Pepperoni and Cheese Crescent Rolls

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My family has a BIG problem when it comes to carbs. We LOVE bread, pasta, and anything with unhealthy carbs. However, we only eat these meals when we have very active or busy weeks, or if we are short on time (this is STILL better than fast food).

These Pepperoni & Cheese Crescent Rolls are pretty dang good! Filled with pizza sauce, mini pepperonis, and shredded cheese, they are tasty on their own or dipped in ranch or melted garlic butter! We have eaten this on movie nights with a salad, or as a mid-afternoon snack after a day at the lake or pool. The kids (and husband) gobble this stuff up!!

Unfortunately, I do not have any recent pictures of this creation. But the recipe is very straightforward and easy!

Filled and topped with melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning.
Filled and topped with melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning.

Pepperoni and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 regular size can of crescent rolls (not the “mini” ones)
  • pizza sauce or marinara
  • mini pepperonis
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • garlic powder
  • parmesan cheese
  • italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. On a LIGHTLY floured surface roll out crescent rolls into triangles.
  3. Spread pizza sauce or marinara across all triangles.
  4. Top with mini pepperonis, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  5. Roll each triangle into a crescent (start in the middle on the wide, flat side and roll toward the point of the triangle. Make sure it is rolled up tight enough not to let the toppings fall out.
  6. Place on parchment lined pan. Spread melted butter over crescent rolls, then top with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and italian seasoning.
  7. Bake in a 375 deg oven for 11-13 min, or until golden brown. Serve with Ranch or more pizza sauce!

I actually just found a recipe for homemade crescent roll dough and it looks pretty good. I’m going to try that recipe out in a few days and then I will update this post after I try it with the homemade and compare the two. Like I said, this is a very quick, easy, simple recipe to whip up for snacks or a very quick dinner.

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Pizza Twist Sticks

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Kids of all ages will LOVE these delicious treats that are perfect for an after school snack, party, or even for dinner! My family loves pizza. My 2 year old’s third word was “pizza,” and he ate two whole Pizza Twist Sticks so if I get his stamp of approval, everyone should love this!!! I originally found this recipe on Pinterest. Head on over to the Weary Chef if you want the original, because I added a few extra things to mine.

You *can* use pizza bread dough with this recipe. I ran out of time prior to making this, so I bought a package of frozen white bread (it came as 3 “1 lb loaves”). I preheated the oven to 175 deg and then cut it off. I waited about 3 minutes and then placed the frozen dough on a pan and placed it in the oven for a little bit. I didn’t time it but I’m estimating maybe 45 minutes…When I pulled it out, it was perfectly defrosted. Of course you can follow the directions and thaw it in the fridge for 24 hours, but our fridge tends to freeze things so it was counterproductive for us!

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Preheat oven to 400 deg. Once the dough is fully defrosted, flour your working surface and roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick. This was my first time working with pre-frozen bread dough and I had a hard time rolling it out. It kept shrinking back to its original shape, but I eventually got it to stay.

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Spread as much pizza sauce or marinara as you want over each piece of dough. I found it stuck a little better with sauce on both pieces (the original only calls for sauce on one piece). Then layer whatever toppings you want. We used mini pepperonis, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. My family loves cheese so I used extra.

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Next, take the piece of dough that does not have toppings on it and place it over the toppings. Seal the edges as good as you can.

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The original posting states to cut the dough every 1 1/2 inches, but those ended up being WAY to big for our kids, so I cut the dough every 1/2-3/4 inches or so.

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Carefully take each slice and twist it tightly. I made a huge mess doing this, but it was fun!!! Place it on a pan lined with parchment paper. Then lightly spray the twists with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle garlic powder and parsley over the top. Place in the 400 deg oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Look at that gooey, delicious goodness!!
Look at that gooey, delicious goodness!!

Pizza Twist Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 1 lb loaves of frozen white bread
  • pizza sauce or marinara
  • mini pepperonis
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • garlic powder
  • parsley flakes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out defrosted loaves of bread to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Spread pizza sauce or marinara across both pieces of dough.
  4. Top with mini pepperonis, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  5. Place the other piece of dough over the toppings and gently seal the edges. Cut the dough every 1/2-3/4 inches.
  6. Take each strip and gently twist. Place on parchment lined pan. Lightly spray twists with olive oil cooking spray, then top with garlic powder and parsley flakes.
  7. Bake in a 400 deg oven for 15-20 min, or until golden brown. Serve with Ranch or more pizza sauce!

And there you have it. A simple twist on traditional pizza. The kids loved dipping it in Ranch. We ended up serving our twists with chips, but feel free to serve it by itself or with anything your heart desires. I hope you enjoy this treat as much as we did!!

** UPDATE **

I originally wrote this on one of my other blogs and transferred it over to this one because it is just TOO good not to share this one. We have made this many times and we all still love it! We usually do these on nights we have sleepovers or when we are watching a a new movie. We usually dip the sticks in ranch dressing or extra pizza sauce. SO good!

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