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Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels are super easy to make, customizable, freeze beautifully, and absolutely irresistible for snacks, appetizers or fun meals!  Pizza Pinwheels are basically pillowy pizza dough smothered in marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni/your topping of choice, showered with Parmesan, rolled and baked to bubbly cheesiliciousness.  You can use store bought pizza dough and then these Pizza Pinwheels literally come together in minutes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 pinwheels



Easy Pizza Sauce

  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tsp EACH onion powder, dried basil, dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp EACH dried oregano garlic powder, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper


  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 32 pepperonis
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green peppers (or combo of your fav chopped toppings)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Roll out a long piece of parchment paper and lightly flour it . Roll dough into a 12x16 inch rectangle on floured parchment.
  • Whisk together all of the Pizza Sauce ingredients. Evenly spread 3/4 cup Pizza Sauce over dough, leaving a 1” border on the top long edge (the side you will roll towards so it can seal - see recipe post photos).
  • Microwave pepperoni on a paper towel lined plate for 20 seconds then dab off any excess grease.  Evenly top sauce with mozzarella, pepperoni, green bell peppers and Parmesan.
  • Starting from the long side closest towards you, tightly roll up the dough, pinching in any escaping ingredients and seal up seam. Don't worry about it looking too pretty! Using a serrated knife, cut off the ends of the roll (if they are uneven) then slice roll into 12 equal pieces. I find the easiest way to do this is to slice the roll in half, then in half again so you have 4 equal pieces. Slice each of these pieces into 3 pinwheels.
  • Place each pinwheel, cut side up, on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until dough is golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing pinwheels from pan to a wire rack. The Pizza Pinwheels will be a little soft at first but will firm up as they cool.  Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with remaining warmed pizza sauce if desired.
  • To Freeze:  Allow BAKED Pizza Pinwheels to cool to room temperature.  Store in a large sealable plastic bag.  When ready to eat, thaw, then bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until warmed through.  


*My Homemade Pizza Dough recipe makes enough for two pizzas so you will only use half the recipe/dough for one pizza.