Homemade Hot Pockets are a delicious alternative to pizza night and they also make for a fun surprise in lunch boxes. Get the kids involved in making this easy recipe, too!
These homemade hot pockets were created in connection with Red Gold Tomatoes. Red Gold compensated me for the time required to create this recipe and share it with you. All opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting my blog by reading about brands I use and love in my own home.
Okay, so “homemade” is being used very loosely here. We’ll just clear the air before anyone gets too riled up. To keep this recipe easy, kid-friendly, and four ingredients, I used canned biscuit dough. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And let’s be real, the stuff is delicious!
I remember growing up (middle school maybe?), I would go over to a friend’s house after school and have pepperoni pizza hot pockets and Mountain Dew while watching R-rated movies. In middle school! Which, may I add, is literally the worst thing I have ever done. My parents did a great job keeping this girl on the straight and narrow. I hope watching R-rated movies in middle school is the worst thing my kids ever do, too. Not that I want to them to do that, but you know. You get it, right?
PS: I’m pretty sure R-rated movies have changed drastically since I was in middle school. I recall them being much more tame than they are now.
Speaking of kids, this recipe was made with my kids in mind. They love all things pizza (what kid doesn’t?) and I wanted to create a recipe that we could prepare together.
This is my version of homemade hot pockets. I confess I haven’t had one since middle school, so I can’t promise these homemade hot pockets are a perfect copycat. I can promise that you don’t have to put them in a creepy silver and cardboard tube in the microwave.
These homemade hot pockets are definitely doughier than your traditional store-bought Hot Pocket, thanks to the use of biscuit dough. This was intentional, because doughier = better.
Instead of pizza sauce, I use Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have pizza sauce on hand. I do always have diced tomatoes on hand, however. And these tomatoes are perfect because they already come loaded with all the seasoning you need for a great flavorful sauce. A quick little visit to the blender gets these tomatoes ready to fill in as pizza sauce. You can also use an immersion blender if you have one available. Or if you have pizza sauce in your pantry, go ahead and use that.
Homemade hot pockets are fun to make with your kids – get them involved in rolling out the dough and pressing together the edges with a fork. And they’re an easy lunch or snack to make in the chaos of the holidays! Take a minute to enjoy life and some homemade hot pockets before running off to the next thing. (Also fun to make with the kids are these vegetarian taco cups!)
Used in this recipe:
- 16 oz. ball pizza dough, thawed if frozen (store-bought or homemade)
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup mini pepperoni (or chopped pepperoni)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Divide pizza dough into 8 equal portions.
- Roll one portion into a 4- to 5-inch square or round. In the center, place 2 teaspoons of sauce, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon pepperoni. Carefully fold over and press edges together with a fork. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining pizza dough until you have 8 pepperoni pizza pockets.
- Brush the top of each hot pocket with beaten egg. If desired, sprinkle tops with grated parmesan cheese, dried Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic salt, or whatever you like.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
- Make homemade pizza dough, if you prefer. Try homemade pizza sauce, too.
- Ham and cheese hot pocket: Omit the pizza sauce. Substitute ½ cup finely diced cooked ham and 1 cup cheddar cheese for the pepperoni and mozzarella.
- Flavor ideas: Try red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, finely chopped broccoli, ground sausage, chicken, or bacon. Meat should be fully cooked before adding to hot pocket. Mushrooms should be sautéed first so they don’t make the hot pockets soggy. See the post above for more flavor ideas.
- Freezing instructions: Bake as directed. Once hot pockets are full cooled, wrap individually in plastic wrap or foil and place in a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 1 month.
- Reheating from frozen: To reheat, unwrap and cover with paper towel. Microwave from frozen (no need to thaw) for 2 minutes or bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes.
- Recipe revised 8/2023.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: He loves these, too – no complaints at all! My kids are little punks and picked at them before N declared “I don’t yike these” and E chimed in after with similar sentiments, despite having already eaten most of hers. They don’t like anything these days though. This one particularly blew my mind though because they love all things bready and all things pizza but maybe they just wanted to annoy me. Wouldn’t put it past them, ya know? They just want to eat Rice Krispie Christmas Trees and nothing else, all year-round. Wishful thinking, kiddos. Oh well, Ben and I had no problems devouring these and I’m sure next time I make them, they’ll be all over it.
Changes I would make: None but if you want, you could have fun with the fillings!
Pssst: Like these? Try my Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese!
Disclaimer: These homemade hot pockets were created in connection with Red Gold Tomatoes. Red Gold compensated me for the time required to create this recipe and share it with you. All opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting my blog by reading about brands I use and love in my own home.