When you need a party snack that takes zero time or talent to make and always comes out delicious: The crescent pizza roll is there to win the day. Add these ingredients to your cart every week for an easy last minute dinner or appetizer.
Love easy dinners? Also, try my tuna noodle casserole for a retro-style meal.
Why this recipe works
You are attending a party or setting up for a cozy movie night at home, and you absolutely must have a warm, savory snack to go with it. Whether you’re being a great host, party guest, or just kicking back on the couch; pizza stuffed crescent rolls are that warm, savory mix of flavors and textures that tastes like ordering a restaurant appetizer – but only takes about five minutes of prep and 15 minutes in the oven – tops.
So if your show is about to start or you just heard it’s a potluck party, we’ve got you covered. Pepperoni crescent rolls are easy, cost-effective, and fast to make. And they’re delicious every time.
- Crescent Dough – You can find crescent rolls in a can next to the cookie dough and canned biscuit dough
- Marinara Sauce – Jarred, homemade, leftover pizza dipping sauce; they’re all good.
- Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded mozzarella cheese, not sliced
- Pepperoni– We’ll start with pepperoni, you need 2-3 per roll, but you can make pizza rolls any way you make pizza. Sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and even alfredo and spinach can be tasty.
Step One -Preheat the oven to 375 F. Pop open your Crescent roll dough can and start unrolling. Separate at the dotted lines so that you get several triangular pieces. Lay the triangles on the counter or cutting board pointing upright, so the wide end is facing you. Place a 3 pepperoni over the wide end along with a sprinkle of cheese – or other toppings of choice. Be sure to leave the rest of the triangle uncovered.
Step Two – Roll up your triangles from the wide end to the narrow end. The narrow end will wrap around and fasten the dough together into a pizza crescent. Place your crescents onto a baking sheet with at least an inch between each crescent pizza roll. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes, or until the crescent dough turns golden brown. Warm a small pan of pasta sauce (or pizza sauce) on the stove (or microwave) for dipping
How to serve:
- Serving crescent pizza rolls is even easier than making them. When the crescents are golden brown and just a little crispy, remove them from the cookie sheet and pile them onto a plate or platter. Include a bowl of warm marinara for dipping, and you’ve got a nearly gourmet appetizer with very little effort. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning straight out of the oven if desired.
- Pizza crescent rolls can make you the coolest babysitter on the block and are just fancy enough to replace the garlic bread when showing off your home-cooked dinner skills for dates or family.
- This appetizer goes great with a quick caesar salad (with or without chicken) or with a “crudites” veggie & dip plate. They can complement a party table of fried foods and baked goods, but they can also pair well with Italian-style traditional dishes like stuffed vegetables and creamy pasta.
- If you’re packing pizza rolls to go, place a sheet of aluminum foil underneath and vent the box to keep pizza rolls crisp. You can also pop them in the oven at your destination for just a couple of minutes to re-warm your rolls before serving.
Recipe FAQs and Variations
Absolutely! Anything you can do with a pizza, you can do with a crescent roll in miniature form. You can swap out for alfredo and spinach, for pesto and peppers, or just change the pepperoni for mushrooms and olives. Do what tastes best or make some variety for your party, it’s always delicious.
Yup, just pop them back in the oven for another minute or two if the dough is still moist. For too-crispy pizza rolls, drizzle with Marinara over the top for a different serving style.
Probably. If your friends, partner, family, coworkers, school dean, or HOA board likes pizza, they’re going to like these pizza rolls.
Yes! I use 1/3 of a string cheese (mozzarella cheese sticks) for the filling in the rolls often! Try to find whole milk mozzarella string cheese for the best results.
Crescent Pizza Rolls
- 16 oz. crescent rolls two 8 oz. cans
- 48 slices pepperoni
- 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
- pizza sauce for dipping
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Carefully unroll the crescent dough and separate the triangles.
- To each triangle, place three slices of pepperoni along the longest end. Top the pepperoni with about half a tablespoon of cheese.
- Roll up the crescent from the longest end to the point tucking the dough over the pepperoni and cheese.
- Place the crescent onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until the crescents are golden brown.
- Serve the crescents while warm with pizza sauce for dipping.
- For a vegetarian option, you can swap out for alfredo and spinach, for pesto and peppers, or just change the pepperoni for mushrooms and olives. Do what tastes best or make some variety for your party, it’s always delicious.
- Don’t have shredded mozzarella? Use 1/3 of a string cheese (mozzarella cheese sticks) for each roll. up. Try to find whole milk mozzarella string cheese for the best results.
- These are best made hot and fresh, don’t make them ahead then reheat for dinner or a party.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.