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Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe


Homemade pizza dough is the best thing to make on a Friday night!  This pizza dough recipe only has a few ingredients and is easy enough for your kids to make! 

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

  1. First get your yeast going- it should look nice and bubbly after about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mix your oil, salt, and flour in with the yeast mixture.  I let mine knead with a dough hook in my KitchenAid for about 5 minutes.  If you don’t have a mixer, knead your dough on your counter with a little flour until the dough isn’t sticky.
  3. Place it in an oiled bowl and cover.  Put it in a warm place to let it rise.
  4. Let it rise for about an hour or until double in size.
  5. Punch it down and set it on your pizza stone or pizza pan.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. If you are just making one pizza, you can roll your dough out right on your pan.  Roll your dough very thin.  It will puff up a lot during baking, so if you don’t want a 4-inch thick crust, then roll it thin!
  7. Place on a stone or pan and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes (just the dough).  Then add your toppings and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust has started to brown.

What are the Ingredients in Homemade Pizza Dough







5 Tips for Making the Best Pizza Dough at Home

  1. Heat a pizza stone in the oven before you put your dough on it.
  2. Roll your dough as thin as you can possibly get it.  It will rise a lot and become too thick and bread-like if you don’t roll it thin (especially when using whole wheat flour).
  3. Use a dough docker (or a fork) to prevent your dough from bubbling.  This also helps your dough to rise evenly.
  4.  Make sure your don’t skip pre-baking your dough before you put the toppings on.
  5. Brush the edges of the crust with a little olive oil before baking with the toppings.

Our Favorite Homemade Pizza Toppings

There is something about a classic pepperoni pizza, but if you make pizza every Friday night then it is fun to switch it up!  These are some of our favorite pizza topping combos:

  • Chicken Pesto: Grilled chicken + Pesto Sauce + Mozzarella
  • Margherita: Plum Tomatoes + Fresh Mozzarella + Basil Leaves
  • Fall Veggie Pizza: Sweet Peppers + Carmelized Onions + Oven Dried Tomatoes + Pesto + Mozzarella
  • Hawaiian Pizza: Natural Ham + Pineapple Chunks + Mozzarella
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza: Shredded BBQ Chicken + Sautéed Red Onion + Mozzarella Cheese + Cheddar Cheese + BBQ Sauce/Ranch Sauce
  • Classic Veggie: Tomatoes + Sweet Peppers + Mushrooms + Pineapple + Onions + Olives

Favorite Homemade Pizza Recipes

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Best Homemade Pizza Crust

Homemade pizza dough is the best thing to make on a Friday night!  This pizza dough recipe only has a few ingredients and is easy enough for your kids to make! 
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 833kcal



  • 2 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounce pepperoni


  • Add yeast, sugar, and water to a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in salt, oil and flour. Knead dough in mixer or on a floured surface just until no longer sticky. Put in a greased bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and put on your pizza pan. Allow it to rest for a few minutes, then roll out. Let sit again for 10 minutes.
  • Roll out on pizza pan. Cook at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes.
  • Spread sauce over crust. Add pepperoni and sprinkle with grated cheese. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1609mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 24g
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Hi I love this idea for my kids. What are the measurements in g please I’m uk and I don’t use cup measure. Think I may invest in some soon though :0)

I make this dough at least once a week. Mostly for pizza but it’s so versatile. Love this recipe. Pinned. Thank you!

Hi. Can’t wait to try this. A few questions:
I only have whole wheat flour. Any way I could use just whole wheat? If so, how much?

Also. If I make this and place in air tight containers…how long will it last in fridge? 2 to 3 days?

Would you recommend freezing final product? Or better if eating that day only?

Yes you can use all whole wheat flour. We only keep in in the fridge from 1-2 days at the max. I would only store or freeze after the entire pizzas are made. Then, they freeze very well!

I’ll definitely show this to my wife. We are trying to get our kids to eat healthier. The problem is that they absolutely hate anything that isn’t junk food. However, if we can figure out a way to disguise the food as junk food, they just might go for it!

Oh my goodness, those heart cut outs are the cutest idea! I’m totally going to try that, I think my kids would get a kick out of it. I’m like you, I love bread dough. I feel like if you can make decent bread dough, you’ll never be in a pinch; you’ll always have something simple and great to cook! Thanks for the recipe.

Does the brown sugar make this sweeter than usual pizza dough? I’ve only ever seen white granulated sugar in pizza dough recipes before. White granulated sugar doesn’t make the dough overly sweet..so I’m assuming this doesn’t either. Just looking for you opinion on the matter 🙂

I don’t think it makes it any sweeter. You could use either kind and probably wouldn’t notice a huge difference.

Can’t wait to try this dough out! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

Have you split the dough into individual pizzas? If so, how many did it make?

Hi Amanda! I haven’t made individual pizzas with this recipe personally, but I would expect it to make about 4 personal pizzas if you split the dough.

5 stars
My kids weren’t crazy about the dough, but it was my first time making it and I made it pretty thick. I think this recipe could make enough dough for at least 2-3 pizzas, especially if you are looking for a thinner crust like us. My husband and I like the flavor of the crust and we will try it again portioning it out for 3 pizzas.

5 stars
This recipe is perfect! My husband is a harsh pizza critic and he loves this crust. Plus it’s soft enough for my 15 month old to eat! Thank you for this awesome pizza dough!