Pizza pinwheels are a super easy, family-friendly lunch or dinner. Made with soft pizza dough and your favorite toppings rolled up then sliced into rounds. Once they’re baked, they become cheesy and delicious bites that your whole family will love.
Pizza Pinwheels Recipe
Pizza pinwheels is the most fun way to eat pizza ever. After assembling your pizza, roll it up then slice it into rounds and bake it. The round, handheld bites are way more exciting to eat than the traditional triangles.
They’re also extra cheesy as some of the cheese melts out and and gets crispy around the edges. And who doesn’t love crispy cheese? It’s one of the best things in the world! This recipe is kid-friendly and was deemed, “the best pizza ever” by our youngest taste-tester. When you need to get a quick lunch or dinner on the table, this is the recipe you want to make!
How to Make Easy Pizza Pinwheels
These easy pinwheels is an incredibly simple recipe made in just four steps. If you’re using store-bought pizza dough and sauce you’ll have your pizza pinwheels on the table in about 30 minutes.
- Prepare Dough: Lay the dough out on a flat surface. We use the backside of an 18″x13″ baking sheet as it’s just the right size.
- Sauce: Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough then add your toppings and cheese.
- Pinwheel: Roll the pizza into a log then slice it into 8 pieces.
- Bake: Bake the pizza then dig in!
What Kind of Pizza Dough Should I Use?
The pizza pinwheels in the pictures are made with Pillsbury pizza crust. This crust is the type in a tube that pops open. Other types of store-bought pizza dough will work, too. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and want the best crust ever, try our no knead pizza dough. You’ll need to think ahead as it takes a bit of time to rise, but it is 100% worth the wait!
What Kind of Pizza Sauce Should I Use?
In recipe testing, we used store-bought pizza sauce. For us, pizza pinwheels are a quick and easy recipe so we usually reach for the jar of pizza sauce in our pantry when making them. But nothing beats homemade pizza sauce. If you have an extra 15 minutes to spare, try making this easiest homemade marinara sauce to use on the pizza. You won’t regret it!
Pinwheel Pizza Toppings to Try
You can use all your favorite pizza toppings to make pizza pinwheels. A word of warning: don’t go crazy and add a ton of toppings or the pinwheels may fall apart; less is more!
Here are a few of our favorite combinations:
- Pepperoni + sautéed mushrooms
- Cooked Italian sausage + red peppers + onions
- Pepperoni + olives + green peppers
- Pesto + artichoke hearts + feta
- Crispy bacon + caramelized onions + spinach
While these pizza pinwheels don’t technically need a dip, dipping makes eating more fun. Mix it up or try new things! These dips are perfect for dipping and adding to the flavor.
Can Pizza Pinwheels Be Reheated?
Yes! While pizza is always best fresh, leftovers can absolutely be reheated. They are best warmed up in the oven or for a few seconds in a microwave.
- 1 pizza dough (see notes)
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- 3 ½ ounces thinly sliced ham
- ½ cup pineapple tidbits
- 10 ounces shredded mozzarella
- 2 tablespoons minced chives (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Form the pizza dough into a rectangluar shape. The backside of an 18"x13" baking sheet works great for this.
- Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving ½ inch without the sauce at one of the short ends. Add the ham, pineapple, and mozzarella over the sauce.
- Roll the pizza, starting at the short end with the sauce right to the edge. Use the edge without the sauce to seal the roll, pinching the dough together a little, if necessary.
- Cut the pizza roll into 8 equal pieces. Place the pieces on a non-stick or parchment paper-lined pan. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pizza dough is cooked. Sprinkle the top with some minced chives, if using.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.