Pizza Pinwheels

We continue onto Week 5 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! I am really excited for today’s game since we are finally playing another ranked Big 10 team (Michigan State). As much as I enjoy the early season games, the real games don’t start until we play another Big 10 team. 😀

If you are a fan of pizza (and really who isn’t) then you are going to love these pizza pinwheels! They’re quick to throw together, can be made ahead of time and can even be frozen so you can enjoy pizza pinwheels whenever the craving strikes. I have made these using regular crescent rolls, but if you are a fan of garlic, you have to make these using the garlic butter crescent rolls. Just trust me on this one! 😉

So if you’re looking for a quick, easy, and make-ahead appetizer for your upcoming get together, look no further. Pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese are swirled in a tender crescent pastry to create a crowd pleasing appetizer that will disappear fast. Might as well double the batch! 😉

pizza pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese are swirled in a tender crescent pastry to create a crowd pleasing appetizer for your next get-together.

Yield: 16 pizza pinwheels

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
24 slices pepperoni, cut into quarters
1 (14 ounce) can pizza sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


On a large baking sheet, pinch 8 crescent roll dough triangles into 2 separate rectangles, gently pulling on all four corners of the dough to stretch the dough out a bit.
Working one rectangle at a time, spread desired amount of pizza sauce over the dough, followed by half of the mozzarella cheese, then half of the pepperonis. Starting at the long end of the dough, start rolling tightly until dough is rolled into a 8 inch log. Repeat with second rectangle. Place in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Remove from freezer and cut each log into 6 to 8 pieces. Sprinkle evenly with Italian seasoning (you can freeze them at this point if you want to bake them later).
Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with the remaining pizza sauce for dipping.

Source: adapted from Allrecipes 


If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Make Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket 

Week Two: Mini Beef and Cheese Empanadas       

Week Three: Buffalo Chicken Dip                           

Week Four: Loaded Baked Potato Dip                     

21 Responses to “Pizza Pinwheels”

  1. #
    Regina — September 29, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Oh YES! Gotta make these, we’ll love them and I have all the ingredients needed!

  2. #
    Laura Dembowski — September 29, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Those would surely be a hit with any crowd, and they sound so easy to put together!

  3. #
    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — September 29, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    These look so cute!! What a great idea :)

  4. #
    LeAndra — September 29, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    These look awesome, and I can’t wait to try them. Go Bucks!

  5. #
    Cassie — September 30, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Perfect for college football, or any football party. Love these!

  6. #
    Your Cookery Book — September 30, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Wow! This is my cup of tea. I’ll definitely make it next weekend. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  7. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 30, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Love this idea! And yes, I’ve never met anyone who DOESN’T like pizza :)

  8. #
    Kate@Diethood — September 30, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    These look great!! What a fun treat for gameday!

  9. #
    Kate@Diethood — September 30, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    P.S. I just saw that you live in Peoria… I partied like a rock star down there few years back at Bradley :) Fun times. hehe

  10. #
    Nadine Osborne — September 30, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    These do look good, I like the fact they can be made ahead of time & frozen to be baked when needed.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. #
    ChgoJohn — October 1, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    What a clever idea, Christina, and really suited for game day. Being able to make and freeze them ahead of time is a big plus.

  12. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 1, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    mmm a new “twist” on pizza. i love these, Christina! A clever little recipe, perfect for FOOTBALL parties!! and I have crescent rolls screaming to be used in the fridge right now.

  13. #
    Jed Gray (sportsglutton) — October 1, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Ya…there is nothing not to like about these. Delish!

  14. #
    Jenny (vintagesugarcube) — October 1, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Pizza in a crescent roll? Sign me up PRONTO. Yum and love. :)

  15. #
    Ilan — October 1, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Not only do these look delicious, they’re easy to make too! Awesome.

  16. #
    LinsFood — October 2, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    These look so good and best of all, easy to make! I think my kids have a new recipe – thanks!

  17. #
    Judy @Savoring Today — October 2, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Love, love, love this idea! Will have to work on a sprouted wheat version here, but this is great!

  18. #
    Kiran @ — October 3, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    A very practical and delicious finger food!

  19. #
    Renee — October 3, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Pizza is one of my husband’s all time favorite foods. It’s always great to find little ways to reimagine it.

  20. #
    Lisa Z. @ Culinary Bites by Lisa — April 9, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Can’t wait to make these. So simple and looks very yummy!!

  21. #
    Zana@GreenGlobalTravel — March 8, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    Looks delicious and fun to make! Seems like a much better appetizer than regular pizza.

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