These Pepperoni Pizza Pockets could not be easier! Store bought pizza dough is filled with your favorite toppings, sealed together, and baked to golden brown perfection! Great served with a side of marinara or ranch for dipping!
- Minimal Ingredients: This recipe can be made with as little as five ingredients!
- Easy to Customize: We used just pepperoni, but you can use any of your favorite pizza toppings!
- Freezer Friendly: Freeze these for up to 3 months for homemade hot pockets that are on hand whenever the craving strikes!
Pizza Hot Pockets are a staple in our freezer. My kid and husband love them and I like the simplicity of heating them up for a quick meal. However, we wanted more flexibility to customize our quick dinner which is where this homemade version enters!
These hot pockets are so simple to make. I start with a store bought dough, although you definitely can make a homemade pizza crust, and let everyone add their favorite toppings. We have control over the amount of sauce, cheese, and pepperoni which means everyone gets a customized pocket that they are going to LOVE. Once baked the crispy crust is perfection and the melted cheese is dreamy. You can’t go wrong with this easy recipe.
Pepperoni Hot Pocket Ingredients
- Pizza Dough: I opted for store bought, to keep things super simple, but you can easily make a homemade dough.
- Pizza Sauce: Like the dough, you can always start with your favorite store bought sauce. However, I really love my pizza sauce recipe. It’s perfectly seasoned and won the stamp of approval from my very picky pizza loving husband.
- Cheese: Specifically, mozzarella. You can use fresh or shredded cheese with equally delicious results.
- Toppings: For this post I used only pepperoni. However, when we make these for dinner I let everyone pick their favorite toppings! Use 1 tablespoon measurements for each ingredient per pocket.
- Milk: Just a touch brushed on top of the dough before baking. This helps keep the seasoning holding tight as well as lightly browning the top.
- Italian Seasoning: Optional, but one of my favorite toppings. Sprinkle a touch over the tough just before baking for an added flavor boost.
How To Make Hot Pockets Using Pizza Dough
- PREP: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside for later.
- ROLL: Place the pizza dough on a clean floured surface. Roll into a 17×12 inch rectangle, or about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 8 rectangles of equal size.
- TOPPINGS: Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on half of the rectangles. Add cheese and pepperoni with any additional toppings you might like.
- POCKET: Place the remaining empty squares of dough directly on top of the toppings. Pinch the edges, or crimp with a fork, to seal closed.
- BAKE: Brush milk onto each pocket and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake the pockets for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Baking Trays: Having a quality set of baking trays (affiliate) is a life saver in the kitchen. They are a tad thicker and help heat everything evenly.
- Silicone Baking Mats: Not technically something you need, but silicone baking mats (affiliate) are used almost daily in our home. They keep almost anything from sticking to a baking tray AND are reusable so cut back on waste from foil and parchment.
- Pizza Cutter: Hear me out, I actually use my pizza cutter (affiliate) for EVERYTHING. Quesadillas? Pizza cutter. Grilled cheese? Pizza cutter. Pancakes? Pizza cutter!
The beauty of this recipe is that the possibilities are nearly endless. You can use any of the following for a fun variation:
Sauces: Try alfredo, pesto, or even buffalo sauce!
Toppings: No need to stick to pepperoni. Try any traditional topping OR get creative and use chicken, bacon, and even sun dried tomatoes!
Cheeses: I love a mix of mozzarella and parmesan. However, you can use gouda, cheddar, and even ricotta!
These freeze amazingly well. Bake the recipe and cool completely. Wrap each individual picket in plastic wrap and place into a labeled zip top bag. These will stay fresh for up to three months.
When ready to eat, simply unwrap and microwave for 2 to 4 minutes until heated through.
Yes. If you opt for biscuit dough or canned pizza dough, simply follow the baking instructions on the container.
The best way to store leftover pizza pockets is in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. These will stay fresh up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
- 1 (16oz) pizza dough
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1½ cups mozzarella shredded
- 3/4 cup pepperoni
- 1 tablespoon milk
- italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside for later.
- Place the pizza dough on a clean floured surface. Roll into a 17×12 inch rectangle, or about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 8 rectangles of equal size.
- Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on half of the rectangles. Add cheese and pepperoni with any additional toppings you might like.
- Place the remaining empty squares of dough directly on top of the toppings. Pinch the edges, or crimp with a fork, to seal closed.
- Brush milk onto each pocket and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake the pockets for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.