Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Super easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks! Just 6 ingredients and my kids totally loved them!

Today is the last day of summer for my kids.

I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’ll have three kids going off to school, and one attending preschool 3 days a week. It will be quite around here, and I’m not sure I like that. I have enjoyed the hustle and bustle this summer. Kids coming and going. Friends and cousins. Popsicles and slip-n-slides. Bike rides and late night movies.

If there is one thing I am preparing to do for my kids when they come home from school, it’s to have some awesome snacks ready for them. These Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks are definitely happening… a lot.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks


It might be because I really love them.

Well, the kids love them too. But man… do I love these things!

First of all, they are only 6 ingredients. Virtually no dishes to clean up. And they’re super quick to put together.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

How can you not fall in love with a portable pizza stick?

Obviously if you’re not a fan of pepperoni, just leave those out. You could even add in some sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, or whatever pizza fixings you like!

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

I stuck with the classic pepperoni and cheese this time.

I actually had all these ingredients on hand too. I bought a ginormous bag of string cheese the other day when I was at Costco. It was ridiculously cheap, and my kids down these cheese sticks like nobody’s business.

I’m ok with that because… it’s cheese!

Just another great way for my kiddos to get their bone-healthy, daily dose of dairy!

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Oh and then there is the butter.

That I infused with garlic powder and dried parsley.

I pretty much put that butter combo on any sort of bread that I bake. It doesn’t disappoint.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Once they little pizza sticks are all slathered with butter goodness they’re ready to be baked.

Best part – unlike fried mozzarella sticks, these all get done at the same time! No messy oil, and they’re golden, buttery, cheesy and oh-so delicious.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

If you just so happened to not make a perfect seal on the sticks and some cheese oozes out… well, that’s just fine.

The gooey cheese that lands on the pan is also delicious.

But don’t worry. There is still plenty of cheesy filling inside the pizza stick.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

I can’t get over how good these are.

They’re unbelievable when dipped in marinara sauce.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Cheesy pizza sticks and messy top knots.

Life doesn’t get much better than that!

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

I just can’t… those messy top knots on little girls… gets me every time!

All my taste testers approved this recipes with two thumbs up.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks are perfect for a quick snack or lunch on the go!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 sticks
Calories: 249 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 Pillsbury pizza crust, tube
  • 40 pepperoni slices
  • 10 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • marinara sauce, for dipping (Optional)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Spread pizza dough out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut the dough into 10 equal size rectangles.
  • Arrange 4 pepperoni slices on each rectangle and top with a mozzarella cheese stick.
  • Roll up the pizza dough, enclosing the cheese stick, pinching the seams closed.
  • Melt the butter and add the garlic powder and dried parsley. Brush the pizza sticks with the butter.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy warm with a side of marinara sauce for dipping if desired.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Baked, mozerella cheese, pepperoni, pizza dough
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
131 Responses
  1. Michael

    These were a hit last year for our Super Bowl gathering and I’m about to start making a batch of them for tonight’s game. Thanks!

  2. Gloria T Marceaux

    Soooooooo good. Thank you for something so easy to make and delicious and further tips on sealing them. They will make great finger food for parties. I too had the seal problem. Next time I will turn the seal down. Also i will not spray so much oil in the pan because I’m guessing that added to the problem where the ends got oil when cutting and handling them. The stickiness was gone.
    My first time at tasting marinara sauce. What a treat! Never had a reason to buy it before this recipe.
    However, pizza sauce is my favorite so next time I will brush on a very thin coating on the middle of the dough. I will try the idea for the garlic salt too since I love more garlic flavor.
    And one more thing…..I will bake them on my air pans I bought for cookies so I can get them less brown on the bottom. As soon as out the oven I will add the butter.

  3. Rebecca Braun

    My husband and 4-year-old LOVED these (as did I)! I followed the directions given, and they came out just like the picture. I’ll be making these again :)!

  4. Janisse Vazquez

    I made these exactly to specification and they came out burnt. The bottoms were black and the tops brown. I’ll need to cut way down on the time in order for them to come out like they did in the picture.

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  6. LH

    Just took them out of the oven. Baked at 400 for 15 minutes. The cheese did leak out some but I could probably have sealed it better. Still delicious! Thanks for recipe! 🙂

  7. Khrystle

    These were good though I had difficulty getting 10 sticks out of my can of Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust. I found that when using aluminum baking sheets 425 degrees for 10 minutes gave the best results. I did still have some minor oozing even with careful crust sealing. I also highly suggest 1/2 tsp Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning in place of the dried parsley. Thank you for a fun movie night recipe!

  8. Cath P

    These were amazing – only 3 things:
    1. I didn’t have pepperoni.
    2. I didn’t have cheese sticks and
    3. I didn’t have pizza dough.

    So, I went off with my usual substitution guesses, and used salami for the pepperoni, shredded mozzarella for the cheese sticks, and puff pastry as the pizza dough. They still turned out amazing, and even better – I COULD DO CUTE LITTLE SHAPES!

    Thanks for the recipe, and inspiring my new weekend treat!

    1. Michelle

      Mine were black on the bottoms as well…even after slightly greasing pan, and baking at 450 for a little shy of ten minutes. I’m not sure if my gas stove has anything to do with it, but after cutting off the burnt bottoms, they tasted great! I will experiment next time at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and just keep checking them until I get the right coloring.

  9. Sue

    I’ve printed your recipe and plan to use it soon…however
    your picture would not go over well with my family…..they just HATE it when someone tries to ‘double dip”….You can see the child has taken a bite out of her stick then dips it in the sauce. We always put a spoon in the sauce or dips to make sure no one double dips….
    Sorry to criticize but that’s the first thing I noticed…otherwise the recipe looks great and will try it.

  10. Gail Plaskiewicz

    I am totally going to make this but I want to use the mini pepperoni’s cause they are so cute! I saved this recipe so I can print it out and try it. My nephew would really love these and I have a recipe for a 10 min. Marinara sauce from America’s Test Kitchens that would be amazing for this. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  11. Tara

    I wish they coyld make this gluten free 🙁 there is nothing out there that you could pop open from a tube and do this..the Pillsbury one in a container is sweet and falls a part right out of the container b4 you even can even create anything

  12. Daniel

    I want to make these up ahead of time but not cook them, and then freeze them. Is there a way to cook them when taking them out of the freezer?

    1. Shawn

      Hi Daniel, I think that would work. I would just bake them until the tops are golden brown once you pull them out of the freezer.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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