Pizza Twists

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twist pizza recipe

When we first moved to our new home, I was constantly seeking out quick, twenty-minutes-or-less recipes that I could whip up between unpacking boxes. I had been seeing a lot of ‘twisted’ recipes around the internet using dough sheets, so I knew I had to give it a shot and made some of my very own ‘twisted’ pizza!

My first attempt, I didn’t realize I had accidentally purchased a can of sheet dough and a can of crescent dough. Both are essentially the exact same thing, except one had perforations where the crescents are meant to be separated. Either dough will work, but it’s definitely easier to work with two sheets of dough, since the lines in the crescent dough make the twists fall apart mid-turn.

Start by spreading a thin, smooth layer of pizza sauce all across the pizza dough. I added the pepperonis in strips where I intended to cut the dough, so each twist was packed with pepperonis!

Add a layer of cheese – be sure not to spread it on to thick, or else you might end up with soggy twists.

Place the second sheet of dough on top of the assembled pizza. Cut the dough into strips. If you are using crescent dough, be sure to pinch together the seams the best you can before twisting the dough. To do this, just grab either end of the dough and turn in opposite directions.

Bake the pizza twists for about fifteen minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked though.

I served mine with some chipotle ranch for dipping too. Yum!

twist pizza recipe

Pizza Twists

The Starving Chef
Pizza with a dippable twist!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Pizza
Servings 6


  • 2 cans pizza sheet dough
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 20 pepperonis
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Open one of the canned dough sheets and unroll. Stretch until it is an even thickness across. Repeat with the second can of dough, stretching the dough to be the same size as the first. Set second sheet aside to prep the first.
  • Use the back of a spoon to spread the pizza sauce across the dough in an even layer.
  • Arrange the pepperonis in rows, just barely overlapping. Leave about a half inch between each row – you should have about 6 rows of pepperoni.
  • Spread the cheese over the top of the pepperonis then place the second layer of sheet dough on top. Cut the dough into strips, in the open spaces between the rows of pepperoni.
  • Take each end of the strips and twist in opposite directions 1-2 times. Place the twists onto a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the pizza twists are golden brown and cooked through. Serve with some ranch or additional pizza sauce, for dipping. Enjoy!
Keyword cheese, marinara, pepperoni, pizza
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