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Cheese Bread Doodles

These Cheese Pizza Rolls (aka cheese bread doodles) are essentially a cheesy version of a cinnamon roll. Crusty pizza dough loaded with mozzarella and brushed with a garlic butter. Hello, LOVE!

A pan of golden brown baked cheese pizza rolls. The cheese doodles are like cinnamon rolls filled with mozzarella cheese.

Why We Call These “Cheese Doodles”

Cheese doodles, who thought that name up?! I wanted to call it cheese pizza rolls, but the kids insisted that when they are rolled up like a cinnamon roll they already have a name, cheese doodles. Try to say that and sound like an adult.

Ummm, also, I just learned that a cheese doodle used to be a chip. Is that still a thing?

Alright, here’s the low down on these homemade pizza rolls, they are heaven sent. Whenever we order in or go out for pizza the first thing our kids want to know is, are we getting cheese bread?

I’m always a big yes.

I know you’re not going to believe this, but I actually love cheese bread even more than pizza. GASP!  Alright, no that’s not totally true. A margherita pizza is my favorite thing ever. But cheesy bread rolls, mmmmm I love it!

A pan of cheese pizza rolls that has been baked to a golden brown. One piece of cheesy bread is being pulled apart to expose the melted mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients Needed for Cheese Pizza Rolls

These homemade pizza rolls require few ingredients, most of which you probably have already!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant yeast
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Water
  • Garlic seasoning
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Pizza sauce

What’s the Difference Between Active Dry Yeast and Instant Yeast?

Active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in water before added to the rest of the ingredients.

Instant yeast can be added directly into the dry ingredients. I prefer to always use instant yeast as it’s easier and usually I end up with a better rise.

Bread loaded with cheese, you’re welcome! Cheese doodles are a great side dish or a fun after school snack for the kiddos! Dip them in pizza sauce…kids love dipping things! Shoot, I love dipping things!

A cheese doodle being pulled apart so you can see the melty mozzarella cheese in side. The bread is golden brown and a pan full of cheese doodles are below it.

How to Make Pizza Rolls

It all starts with the easiest pizza dough ever, but you’re going to need a special ingredient, Soy Lecithin.

See below for a few things about where I get my soy lecithin and why you want it.

  1. Once you’ve made the pizza dough and it has risen, roll it out flat like you’re making cinnamon rolls.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a pizza stone in the oven.
  3. Spread shredded mozzarella cheese all over the dough and roll it up tightly, starting from the far side of the rectangle.
  4. Use floss or a serrated bread knife to cut 2-inch doodles.
  5. Pull the hot stone out and arrange the cheese bread on it. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the butter and mix with garlic and seasoning.
  7. Brush the tops of the hot doodles and serve with our famous Homemade Pizza Sauce.

A piece of cheese doodle cheesy bread being dipped in a a small white bowl of marinara sauce. A tray of cheese doodles sits next to the sauce.

How Long to Cook Pizza Rolls?

These cheese pizza rolls need to bake for just 10 minutes at 475 degrees F.

What Type of Cheese Should I Use?

I’ve eaten ridiculous amounts of cheesy bread and all restaurants seem to use different mixtures, but the most common is mozzarella cheese. You’ll want to use a good quality of mozzarella, but unless it’s an artisan pizza I would avoid buying a fresh mozzarella because of the water content, which makes for soggy cheese pizza rolls.

If you want to experiment, try these cheeses:

  • Pre-Shredded Pizza Cheese Mixture
  • Colby Jack and Mozzarella
  • Mozzarella and Parmesan
  • Pepper jack Cheese

Can You Make Pizza Rolls Ahead of Time?

You can make cheese bread ahead of time by completely making them, covering with foil and reheating in the oven for serving.

Can I Freeze Pizza Rolls?

Yes, these cheese pizza rolls can be frozen before or after they are baked.

To freeze unbaked pizza rolls: Prepare them, set them out on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Take the pizza rolls off of the cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag for up to one month.

To freeze baked pizza rolls: To freeze the pizza rolls after baking, allow them to cool and place in freezer bags for up to 1 month.

A pan full of cheese doodle garlic cheesy bread. The rolls are made like cinnamon rolls and baked to a golden brown.

How to Reheat Homemade Pizza Rolls

Preheat the oven to 350F. Unwrap frozen rolls and heat in the oven until hot. To bake, just place directly on a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.

Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?

If you want to, you can freeze pizza dough without doing anything to it. You just divide the dough into 2-4 circles and place in freezer bags for up to 2 weeks.

To defrost, set the dough out on the counter or in the fridge to defrost. Bring back to room temperature before using.

Tips for Making Homemade Pizza Rolls

  • Pizza dough: We LOVE the homemade pizza dough used in this recipe, but you’re welcome to buy refrigerated pizza dough at the grocery if that’s easier for you.
  • Pizza sauce: Most pizza roll recipes add pizza sauce inside the rolls, but we prefer serving it on the side instead. This way, we can load up the rolls with as much pizza sauce as we want! Plus, the rolls are easier to form if they’re just stuffed with cheese.
  • Cheese: We just used mozzarella in this recipe, but you’re welcome to use a blend of cheeses if desired.

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Garlic Knots

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12



  • 5 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Drops Soy Lecithin , nickel sized
  • 2 Cups Warm Water

Garlic Butter

  • 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter
  • 7 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese freshly grated
  • Homemade Pizza Sauce


  • Place the dry ingredients in a mixer with the dough hook attachment and mix until combined.
  • Add the soy lecithin and mix again. 
  • With the mixer on, slowly add the warm water and mix for 2 minutes or until the dough pulls entirely away from the mixing bowl and is smooth. 
  • Set aside with a towel over the bowl for 30 minutes. 
  • Roll out the dough about 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface and slice the dough in half from left to right so there's a top and bottom piece then cut both pieces into strips.
  • Tie into bread dough knots, (take an end in each hand, cross like an x, tuck one end through the hole) and place in a greased 9x13" baking pan.
  • Melt the butter, add the garlic, garlic salt, and parsley, mixing to combine.
  • Allow the knots to rise for 15-30 minutes then brush with half of the garlic butter and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • Brush with remaining garlic butter and serve with our pizza sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Knots
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 633mg28%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 469IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Hi! Can I leave the Soy Lecithin out if I don’t have it? Or can I substitute something else?
    Kind regards, Anisa

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    • Hey Anisa! Great question! You can just omit it.

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  • What is luke warm flour? These look wonderful.

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    • Hahahah…doh! I had water listed first originally and forgot to remove the note for it. Just regular ol’ flour is all you need! Thank you for letting us know!

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  • Can’t wait to try these! Have you ever been to Summit Pizza Co? They make these and that’s what they call them. 😂 they are seriously the best thing ever! They also make cinnamon and raspberry doodles. 😍

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    • Yes! They are sooooo good! We love Summit Pizza Co!

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