As we approach the holidays, I’m on the lookout for easy appetizer recipes. I try to keep my refrigerator stocked this time of year so that if I get unexpected company, I can quickly whip up something tasty.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

I also like to make things that require the oven. On cold days, the extra warmth in the kitchen is always welcome, and baking something provides such a welcoming ambiance. Today, I wanted to share a fabulous spur-of-the-moment-party recipe.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

There are two things I know that my friends and family love – really good cheese and pepperoni.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Combine the two and you have an easy, tasty, and quick snacketizer (my new word for snack and appetizer).

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Inspired by the lovely Tonia from The Gunny Sack, I’m sharing my take on Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (I used the kind with flaky layers.)
32 slices of pepperoni
1 8-ounce block Extra Sharp White Cracker Barrel Cheese, cubed into 16 pieces
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons Parmesan, shredded
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce

Let’s get baking:

Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Next, spray two 9″ round pie / cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.

Then flatten out the biscuits. Place one piece of pepperoni on the biscuit, then the cheese, then another piece of pepperoni. Gather up the edges of the biscuits to cover the cheese and pepperoni and seal with your fingers.

Place the filled biscuits, seam sides down in a greased pan. Brush with egg wash and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and Parmesan. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.

If you notice that the rolls are starting to brown too much, just cover them loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Allow the rolls to cool slightly and serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm S

eriously, you are going to love these. While the combination of flavors is sublime, the cheese is the star of the show! The sharp, yet smooth taste of the Cracker Barrel cheese is beyond amazing, the result of its unique aging process that creates the sharpness and the addition of cream that produces the smooth texture. This process is what sets Cracker Barrel apart from other cheeses.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls | Inspired by Charm

I also love the fact that you can keep all of these ingredients in your fridge and pull them out when needed. The dough is surprisingly good as well. You can’t even tell it’s from a can. Love that! This may become one of your favorite holiday or game-day snacketizers.

Thanks again to Tonia for the inspiration! Have you ever made something like this at home? What is your go-to snack for impromptu entertaining?

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  • Natalie at

    Oh. Em. Gee. For the pregnant lady who has been craving pizza rolls (I know it’s terrible) – this is a way better alternative. Hmmmm. I think I shall be making these this weekend! Thanks! =)

  • Dawn Allen at

    These look fabulous! I love your ideas and your style, Michael! Thank you. 🙂 I’ll be making these this weekend for sure!

  • Carrie at

    Those look delicious! I may have to try those for our next game night with friends. I’ve never done stuffed rolls like this before, but I do like to take those same flaky canned biscuits, place one in a ramekin, top it with brown sugar, cinnamon, diced apple, and butter, and bake. Comes out ooey gooey caramel-y apple-y goodness!

  • Gabby O at

    Drooling over here!! Those look SO good!!

  • Karen at

    Amazeballs! Can’t wait to try them. I love your little serving dishes can you share where you got them from. I know you know. :o)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Of course! The round plate is a salad plate from the BHG Dinnerware Collection at Wal-mart. The teacup is Fiestaware in white. The pie plate is Chantal. I found one at HomeGoods and the other I ordered online – search: Chantal Ruffled Pie Plate. Gold flatware is from West Elm. Hope that helps Karen. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Mindy@FindingSilverLinings at

    I make these using pizza dough and string cheese instead of cheddar and they are ahhhhmazing. Great minds Mr Wurm, great minds 🙂

  • Terri at

    These look tasty! Like most people I am incredibly busy this time if year and we have lots of guests.
    I love complex recipes but this time of year I try to limit them to a few special meals. I appreciate ideas that are less time consuming but no less delightful. You’re a gem!

  • debi at

    Oh, YUM! Can’t wait to try these!

  • Janet S. at

    That looks like such a great idea and something even older kids could make!

    I apologize in advance for the simplicity of this suggestion but on a cold winter day this might be a quick and cozy appetizer.

    Make tiny grilled cheese sandwiches with the Extra Sharp White Cracker Barrel Cheese on little slices of bread from an hors d’oeuvre loaf or cut bread slices into small rounds with a biscuit cutter. Serve the mini sandwiches with little espresso cups of steaming tomato basil soup.

    OK, I guess that isn’t even a recipe but I love any excuse for a grilled cheese sandwich. 🙂

  • Holly T. at

    Hi Michael!
    Holly from Dallas here…love the idea of these yet hate pepperoni ( I know I’m weird like that ) and also thinking about making these for a holiday party.
    Got any ideas of other items/mixes I could put in the middle? I was thinking sun-dried tomatoes and pesto with the cheese? Maybe turkey and cranberry jam with a mild CB cheese?
    My concern is that if you put a sauce inside the dough could get soggy.
    Any thoughts? Think this would work?
    Thanks again and hope all is well!
    ~HRT

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Holly – no problem. You can’t help what you don’t like. I’d be concerned about putting a sauce in the middle, but you could certainly try. Just make sure things are really sealed up. You could do buffalo chicken and blue cheese crumbles or even chicken and sun-dried tomatoes and a pesto for dipping. It’s all about testing thing to see what works. You could even so a sweet route and tuck in a reese cup and do an icing as a dip! Have fun with it.

      xo Michael

      • April was in CT now CA at

        We did a mix of pepperoni and Canadian bacon, so you could just do the Canadian bacon or regular bacon and leave out the pepperoni and I think they’d be really good.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Leigh. They are yummy and so easy to make!

      xo Michael

  • Roni Faida at

    OMG. I have NEVER heard of these but I will be making these this week! These look amazing and so simple! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You bet! Enjoy. They are so simple.

      xo Michael

  • Elena at

    Michael, I made these over this past weekend and my kids loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay!! So glad to hear!

      xo Michael

  • D SCHMIDT at

    I love to serve cheese on a platter with some grapes and a variety of crackers, it is something my Mother always did growing up and it’s still a favorite!

  • Lisa at

    I bet delicious with with pepper jack, too!

  • Sheila at

    We went on a 3 day camping trip this past weekend. I made these Saturday night and they got rave reviews. I used pepper jack and the Kraft sharp white cheddar. I also increased the pepperoni within each. So delicious, quick, and easy! Thank you, Michael!

  • Sheila at

    Oops! I just went to the refrigerator and saw the leftover cheese from this weekend. It was the sharp white cracker barrel cheese in the gold foil wrapper. I am glad you recommended this cheese, it was very good.

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