immediately as they come out of the oven and then grate on Parmesan cheese.


30 minutes (not including time to make dough)

Serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping.

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 25, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I am definitely making these this weekend instead of our usual homemade pizza! Maybe even tonight??

  • Amanda
    March 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Uhm, yes please! These look delicious! They just might be the perfect way to get some yummy carbs before my long run this weekend!

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight
    March 25, 2011 at 5:14 am

    What are you…a genius? I think you just might be. What a great idea.

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    March 25, 2011 at 5:26 am

    These are an awesome idea! I have good pizza roll memories growing up πŸ™‚

  • Ruth
    March 25, 2011 at 5:34 am

    O.M.G. You must be my cooking soulmate – I declare these to be the best thing I have seen all day – no, week – no, month? Someone keep me out of the kitchen until its actually time to cook dinner!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

    OMG I used to LOVE pizza bites! And those Pillsbury Pizza Pockets…. couldn’t get enough of them but now you probably couldn’t get me to touch one with a 10 foot pole. THESE however, look amazing!! I love how the recipe is so simple. Definitely going to keep this one bookmarked!

  • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
    March 25, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Your creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me. These look super yummy!!

  • Kelly
    March 25, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Awesome. Totino’s has got nothing on Jenna!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 25, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Holy cow-those look amazing!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life
    March 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

    These look delicious, Jenna! What a great party appetizer, too!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 25, 2011 at 5:55 am

    We love pizza rolls!!! I’ve never seen them like this before. Looks amazing!

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    March 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

    You know, at first I was afraid of these because I thought they would take too much time. But if you say they take no more than an hour…and you really mean it…I’ll be trying it. πŸ™‚

  • emily
    March 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

    These are toooo cute! I will try this recipe! yummmy!

  • brandi
    March 25, 2011 at 6:04 am

    oh man. did you know pepperoni rolls are a HUGE deal in West Virginia? A friend from college would always bring some with her when she was coming back from being at home and they were SO good. I haven’t had them in years.

    These look great!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    March 25, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Pizza occurs frequently at my place. I love the first picture! So bright.

    One of them looks like there’s chicken in them. That’s what I would do – cheese and chicken. And lots of sauce.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    March 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I wish it was football season so I had an excuse to make a batch of these:-)

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    March 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

    My mom used to make these when I was a kid, but she would put a bit more filling in them (peppers, mushrooms, etc…)

    I loved them.

  • sofia
    March 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

    man oh man, i used to love those little amy’s pizza bites. pretty sure that’s all i ate for a few years in my teens. these look great!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    March 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Oh, how I remember those microwavable pizza bites. These look way better!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    March 25, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I used to love pizza rolls! Especially when you’d bite into them, burn the hell out of your mouth, but keep eating them because they taste so good!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    March 25, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Mmmm, portable pizza, yes please! I love that you could set out a bunch of toppings for a pizza party!

    What is it about the weekend that gets everyone craving pizza, especially Friday nights!?

  • Amy Hersh-Brown
    March 25, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Perfect! I had leftover pizza dough from making fried pizza dough to go with my healthy salad, of course, last night. This will be a treat for my kids today.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    March 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Jenna I’m so excited about these…I used to eat the pizza rolls by the handful after school too but good Lord the nastiness that goes into them…yours look like they’d be so much crispier and chewier too!

  • Heidi
    March 25, 2011 at 6:48 am

    These look so tasty πŸ˜€ I’ve never tried anything like this before but I really should, what’s not to love?

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    March 25, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I will definitely be making some pizza rolls! Bringing back the childhood memories πŸ™‚

  • rebecca lustig
    March 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

    ah, i totally remember those bites!! Definitely a fan of the homemade version, though… obviously

    have a great weekend!


  • Christina
    March 25, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Oh man, how cute are these! I can see this being baked for a girls night! : )

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes
    March 25, 2011 at 7:32 am

    My husband and I still eat those pizza roles, but we will definitely have to try this recipe instead! This would also be perfect for the next time I host a BUNCO at my house!

  • Laura
    March 25, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I was going to make some pizza for dinner, but I think I may make these instead! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Lori
    March 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

    My daughter is a pizza roll freak! I will have to make these for her.

  • Becki @ Bites 'n Brews
    March 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

    REMEMBER those? I still buy those on a too-regular basis!

  • d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo
    March 25, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Those were our favorite “late night eats” in college when we came home from the bar. My college roommate would LOVE these!

  • Nancy~the wife of a dairyman
    March 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Oh yes, I remember those pizza rolls very clearly! I think I would eat the entire box of them after school though…..with ketchup.
    Your version looks fabulous!

  • Camille
    March 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    My boyfriend would go crazy for these! You can bet I will be making them πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    March 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I’ve been looking for appetizer ideas for my next book club. I’ll definitely be making these! Can I cheat and sub store bought pizza dough? πŸ™‚

  • gingela5
    March 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    And I’m now drooling…yum!

  • my little celebration
    March 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

    How creative!! My husband would LOVE those. He’s a total pepperoni pizza fan AND he likes bite-sized things :D.

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing
    March 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Definitely making these soon!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I used to LOVE pizza rolls!!!!

  • Lori Lynn
    March 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I used to love those. Brings back memories…

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    March 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I think I spied a can of Eden pizza sauce … that’s my all time favorite pizza sauce. When I bought it the first time I did not have high hopes for a canned sauce, but ended up liking it better than any other sauce I’ve tried. Still working on recreating the flavor of that sauce on my own.

    PS Those pizza bites take me back to grade school! πŸ™‚

  • Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken
    March 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m lovin the back-to-childhood recipe theme! First poptarts, now pizza rolls – you are a genius.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Jenna, your blog just keeps getting better and better. These look great.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce
    March 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

    yes! I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow! they look divine πŸ™‚

  • Karis @ Karis' Kitchen
    March 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’m so happy you posted this. My husband is addicted to Tostino’s pizza rolls, and I cringe every time he eats them. These will be so much healthier for him!!

  • Kelsey
    March 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I am wondering how delicious these would be stuffed with chocolate…and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar…what was that about carbs?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    What a perfect snack, side, or appetizer! And I totally agree – these could be so versatile with what you put in!

  • Kristin
    March 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

    You aren’t the only one! I ate a package of Bagel Bites every day after school, no joke!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

    oh man. we currently have a box of pizza rolls in our freezer…i think they are gross but my husband loves them. he would flip if i made him these. what a great idea!

  • Maria
    March 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

    My hubs loves these!

  • Megan @ MegaCravings
    March 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    These look delicious! We love anything pizza related. Seriously. I will be making these soon! -On a side note, started my own blog the other day and would love for you, or anyone to come check it out and say hello!

  • Kristin Murdock
    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I used to be scared of home-made pizza dough, but I’ve been making it a lot this year and it always turns out fabulously. I will need to try your recipe to see if it becomes a new favorite. These look delicious Jenna!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    My mom makes something similar to these and they are always devoured as soon as they come out of the oven! Pizza anything always sounds good on a Friday. Wait. Pizza any way, any day, sounds good πŸ˜‰

  • HeatherChristo
    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    These are fantastic! Now I know what to bring to my nephews birthday party tonight!

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY
    March 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    mmm, those look so good. i wish i could have them now!

  • sam
    March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    oh jenna, you’ve outdone yourself with these.

  • Allie
    March 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

    when is your book coming out? I vaguely remember you mentioning an April 2011 date, but there’s been no word and its almost April!

  • Lora @cakeduchess
    March 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I do remember pizza bites! Now that I make my own pizza, I couldn’t eat them again!These look AMAZING:)

  • Allison
    March 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    These remind me of a West Virginia staple — pepperoni rolls, which developed popularity in the State when someone got the idea that they were a great lunch box item for the underground miners. I’ll have to try out this recipe!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Pizza bites and going to town on them as an afterschool snack…YES! I remember those days quite well πŸ™‚

    Nice job on remaking an afterschool snack…but I love your idea about an appetizer. Because you’re right, when is bread + cheese NOT a good appetizer option? πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer
    March 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Looks so good! I wonder if you could freeze the already formed balls (before baking)?
    It would be so great to have a stash in the freezer!

  • Kristina
    March 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    just beautiful !

  • Moni'sMeals
    March 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    brilliant and out to the store ASAP! Thanks Jenna. πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    March 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I love pizza rolls! That recipe looks like a keeper – and I can picture myself sitting down to a plate of those and finishing them off in seconds πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    March 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    My kids will love these! They are definitely on the menu for next week.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    these are genius! I love your grown-up takes on kid favorite: poptarts and pizza rolls! as a teacher, I love to see these kinds of things!

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    March 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    YES! I bought Pizza Rolls the other week for when my brother was visiting, but somehow managed to polish them all off myself. Oops! I’ll have to try this homemade version.

  • katie
    March 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I LOVED pizza rolls when I was younger! Totinos pizza rolls were always stocked in our freezer! These just look so good!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    March 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Like mini xalzones minus the ricotta! Yum. Although, ricotta would be a wonderful filling, too.

  • jane
    March 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    we get it-you now eat unhealthy! πŸ˜‰

    • M.S.
      March 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

      ha ha…definitely a big change is you’ve been reading her blog for awhile.

  • Jen
    March 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Only 6 ingredients. My kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    March 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I want this in my face, like, right now. These are the most perfect thing ever to take to a dinner party.

  • jenna k
    March 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    oh my word. i’m making these asap. i LOVE pizza rolls, and i happen to have a near full jar of pizza sauce in my fridge.

  • Michelle
    March 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    WOAH. These look amazing. They are most definitely going onto the list of menu items to make for dinner and will hopefully make it into the rotation soon!

  • Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    March 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    True story. I ate pizza rolls on my wedding day. So I love this.

  • Lauren
    March 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Amazing – will make these this weekend…maybe w. some pesto inside too.

  • staceyhealthylife
    March 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Great idea. I’ve made the pizza dough and it was really good. I’m going to try this one.

  • Laurel
    March 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    These look super yummy and like something the kids would love. I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight:

  • The Newlywed Chefs
    March 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Oh yesss… we both used to gobble down those pizza bites! These look awesome- thanks for the recipe!

  • anon
    March 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    has anyone else had this problem? as of this afternoon, the current post was “elvis granola”
    as of this evening, there are like 4 back posts that did not show up on the blog for me until now?
    either there’s something up with both my laptop and my office computer, or i’m crazy, or your post-timer is way weird

    • Liz
      March 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

      I had the same problem.

      • JennieM
        March 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        me too

  • Amanda
    March 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    These look like they are to die for!!! I have made things similar called pizza cups, but I am excited to try these!!! You are amazing!

  • Jun
    March 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Great change for the usual pizza we had!

  • Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude
    March 26, 2011 at 9:08 am


  • diet myths
    March 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    those look great! send some my way!

  • Jess
    March 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Oh my goodness, yumminess!

  • Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream
    March 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    OMG These are genius! I’ve recently started making Panzerotti a lot ( its better because they’re more portable than just pizza. I’m going to have to try making Pizza Bites – so much fun!

  • Bourbonnatrix
    March 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    oh my. bite size comfort food! sounds good to me! thanks for sharing.

  • Brenda@Year25
    March 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    These pizza rolls look amazing. I can’t wait to try them with mushrooms, onions, and pepper! YUM!

  • Megan @Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I loved pizza bites in High School. That is such a great’s like “adult” pizza bites.

  • The Healthy Apple
    March 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    You are adorable. Enough said. I love ’em and can’t wait to make ’em. Yum, Jenna. So cute n’ tasty.

  • Stephanie
    March 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I read this and decided to make them immediately! toute de suite! They were so yummy. Thank you!

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    March 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Garlic knots with pizza filling? Talk about a girl after my own culinary heart! πŸ˜‰

    Thank you. I’m sure me and my friends will go ga ga over them!

  • Victoria
    March 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Man, I remember these. For some reason they have kind of died in my diet a few years ago. They sure do need a revival, I’m not immature at all.

  • Errign
    March 27, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I love you for these.

  • Mellie
    March 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    i haven’t had one of these since…4th grade?3rd?i need to make these!

  • MorgzSyd
    March 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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  • Amy
    March 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    MY HERO! I am so tired of whole wheat this and whole wheat that. Yes I get that it may be better for me, but it doesn’t TASTE better. And I gotta be honest; I am also a carb purist — sue me πŸ™‚

  • Lena
    March 28, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Gosh! you are just so amazingly good! thanks for all the wonderful recipes!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    March 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I used to love those pizza bites!! There were like on mini bagels! My best friend in highschool and I would go through an entire box or two ^_^;

    Wonderful idea and it seems so simple! thanks for the recipe.

  • Amanda
    March 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Mmmmm, I love simple tasty recipes!

    I don’t know if there are problems with the blog but my reader updates and the web page doesn’t. The web page is stuck on this page, just thought I’d let you know!

  • Shauna
    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    You rule! I’ve long been looking for a recipe for pizza rolls–a recipe that doesn’t involve wonton wrappers and frying the product in oil–and this is it. I’ve never actually had pizza rolls, and the oily, suspiciously non-pizza-like ones my boyfriend always eats (and in fact just had for dinner tonight) don’t seem appetizing, but nevertheless the concept has always intrigued me and I’m glad to finally have a recipe I know I’ll love. Thanks!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Ok. You talked me into it. I am making these this weekend… for sure!

  • Kim
    March 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Genius. I want this for dinner now!

  • annie
    April 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    These look great! Can’t wait to try them

  • Melissa Daams
    April 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My golly, these look delicious. I’ve been having a weekly pizza night, perhaps i shall do these instead πŸ™‚

    I host a monthly sweet rolls linky party and it would be great if you could add these to it. Although, they aren’t like “sweet” they totally rock. So you know, if you wouldn’t mind I’d love to see them there!

  • shawna [of styleberryBLOG]
    April 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    this was spectacular! I am going to share my version on my blog tomorrow–thank you!!

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    I’m so excited to make these! I have all the ingredients and they are going to be an appetizer for a party tomorrow evening. Do you think I could make them today and then just pop them into the oven tomorrow night? I’m not too familiar with pizza dough rules! Any advice on how to get these prepped in advance would be much appreciated!

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      I would make the dough today, put in the fridge and then make the rolls tomorrow!

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