9 Surprising Ways to Use Pizza Dough (Besides Making Pizza)

There are a ton of reasons why pizza is so delicious: the cheese, the sauce, the toppings, and of course, the crust. It's truly the ultimate comfort food and late night snack. Pair it with some pizza beer and you're set.

There are a few refrigerator/ freezer staples that I always like to keep around for last minute meals or to fall back on if I can't think of anything to make for dinner. One of these things is refrigerated pizza dough. I sometimes keep it in the freezer if I know I won't be using it right away. Sure, you can easily make homemade pizza dough, but buying it at the grocery store is so convenient.

The first thought might be to make a cheesy pizza pie with the dough as your base, but did you know that it is way more versatile? Pizza dough can turn into a bunch of different savory snacks and even dessert. Check out our favorite recipes below.

1. Zeppoles

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La Buona Cucina

Ahh, zeppoles. One of my favorite fried desserts! Zeppoles are Italian doughnuts and basically just fried dough (pizza dough) that's been covered in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. They're best served warm with some Nutella or cannoli cream for dipping.

Here's the recipe.

2. Cheese Monkey Bread

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Bon Appétit

For a flavorful and savory dish using store-bought dough, try out this cheesy monkey bread that'll get nothing but rave reviews. Toss together Monterey Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, butter, shallots, garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes and add cubed pizza dough pieces to one-third of the cheese mixture. Pour into a cast iron skillet and top with the remaining cheese mixture.

I'd say that's the perfect late night snack.

Here's the recipe.

3. Cinnamon Sugar Messy Bread

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Spoon Fork Bacon

Don't be fooled by the name. Although quite messy, this recipe is very similar to monkey bread or pull apart bread and is just as easy to make. Who would've thought that savory pizza dough could be turned into something so deliciously sweet?

Here's the recipe.

4. Garlic Knots

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Epicurious

A popular item at the pizza shop, these garlic knots can be made right at home using pizza dough as a shortcut. Each knot gets a generous coating of olive oil or melted butter, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan cheese and is baked until golden brown.

You'll never go back to buying them at your favorite pizza place!

Here's the recipe.

5. Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

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Pillsbury

With the help from Pillsbury pizza dough, these doughnuts can be made in just a few minutes. You can also try making round or braided doughnuts along with the doughnut holes.

If you don't want to use cinnamon sugar, here are some other flavors you might like.

Here's the recipe.

6. Pizza Dough Pretzel Bites

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Life a Little Brighter

I'm a sucker for those pretzels and dipping sauces when I'm shopping at the mall. If you're craving homemade pretzels or pretzel bites, satisfy that craving quickly by using store-bought pizza dough.

Plain old mustard is great, but kick things up a notch with these recipes for Queso dip and honey mustard dip.

Here's the recipe.

7. Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

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PureWow

For a quick early morning or midday snack, these pizza dough cinnamon rolls are exactly what you need along with a nice cup of coffee. Store-bought pizza dough saves you so much time, too.

Here's the recipe.

8. Pizza Dough Breadsticks

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The Chew

Appetizers don't have to be a hassle. Using leftover pizza dough makes life so much easier when you want to make crunchy breadsticks. Sweet or savory, the flavor combinations are endless.

Here's the recipe.

9. Three Cheese Calzones

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Real Simple

Take a break from pizza night and use store-bought pizza dough to make calzones. This recipe is for cheesy spinach and ricotta calzones, but feel free to customize the ingredients to your taste. This is a great recipe for the kids to get involved in, too.

Here's the recipe.

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