Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza pinwheels are probably the recipe I get asked about the most, and are also alarmingly the easiest. These are SO easy to make in advance and freeze for school lunches or quick dinners.

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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 rolls


  • 1 roll Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough (I choose this one because it is routinely on sale at Real Canadian Superstore or No Frills for $1/can) (you can use pre-made pizza dough no problem!)
  • pizza sauce
  • cheese
  • Any toppings you want (I usually do ham, pepperoni, diced onions, diced bell peppers)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Open the crescent roll dough (which is going to look like me when I take my jeans off at the end of the day) and roll out into the rectangle it comes in (onto a lightly floured surface or risk the dough sticking)
  • Pinch closed all the perforations – we don’t want any leaks at all.
  • Brush your rectangle of dough with pizza sauce, however much you want
  • Add toppings, whatever you want (ham, cheese, pepperoni, pineapple, The Devil’s Fungus aka mushrooms, onions, whatever)
  • Now we need to roll it up – do this as tightly as you can. Start at one end to gently lift and tuck and roll tightly until you have a pizza log.
  • Once you have a pizza log, cut circles off of it (I usually get 6 pinwheels per log)
  • Arrange on greased baking tray
  • Top with more sauce and/or cheese (I just use a little basting brush)
  • Bake in oven for 18 mins then check on the little pizza dudes. I usually need 5ish more mins (so 23 minutes total) but it’ll depend on your oven AND your climate/altitude, so smarten up and do the checkup.
  • Now you eat!


*Note: I usually do 3 rolls at once, and then I have bento box leftovers for the next day (and YES, you can freeze these – simply pop into the oven for 10ish mins to heat them right back to life)
Keyword comfort food, football food, game day snack, kid lunch

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