PIZZA PINWHEELS

Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!

Pizza Pinwheels are my favorite quick weeknight dinner to whip up. They are so easy to make, they are much better than cheap frozen pizzas and I get absolutely no complaints from the kids about what is for dinner! They are always a win!

Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!

My kids adore pizza and we eat it often at our house. I had the idea to turn pizza dough into pizza rolls- think cinnamon rolls, pizza style. I am thrilled with how well they turned out! Not only did they taste great but my kids went crazy. Not only are these a fantastic weeknight meal but they’d be perfect for an appetizer tray at a holiday party too. Making pizza is a family affair at our house. My kids love helping mix and knead the dough. We top our pizza with Ragu® pasta sauce because I love the variety of flavors. With a full serving of vegetables in each half-cup of sauce, it not only tastes great but it’s nutritious too.

We used the Ragu® Six Cheese sauce for our pizza pinwheels- choose whichever one you’d like! I purchased mine at my local Kroger store and I think there were at least 10 different varieties of sauce. Feel free to use your favorite pizza toppings as well- involve the kids and get creative!

Pizza Pinwheels

makes 13-15 pinwheels, about 4-6 servings

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TBSP yeast
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2- 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups Ragu® Six Cheese Pasta Sauce + more for dipping
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups total pizza toppings- mini pepperoni, diced ham, sliced olives, and pineapple tidbits, etc.
  1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl and let sit for about 3-4 minutes, until yeast is bubbling up.
  2. Add in oil, salt and flour. Start with 2 1/2 cups of flour, then add more until the dough cleans the sides of the mixing bowl. (I use a mixer for this part as it makes it just so much easier!) Continue mixing for an additional 3-4 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes. In cold weather, I like to turn my oven on for about 3 or 4 minutes, then turn it off and let my dough rest in the oven.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Spray counter top with non-stick cooking spray and roll dough out into a large rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce and spread to coat dough. sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Add pizza toppings- I did a section of dough for pepperoni pinwheels, another section with just cheese and a third with ham and pineapple. Top with another 1 cup of cheese.
  5. Starting with one of the long sides of the rectangle, roll dough up tightly, pinching the seams to close at the end. Use a sharp, thin knife to cut 1 1/2″ sections of dough from the large roll. This will result in about 15 pinwheels.
  6. Set pinwheels on a large greased baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Return to oven for an additional 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are just beginning to turn golden brown.

Serve hot with warmed Ragu® Pasta Sauce to dip on the side.

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Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!

Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!

Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!Pizza Pinwheels are made from a soft, homemade dough with delicious toppings inside and melted cheese on top, they are an amazing weeknight meal!

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PIZZA PINWHEELS
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TBSP yeast
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2½- 3 cups flour
  • 1½- 2 cups Ragu® Six Cheese Pasta Sauce + more for dipping
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups total pizza toppings- mini pepperoni, diced ham, sliced olives, and pineapple tidbits, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a mixing bowl and let sit for about 3-4 minutes, until yeast is bubbling up. Add in oil, salt and flour. Start with 2½ cups of flour, then add more until the dough cleans the sides of the mixing bowl. (I use a mixer for this part as it makes it just so much easier!) Continue mixing for an additional 3-4 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 15 minutes. In cold weather, I like to turn my oven on for about 3 or 4 minutes, then turn it off and let my dough rest in the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Spray counter top with non-stick cooking spray and roll dough out into a large rectangle about ¼" thick. Top with Ragu® Pasta Sauce and spread to coat dough. sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Add pizza toppings- I did a section of dough for pepperoni pinwheels, another section with just cheese and a third with ham and pineapple. Top with another 1 cup of cheese.
  4. Starting with one of the long sides of the rectangle, roll dough up tightly, pinching the seams to close at the end. Use a sharp, thin knife to cut 1½" sections of dough from the large roll. This will result in about 15 pinwheels.
  5. Set pinwheels on a large greased baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Return to oven for an additional 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are just beginning to turn golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with warmed Ragu® Pasta Sauce to dip on the side.

28 COMMENTS

  1. I've made these a couple of times and the kids love them but I can't keep them from sticking to the pan! The cooking time is a little long for my oven and they get dark on bottom so I'm going to go with 10 minutes next time. Great recipe though and it's great for freezing and popping in lunch boxes!
    • The baking time will also depend on how large each individual pinwheel ends up being. Have you tried baking them on a piece of parchment paper? That should help with the stickiness! ;) Glad you like them though!
  2. I have made a ham and cheese roll by using a French loaf by Pillsbury. I just unroll it and add in my ingredients and then roll it back up and make like 3 cuts in it. I am thinking of doing your recipe with the French roll by Pillsbury instead! We'll see how it turns out :)
    • I think you can either freeze the dough (instead of letting it sit, just put it in a container and freeze) or you can freeze after the pinwheels are baked. Either way would work! Just thaw the dough when you're ready to make them, then proceed through the recipe. For frozen rolls, I'd thaw them on a pan, then once they're soft, pop them in the oven for 5-8 minutes until warm. You could probably even microwave them!
  3. These look absolutely amazing and easy. Can't wait to try. Might just brush with butter and sprinkle some parmesan before cutting. Oh the possibilities!
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  5. Made these for my son's 10th Birthday party and they were a hit! One with pepperoni and the other with just cheese (he's a vegetarian). The next tI've I will put the rolled mixture in the fridge for a few minutes to make it easier to cut. Next: taco pinwheels!!! Thanks for the recipe!
  6. I don't usually comment on these type of things but I just had too for these, omg they are great! And super easy to make as well compared to some other recipes. Ours came out super big because I didn't read properly and we ended up with 7 massive ones which my 2 kids whooped down in no time! Thank you very much, I'll be making more for the new school term next week!
    • I'm so glad you liked them! LOL about making massive ones! That actually sounds fun for dinner, you know?! My kids would love them too!
  7. Can you make these the night before and refrigerate the dough( finished product ) and then cook the day of? I'm making quite a big batch among many other items and I just don't have the time to do it all in one day!

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