Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Homemade Pepperoni Rolls are made with refrigerated pizza dough, mozzarella cheese sticks, and pepperoni for an easy dinner or snack!

Made famous in West Virginia, these Pizza Rolls will become a family favorite!

Using premade pizza dough from the store makes this recipe a breeze! All you literally have to do is roll out the dough, cut, add in pepperoni, and mozzarella string cheese stick then roll it all tightly together.

This is the quickest 20-minute dinner that your entire family will love and with over 2600 shares on Pinterest and Facebook!

dipping pepperoni sticks into marinara sauce


The hardest part of this pizza recipe is being patient for them to bake. Even though this simple pepperoni dish takes just 10 minutes to assemble and 10 minutes to cook, you’ll be so ready to dip that first bite in the marinara sauce!

Storebought pizza dough crust makes this simple dish go a lot faster than making the dough homemade or using frozen rolls and it really does taste just like you ordered it from your favorite local pizza joint!

After letting it rest for a short time, these easy pepperoni and cheese rolls are ready to tear into and enjoy!

Who knew that just a few slices of pepperoni would be the star of these easy pepperoni rolls?! Some people call these West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls – but I just call them delicious! The kids also call them pepperoni sticks as they’re gobbling them down.

You can easily eat them as is or do like my whole family does and dip them in ranch dressing. These delicious pepperoni rolls are perfect game-day appetizers or make delicious appetizers for any time of the year!

I even think that these are great for an after-school snack for the kids!

tearing apart pepperoni rolls


  • Pillsbury Pizza Dough – Talk about a great way to save time. Buying a premade crust will cut down on having to make your own. But if you want to have a homemade pizza crust, you can make definitely alter this recipe! Just factor in the extra time to make the pizza dough from scratch.
  • Pizza Sauce – Your favorite jarred pizza sauce is perfect for this recipe. You can even use spaghetti sauce!
  • String Cheese – I like to use mozzarella string cheese for this recipe but you can use any variety of cheese that you want. Add in some cheddar cheese, Colby, or even some pepper jack for an added kick!

Easy Dinner Recipes

I consider this simple pizza recipe one of the easiest lunch or dinner ideas, ever. Don’t forget to check out some of our other Back to School Lunch Ideas, Hacks, And After School Snacks that you can whip up in a few moments of time, that this recipe is perfect for! It’s also great as a game-day snack like my Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls.

baking homemade pepperoni rolls


ingredients needed to make pizza sticks

1. Preheat

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. Spread dough

Spread out the dough on a cutting board and cut the dough into 10 equal-sized rectangles.

3. Add filling

Arrange 4 pepperoni slices on each rectangle and top with a cheese stick.

4. Roll

Roll up the dough and enclose the cheese stick. Pinch the seams closed.

5. Melt the butter

Melt the butter and stir in the parmesan cheese

6. Top with mixture

Brush the pizza sticks with the melted butter mixture.

7. Bake

Put in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Enjoy

Enjoy once cooled slightly with a side of marinara.

plate of easy pepperoni rolls


  • Make certain to roll the rectangles tightly and pinch the seams. If there are any gaps, the cheese will melt out and they won’t have a gooey center or middle to them. You’re going to want to bake them with the seam-side down.
  • You can also brush the melted butter mixture on again at the end of baking if you want. This will just make the pizza crust a bit softer and give a bigger parmesan taste and flavor.
  • Be aware that the inside of these pizza rolls is going to be very hot. Little mouths will get burned quickly if you don’t allow for a bit of cooling. Making a tiny tear and letting out some of the heat might help to speed up the cooling process.
  • If you want to use homemade dough for this recipe, do so! I love to make my own dough as well when I have the time because I love the flavor of DIY bread dough. But sometimes, there is no time and this is why this West Virginia pizza roll recipe is the best.
  • Sprinkle garlic powder on the classic pepperoni rolls as well for another yummy flavor! The family just might request these more than homemade pepperoni pizza – and when you see what an easy meal they are, you might agree!

Easy Pepperoni Roll FAQS

What other toppings can be added to these DIY pepperoni rolls?

Cooked hamburger can be a great alternative to the pepperoni, or even adding in some onions, black olives, and green peppers, too. As long as you’re adding in items that are normally found on pizzas, you literally can have fun mixing and matching options for this simple pizza recipe.

I also think that you can add in spicy pepperoni as well for a hint of heat!

Do you need to refrigerate Pepperoni Rolls?

Pepperoni rolls can be served warm or at room temperature. ( I like them both  ways!)  Store the leftover pepperoni rolls in resealable plastic bags at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them by wrapping them in plastic wrap and then into a freezer bag or aluminum foil for up to 1 month.

What do you serve with Pepperoni Rolls?

Here are some easy appetizer recipes that are perfect with Pepperoni Rolls:

How do you keep the pizza rolls from sticking to the baking sheet?

You can spray the pan with nonstick spray or line it with parchment paper, whatever you prefer.

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easy pepperoni rolls

Pepperoni Rolls

Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Homemade Pepperoni Rolls are made with refrigerated pizza dough, mozzarella cheese sticks and pepperoni for an easy dinner or snack!
4.34 from 75 votes
Course: Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Pillsbury pizza dough tube
  • 40 pepperoni slices
  • 10 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Spread pizza dough out on a cutting board and Cut the dough into 10 equal-size rectangles ( a pizza cutter makes this job easier)
  • Arrange 4 pepperoni slices on each rectangle and top with a mozzarella cheese stick.
  • Roll up the pizza dough, enclosing the cheese stick, pinching the seams closed.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the parmesan cheese.
  • Brush the pizza sticks with the melted butter mixture.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Eat immediately with a side of marinara for dipping



Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Jorja Diesch says:

    If i use the thin pizza crust from a can should I adjust the heat and/or time I cook them?

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We recommend following the package instructions for baking, and adjusting as needed. Hope this helps!

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds like a great, quick idea for dinner regardless of their name and origin. Making them tonight and may change them slightly according to the suggestions of others. Constructive criticism is usually helpful, but haters gonna hate even on Pinterest!

  3. Joyce Miller says:

    4 stars
    Although I like your easy concept and will give it a try the way I make mine is out of frozen bread dough. I cut each loaf into fourths for large rolls or fifths for smaller size. I flatten each out into a circle, place 7-8 pepperoni slices in the middle then top with either mozzerella shreds or Pepperjack shreds. Pull one side over, then the opposite side, and fold over the ends pinching to seal. Let them rise for about an hour then bake them at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and while they are still hot butter the tops and sides of them. When cool enough to handle remove them from the baking sheets and place them onto paper towels and let fully cool. Store them in Ziplock bags in the freezer if you wish. We serve ours by cutting a slit in the side of the roll and filling it with Oliverio peppers in sauce. Top it with more cheese shreds and zap it in the microwave. At least that is how I make them and I’m a born and bred West Virginian.

  4. 1 star
    Didn’t like the pizza dough

    1. Kris Atzenhofer says:

      Use Rhodes bead dough rolls.

  5. Rebecca Myers says:

    5 stars
    These were so fun and easy! I did it with homemade bread dough and they were not messy! It was Pizza at your fingertips! My whole family loved it! Will be making this again!

  6. 5 stars
    These turned out wonderfully! Entire family loved them. I used the pop-biscuit pizza dough and cut the rectangle into 6 pieces. Layered about 8-10 pepperoni slices and the mozzarella string cheese stick. Baked up beautifully and dipped in pizza sauce. Quick and easy dinner after a long day of grocery shopping. Even easier cleanup! Thank for the recipe! Definitely a keeper since my teens can make this easily on their own.

  7. Can these be made ahead, put in the refrigerator, then baked the next day?

    1. Can I make these up the day before??

  8. 5 stars
    This one got rave reviews from the whole family! After only one bite, my son proclaimed “Oh I can totally eat this all the time!!!” I added extra pepperonis, so I only cut my dough into 8 rectangles so it would seal. Thanks for the suggestion about adding some garlic powder to the butter and Parmesan mix – such great flavor! And I am glad I read your tips because I started to bake them seam side up. Delicious and easy recipe, made for a great quick lunch after church before the football game! Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      Oh, and served with marinara and ranch! My family thanks you Kasey!

  9. 2 stars
    I’m giving this only a 2 star simply because you called it a West Virginia pepperoni roll. I’ve lived in WV my entire life and although these look and sound good, these are NOT WV pepperoni rolls. For one, WV rolls are not crunchy, they are soft, For another thing, they do NOT have all that cheese, if any, in them. If cheese is in them, it’s a very slight amount. Also, a bit of sauce goes into the roll so dipping it isn’t necessary, just grab and go. And lastly, they definitely have more pepperoni than what is in the ones shown here. After all, it IS called a pepperoni roll. The amount of cheese in this recipe would overpower the pepperoni. Like yours though, you can eat them room temperature, or heat them if you like. I’m going to pin this to Pinterest to try, but will add more pepperoni and a lot less cheese.

  10. 5 stars
    Adding 2 tsp of your preferred sauce to the dough before assembling the rolls, plus sprinkling a dash of dried parsley after you’ve applied the butter mixed coating helps to elevate these wonderful servings. Give it a try!

  11. hi i want to make ahead of time to freeze but did not see the instructions on reheating.

    Thank you!

    1. Sherri L Spring says:

      Hi, I would like to try to make a carrot cake roll. I thought it sounds delicious
      Could I use pureed carrots, and possible shredded carrot and raisins.
      What are your thoughts? .any suggestions for ingredients.
      Thanks for any thoughts you can provide.
      Sherri Spring.

    2. Kim, I actually just cooked these from the freezer in my air fryer on 400 for 8-10 minutes. So good.

    3. If I were to make ahead of time and freeze, I would bake 5-6 minutes to give the dough a “crust”. Cool completely, wrap well in plastic wrap then into a ziplock bag. Then to reheat, I would thaw the rolls, preheat the oven to the temp noted in the recipe and back for 6-8 minutes. You want to make sure the inside is hot but watch carefully that the crust doesn’t get too brown.

  12. Roberta Collins says:

    5 stars
    Quick and easy

  13. Can you make these ahead of time and freeze? Would you just prepare & freeze? Or prepare & cook , then freeze?

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      I think either way would work. If it was me, I’d make and then bake when ready to eat.

  14. 5 stars
    These are absolutely AMAZING! I usually never leave reviews, but I had to on these because they are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      That is so great to hear!! Thank you!

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