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Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

January 22, 2020 (Last Updated: January 30, 2024) by Chris Collins

These Pizza Pockets are made with Puff Pastry and stuffed with Spicy Pepperoni. With Crispy Parmesan baked on top, these truly are the BEST Homemade Pizza Pockets!

overhead shot of pizza pockets stacked on parchment paper with dip

Homemade Pizza Pockets

I’ve literally just wiped the crumbs off my face from devouring the last one of these. Pizza pockets are about to be your new food obsession. Here’s why:

  • Puff Pastry – No faffing around making pizza dough, pre-rolled puff pastry works absolute wonders for pizza pockets.
  • Minimal Ingredients – If you’ve got Pizza Sauce, Cheese and Puff Pastry you’re already quids in!
  • Delicious – So bloomin’ delicious!!!

The other thing is that they’re so easy to make. I know it’s tempting to pick up a pack of store-bought pizza pockets, but I promise you these are 10x more tasty.

Pizza pockets are perfect for an after-school snack, a lazy lunch or even as a dinner with some sides!

dipping pepperoni pizza pocket into dip

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

To be honest you can really load up these pizza pockets with any toppings you fancy, but for me it’s always gotta be jalapeño and pepperoni! There’s something about jalapeño and pepperoni that sends me weak at the knees 🤣

Top Tip – If you want to put veg in the pizza pockets (i.e. onion, peppers etc) I recommend frying them off first, otherwise they’ll steam the insides of the pockets and potentially turn them soggy.

Puff Pastry Pizza Pockets

As I mentioned earlier, the ease of these pizza pockets comes down to the puff pastry. PLUS I actually really like the crispy texture it offers.

I always use pre-rolled puff pastry, in the UK this usually comes in the form of a 14″x9″ (35.5cmx22cm) rectangle. If you’re rolling out your pastry just make sure you roll it out to those measurements.

How to make Pizza Pockets (quick summary)

  1. Roll out pastry.
  2. Horizontally slice in half.
  3. Fold over corner to make square and slice.
  4. Lay on floured surface in diamond shape.
  5. Spread fillings in lower triangle.
  6. Fold over, crimp edges with fork and slice steam holes.

How to make Pizza Pockets - 6 step by step photos

How to Bake Pizza Pockets

Right, pockets folded, let’s get ’em ready to bake.

Just to take these pizza pockets through the roof, I love sprinkling parmesan and oregano on top before they bake. This not only adds extra flavours but makes them turn deep golden and EXTRA crispy!

What about the egg wash 🤔 – Look, I know it’s a crime not to egg wash pastry BUT the parmesan pretty much covers all of the visible pastry. You can use egg wash, which would help the parmesan stick, if you wish.

How to Bake Pizza Pockets (quick summary)

  1. Place pizza pockets on lightly oiled tray.
  2. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and dried oregano. Bake uninterrupted until golden!
Top Tip – Let the pockets rest for a few mins when they’re out the oven. They might be ever so slightly soft on first touch, but a few mins to allow the steam to escape will help them crisp.

How to cook pizza pockets - 2 step by step photos

Serving Pizza Pockets

And there we have it! Homemade pizza pockets truly couldn’t be easier!

From there I usually serve with a dip – Cheese and Chive, Garlic and Herb Dip and Sour Cream and Chive are all personal faves 😋

Can you prepare pizza pockets in advance?

You can yes, I just recommend putting the pizza sauce on top of the cheese just to reduce the bottom part going soggy. Just cover airtight in the fridge until needed.

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full pizza pockets recipe shall we?!

side shot of pizza pockets on brown chopping board with dip

How to make Pizza Pockets (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of pizza pockets stacked on parchment paper with dip

Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

These Pizza Pockets are made with Puff Pastry and stuffed with Spicy Pepperoni. With Crispy Parmesan baked on top, these truly are the BEST Homemade Pizza Pockets! Makes 6.
5 from 5 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 6 pizza pockets
Course: hand held food / Snack
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 389kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2


  • 30cm x 45cm (12” x 18”) Sheet Pan/Oven Tray (or similar size)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 sheet of Puff Pastry (see notes)
  • 100g / 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
  • 40g / 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup / 25g Pickled Jalapeños, diced (or to spice preference)
  • 12 small Pepperoni Slices, halved
  • 6 heaped tsp Pizza Sauce
  • 6 pinches of Oregano


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
  • Unroll the puff pastry and slice it into 6 even-sized squares (keep on the baking paper). Transfer to a large baking tray.
  • Spread pizza sauce to outline a triangle in half of each square, leaving a little around the edge (see video for guidance). Top with a pinch of mozzarella, 4 pepperoni halves and finish with a pinch of diced jalapeño.
  • Fold over the top half and pinch down the edges to contain the filling. Crimp with a fork, clean up with a knife, then make two slices on top of the pocket to allow steam to escape.
  • Sprinkle each pocket with parmesan and a pinch of oregano, ensuring the parmesan covers as much of the pastry as possible. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until deep golden and crispy. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving (they'll crisp up slightly more as they rest).

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Puff Pastry - The size you want the pastry (before dividing in 6) is 14"x9" (35.5cmx22cm). The weight of each pastry sheet (before dividing) is 320g/11.3oz, so if you are buying puff pastry that is not pre-rolled (i.e. a slab of pastry) make sure you are using that much weight and roll out to the dimensions above.
b) Egg Wash - I know it's criminal to leave egg wash off pastry, but here it's almost all covered by the parmesan, so I don't see too much point. You can use egg wash, which will help the parmesan stick if you're struggling to get it to stick.
c) Other Fillings - Feel free to switch up the fillings! I recommend frying any veg beforehand (onion, peppers, mushrooms) otherwise they'll steam in the filling and cause the pockets to go soggy. Also fry off any uncooked meat beforehand too (sausage, bacon, chicken).
d) Make in Advance - If you want to make these in advance I just recommend putting the pizza sauce on top of the cheese (I know there's only 1 tsp, but reduces the risk of it making the pastry soggy). Just cover airtight in the fridge until ready to bake.
e) Dips to Serve - Garlic and Herb, Cheese and Chive, Marinara Dip, Sour Cream and Chive.
f) Updated - I have changed the recipe to just prep the pockets on the baking paper the pastry comes in and straight on the baking tray. Alternatively, you can prep them individually on a lightly floured surface and bake on baking paper or just a greaseproof baking tray.
g) Calories - Per pocket with no dip.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 230
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.57g39%
Saturated Fat 7.26g36%
Trans Fat 0.184g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.988g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.368g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 585mg24%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 26.28g9%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 0.95g1%
Protein 13.51g27%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 246mg25%
Iron 1.76mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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If you like the sound of these pizza pockets definitely check out my Tortilla Calzone – just as simple and delicious!

For another delicious pocket recipe check out my Breakfast Pockets!

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  • Reply
    December 19, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    I’m curious, has anyone has tried to freeze the pizza pockets before heating/serving? I’m hoping to make more than one batch but I’m limited on space in the fridge. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 19, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Heather! You could definitely freeze them before you put them in the oven. I’d leave off the parmesan and oregano and add just before baking. Stack them with parchment paper between them so they don’t stick. If you’re baking from frozen I’d be inclined to bake at 180C/350F and for a little longer, just to ensure they cook through properly. C.

  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    5 stars
    Such a treat! Love this
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

      You’re more than welcome, Julie! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    January 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    5 stars
    What a savory recipe! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Hope you love them!!

  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    5 stars
    Brilliant idea using puff pastry to make these! So delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Suzy 🙂

  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    I didn’t realize how easy it is to make pizza pockets. These are the perfect replacement for those frozen pizzas we don’t need to eat LOL. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

      They definitely are!!

  • Reply
    Irina Karulina
    January 22, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    I love puff pastry baking goodies, and your pizza pockets are not an exception! Made them last night. We really loved them. easy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am

      That’s awesome! So glad you loved them!