Child Pleasing Pizza Rolls

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child pleasing pizza rolls

Being a mother of three school aged children, I find it hard to keep their lunches interesting enough to have them eat all of it. These easy to whip together pizza rolls can be adapted to please your munchkin’s taste buds and it’s a great way to sneak some vegetables into their meals. They’re also fun to make, so I encourage you to invite your children into the kitchen with you to help make these! If you don’t have time to make your dough ahead of time, there are some great pre-made options available as well. I promise your little ones and all of their friends will be asking to see these appear in their lunchboxes every week!


Dough Ingredients
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.

Our Favourite Topping Ingredients
Put whatever you’d like inside!
12 – ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
2 cups chopped ham (Lepp’s deli meat works great here)
1 1/2 cups finely chopped broccoli
2 cups shredded cheese (Swiss, Cheddar options are limitless)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup finely chopped green onions


Preparing the Dough

  1. Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
  2. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Topping and Baking

  1. Follow the recipe for your roll dough until the dough has risen. Punch down the dough and roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 1/2-inch
  2. In a small bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Spread the rolled out dough with the butter/cream cheese mixture.
  3. Top with the ham, broccoli, cheese, Parmesan cheese, and green onions.
  4. Roll the dough up, pinching the seam to seal. Slice the roll into about 1-inch segments.
  5. Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Let the rolls rise until nearly doubled and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.

Recipe expanded upon from Marisa at What’s For Dinner