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Spooky Spider Pizza Rolls
October 26, 2020 | Updated October 12, 2021 | Jump to Recipe
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These pizza rolls are stuffed full of all the yummy pizza toppings. The olive eyes and bell pepper legs turn them into cute and spooky spiders that will make your Halloween extra fun and delicious!
31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
These spooky spider pizza rolls are a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!
Happy week of Halloween! During this spooky time of year, I am always looking for fun and tasty ways to celebrate. These spider pizza rolls are super cute and spooky. They are sure to be a hit on Halloween!
YUMMY, SPOOKY, & CUTE
These pizza rolls turned out even more adorable than I had planned in my head! They are made with a quick homemade pizza dough and filled with all of your favorite pizza toppings. They are then given bell pepper legs, a black olive mouth, and green olive eyes. Whether you prefer pepperoni, sausage, chicken, and/or vegetables, it's a guarantee that these spider pizza rolls are going to be a new Halloween favorite!
Have you ever seen The Haunted Mansion? If so, you probably remember how scared the son is of all the spiders in the mansion. These spooky spider pizza rolls are inspired by that movie scene and are a part of my 31 Days of Halloween!
SPOOKY SPIDER PIZZA ROLLS INGREDIENTS
• Yeast: I use dry active yeast, but you could also use instant yeast in this recipe. This recipe calls for one packet of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons).
• Water: Warm water will reactivate the yeast and "wake it up." Try to get the water about 110°F (43°C). A too high of temperature will kill the yeast.
• Honey: Will help increase the yeast's activity and adds some moisture to the dough.
• Salt: Adds flavor to the pizza dough
• Olive Oil: Adds moisture and flavor to the dough.
• Flour: I use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
• Pizza Sauce: A homemade pizza sauce is quick to whip up and will give a better flavor than store-bought pizza sauce but either one will work!
• Fillings: You can fill these pizza rolls with whatever is your favorite pizza toppings. I like pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, olives, onions, and jalapenos.
• Garlic Powder & Dried Oregano: Makes these pizza rolls extra flavorful and yummy!
• Green Bell Pepper: When cut into "V's," these will be the legs of the "spiders."
• Black Olive Slices: I cut a black olive slice in half to be the mouth of the spider pizza roll.
• Green Olives with Pimentos: When these olives are cut into slices, they work great for spider eyes!
HOW TO MAKE SPIDER PIZZA ROLLS
The first thing to do to make these adorable spider pizza rolls is to make this simple pizza dough. 1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) and honey (1 teaspoon) are added to 1 cup of warm water until it gets frothy. You want your water to be 110°F (43°C). This is about the temperature you are just able to put your finger in the water comfortably. If your yeast mixture does not get frothy, this means that your yeast is probably dead, and you will need to start over with new yeast. 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, and 3 cups of flour are added to the mixture, and it is combined with a wooden spoon until it all comes together. You may need to add up to 1/2 cup flour extra to the dough. You want it to be just slightly sticky but not stick to your hands when you knead it. With floured hands, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is soft and smooth (about 3 minutes). The dough is then covered and left to rest for 5 minutes.
After the dough has rested, it is divided into two. Each section is rolled out on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to a rectangle that is about 9" x 12". For each rectangle of dough, I add 1/2 cup of pizza sauce, 1 cup of shredded cheese, about 25 pepperoni slices, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano. You can also add other pizza toppings or substitute!
Starting with the short side of the rectangle, gently roll up the dough into a tight log. Place the pizza log in the fridge for 20 minutes. This will make it easier to cut the rolls.
Using a sharp knife, cut the log of pizza into 1 inch slices. Place them on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. The pizza rolls are baked at 425°F for about 15-20 minutes or until the pizza dough is lightly browned. After cooking, let the pizza rolls rest on their baking sheet for about 5 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle.
To make the spider legs, cut the bell pepper into "V's". All the legs will be different sizes, but I think this adds to their cuteness! I was able to get about 2-3 spiders out of one bell pepper.
Using a small knife, cut 8 small holes on the sides of the pizza rolls (4 holes on each side of roll), and insert 8 bell pepper legs into the holes. The mouth of the spider is made by cutting a slice of black olive in half. Each half of the black olive is inserted into the front of the spider. Lastly, two slices of pimiento-stuffed green olives are placed on top of the spider for its eyes.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH SPOOKY SPIDER PIZZA ROLLS
• Green Apple Martini; If you're here to have a The Haunted Manion party, then you definitely need a green apple martini to go with these pizza spiders. This drink was inspired by Madame Leota!
• Homemade Ranch Dressing; What's better than pizza dipped in some delicious homemade ranch??
PIZZA SPIDER ROLLS QUESTIONS
Can I use store-bought pizza dough? You sure can. However, I highly recommend making homemade for the best flavor. This pizza dough recipe is really simple and only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish! What's an easy pizza sauce to make for these? I do recommend making your own pizza sauce for the best tasting pizza rolls. A very simple recipe consist of 6 ounces of tomato paste, 15 ounces of tomato sauce, and seasonings to taste (such as garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano or Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper). You may also add a pinch or two of sugar to cut down on the acidity.
For this recipe:
If you want to watch my video of me making my spooky spider pizza rolls for the first time- click the video below!
Spooky Spider Pizza Rolls
By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Resting Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (~15 pizza rolls)
For the Pizza Dough:
• 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet) • 1 teaspoon honey, or sugar • 1 cup (237 mL) warm water, warmed to about 110°F (43°C) • 1 teaspoon salt • 2 Tablespoons olive oil • 3 to 3 1/2 cups (360-420 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
For the Pizza Rolls:
For the Decorations:
1. Make the dough: Add yeast and honey to warm water in a large bowl, and let sit for 5 minutes until frothy. If the mixture does not become frothy, start over with new yeast. 2. Add salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour to the bowl, and stir until well combined with a wooden spoon. *You may need to add up to a 1/2 cup more of flour. You want the dough to be slightly sticky but not stick to your hands when kneading.* With floured hands, knead dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is soft and smooth (about 3 minutes). Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. 3. Divide the dough in half. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball of dough into a rectangle, about 9" x 12", on a lightly floured surface. Cover with towel while you prepare toppings. 4. Prepare the Pizza Rolls: Spread 1/2 of the pizza sauce (1/2 cup) over one rectangle of pizza dough. Add on the 1 cup of cheese, ~25 slices of pepperoni, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. *See notes below for more pizza topping ideas.* Repeat with the other rectangle of pizza dough. 5. With the short end of the rectangle of pizza dough facing you, gently roll the pizza dough very tightly into a log. 6. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). 7. Place the pizza log in the fridge for 20 minutes (this will make it easier to cut). 8. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1 inch slices. I was able to get 7 full pizza rolls plus two ends from each log. 9. Cook the Pizza Rolls: Place pizza rolls on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pizza dough is lightly browned. 10. After the pizza rolls are done cooking, let rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle. 11. Make the Spider: Meanwhile, cut the bell pepper into mutliple "V's". First, I cut the bell pepper into eights. Then I cut out a very small triangle on the long edge of the bell pepper slice. From there, I was able to get "V's". *See pictures above.* I was able to make legs for 2-3 spiders from one bell pepper. 12. Using a small knife, cut 8 small slits/holes into the side of each pizza roll (4 holes on each side of roll), and insert 8 bell pepper legs. It's okay if all the legs are different sizes. I think this adds to the cuteness! 13. Cut a black olive slice in half. Cut two small holes in the front of the pizza roll for the mouth of the spider, and insert a half of black olive slice into each hole. 14. Cut the pimiento-stuffed green olives into slices, and place two slices on top of the spider for eyes.
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Category: Appetizers & Snacks, Lunch & Dinner, Halloween Cuisine: American
Keywords: halloween recipe, pizza rolls, spooky spiders, pizza
Additional Pizza Toppings:
Cheese: I love to use mozzarella for these pizza rolls, but an Italian blend and cheddar would be great too! Pretty much any cheese will work, and the more cheese- the better!
Meat: Pepperoni makes these pizza rolls very easy to make, but Italian sausage, ground beef, bacon, or chicken would be great additions as well.
Vegetables: Adding onions, jalapenos, mushrooms, and red pepper flakes would be delicious.
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October 26, 2020 [Updated October 12, 2021] by Laura Bullock