Amazing Pepperoni Pizza Bombs explode with flavor with every bite! They are loaded with pepperoni, cheese, and sauce to create a delicious POP of flavor in your mouth – hence the name!
This appetizer is perfectly gooey! Filled with cheese and pepperoni and enveloped in a soft and buttery crescent roll. They are easy to make and are even perfect for lunch, dinner, or a snack! This post contains affiliate links.
Sadly, I make the most lackluster homemade pizza! Can anyone say “tasteless blob of dough?” Yes, I confess I am the worst traditional from-scratch pizza dough maker ever.
I am lucky if the pizza even lifts off the stone. However, I can make pizza from naan bread, English muffins, or these mega delicious Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Bombs.
I love how oozing these are with cheese and bursts of flavor. They are also pretty inexpensive to make. You can use cheese cubes or string cheese. One string cheese piece can make 3 bombs!
They are totally delicious and encompass the tasty flavors of pizza in one slightly golden, crispy, yet flaky bite.
I only recently discovered the beauty and magic of crescent dough so I have basically been wrapped up all sorts of yummy fillings in this easy to work with dough.
I used Homestyle RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce Thick and Hearty Traditional in my Pizza Bombs. It’s inexpensive and it works perfectly in this recipe.
A healthy teaspoonful in each pizza bomb makes for the perfectly balanced party in your mouth experience.
Plus, you can heat a side bowl of pasta sauce to dip your bombs into for an extra boost of flavor!
Before starting this recipe, you’ll want to verify that you have the following ingredients:
- Crescent Dough
- Marinara Sauce
- String Cheese
- Italian herbs
Equipment and Supplies Needed:
We used the following equipment and supplies to make this recipe. Items that are optional or can be substituted will be noted.
- Standard Muffin Tin
This recipe is easy to make, but read the following tips for some pointers:
Don’t use shredded cheese
Shredded cheese is not recommended because it doesn’t melt well due to the non-binding agent added to the bag. Therefore, stick with the string cheese sticks we listed in the ingredients.
Make sure you serve these Pizza Bombs while still warm to get the full stretchy-cheese, and crispy pepperoni edges experience.
Follow the recipe below to make our amazing Crescent Dough Pizza Bombs. This recipe makes 8 servings, but can be doubled or tripled easily.
Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs
- 1 tube Crescent Roll Dough
- 2 sticks White String Cheese 2 sticks cut into 4 even pieces
- 1 jar Pasta Sauce
- 32 slices pepperoni
- Italian Herbs
- Muffin tin
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spray a muffin tin with non stick
- Open your crescent dough and lay each triangle over an open muffin tin space
- Add one teaspoon of Pasta Sauce to each triangle
- Add two pieces of pepperoni, then one piece of cheese, followed by 2 more pieces to cover it
- Wrap each triangle over and fold into a ball
- Sprinkle with herbs
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
- Serve with an additional side of warm pasta sauce
- Enjoy while still warm and gooey.
Amy Desrosiers says
Step 5: … followed by two more pieces (of what) to cover it. Pepperoni?
This is a fantastic quick Appetizer. I did add one thing to it I decided to put a little garlic bread or over the top before I baked it and it came out fantastic
These look delicious!
Gave the recipe 5 stars, although I did change it a bit. But the overall process was genius. We used shredded mozzarella vs sticks and brushed garlic butter on the top before baking. Loved it. Seriously no-fuss and a new go-to recipe.
You can 100% use what you would like but a marinara sauce is typically bolder, thicker, & tastier than your average pizza sauce.
Why did you use pasta sauce and not pizza sauce? Is it okay to use pizza sauce instead? Thanks!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
These pizza bombs were excellent!!! Quick and easy and nice on a tight budget. Thank you for sharing!
Hi, you probably can 100% I just cannot suggest the times since I only use crescent dough. I would check on them frequently after 9 mins! Let me know how it works out! thanks!
Kimberly Guerra says
Would love to make these….could I use pizza dough?
Pizza bombs look amazing!
Than you so much for stopping by!! Glad to hear you all love them!
We love these and have made them many times. My 5 year old and 8 year old kids can make them by themselves, and I pop them in the oven. So easy and delicious!!
I’m sorry to hear that Sarah! Did you grease or spray non-stick in the muffin tin and bake at the correct temperature of 350F? Crescent roll dough usually crisps up very easily in the oven. Sometimes oven temperatures vary, so i’m wondering if your oven runs a bit cool. Also, make sure you use the center rack position. I wish you success in your future baking adventures!
Sarah johannsen says
This sounded like a good idea but turned out sub par. Maybe it was something i did wrong, but these were very soft and not all that crispy, crunchy (that i expected based on the photo) . Very soft and not much of a flavor kick, i baked longer to try to get them to crisp up and it never happened.
Maybe would try again if i have all the ingredients on hand but wasn’t really impressed.
Hi, I know I replied by email, but for anyone else wondering–I believe these would get spongey, and soggy.
Can i put these in the pan and bake them several hours later?
These were an easy hit! Thanks!
can i use fresh mozzarella?
Spray is optional! I emailed you but wanted to let any others know!
Just a quick question… I don’t spray my pans to make crescent rolls, so is it absolutely necessary to spray the muffin tin to bake these? You’re the boss/chef here :)
My daughters just LOVE these and they even like to help make them with me, thanks for the recipe, will be trying other combos in these as well! Ham and cheese is next!
I just ate these except I used ham and pineapple! Yummy, yummy!
I made these a few weeks ago and my girls loved them. I was just asking them what they wanted for dinner and they were both trying to describe these! I subbed ham in for the pepperoni. Great and simple recipe, thx!
Thank you so much! I need to update this for all! Sorry about that!
Just thought I’d let you know the link to print this recipe is incorrect. It says https://www.sizzlingeats.com/recipes//recipes/pepperoni-cheese-bombs/print
When it should say: https://www.sizzlingeats.com/recipes/pepperoni-cheese-bombs/print
Can’t wait to try it out! :)
I didn’t have any Cresent rolls so I used the Pillsbury pizza dough. I rolled it out so it was a little thinner. Cut it into 12 squares. I also brushed it with melted butter & fresh minced garlic after they were done baking. Delicious!
I’m pretty sure an English muffin has way more bread than a little cresent roll. Google it.
Sorry, but I have no idea if that would work? This recipe is based on crescent dough only. Maybe you should make grilled pepperoni and cheese sandwiches?
Lisa J Johnson says
Can I use just normal sliced bread instead
The same day produces the best results. Thanks for stopping by!
Made these and they were a big hit. I might add more mozzarella next time.
Marlene mousseau says
Can I make them today and warm them tomorrow
I cannot suggest any other method other than the one I have provided, but I totally do not see why not. I think it could work. I do not own a mini pan myself though to test it.
Myra Jordan says
Wonder if I could make them smaller w/ mini pepperoni in mini muffin tins? Maybe cut each triangle of dough in half?
So glad you loved them! Enjoy!
More cheese is never a bad thing! Enjoy!
Just made this, it was really quick and easy! I would use a little less sauce in the pizza and add more cheese. Awesome; thanks!
Just made these as a light supper for my husband and myself. They were great! I used delie ham for my husband who doesn’t like pepperoni, and he loved it. Will be making these again. Thanks for the recipe.
WOOT! That is what I love to hear! Thank you for stopping by Kelly!
I made these for card night for my boyfriend and his friends and they gobbled them up. They were SO easy to make. I’m glad I made a double batch! I will definitely be making these again in the future.
Enjoy! Hope you all love them!
Bonnie from PA says
trying these for our Steelers party Sunday, Thank You…Go Steelers!!!
Shiela Cole says
I made these for our family Christmas appetizer dinner. Very good and well received by my pizza loving grandsons. Fast and easy to make. I did add seasonings to the pizza sauce.
This will be on our go to menu.
Hi, you just pinch them. They bake up and rise so no need to have all spaces closed.
Hi, I am not sure how to close these. I can’t figure it out by the pic! Thank you!!
Going to try these with fresh mozzarella. Thanks for the idea!
Hi, you pinch them together in the muffin tin as shown in the images.
No, they do not. Some readers (check comments) have had great success with toaster ovens. Thank you for stopping by!
Nicki Gary says
BETTER THAN ANY PIZZA RESTAURANT!!
my 4yr old grand-daughter loves pizza, & she loves these so much that now she won’t eat a real pizza lol! She also LOVES to help make them!
Hello, do these reheat well in the microwave?
Too much bread.
English muffin pizzas are better — and neater to eat.
How are the bombs rolled or tucked?
I made these for a church function. Quick, easy, tasty. I used a mega blocks of Kroger Brand mozzarella cheese that I cut into cubes. Tasty, melted better, and less expensive. Delicious! Thanks!
Thank you for sharing! Sounds good!
Robin Chandler says
Just made these ! Delish ! I added a sprinkle of garlic powder !
Just now making it after going the grocery store for everything. My fiance and I are super excited to try them!
They would not be as good!! They are best right away!
I made these for a Labor Day get together and they were a hit. Leftovers are going to be used for a quick and simple meal.
Italian Herbs is a typically a mixture of oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme and rosemary that you can purchase already mixed. Yes, herbs and seasoning mean the same thing.
Can you freeze the leftovers, just thinking for lunches if I prep them on the weekend and freeze them. Do you think they would go soggy when being thawed? Thank you
Edna Autry says
I’ll have to try those pizza Bombs. They look so good. I know my grand children and children I’ll love them.
I would say mozzarella. Swiss might be good.
Just made these. At first I was thinking, “I really don’t need to use the cupcake pan.” But, boy am I glad I did! I did a few without the cupcake pan because I did extra and those ones came out flat and messy. The ones in the pan were perfectly formed and looked pretty! Haha thanks for this recipe! Can’t wait to try now!
Suzie Q says
Thanks for your reply. I cant wait to make these for my grandson who is coming for a visist with his mom in two weeks.
Suzie Q says
I dont care for string cheese so what cheese would be a good substitute.? Maybe Swiss?
Thank you! That would be me! :)
My son stated that “who ever came up with this recipe must be a genius.”
By “Italian Herbs” do you mean Italian seasoning? Would that do or do you suggest something more specific?
Hi, do you mean crescent roll? If so it is one triangle (roll) per bomb, yes! thanks
Thanks. And you used a whole slice of roll per bomb?
Hi, sorry! That would be two extra piece of Pepperoni. :)
You said to use two pieces after the cheese to “cover it” but do you mean another 2 pieces of cheese or 2 pieces of pepperoni? Sorry you werent specific and figured i would ask :)
Something kid-friendly that they can even help make (which tends to get their picky little selves to at least TASTE things)!
Michelle Roberts says
These look delicious! I’m going to make them when my company comes Saturday night for dinner.
Our Family World says
Oh my goodness! This is really tempting and mouth-watering at the same time! I’ll try to make this on weekends.
Yummy! these are my kind of treat. I’d have to sneak them away from the family! They’d eat them all up.
Dawn Lopez says
Oh my goodness, where do I start with all this deliciousness? Gooey cheese and pepperoni will always score big in my home. I’ll be making these for the guys very soon.