Homemade Stuffed Pizza Pockets are made with an easy homemade pillowy dough and baked with your favorite pizza toppings all up inside. These heavenly pizza pockets are brushed with a garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan. They puff right up when baking and come out golden brown!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to that delicious cheesy thing we call PIZZA.
I’m thinking I could be that kind of person that is addicted to pizza. Are you? What would we be called??? Ummm, pizza-holics?
Well, I’m one of those. My kids are with me. And, then so is Justin. Maybe it’s a family thing with us.
We have a favorite pizza delivery place, which happens to be more than 30 miles away, across the Wasatch Mountains, down a canyon, and across the river…
No, really! Although, their delivery range probably cuts off miles before it hits my half way mark to get there.
I call Mr. Pizza Man down over yander and let him know I’m in route. I’m thinking we might just be one of his favorite (traveling) customers. He has the pizza all nice and hot when we arrive!
But, when we’re not traveling across 3 county lines for fresh baked pizza… I really do make pizza at home.
These Homemade Stuffed Pizza Pockets are my family’s favorite!
knead need to wait for this homemade dough to rise. I mean, do YOU have time for dough to rise on a Thursday night? I sure don’t.
It’s fast to put together and even more fun for the whole family to build their own personal pizza pockets!
After the dough is all kneaded, place it on a large clean surface with NO flour. Cut the dough in half and then into quarters. Makes eight pizza pockets. If this is too much for you, wrap each individual baked pocket with freezer wrap. Then just pop in the oven (unwrapped) until warm, for another time!
When flattening each ball of dough, simply hold it between your hands and work it out with your fingers in a circular motion. Your dough may end up in a circle or a rectangle. Whichever one is fine. (As you can see above.)
Fill one side of the dough with your favorite toppings and sauce. Be sure to leave enough room near the edges to fold and pinch them together. Tip: Press the top piece of dough with your left finger and pull up the bottom piece of dough with your right hand to fold up and over.
After you’ve pinched and folded together the edges closed, use a dough scraper or a flat spatula to lift up the filled dough. Put on a cornmeal covered baking sheet.
Brush melted garlic butter on the tops of dough and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on the top.
If everyone is having different kinds of pizza, label the tops a little with what is inside.
Yes. That one with the jalapeno is, well, you know! All mine! (Shredded chicken, Parmesan Cream Sauce, mozzarella, and jalapenos!)
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Just keep an eye on it after 20 minutes. I like to set my pan on the lowest shelf of the oven so the bottom gets a little crispy. But remember, every oven is different. Bake until golden brown on the top.
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup water, warm (100-110 degrees)
- 1/2 cup milk, heated to warm temperature. I use whole milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups of bread flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- garlic powder
- grated Parmesan
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- mini pepperonis and mozzarella
- shredded (leftover) chicken breasts
- ham and cheese
- ...any of your favorites!
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- garlic powder
- grated Parmesan
- Put yeast and sugar in a small bowl, add the warm water and stir. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Heat the milk (warm to the touch) with 2 tablespoons of butter, until melted. Set aside.
- Put one and a half cups of bread flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the proofed yeast and milk mixture into the flour mixture. Mix by hand or with a dough hook on low speed. Slowly add the rest of the flour while it is mixing. Keep mixing until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. (About 5-8 minutes.) Add additional flour one tablespoon at a time, if needed.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Take dough out of the bowl and set onto a clean surface. Do not flour the surface.
- Cut the dough in half and then into quarters, making 8 pieces of dough.
- When flattening each ball of dough, simply hold it between your hands and work it out with your fingers in a circular motion. Your dough may end up in a circle or a rectangle. Whichever one is fine.
- Fill one side of the dough with your favorite toppings and sauce. Be sure to leave enough room near the edges to fold and pinch them together.
- *Pinch and fold together the edges closed. Use a dough scraper or a flat spatula to lift up the filled dough.
- Sprinkle cornmeal on a covered baking sheet.
- Put each pizza pocket onto the baking sheet, 1/2 inch to an inch apart.
- Add the garlic powder to 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Brush melted garlic butter on the tops of dough and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on the top.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Or until golden brown on the tops.
- *How to pinch and seal the ends of the dough together: Press the top piece of dough with your left finger and pull up the bottom piece of dough with your right hand to fold up and over.
- If everyone is having different kinds of pizza, label the tops with a little bit of what is inside.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?These Homemade Stuffed Pizza Pockets were shared and link up to party with: Little Miss Celebration Roubinek Reality
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
I think I am right there with you, okay I’ll admit it I’m a pizza-holic! These look incredible Gloria and would go so well in my kiddos lunches! Pinning away!
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Allie | Baking a Moment says
Another one for my first grader! Love these, Gloria, especially the garlic butter- yum!
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Allie, whenever I make these up, my 7 yr old will gobble these up til they’re gone! Sometimes, I have to hide them behind places in the freezer!
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
Oh my word I love these….and those mini pepperoni? I need to find those!!!
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Aimee, I have always seen them in major grocery stores. But, I was really surprised to see the little pepperonis in my little market here in my (teeny) town! The boys love how they are mini. Besides, it makes it so the whole middle of these don’t come falling out with one bite. It’s perfect.
I am definitely going to have to try these pizza pockets—genius! My family will love them! Love love all the gooey cheese!
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Wow Gloria, these look heavenly! I’d travel for miles to get these!!!
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We are pizza-holics too and my family would absolutely love these fun pizza pockets! They look incredible and I love how each member of the family can have their own toppings just the way they like it – yum! Pinning:)
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Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat says
These look wonderful!! Can I have one at 9:30AM?!? Totally pinning this on my Dinner board.
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Shannon, I’ve even stuffed these with scrambled eggs, bacon or ham… and lots of cheese. My boys go crazy over the breakfast versions, too. (=
Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner says
I love love love these pizza pockets – we have pizza every Friday and will need to put these in my rotation. Great job Gloria – pinning!
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Mary Frances says
Pizzahlic would describe me to a “t.” And I love your version – jalepeno creamy chicken? Good grief, yes! And that dough; love how easy it is. I wish I was having them for lunch!
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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
Yummers! My hubby and I love to make homemade pizza and calzones (and in fact it’s the hopper for future posts soon) and these pizza pockets are an awesome combo of the 2! It’s nice to order take-out, but there’s just somthing about spending time in the kitchen and turning out your own (sometimes slightly imperfect looking) creation. 🙂
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I love pizza, too! I could have it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! We could start a website called Pizza-licious with all the different variations! LOVE this recipe! I didnt know you lived down yander! Oh well, homemade pizza is the best anyway! 🙂
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Oh, for sure! Love any kind of pizza!
Sandi @ A New York Foodie says
Thanks for hosting Gloria and I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂
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This is just brilliant, Gloria! I love this, and fully intend to use this idea! Pinning.
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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
We are pizzaholics in my household too. We probably eat pizza way more than we should but it is just too easy and so delicious. I’m going to add these stuffed pizza pockets to the menu soon! Have a great weekend, Gloria!
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Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat says
Just coming back to say that I made these tonight for dinner and WOW, they were delicious! I’ve totally found my go to pizza dough, and let me tell you, I have been looking for quite a while. It was awesome and the husband went on and on about how great it was. Definitely going on my dinner rotation! Thanks for sharing.
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Yum! I think I may make these specifically to pull from the freezer on a busy night. Thanks for sharing!
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These look amazing! I usually make them with store bought dough, but I’m definitely going to try this out.
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Jamie @ Roubinek Reality says
My goodness gracious! This looks absolutely amazing, but what’s even more amazing is how far you live from a pizza place. 🙂 What a tragedy that you can’t get delivery. 😉 Although, I’d imagine these substitutes are even BETTER! 🙂
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These are delicious! I needed a dinner that could be eaten in the car with minimal mess, and these worked perfectly. I highly recommend them.
If you don’t put the extra flour in, the dough is too sticky to handle
I tried to make these but I am guessing I didn’t use enough flour as they were very sticky and I found that once u had put the topping in them they stuck to the bench. instead of getting pizza pockets they look more like pizza buns. I followed the instructions and added extra flour until the dough came away from the sides of the bowl but I guess it still wasn’t enough. as long as they taste okay my hubby will still eat them.
I was thinking about how much I make this recipe and how the flour is always different every single time. (I even just made some ham and cheese pizza pockets today!) The reason it’s different every time is because it depends on how much the yeast mixture has proofed. Which is always different in measuring liquid. (And goes along with where you live. Funny how that can be a factor.) That being the other reason why the flour measurements are not exact in this recipe. Play around with 1 tablespoon at a time when mixing– after you’ve put in the 3 plus cups. I hope you have fun with this recipe and make many more to come. (I made some today actually with pesto, Parmesan sauce and leftover chicken breasts. It was amazing!) Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂