Four Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Knots

IMG_0158Good news! My kids have finally stopped puking. It was touch and go for a few days there, but we made it through.

And the angels sang their praises and the laundry gods rejoiced.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see this post.

Since my daughter loves pizza so so so much along with the rest of us AND since she could stomach something other than gatorade, I decided to make her something a little different for dinner, but still pizza-esque.

Friends, meet the pizza knot.

Have you heard of garlic knots? Those little dudes are all over the interwebs, but Pizza knots? Notsomuch.

As in I googled it and it was nowhere to be found. #nailedit 

IMG_0176So, these taste just like pizza, but are cuter, messier, cheesier and all around more fun to eat. And make. And then eat again.

You must make these pronto. I promise your life will get 37% better.

Lets do this:IMG_0109Start out by rolling some pizza dough into a large rectangle. I would highly recommend my fail-proof pizza dough recipe but fresh dough sold at grocery stores these days will do! Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on half of the dough and then sprinkle with a four cheese italian blend and a few pepperoni slices.IMG_0115Fold the top part of the dough over to cover your fillings and pinch the edges together to seal.IMG_0117Now, using a pizza cutter, slice into eight even pieces. IMG_0120Now comes the fun/messy part. Twist each piece to try to contain the fillings….IMG_0123then carefully tie into a knot. They all won’t be pretty, things will get messy and you will question your existence, but I promise you will pull through.IMG_0127Place each knot onto a prepared baking sheet and top with any extra cheese that fell out and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning. Not all my knots actually looked like knots…..more like….pizza bombs?! Do not fear. This is totally fine.Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the knots are puffy, golden, crispy and oozing cheese. The best part 🙂IMG_0142Hello gorgeous. IMG_0174Be sure to eat these warm to get the full cheese effect.
IMG_0184And, be sure to have extra sauce on the side for dipping. Pizza coma straight ahead!

We all LOVED these and think you all will too! A perfect lunch or dinner for the weekend 🙂 Here’s the printable. Enjoy, friends!


Four Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Knots

Yield: 8 pizza knots

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  • 1 recipe fail proof pizza dough {or 1 lb. from the store}
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups grated italian four cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup pepperoni slices
  • italian seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. Roll pizza dough out into large rectangle, about 16x20 {but doesn't have to be perfect}. Spread pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni onto half of the pizza dough, leaving a small edge border untouched. Fold the other half of dough overtop of the pepperoni and cheese and press around edges to seal. Cut into 8 even strips. Twist each strip, then tie into a knot. Top with any grated cheese that fell out while tying and sprinkle with italian seasoning.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until browned and cheese is oozing. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. So glad your kids are feeling better! YAY!
    Oh man, I can seriously get into these pizza knots! And, they look wayyyyyy easier than I first thought by looking at the pictures.
    Hello Friday!

  2. I’m not sure I’ve ever craved pizza knots so much in my entire life…. #mustmakenowwwwwww

  3. Oh my gosh, those photos…they are amazing! So cheesy and perfect!

  4. Glad your little ones are feeling better! And what a great way to celebrate 🙂 I’d never heard of garlic or pizza nots. These look super yummy 🙂 🙂

  5. I love garlic knots. Which means these babies have got to be incredible bites of joy. Especially after recovering from being sick.

  6. Can’t wait to try! Glad your family is feeling better… been there, done that. So happy it’s over. =)

  7. Hi Lauren! Huge fan of you, your posts and your recipes! Do you have a good recipe for homemade pizza sauce? Glad to hear the kids are ok.
    Aneesa – Cape Town

    • No, but I’m working on it 🙂

  8. That’s you; creative with “normal” stuff. Love this.

  9. Well, there are actually things called pizza ropes. They are very similar. A bakery in Western Australia had been making them for about two years. Its sad through because they only ever put tomato paste in. They still taste good but this looks even better and so easy to make. Pizza ropes have been mr favourite for a long time but this looks even better! Sorry if the spelling to some words are different there are slight alterations in the Australian English language. Looks so good, can’t wait to try it out!

  10. I did everything wrong, no pizza sauce, so I used leftover spaghetti sauce, wrong cheese, so I used what I had including cheese sticks. The main thing I did wrong though was only making one batch of dough, because these were so delicious, there was not enough for everyone to go back for more! Thank you so much for your creativity and your dough recipe!

  11. I’ve now been making these knots for a few years. My family lives them. You can also take any combination of pizza you like and put it inside. Ranch BBQ sauce? Sure. Sausage? Sure. Veggies? Sure. They make great lunches to pull out of the freezer and stick in kid lunch boxes too.



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