Pepperoni Pizza Braid – A Kid-Friendly and Easy Weeknight Dinner!

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
September 17, 2013

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It’s back-to-school time and the kids are still adjusting to the new schedule and activities.  With physical activity, reading, writing, and homework, the kids are super hungry by the time dinner rolls around.  There are some nights when we just need a meal that is yummy, easy to prepare and budget-friendly!  That’s where Pillsbury Pizza Crust comes into play.

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Our kids love pizza, especially Pepperoni Pizza, so I decided to change things up a little bit and bake a Pepperoni Pizza Braid.  The other day, I headed to the store and purchased Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust.  I also purchased Pepperoni Slices, Pizza Sauce, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Butter Spread.  I was really excited to be making my very first Pizza Braid! 

Making the Pizza Braid had its challenging moments, but was overall a fun and easy experience, ending with a yummy dish that made our whole house smell inviting!  The Pizza Braid was full of flavor and definitely a more-ish food (meaning you want more and more).  

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Pepperoni Pizza Braid
Serves 4
You'll enjoy this yummy, easy and budget-friendly family favorite! Bursting with cheese and pepperoni, your kids will be asking for more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
263 calories
5 g
61 g
20 g
17 g
10 g
79 g
632 g
1 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 61mg
Sodium 632mg
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. - Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
  2. - 30 Pepperoni Slices (or more dependent on how much you want in your braid)
  3. - Pizza Sauce
  4. - Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  5. - Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  6. - Garlic Butter Spread (you can find this in your store's bakery - they use it on their garlic bread)
  7. - Olive Oil
  1. 1 - Grease cookie sheet. Press Pillsbury Pizza Crust down so it forms a rectangular shape. Fold up the ends.
  2. 2 - Spread Garlic Butter over middle of pizza dough.
  3. 3 - Spread Pizza Sauce over layer of Garlic Butter.
  4. 4 - Add Pepperoni Slices.
  5. 5 - Add shredded Mozzarella Cheese.
  6. 6 - Add shredded Parmesan Cheese.
  7. 7 - Clip sides of pizza dough - these will form the braid.
  8. 8 - Roll the ends so they prevent filling from leaking out. Fold cut pieces over to the middle and squeeze ends together. This creates the braided look.
  9. 9 - Once the braid is complete, brush slight amount of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan Cheese.
  10. 10 - Bake at 425Β° for 20 minutes.
  11. 11 - Let cool and then serve up. Enjoy!
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– If you have a child (like we do) who prefers just cheese over pepperoni, simply omit the meat in a portion of the braid.

– Work with the Pizza Dough immediately after taking it out of the refrigerator.  It is easiest to work with if it’s cold rather than sitting on the counter for any period of time.

– Use either olive oil or egg yolk on the top of the braid to help turn it a beautiful golden color when baking.

– Mix it up and add in your favorite sauce (white or red) and toppings!

Pizza crust that’s deliciously easy! Unroll, bake and enjoy in minutes.  Pillsbury pizza crust, it’s the perfect canvas for your favorite toppings.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by General Mills via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

36 Responses to “Pepperoni Pizza Braid – A Kid-Friendly and Easy Weeknight Dinner!”

  1. ellen beck says:

    I have made this before and it is really pretty darn good! I didnt have the advantage of pizza dough like this and it would have made it so much easier!

  2. Julie Wood says:

    We love this Pepperoni Pizza braid at our house. I like using this pizza crust because it tastes so delicious. I like the recipe and am going to make it.

  3. That looks so delicious! I use Pillsbusry Pizza Crust all the time when I make homemade pizza, so I’m definitely trying the brain next time!

  4. I’ve made these and they are so yummy! People think you have slaved over the stove, but it’s not that hard!

  5. Janel says:

    I used to make a braid in college, I really should do that again!

  6. Yum! This sounds delicious. My children love pepperoni pizza and this would travel well!

  7. Toni says:

    These look SO GOOD. I bet my pizza loving kids would enjoy this.

  8. Yum! That looks delicious, and it’s so easy to make. I am going to try this out! πŸ™‚

  9. ooh, that looks really yummy! my boys go nuts for anything pepperoni these days!

  10. that looks good! I love using the Pillsbusry Pizza Crust to make out pizzas too, gives a nice flakiness!

  11. Nicole B says:

    Yum, I’m sure my kids would love this pizza bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. Caroline Hileman-Schaffer says:

    I’m going to have to try that out. and it looks a lot easier to “hide” veggies in there. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Shelly says:

    This pizza braid looks great. I’m sure my family will love it. I’m going to give it a try the next time we have pizza. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  14. mrsshukra says:

    This is something that I think I can make! Thank you for the recipe!

  15. Yum! We did something similar but with crescents and turned them into mini hot pockets.

  16. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Yum! This Looks Delish, I Love Pillsbury Too! I’ll Be Sharing This With My Family Soon!

  17. Wow this sounds so delicious. I will have to try this soon.

  18. heather says:

    This looks like so much fun to make thanks for posting the recipe I will have to make this one soon.

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Heather – this recipe is really easy to make and super yummy. Your family will love it! Let me know how it turns out. πŸ™‚

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