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Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

Looking for a super kid-friendly appetizer that’s easy to make, only requires a few easy to find ingredients, and requires no measuring? These little Pepperoni Pizza Poppers fit the bill.

Pepperoni Pizza Poppers in a mini muffin tin.

Crescent Roll Dough

Crescent Roll Dough forms a delicious buttery crust for this bite-sized appetizer. I love using crescent roll dough in the kitchen for quick and easy recipes. You can use either tubes of crescent roll dough or crescent sheets.

Pizza Poppers in mini muffin tin.

How To Make Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

Start with a package of crescent rolls, cut them into small squares, mold into a mini muffin pan, dollop with a little cream cheese and pizza sauce, sprinkle with a touch of oregano, mozzarella cheese, and mini pepperonis, and pop in the oven. Ten minutes later, you have warm and buttery little bites of pizza goodness.

Cut each crescent dough rectangle into 4 pieces.

I made these recently along with a mess of pasta when my son had his tennis team over for dinner after practice. Cooking for 10 hungry teenagers is no easy task. After they ate, there was still some pasta left, but nary a pizza popper to be found. I should have stashed away a few for myself. (Note: Originally published May 9, 2013.)

Close-up of Pepperoni Pizza Popper.
Hand holding a Pepperoni Pizza Popper.

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Pepperoni Pizza Poppers

Pepperoni Pizza Poppers are an easy bite-sized appetizer made with crescent roll dough, cheese, and pizza sauce.
PREP: 12 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes


  • 2 containers refrigerated Crescent rolls (8 rolls per container)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package mini pepperonis
  • dried oregano, about 1 teaspoon


  • Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Unroll crescent dough and separate into squares of 2 triangles stuck together. Take each square and press on the seam to seal it. Cut into 4 smaller squares. Between the 2 containers of crescent dough, you should get 32 pieces of dough (if I’ve done the math right). It’s ok if they’re a little misshapen.
  • Press dough squares down into mini muffin cups, shaping them to fit the bottom and up the sides.
  • Using 2 spoons, place a small amount of cream cheese (maybe 1/2 teaspoon, but totally up to personal preference) into bottom of each dough-filled muffin cup.
  • On top of cream cheese, spoon a little pizza sauce (maybe 1 teaspoon) into each cup.
  • Top pizza sauce with a little sprinkling of oregano and mozzarella cheese. Place 3 to 4 mini pepperonis on top of each popper.
  • Place in oven for 10 to 12 minutes, but check after 8 minutes because you definitely do not want to burn these guys.
  • Let cool in pan for a minute or two, just until cool enough to handle. If reusing the pan for another batch it is best to let the pan cool before placing dough into it.


Yield: 32 pizza poppers
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crescent roll recipes

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Originally published May 9, 2013.

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4 thoughts on “Pepperoni Pizza Poppers”

  1. these look so good but I don’t like cream cheese and is there anything else you can use or omit it

  2. aimee @ like mother like daughter

    oh my goodness. I love pizza!!! And these pizza poppers look seriously perfect. yum!!

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