Pizza Flavored Cinnamon Rolls! a.k.a. Pizza Pinwheels

Merry Pizzamas to all, and to all a Merry Pizzamas!

Christmas is almost here and it’s the most wonderful time of year. It’s a time for generosity and kindness, appreciation and gratitude—and of course, PIZZA. It’s safe to say we love the holiday season just about as much as we love a warm (or cold) pizza pie!

But, you might be surprised to learn that our Christmas morning tradition doesn’t involve eating the pizza... *GASP* It’s eating the cinnamon rolls. (Shocking, we know.) So this year, we’re putting the pizza back in Pizzamas.

We’re taking our old holiday tradition to a new cheesy level: PIZZA CINNAMON ROLLS! (Otherwise known as pizza pinwheels.)

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

Nothing Says Christmas Morning like Pizza Pinwheels

These bad boys are so deliciously simple to make, you really don’t even need a recipe. But we’ve shared our recipe below for you anyway. Because, the more pizza, the merrier the Pizza Freak.

Basically, roll up a pizza, slice it into rolls, and bake to perfection! Just get your pizza dough sauced, cheesed, and topped however you like, keeping your toppings small so they'll fit inside your rolls. Then, BEFORE baking, roll that dough into a log shape and cut it into rounds.

No, there's no actual cinnamon involved... 'Cinnamon rolls' are really just the concept for this recipe—and, thanks to Totino's, we couldn't really name them 'pizza rolls.'

But they sure do look like cinnamon rolls! And their savory, cheesy cinnamon-less goodness is sure to make your Christmas morning just as sweet.

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • pre-made pizza dough (we used a Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough)
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • green bell pepper, finely diced
  • red onion, finely diced
  • mushrooms, finely diced
  • grated Parmesan
  • regular pepperonis
  • mini pepperonis

Procedure:

  • Roll out pizza dough into a rectangle shape, about ¼-inch thick.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce onto dough, sprinkle with cheese, and top with a light dusting of vegetables.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan and layer on pepperonis. (We arranged our pepperonis in two stripes, lengthwise across our crust, with space in between the stripes—that way, when we cut the dough into rolls, the pepperonis would be evenly distributed!)
  • Starting from one of the long sides of your prepared dough/crust, roll up into a cylinder. (You want to roll this fairly tightly, so your pizza ‘toppings’ don’t fall out!)
  • Slice cylinder into rolls/rounds. (We cut our dough cylinder into 8 pieces!)
  • Place rolls in a sprayed 9-inch circular pan or dish and top with more cheese and mini pepperonis.
  • Bake 18 minutes.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Yields 8 cheesy, meaty, pepperoni pizza pinwheels / pizza 'cinnamon' rolls.

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

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