Pizza pinwheels are a super easy, family-friendly lunch or dinner. Maddxe rolled up with soft pizza dough and your favorite toppings and then cut into rounds. Once baked, they turn into cheesy and delicious bites that your whole family will love.
We can never get enough pizza here! If you are the same then you should definitely check out this air fryer, taco, and fruit pizza for dessert!
Recipe for pizza pinwheels
Pizza pinwheels are the most fun way to eat pizza. After you've put your pizza together, roll it up, cut it into slices, and bake it. The round, hand-held bites are much more exciting to eat than the traditional triangles.
They're also extra cheesy as some of the cheese melts and becomes 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 named "the best pizza ever" by our youngest taste tester. If you need to bring a quick lunch or dinner to the table, this is the recipe you want to make!
How to Make Simple Pizza Pinwheels
These simple pinwheels are an incredibly simple recipe that is made in just four steps. Using store-bought pizza dough and sauce, you will have your pizza wheels on the table in about 30 minutes.
- Prepare the dough: Lay out the dough on a flat surface. We'll use the back of an 18 ″ x13 ″ baking sheet as it is just the right size.
- Sauce: Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the batter, then add your toppings and cheese.
- Windmill: Roll the pizza into a block of wood and cut into 8 pieces.
- To bake: Bake the pizza and dig in!
What type of pizza dough should I use?
The pizza pinwheels in the pictures are made with Pillsbury pizza crust. This crust is the kind in a tube that pops open. Other types of store-bought pizza dough will work as well. If you're feeling a little more adventurous and want the best crust ever, try our no-knead pizza dough. You have to think ahead as it will take some time to level up but is 100% worth the wait!
What type of pizza sauce should I use?
In recipe tests, we used store-bought pizza sauce. For us, pizza wheels are a quick and easy recipe, so we usually reach for the glass of pizza sauce in our pantry when preparing it. But nothing beats homemade pizza sauce. When you have an extra 15 minutes, try making this easiest homemade marinara sauce for the pizza. You will not regret it!
You can also try other pizza sauces like pesto, alfredo sauce, or buffalo sauce.
Pinwheel pizza toppings to try out
You can use all of your favorite pizza toppings to make pizza pinwheels. A word of warning: don't go crazy and add a lot of toppings or the wind turbines may fall apart; less is more!
Here are some of our favorite combinations:
- Hot peppers + sauteed mushrooms
- Cooked Italian sausage + peppers + onions
- Hot peppers + olives + green peppers
- Pesto + artichoke hearts + feta
- Crispy bacon + caramelized onions + spinach
Should I serve pizza pinwheels with a dip?
While these pizza pinwheels technically don't require a dip, dipping is more fun while eating. Mix it up or try new things! These dips are perfect for dipping and refining the flavor.
Can pizza pinwheels be warmed up?
Yes! While pizza always tastes best fresh, leftovers can definitely be reheated. They are best warmed up in the oven or in the microwave for a few seconds.
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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Shape the pizza dough into a rectangular shape. The back of an 18 "x 13" baking sheet is great for this.
Spread the pizza sauce on the batter, leaving ½ inch on one of the short ends without the sauce. Pour the ham, pineapple and mozzarella over the sauce.
Starting at the short end with the sauce, roll the pizza to the brim. Use the edge with no sauce to seal the roll and squeeze the dough a little if necessary.
Cut the pizza roll into 8 equal pieces. Place the pieces on a non-stick pan or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pizza dough is cooked through. Sprinkle the top with some chopped chives, if used.
This recipe was tested on store-bought pizza dough – the kind in a tube that pops open. If you want the best dough, use our homemade pizza dough recipe.
Calories239kcal (12%)carbohydrates27G (9%)protein12thG (24%)fat9G (14%)Saturated fat5G (25%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids2Gcholesterol28mg (9%)sodium656mg (27%)potassium96mg (3%)Fiber1G (4%)sugar6thG (7%)Vitamin A313IE (6%)vitamin C2mg (2%)calcium183mg (18%)iron2mg (11%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.
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