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An oblong serving plate filled with mini calzones and a small white dish of marinara.

Mini Pepperoni Calzones

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Dough Rising Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Main


These crowd-pleasing calzones are easy to make and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or the kids’ lunchbox!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, (1 (.25 ounce) package)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup very warm water (120°F to 130°F)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 50 pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1 cup flour with sugar, salt and yeast. Add olive oil and warm water. Beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently.
  2. Stir in remaining flour until just combined. Switch to a dough hook and knead dough for 5-8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. If you don’t have a dough hook, place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands 8-10 minutes.
  3. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rest and rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl.
  5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a 4 to 5 inch round bowl to measure out circles by placing the bowl on the dough and cutting around it with a knife.
  6. Place the dough rounds on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, 5 pepperonis and a spoonful of mozzarella on the center of each round leaving about 1/4 inch around the edges.
  8. Brush edges with the beaten egg. Fold each circle over and seal edges with a fork. Brush the top of each calzone with the egg.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle each calzone generously with the seasoned parmesan cheese mixture.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp around the edges.