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Air Fryer Pizza Rolls: Homemade Recipe

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These doughy, cheesy, homemade air fryer pizza rolls are perfect for a tasty snack or light lunch for the whole family! Add your favorite toppings like zucchini, fresh mushrooms, green or red pepper, red onion, and olives. This customizable recipe is way better than Totino’s pizza rolls, is super easy to make, and totally delicious!

air fryer pizza rolls topped with basil on a cutting board

The first pizza rolls I remember were the ones you got in the freezer section of the grocery store. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! Those mini pizza bites filled with marinara, cheese, and pepperoni that were kind of irresistible. I can just picture the commercials running on the television of teenagers coming home from school, and mom bringing out a tray of pizza rolls for a snack, and watching them disappear.

But honestly, those crispy rolls were tasty, but not exactly healthy for you. So I decided to make a homemade version of those mini pizza pockets, with all of the flavor of the traditional recipe, but no processed ingredients or anything artificial!

These air fryer pizza rolls are healthier, and WAY more delicious than any frozen snack you’ll find! They’re rolled up like a cinnamon bun, with all of the gooey cheese inside.

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This elevated version of perfect pizza rolls are not just a snack, they’re a mini meal! They are totally customizable too! Made with store bought, or homemade pizza dough, pizza sauce, melty cheese, and fresh basil, it’s everything you love about pizza wrapped into a wonderful roll!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Soft and Doughy
  • Can be made with either Homemade or Store Bought Pizza Dough
  • Add your favorite fillings
  • Customizable, make each person in your family their favorite personal pizza!
  • Bakes up crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside.
  • Great school snack for kids!
  • A fun and simple air fryer recipe!

🥘 Ingredients

Whether you choose to make your own dough or use pre made pizza dough, this recipe only needs a few simple ingredients easily found in your pantry or grocery store!

ingredients for air fryer pizza rolls

Pizza Dough:

Refrigerated Pizza Dough: If you prefer not to go to the trouble of making your own pizza dough, go ahead and get a pre-made version. My personal favorite is the whole wheat dough from Trader Joe’s.

Or Make Your Own Dough

White Bread Flour: Using a bread flour helps to create a chewier texture which is great for pizza dough. It has a higher protein and gluten content, and creates a crisp crust.

Warmed Soy Milk: Be sure to warm the soy milk. You could also use oat milk here if you prefer. The warmed milk helps to strengthen the gluten, and helps to create a brown crust.

Instant Yeast: The yeast will activate the ingredients and help the dough rise. You want a dough that rises quickly. This creates an airy and bubbly crust.

Olive Oil: A high quality olive oil helps to enhance the flavor of the pizza dough. You can also drizzle or brush with olive oil to help the dough bake to a golden and crispy brown.

Salt: A little bit goes a long way!

Filling

Pizza Sauce: Use a good quality pizza sauce.

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese and Parmesan Cheese: The combination of cheeses makes for a gooey combination. Make sure to use fresh grated parmesan.

Fresh basil (for garnish): For an herbal and Italian flare!

🍽 Equipment

📖 Variations

Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe: You can easily make these pizza roll ups vegan by using a vegan parmesan cheese!

Make It Gluten Free: Use a 1:1 gluten free baking flour for the pizza dough to make these rolls gluten free!

🔪 How To Make Pizza Rolls In The Air Fryer

Make the Dough

Whisk Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl whisk together white bread flour and salt. Set aside. 

dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Activate Yeast: In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and olive oil. Whisk to dissolve and pour it into the flour mixture.

wet and dry ingredients mixed in a bowl

Combine and Knead: Stir well to combine. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth, about 3-5 minutes.

pizza dough in a mixing bowl

Rest the Dough: Spray a big bowl with cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest for 1- 1 ½ hour in a warm place, until doubled in size.

dough in a mixing bowl

Make the Pizza Rolls

Preheat the Air Fryer to 400F/200C. Flatten Dough: Transfer pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten into a rectangle shape. 

pizza dough being rolled out with a rolling pin

Top the Dough: Spread pizza sauce on top and add mozzarella and parmesan evenly on top. 

dough topped with cheese and sauce

Roll it Up: Roll up the dough tightly lengthwise into a log carefully. 

air fryer pizza roll ups - dough being rolled

Cut the rolled pizza dough into 12 even pieces using a sharp knife. 

pizza dough rolled up for air fried pizza rolls

Bake in Air Fryer: Place in the Air Fryer Basket. Use a pastry brush to brush the tops with olive oil for a crispier crust, or spray with olive oil cooking spray (optional). 

pizza rolls in air fryer

Finish Cooking & Serve! Cook pizza rolls for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve with fresh basil and extra cheese on top! 

top view of pizza rolls made in the air fryer

❓Recipe FAQs

What are pizza rolls?

Pizza rolls can be the frozen Totinos type that you find at the grocery store, that are doughy on the outside, and filled with cheese and marinara sauce. Or they can be pizza dough, topped with sauce, cheese and toppings, and then rolled like a cinnamon roll, and cut into pieces.

How long do you air fry pizza rolls?

This recipe requires that you cook the air fryer pizza roll ups for about 15-20 minutes, but the cook time will vary depending on what type of air fryer you use. For best results, I recommend checking the rolls at the 13 minute mark, and then every 2 minutes after that until they are golden brown and done.

How do you make air fried pizza rolls in the oven (instead of the air fryer)?

To prepare these in the oven, simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place pizza rolls on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes.

How do you make packaged frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer?

If you have the famous Totinos pizza rolls, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F. Place the rolls in a single layer of the air fryer basket. Bake for 6-8 minutes, tossing half way through the cooking time.

What makes these homemade pizza rolls healthy?

Homemade Dough: Making your own homemade dough not only tastes better, but is much healthier than the store bought kind found in the rolled can. No processed ingredients. Just the best chewy crust!
Healthy Fillings: Choose healthy vegetables to stuff inside your pizza rolls. These fillings are low in calories, and fat, while being high in nutrients and vitamins.
Low Fat: Air frying these pizza bites allows you to get super crispy pizza rolls without deep frying!

Will kids enjoy these vegetarian pizza rolls?

Yes! Your kids will love these bite sized rolls for an easy snack, or a main meal! They’ll have so much fun picking out their favorite fillings to stuff inside. Plus, your kids will get a serving of veggies if you choose to stuff them with fresh vegetables.

bite taken out of vegetarian air fryer pizza rolls on a cutting board

👪 How to Serve

These air fryer pizza rolls can be served as a quick snack or appetizer with a dipping sauce, but they can also be served as a main dish. Serve with a side of warmed marinara sauce, extra pizza sauce, or even ranch dressing for dipping. Add a healthy Italian chopped salad to make this a complete meal.

🧊 How to Store

Refrigerate: Allow the leftover pizza rolls to cool. Wrap in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freeze: Bake pizza rolls in the air fryer as directed. Allow the rolls to cool, and transfer to a freezer safe container such as a ziplock bag. Label with the contents and date. They will keep for 2 months.

Reheat: When ready to enjoy, transfer the frozen pizza rolls to the refrigerator to thaw. Then reheat in the air fryer or the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Make sure to give the homemade pizza dough enough time to rest and rise.
  • Use bread flour for a chewy dough texture.
  • Brush the dough with olive oil for a crispy brown crust.
  • Different brands of air fryers will have slightly varied cook times and bake temperatures, so be sure to adjust according to your air fryer model.
air fryer pizza rolls on a wooden cutting board

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Easy Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

These doughy, cheesy, homemade air fryer pizza rolls are perfect for a tasty snack or light lunch! Add your favorite toppings like zucchini, fresh mushrooms, green or red pepper, red onion, and olives. This customizable recipe is way better than Totino’s pizza rolls, is super easy to make, and totally delicious!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, mains, snacks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

1 package of refrigerated pizza dough OR

    Homemade Pizza Dough

    • cups white bread flour
    • ¾ cup warmed soy milk or oat milk
    • ½ tbsp instant yeast
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp sea salt

    Filling

    • 1 cup pizza sauce
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • basil for garnish

    Optional Toppings

    • zucchini
    • bell peppers
    • red onions
    • olives
    • fresh mushrooms

    Instructions

    Making the Dough:

    • In a large mixing bowl whisk together white bread flour and salt. Set aside. 
    • In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and olive oil. Whisk to dissolve and pour it into the flour mixture.
    • Stir well to combine. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
    • Spray a big bowl with cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest for 1- 1 ½ hour in a warm place, until doubled in size.

    Making the Pizza Rolls

    • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
    • Transfer pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten into a rectangle shape. 
    • Spread pizza sauce on top and add mozzarella and parmesan evenly on top. 
    • Roll up the dough tightly lengthwise into a log carefully. Cut the rolled pizza dough into 12 even pieces using a sharp knife. 
    • Place in the Air Fryer Basket and brush with olive oil for a crispier crust (optional). Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve with fresh basil and extra cheese on top! 

    Video

    https://youtu.be/3dOX16Kc2aw

    Notes

    • Make sure to give the homemade pizza dough enough time to rest and rise.
    • Use bread flour for a chewy dough texture.
    • Brush the dough with olive oil for a crispy brown crust.
    • Different brands of air fryers will have slightly varied cook times and bake temperatures, so be sure to adjust according to your air fryer model.
    • Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freeze in a ziplock bag for 2 months.
    • When ready to  reheat, transfer to the refrigerator to thaw. Then reheat in the air fryer or the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg

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