Make Your Own Mini Pizzas + Homemade Pizza Dough

Mini Pizzas
One of the best things about knowing how to cook is that you turn whatever’s in your fridge into a fabulous, delicious appetizer for friends and family!

With a batch of freshly made pizza dough, mozzarella, sauce, and a few of my favorite toppings, these little two-bite pizzas were easy to make and a total hit. Well… I didn’t have a chance to taste more than one of them, but if there weren’t guests to feed you could bet I’d have gone back for more!

Homemade Mini Pizzas
I like to make my pizza dough at home – There’s something that knocks my socks off about watching a bunch of simple ingredients turn into a puffy, cloudlike ball of bready goodness! Plus, you can add in dried herbs or grated cheese and give it a little extra flavor than the store bought stuff.

Read up on how to get these perfect mini pizza circles in the recipe below.

Mini Pizzas Recipe
Now onto the good stuff! Sometimes you just gotta use what you got. This time, it was roasted red peppers, spinach, ham, and a thoroughly loved block of Asiago cheese. Oh, Asiago I love you.

Onto the pizza they went, along with freshly grated ribbons of shredded mozzarella and a swirl of my favorite pasta sauce. You can use pizza sauce, too, or do it up homemade with your bad self!

Mini Pizza Recipe
After baking for about ten minutes, these bubbling hot beauties were ready for munching – and boy, did they go fast!

Get inspired with plenty of creative topping ideas below, including different meats, vegetables, cheeses and more than you may not have tried before. I love to get funky with different flavors, and pizza is a great canvas for experimenting!

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Make Your Own Mini Pizzas

Yield: Makes 18-20 mini pizzas / 2 balls pizza dough

Ingredients:

Mini Pizzas

1 ball refrigerated pizza dough, store bought or homemade (see recipe below)
1 cup pizza sauce or jarred pizza/pasta sauce
Your desired toppings (see below for ideas)
Topping Ideas
· Cheese: Mozzarella, Mexican cheese, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano, bleu cheese, feta, provolone
· Meat: Chicken, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, beef, chorizo, pepperoni, prosciutto, shrimp
· Vegetables: Tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red peppers, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, spinach, cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, banana peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas, avocado
· Other: Pineapple chunks, black beans, fresh basil, garlic, sprouts, capers

Pizza Dough
1 (1/4 oz.) envelope yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Chopped dried herbs, such as basil, oregano or rosemary, optional

Directions:

To assemble pizzas:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Place pizza dough on a well-floured surface, press dough firmly with your fingers to shape, and stretch gently into a 12” x 8” rectangle.

With a round cutter, cut dough into 18-20 rounds; place rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Top each with pizza sauce, cheese, and your desired toppings.

Bake mini pizzas for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Pizza Dough
Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl; set aside for 5 minutes.

Mix together the flour, salt, sugar and olive oil in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Optionally, add dried herbs like basil, oregano or rosemary. Stir in the yeast water. Knead with the dough hook or by hand on a well floured surface for about 5 minutes. If using the stand mixer, once finished kneading, remove dough from bowl and shape into a large ball by hand.

Oil two bowls lightly with olive oil and set aside. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll into balls. Place each ball into the oiled bowls, seam side down, and coat the tops with a little olive oil. Top each bowl with plastic wrap or a clean, dry towel and place the dough in a warm place (I use an oven preheated to 250 degrees F, then turned off). Let rise 2 hours.

Once risen, either use immediately by turning dough out onto a floured surface and shaping. Or, wrap dough in plastic wrap, then a plastic bag, and freeze or refrigerate to use later.

      

86 Responses to “Make Your Own Mini Pizzas + Homemade Pizza Dough”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 6, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    These are so cute Georgia, what a perfect appetizer. Pinning!

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    Lynna — July 6, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    YAY! This looks so good, I can`t wait to try out your pizza dough recipe!

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    london bakes — July 6, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I love serving mini pizzas like this at parties, everyone loves them!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 6, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    So fun! I need to try this!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — July 6, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    These are perfect for a party- I’m having one Saturday…think I’ll make these :)

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    Devon | the food bitch blog — July 6, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I love making mini pizzas! I usually make them with pitas, but next time I’ll have to try your dough! Do you think the dough would freeze well?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — July 6, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Devon – I freeze the dough all the time and it works great!

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    A Canadian Foodie — July 6, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    very pretty!!

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    Lindsey — July 6, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    So fun! Thanks for the idea!!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — July 6, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    How cute! I love the that they’re mini, and the toppings- yum!

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    Jeno @ Weeknite Meals — July 6, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    These looks so adorable and yummy! Asiago cheese is a family favorite, though I’ve not thought about using it as pizza topping, bet it adds a wonderful flavor on top of the healthy goodness! Thanks Georgia!

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    Pacheco Patty — July 6, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    These mini pizzas look fully loaded with yummy goodies on top- quite the delicious appetizer;-)

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — July 6, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    I love this idea! So fun.

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — July 6, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    These are awesome, Georgia. Pizza is a favorite of mine,and I adore mini pizzas!

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    sally @ sallys Baking addiction — July 6, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Georgia – I love making mini pizzas! My bf and I usually buy premade dough and cut into small circles to make our own unique pizzas. We both like different things on ours. I’ll have to try your pizza dough recipe though! Nothing beats homemade :)

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    SkinnyMommy — July 6, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    So easy and look declious too!

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    Angelyn — July 6, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I always appreciate a good pizza and these look phenomenal!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 6, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Absolutely love these! Miniature-sized foods is always better and more fun to eat! :)

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    Hayley — July 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    These pizzas are making my mouth water! Love the ingredients you used… salty yet perfectly balanced.

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    Guru Uru — July 6, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    So many mini pizzas, all so cute and delish :D
    Great post!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — July 6, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    They look so good, I’d definitely need a lot of them :)

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    Teresa, foodonfifth.com — July 6, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Your pizza dough is gorgeous.

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    Reem | SImply Reem — July 6, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Mini food is always my favorite..
    These look adorably delicious!!
    Yum!!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — July 6, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    What a great idea for entertaining!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 7, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    oh my gosh, these look adorable and simply so easy and delicious!!! i love this idea for entertaining!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 7, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    That looks like lots of pizzas! If you need help eating them, just give me a call!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 7, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    What a fun little pizza!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — July 7, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Such a great idea! A friend supplied a “make your own pizza” dinner for us when we were in the middle of moving one time, and it was such a fun treat!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 7, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    These are so cute! I never thought of pizza as cute before, but now I do. I think I’d go out of control with them. I always do with mini things. :(

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    From Valeries Kitchen — July 7, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    These are so cute Georgia! How clever. A great alternative to pizza rolls or some other processed, prepared snack food for teenagers. Love it!

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    Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 8, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    Yay for homemade pizzas! And so pretty too!

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    Val — July 9, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    I’m not joking when I tell you I could eat about 20 of these. YUM

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    Amanda — July 9, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    OH lordy, these look delish! I’m curious how big you make the mini pizzas? (what size mini dough ball do you make?)

    Thanks!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — July 9, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    As the recipe states, just roll out the pizza dough and cut circles with a round cookie cutter, about 2 inches wide or so.

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    mireia badia — July 9, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    What a great idea, yum yum yum!!!!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — July 10, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    These are so cute! I loooove pizza! (But then again, who doesn’t love pizza?!)

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    Jenn — July 10, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Fantastic idea! Everyone gets what they want :)

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies — July 10, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I love making mini pizzas, but I usually cheat on the dough. I just need a go-to dough recipe. I’m definitely trying this one!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 10, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    I love serving bite site treats when entertaining. These are so cute and so easily customizable!

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    Jenny — July 11, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I’ve never made mini pizza before but they look great and I’m sure my kids will enjoy making them with me and then eating them all afterwards!

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    Ilan @ IronWhisk.com — July 14, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    Gotta say, I prefer big pizzas. But I guess I could eat a lot of mini pizzas..

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    DD the Great — July 20, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    I love how thin the crust looks. I haven’t had the best luck with pizza dough, but I keep on trying!! I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

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    Anonymous — July 21, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    Any idea how long these can be stored frozen?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — July 21, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    I’ve never froze them before, but I imagine you could freeze them in a resealable bag or container for up to 3 days.

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    Anonymous — July 21, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    Would love to see a whole wheat pizza dough recipe for this.

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    Ann — July 22, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    I found this from someone else pinning it….they’re just brilliant! I’ve repined and look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

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    Anonymous — July 22, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    We’ve done this for ages – the kids don’t eat the same things on their pizzas, so on pizza night I just lay out a couple dozen different toppings and everyone gets to do their own! You can also brush them with butter and bake the crusts, then top with cream cheese and veggies for veggie pizza bites!

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    Anonymous — July 23, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    Trying this tomorrow night as an appetizer to pasta for some friends that are coming over. Loved finding you on Pinterest. Here I go to explore the rest of your blog ;)

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    Anonymous — July 25, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    What kind of red sauce do you use? Is there a sauce especially made for pizzas or can you use spaghetti sauce? I will certainly try these!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — July 25, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    As the recipe states, you can use pizza sauce (homemade or store bought) or jarred pasta sauce.

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    Cathleen — July 28, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    I found this on pinterest. And I’m glad I did, this looks heavenly! I love it!

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    Lisa — July 28, 2012 @ 3:18 am

    I just want to make my pizza dough, now thanks to you! Gotta try your recipe! :)

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    Anonymous — July 30, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    These look like the pizzas I made with my grandkids this weekend, only I had some tubes of refrigerator biscuits that I had to use up. We squished them down, put toppings on them and baked them 20 minutes – They ate up 3 tubes of bisquits (30 mini pizzas).

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    Anonymous — July 30, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    the last post should be 10 minutes (baking time)

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    Stephanie — July 30, 2012 @ 3:51 am

    Made these tonight. The dough was so easy to work with and baked up beautifully. Mine were a little puffier/fluffier than what yours look like in your photos. Maybe my rounds were a bit thicker, not sure. Kids loved them. Will make again for sure. Thanks!

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — August 5, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Oh my gosh I LOVE THEEEEESE.

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    marla — August 9, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    LOVE these mini pizzas Georgia!! A must fro back to school :)

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    cathy @ Noble Pig — August 9, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    These are beautiful…my family would love them!!

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    Lou Ann — August 12, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Instead of making your dough which is a good idea, from scratch, couldn’t you also use heart healthy bisquick for a light dough if you didn’t want to go to the trouble of making the yeast dough and then put in a 9 X 13 cake pan and then cutting into small squares. Just wondering. Also saw the post where the lady used the buiscit dough in tubes. great idea as well. I can’t eat pasta sauce very well it doesn’t like me. Could use ranch instead of couln’t you?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — August 12, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Yes, Pillsbury does make a canned roll of pizza dough, which would work fine. I’m not sure that Bisquick would be a good alternative, though. You could try using Ranch instead of pizza sauce. Here’s a great list of other foods you could use as pizza sauces: http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas

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    Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper — August 24, 2012 @ 3:31 am

    Wow I so have to make these. We love homemade pizza in our house and the crust is really what makes it. These look amazing. I love your blog and am a new follower.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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    Anonymous — August 27, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    thanks for the pinterest option……..ha

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    Anonymous — September 1, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    This is one of many great recipes I have found on Pinterest……thanks for sharing with all of us!

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    Elizabeth Quinn — September 6, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    The recipe and directions are spot on and the crust is a dream to work with. I tripled the recipe for a party and got about 170 mini pizzas. Only the last 10 crusts which I had rerolled from the scraps were a little puffier than the first rolls. These are great for a butlered cocktail part because the edges stay relatively neat and thus easy to pick up. Thanks you for this recipe

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    Andrea — September 9, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    This recipe looks so delicious! I am definitely going to try it. Have you ever tried using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose to make it a bit healthier?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — September 9, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    No, I haven’t tried using whole wheat flour but there are plenty of whole wheat flour pizza dough recipes out there if you prefer it!

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    Sondra — September 18, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Has anyone made these ahead and frozen them? Not just the dough, but pre-made them and frozen, baked or unbaked? Planning to make for my daughters wedding, and would love to do these ahead! Thanks!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — September 18, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    They could most likely be made, baked, frozen and then warmed shortly before serving but I suggest doing a trial run before making them for your event.

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    Julie Varkey — September 19, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    What temperature do you bake them at?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — September 19, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    As the recipe states, 400 degrees F.

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    Arizona — September 25, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Delicious! Thanks for this!

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    simple recipes — October 1, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog

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    Bethany — October 15, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    These were delicious!

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    Save Big, Live Better! — October 21, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    These look delicious! I can see them being a big hit in our house! Thanks:)

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    Bridget Fielding — November 16, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    Just tried these today! I made the dough yesterday–it was pretty easy. I popped one ball in the fridge and another in the freezer for future use. I used rapid rise yeast and the pizzas rose more than expected in the oven (still were delicious though). Next time I might flatten the dough a little more.

    We had them for a fun dinner, so some of the pizzas were bigger than others. They tasted great, were easy, and pretty fun!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Kristin — March 23, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I have never done a review, but these pizzas are the best! We no longer order pizza! The dough is so easy to make, and so fluffy and delicious! my family loves them, and my 2 year old will eat four by himself :) I also made this for his birthday and I thought I had made to many, but we ended up with one leftover lol

    Thank you!

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    Julia — April 27, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    I made this for a make-your-own-mini-pizza dinner party and it was so good that we now use this dough recipe when we make homemade pizzas – which is about once a week. We LOVE it! It’s super easy to make. I don’t always let it rise 2 hours, but it still makes a super light dough. We even use it for our deep dish Chicago-style pizza.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Tracy — June 10, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the dough recipe. Instead of cutting the rounds out, I just patted 18 pieces into shape. Since the small rounds are more manageable than larger ones, I decided to make GRILLED pizzas. Just oiled the dough rounds and threw them on a hot gas grill til light brown on both sides. Spread some goat cheese and sauteed mushrooms and onions on top with a little shredded mozz. I then put them under the broiler at party time. Delish and easy.

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    Brittany D. — August 26, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I just made the dough, but I made them a bit smaller and thinner when rolled out and I got 54 of them! I am using them to freeze for my daughter school lunch as a “pizza lunchable” :) they are delicious!

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    Sheree Gardner — September 18, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    The pizzas were lovely & amazing to cook!

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    Tamara — November 10, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    These look awesome. I am trying to do a joint party for my 2 kids and there are nearly 50 kids coming!! Yikes! So I was hoping you could premake these….by freezing them them and when it comes to the day of the party heat them through again in the oven? It’s just I would have to make so many and I am worried that time will run away on the day. I have loads to do and their birthdays are both near Christmas as well!

    • Georgia — November 10th, 2013 @ 9:40 am

      Yes, you can definitely pre-bake, freeze and reheat at a low oven temp.

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    Jamie — March 9, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    If I make the dough on a Thursday would be good for saturday. Girls sleepover and I’d like to have a few things done in advance. We’ve done english muffins in the past but these will taste so much better.

    Oh and what would you recommend if I wanted to some with wheat? Could I just replace with wheat flour or should I do half and half.

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    Abby — September 20, 2014 @ 4:14 am

    Can’t wait to try these out!! Would they be okay served cold the next day? Thanks :)

    • Georgia — September 20th, 2014 @ 8:23 am

      Yes, that should be fine.

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