Crack Pizza Rolls

Crack Pizza Roll Recipe – We are obsessed with these cheesy bacon ranch rolls! Ranch seasoning, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon baked in pizza dough – I could eat the whole batch! This is the perfect easy appetizer recipe for parties and tailgating. The rolls taste great hot out of the oven or at room temperature. These cheesy bread pinwheels don’t last long! One bite and they are sure to become a family favorite.

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Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels

It’s finally time for college football!!! The first games are this weekend, and we are SO excited! We will be whipping up a batch of these Crack Pinwheels to snack on during the games. Pizza dough stuffed with cream cheese, ranch, cheddar, and bacon. SO good! They are great dipped in additional ranch dressing or warm pizza sauce! YUM! Give these delicious pizza rolls a try ASAP. The whole family is sure to love them!

This is the first Football Friday recipe of the season, and I can’t wait to share 23 more delicious appetizers with you! I will be posting a new tailgate/party recipe every Friday until the Super Bowl. 

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has “crack” in the title it means that the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the ingredients. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. 

According to the dictionary, the definition of crack is “of superior excellence or ability”. We think the flavor combination of cheddar, bacon, and ranch fits this definition! This recipe is most definitely of superior excellence!

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How to Make Crack Pizza Rolls

These pinwheels are very easy to make with only 5 simple ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and chopped bacon. Unroll a can of pizza dough and press it into a rectangular shape. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the dough. Starting with the long end, roll the dough up like cinnamon rolls. Place the dough on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife or serrated knife, slice the dough into 16 rounds and place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pizza dough and cream cheese. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough.
  • You can use low-fat cream cheese and turkey bacon to lower the calories.
  • These pinwheels taste great hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
  • If you are sensitive to ranch dressing mix, adjust it to your preference.
  • What can I add to the filling ingredients? Feel free to add your favorite veggies. Green pepper or onions are good.
  • Can Crack Pizza Rolls be made in advance? Sure. You can assemble the pinwheels and refrigerate them for a few hours before baking. They are good hot out of the oven or cooled to room temperature. I think these taste best the day they are baked.
  • Can Crack Pizza Rolls be frozen? Yes. You can freeze the rolls baked or unbaked.
    • To freeze unbaked pizza rolls, place the rolls on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Transfer frozen rolls to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
      • To bake the frozen rolls, simply add a little time to the bake time. There is no need to thaw the rolls before baking.
    • To freeze baked rolls – Bake the rolls and cool them completely. Place the rolls in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and freeze them for a quick meal later.
      • To reheat frozen pizza rolls, bake in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil or reheat in the microwave.
  • If you are transporting these to a party, look at getting an insulated carrier. I like this one from Pyrex: https://www.target.com/p/pyrex-4pc-portables-easy-grab-baking-dish-set/
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pizza Rolls for Parties

These delicious homemade pizza rolls make a great snack or appetizer. They also go great with soups and chili. I even love these as my main dish. I always have the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch. Give these a try for your next football party.

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Crack Pizza Rolls

Yield: 32 pinwheels
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Crack Pizza Roll Recipe – We are obsessed with these cheesy bacon ranch rolls! Ranch seasoning, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon baked in pizza dough – I could eat the whole batch! This is the perfect easy appetizer recipe for parties and tailgating. The rolls taste great hot out of the oven or at room temperature. These cheesy bread pinwheels don't last long! One bite and they are sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1-oz) packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 (13.8-oz) tubes refrigerated pizza crust

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Mix together ranch dressing mix, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese and milk.
  • Unroll pizza crusts, then top evenly with filling. Roll, starting at longest side, jelly-roll style. Cut into 32 rounds. Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until brown.

Notes:

I used Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough.
Can use low-fat cream cheese and turkey bacon to lower the calories.
This recipe makes 32 pinwheels. You can easily half the recipe if you don’t need that many.
These pinwheels taste great hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
If you are sensitive to the ranch dressing mix, feel free to adjust it to your personal preference.
Here is the link to our Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
You can assemble the pinwheels and refrigerate them for a few hours before baking. They are good hot out of the oven or cooled to room temperature. I think these taste best the day they are baked.
If you are transporting these to a party, look at getting an insulated carrier. I like this one from Pyrex: https://www.target.com/p/pyrex-4pc-portables-easy-grab-baking-dish-set/

Steph

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    1. Not sure what you mean. There is dough and filling on both sides when you cut the dough. Either side is fine because they are essentially the same.

  1. Hooray! I've been waiting for this day! And these pinwheels look yummy! Thank you and Hello, Football Season!

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