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“This recipe was AMAZING! I can’t tell you in words how yummy this recipe truly was! All I can say is that it was just completely AMAZING!” —­Tammy, recipe tester, age 10

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • 1¾ hours, plus 45 minutes to 1 hour rising time, plus 25 minutes cooling time (plus time to make pizza dough, if making)
yield
  • Makes 12 rolls

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1 pound
pizza dough, room temperature
24 slices
pepperoni
1 cup
shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1 tablespoon
extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup
grated Parmesan cheese (½ ounce)
1 cup
pizza sauce, warmed

Gather Baking Equipment

8-­inch round metal cake pan
Ruler
Bench scraper (or kitchen shears)
Plastic wrap
1-tablespoon measuring spoon
Small microwave-­safe bowl
Pastry brush
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Butter knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper round in bottom of 8-­inch round metal cake pan. Spray inside bottom and sides of pan lightly with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
1 pound
pizza dough, room temperature

Spray clean counter lightly with vegetable oil spray. Transfer room-temperature dough to greased counter. Gently press and stretch dough into 6-­inch square, popping any large bubbles. Use bench scraper to cut square into 12 equal pieces. Cover dough pieces with plastic wrap.

To make 12 equal pieces, use bench scraper to cut square into 4 equal strips. Then, cut each strip into 3 equal pieces (you’ll have 12 pieces total).

 
3
 
24 slices
pepperoni
1 cup
shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

Remove 1 piece of dough from under plastic (keep remaining pieces covered). Shape, fill, and form 1 roll with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Flip dough ball over and place in parchment-­lined cake pan. Repeat with remaining dough pieces, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

2up: Forming Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pat 1 piece of dough into 3-­inch circle. Place 1 slice pepperoni in center of circle. Top pepperoni with heaping 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese and second slice pepperoni.

Fold edges of dough up and over filling and pinch edges well to close. Flip ball over and place in parchment-­lined cake pan.

 
4
 

Cover cake pan with plastic and let rise until dough balls are slightly puffed and touching each other, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 
5
 
1 tablespoon
extra-virgin olive oil
1
garlic clove, minced

Meanwhile, in small microwave-­safe bowl, combine oil and garlic. Heat in microwave until warm and garlic is fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds.

 
6
 
¼ cup
grated Parmesan cheese (½ ounce)

Once dough has risen, remove plastic. Use pastry brush to paint tops of dough balls with garlic oil. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.

 
7
 

Place cake pan in oven and bake until tops of rolls are well browned, 30 to 35 minutes.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to remove cake pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place pan on cooling rack and let rolls cool in pan for 15 minutes.

 
9
 
1 cup
pizza sauce, warmed

Carefully run butter knife around edge of cake pan to loosen rolls from pan (pan will be hot). Use oven mitts to carefully turn pan on its side and remove rolls from pan. Let rolls cool directly on cooling rack for 10 minutes. (This is a great time to warm up your pizza sauce.) Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

 
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