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Pizza Pretzel Rolls by Cravings of a Lunatic

I have dreamt about making these adorable little Pizza Pretzel Rolls for so long. They have been on my mind for a couple of years. A friend named Amy Valentino sent me a link to some little bites that blew my mind. It’s funny how things you want to make get put on the back burner sometimes. Yet I never forgot about these little bundles of pizza joy. What’s not to love. I dig pretzels, I love pizza and anything in bite sized portions is just too much fun for words. You can trick yourself into thinking you are using portion control, but let’s be honest once you eat a dozen of these suckers you’ve blown your cover. You will forever be labelled a little oinker. But if eating a dozen of these and being called an oinker is wrong, well, honey I don’t want to be right.

I had some issues with these little suckers though. You know I can never fib and try to fool you. It’s just not how I roll. The first batch was a big floppy pretzel mess. Most of the insides oozed to the outsides. I am not sure if I had the water too high, or if I left them in the water too long, but something went awry. I consulted my personal chef, or as I like to call her “my bestie”, the lovely Jenni of Pastry Chef Online. She suggested freezing them and well, when Jenni gives advice on technique I listen. She knows the science behind baking, which sadly I don’t always know or understand. I froze the second batch for a couple of hours while I watched a movie. The second batch seemed to ooze a bit but they didn’t flop over like the first batch. So my thought is I got all carried away on the cheese and whatnot. I tend to overstuff, it’s a Lunatic thing. The good thing about these little bundles of joy is even if they flop, or ooze good stuff out the sides, they still taste out of this world good.

I think I just had an off day today. It was supposed to be my day off but work got in the way of my plans to chill with young hooligan. So I was off my game today. I screwed up my back up batch of dough. I dropped a glass and shattered it all over the floor. I spilled dirty water all over my counter. I lost puppy then realized she was overtired and had put herself to bed while I was busy. And I completely spaced out trying to open a piece of paper and couldn’t figure out why nothing was written inside the folded bits only to realize I had to unfold it one more time. Yah, one of *those* days. Nothing went quite right. Likely due to me being resentful I had to work when I really just wanted to hang with my kid. The upside is there’s always a lesson in everything. I learned not to overextend myself with projects. I also learned I need to get myself ahead on projects and blog posts so when I cook it’s because I want to, not because I have to. Doing things at the last minute sucks the fun out of the process. I usually tend to love the process of baking/cooking and taking photos. So when it stops being fun I know I need to back away and rethink what I’m doing. So a broken glass, and some ooey gooey cheesy pretzel bites later I learned my balance had shifted again and it’s time to reset that. See, I’m learning and growing. Life is good. So are Pizza Pretzel Rolls.

Pizza Pretzel Rolls from Cravings of a Lunatic


Pizza Pretzel Rolls
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Great little Pizza Pretzel Rolls/Bites that are perfect for any party.
Serves: 36 to 48 pieces
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup pepperoni, chopped or grated
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 8 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  1. Combine your yeast, 1 tablespoon of your brown sugar and your warm water in a bowl. Give a quick stir then let it does it thing. It will foam up so you know you're good to go.
  2. In another bowl combine the rest of your brown sugar and your warm milk. Stir well until the sugar dissolves, then set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer combine the yeast, flour, and milk mixture and use the dough hook attachment to mix. Turn it on low and let it do it's thing until the dough comes together in a ball, it should be soft and workable. Do not over mix.
  4. Spread a little flour on your work surface and remove the dough from the mixer, knead it a few times on the surface till it's soft and then form it into a ball.
  5. Spray a large bowl with non stick spray, place the dough inside, cover and set in a warm place for a couple of hours. During this time the dough should double in size.
  6. Remove and on a floured surface divide the dough into 4 equal size pieces.
  7. Start with the first piece and roll it out into a rectangle.
  8. Place ¼ of the meat and cheese along the long side using the bottom ⅓ of the dough.
  9. Spoon 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce over each piece.
  10. Now roll it over onto itself as tightly as you can.
  11. Cut into squares, about 8 to 12 from each piece as you repeat the pattern for each piece of dough.
  12. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Allow to rise again for about 30 minutes minimum.
  13. At this point I suggest popping them in your freezer. I placed mine in a container, popped on a lid and slid them into the freezer for about 2 hours.
  14. About 20 minutes before removing from freezer place a large pot on the stove with 6 cups of water and the baking soda inside. Bring to a boil and then a gentle simmer.
  15. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  16. Remove pizza from oven and drop one piece at a time into the water. Cook on each side for 10 to 20 seconds. Scoop out and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Continue until you've cooked them all.
  17. Pop the pizzas in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  18. Brush with butter and sprinkle with the salt if desired.
  19. Serve with a big old "I should have made these sooner" smile.
Source: Pennies on a Platter

My suggestion is to follow her recipe to the letter. Hers look a gazillion times better than mine!

You can toss in anything you like. This is a cool recipe to play around with and customize it to what your family loves.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: depends how hungry you are!

Pizza Pretzel Rolls via Cravings of a Lunatic

Even though I had some issues with these little suckers I’d totally make them again. I think this is a recipe you can totally customize to your own family’s needs and taste. I’d like to thank Pennies on a Platter for such a cool recipe. I didn’t adjust much on this one. I think I just had an off day in the kitchen today and really want to tackle these again soon. I’m sure it’s one of those recipes you get the knack for after a go or two. I have to say even though they didn’t look pretty you cannot believe the flavour of these things. Right on the money when it came to taste, and to me that’s way more important than pretty food.

Pizza Pretzel Rolls

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    • Kim Bee says

      Lol Ramona, great minds think alike. They are wildly addictive and delicious. I wish they were prettier but what can you do. Some foods are just messy. lol

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Jennifer. They are so good. I really want to make them again and tweak them some more. I am determined to make mine look like Pennies on a Platter. Hers look like sheer perfection.

  1. says

    LOL…so glad Jenni came to the rescue! After reading about your troubles on Facebook last night, I am relieved to see that batch 2 was a success! They look fantastic, KimB…a little oozing is perfectly fine with me!

    • Kim Bee says

      Jenni needs a superhero cape I swear. I still cannot believe I pushed the wrong button on my bread maker for the back up batch. I’ve had the bread maker for 20 years and this is the first time I’ve done that. Rough day. Luckily even though they look terrible they sure are tasty.

  2. says

    Well, I would eat them! I think I would inhale them and it is only 7AM here. And I do know what it is like when you just don’t have that rythym thing going. Like today I’m supposed to be cleaning the house. Just hard to get that rythym when I’d rather be playing.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Abbe. I have to say they taste amazing so once I get my groove back I want to try again. There’s just some days nothing goes according to plan.

  3. says

    I hate it when I have one of “those” days. I totally understand where you’re coming from. And it’d be nice to be two weeks ahead in blog posts, wouldn’t it? Maybe I should work on that – I tend to do mine last minute. Anyway, love the Pizza Pretzel Rolls! I’m with you on pretzel flavor, and really like bite-size things too. Looks like a fun recipe to play with – thanks.

    • Kim Bee says

      I know right. I was ahead in the summer and ever since vacation I’m constantly behind. I hate it. I’d love to get ahead so I could slow down and take more time with my photos.

      These recipe is cool cuz you can play with it in so many ways. I’d love to see you Riff it.

  4. says

    Hey grumpy greedy (today’s nickname for you, my Love)… I saw an awful lot of “mine” “mine” “mine” and not very much (read NONE) that said “yours” “yours” “yours” or even “Boo’s” “Boo’s” “Boo’s”


  5. says

    Oh my gosh! You are totally making me rethink my whole life. I have pretzel dough rising right now and it was just going to be turned into pretzel bites…. but now I’m ready to put my boots on and run to the store so I can use it to make these pizza pretzel rolls!!!

  6. says

    Wait a minute! No turtle recipe??? I just had to stick that in this comment. Anyway, I’ve had those days when everything seems to go wrong. It’s nice when things starts working right again. Life is good.

    • Kim Bee says

      Turtle Pizza Bites…now that is a recipe I can wrap my head around.

      I’ve had an interesting couple of days in the kitchen. My mojo is not working right now.

  7. says

    Oh the trials and joys of baking! Learning and growing is always a good thing in my book. We all have off days like what you experienced. It sucks in the moment. Nothing that chocolate can’t fix though. I’m just saying. These pizza pretzels look ooey-gooey-delish. *hugs*

  8. says

    Ooh I love these ooey gooey baked stuff and even more so, since I don’t bake that much!These would disappear in no time in our house :)

  9. says

    I read a book about three years ago that centered around a restaurant that served pretzel rolls. I wanted to make them something awful, but never got around to it before the gf thing. I am so glad to have a friend like you who makes them even better by adding pizza. I will just take vicarious pleasure by drooling over yours.

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