Pizza Pinwheels

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Who doesn’t love pizza flavor that you can bake up in under 30?  That’s what you get from these Pizza Pinwheels from PicNic for #FreakyFriday; a delicious snack your family will ask for again and again!  

So, this is round 2 for me with the #FreakyFriday group.  “What’s #FreakyFriday” you ask?  Well, it’s hosted by Michaela from An Affair of the Heart.  There are 15 bloggers participating in the event this month.  It’s kind of like SRC, if you’re not new to my blog.  If you are, well, here’s the 411.

Each blogger who signs up is assigned a blog from another participant.  Like me, for instance.  I was assigned Pic Nic.  Once you receive your assigned blog, you get to go through their recipes and pick something you want to cook.  Since I’ve been dying to make some pinwheels – honestly they have been on my #tomake list forever – I decided to make these delicious Pizza Pinwheels.  Then, once you cook up their recipe, you post about on the #FreakyFriday; telling everyone about their wonderful blog, what you found out, and how delicious their recipe was!

Sounds like fun, right?  Well….  IT IS!

You should sign up for the next round.  Everyone is super nice and very helpful!  I can’t wait for the next round, already!  When is that one coming up Michaela?

Now, on to the topic at hand, PIC NIC!  Pic Nic is a wonderful blog by Nicole.  She’s got some serious brains!  She has a PhD in neuroscience/biochemistry in fabulous New Zealand.  Some place I hope to visit at least once in my life.  Mom brought my some wool from there to knit with and now I want to go back and get some more.  Oh, and see the sights.  LOL

We are similar in that we always just cooked and never really created in the kitchen until we met men who inspired us.  Thankfully, those men know their way around the kitchen and can cook alongside us.  It always helps to have partners in crime when we’re creating.  They push us to be creative and help bring out a more creative side in the kitchen.

Nicole started Pic Nic in 2013 and that’s sort of when I ramped up my blog with more original creations.  While mine has been around a while, you see from the archives that the older stuff is more recipe reviews than writing.  It was late 2012 that I got the bug and then truly did ramp up writing recipes and really posting content in 2013.  Guess it was a good year for bloggers?

Nicole has oodles of recipes on her blog.

There’s all different cuisine styles, lots of healthy recipes, and pages of yummy baked goods.  There’s something for everyone on her blog, so you really do need to just head over there and find some faves of your own.

Now, Nicole’s recipe for these Pizza Pinwheels calls for puff pastry.  If you’re a seasoned reader you’ll know; puff pastry and I have a love hate relationship.  I love it.  It hates me.  I just can’t quite grasp the concept of working with puff pastry.  So, for this experiment, I didn’t.  Consequently, I went with the poor man’s puff pastry; crescent roll dough.

I know.  You think it’s a cop-out, but honestly, it’s not.

Because that stuff isn’t that much easier to deal with, either.  It’s just more forgiving when you mess it up.  And since I didn’t want to mess this tasty recipe up, I went with the poor man’s puff pastry.

Cause, I mean, just look at how delicious these things are?  That fluffy dough, the sweet tomato paste, and the spicy pepperoni all blend totally with the creamy mozzarella.  They are baked to golden perfection and then just try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting!  I dare you!  That’s another reason why I made these babies from crescent dough; they’re smaller!  I could just see myself eating the whole pan of regular ones.  I have no self-control.  I’m not ashamed to admit it.  So, making them smaller, in my mind, means I’m portion controlling them.  See how my mind works?

Y’all need to head on over to Nicole’s blog Pic Nic and see what other tasty vittles she’s cooking up.  And, to stay up to date on all her delicious adventures, make sure to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, Twitter, and StumbleUpon.

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Who doesn't love pizza flavor that you can bake up in under 30? That's what you get from these Pizza Pinwheels from PicNic; a delicious snack your family will ask for again and again!


  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent dough
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Carefully roll out the crescent dough. Spread the tomato paste over the dough with a spoon. Sprinkle with the onions and garlic powder. Top with the pepperoni then the cheese.
  3. Carefully roll the long side of the crescent dough up to form a long log. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1 inch slices.
  4. Place the slices on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! They’re perfect for parties! And even for unexpected guests. I always have a tube of dough, pepperoni, and cheese on hand. And, well, who doesn’t keep tomato paste??

  1. I’m so delighted to read this!! Your pizza pinwheels look perfect and it looks like the cresent roll dough worked wonderfully 🙂 Thanks too for the very kind words about my blog!

  2. I love using puff pastry – but I agree sometimes it’s so hard to roll it evenly like when you need that perfect square – forget about it. Love your take on this easy and tasty recipe.

  3. These look delicious!! What a perfect nibble for Game Day Grub! 😀 I’ll have to make a batch! 😀 Nice choice for Freaky Friday! 😀

  4. Christie, These are fantastic! My kiddos would LOVE them, too. I am so glad you enjoyed Nicole’s blog – she is such a sweetheart! Thanks for being a part of our little group! Hope you will be in for the winter edition?? 😉 I had fun baking from your blog!! Thanks for the great content! You made it so easy!

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