These are the amazingly unique pepperoni rolls found in almost all convenience stores in West Virginia and Southwestern PA. A slightly sweet fluffy dough with spicy pepperoni makes for a delicious treat!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 pepperoni rolls
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup of warm water in a small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the water and let stand for 5 minutes.

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  • Mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture, beaten eggs, and melted butter. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  • Lightly oil a large bowl, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.

  • Punch down the dough, and divide it into 20 equal pieces about the size of a golf ball. Using your hands, flatten each piece into a small rectangle about 4 inches square. Place 3 slices of pepperoni down the center of each dough square, overlapping the slices. Place another row of 3 slices next to the first. Roll the dough around the pepperoni slices, pinch the edges closed, and place the rolls on the prepared cookie sheet.

  • Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 14 to 16 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned and the tops are barely golden.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 6.6g 13% DV; carbohydrates 31.6g 10% DV; fat 10.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 42.6mg 14% DV; sodium 458.5mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2009
I really like the sweetness of the dough in contrast with the pepperoni Try adding a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese with the pepperoni and sprinkle a little garlic powder/salt on top of rolls before baking. I also baked them at 375 for 15 min. that seem to do the trick. Sausage and peppers might be a great variation. I'm keeping the dough recipe as a keeper thanks again Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2009
These were okay, not great. I was hoping for a more chewy dough. To me, it was too sweet and too heavy. I will keep searching. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2011
Wow - this along with Heavenly Hot Dog sauce are West Virginia originals that I'm going to start making here in Canada where I now live. Watch out Canadians! West Virginia culture taking over! and... Let's Gooooooooo Mountaineers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2009
I really like the sweetness of the dough in contrast with the pepperoni Try adding a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese with the pepperoni and sprinkle a little garlic powder/salt on top of rolls before baking. I also baked them at 375 for 15 min. that seem to do the trick. Sausage and peppers might be a great variation. I'm keeping the dough recipe as a keeper thanks again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2010
I love this recipe. The only things I did differently are the following: I added a little bit of mozzarella cheese to each roll I cut the sugar in half (hubby didn't like them so sweet but I thought they tasted good) and I added minced garlic to the dough. None of the changes I made were necessary but I feel they made the rolls taste better in the end. These pepperoni rolls keep well and warm up well so I appreciate that this recipe makes 20. Fantastic! Edit: I took another reviewer's advice and brushed the tops of the rolls with egg and sprinkled them with garlic powder and oregano. This made the rolls look so professional. My husband told me that when he took them in to work for his lunch he had someone ask him where he'd bought them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Originally from the 'Burgh, and when I asked my 28 yr old son what food he wanted for his birthday, he said "Pepperoni rolls like you used to make". Since I had lost the recipe, I luckily found yours!! I did make just a couple tiny alterations-not with the dough! Just in using a small block of mozzarella on top of the pepperoni & a sprinkle of garlic powder; then after sealing, in a small bowl I placed 4 slices of pepperoni & a couple tbl. of butter and microwaved it till it infused the melted butter with the pepperoni. I then brushed that on top of the rolls, sprinkled with alittle garlic powder & popped in the oven. After baking I brushed them again with the "pepperoni butter" and I have to say they were GONE in minutes. So fast that I had to make another batch! Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2009
My husband is from PA and he raves about the "pepperoni balls" they sell there. So I was very excited to find this recipe and he said it sounded just like them. We both thought these were very good but he said they didn't taste at all like the ones he ate all the time growing up. When I cooked for 16 min. and the tops were barely golden like the recipe says they were still a bit doughy inside. I put them back in the oven for a few more minutes and they were fine. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2010
Reminds me of home West "By God" Virginia Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
GREAT RECIPE! I'm from WV so I eat these all the time from the store but it's much better having them homemade. I didn't put it as much sugar as it called for but other than that I left everything the same. I did add a bit of garlic and oregano to the dough and put in a little mozzarella cheese between the pepperoni! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
Yummy yummy!! I made these in my bread maker cutting the sugar to 2/3 cup for the dough & adding smoked provolone to the filling & they were fantastic! The whole family loved them & they were gone in no time! Will make these again & again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2009
Very good dough! I will definately be keeping this one. I made mine with garlic powder and oregano on top before baking and turned out wonderful. The only change I made was to cook at 375 like the others and works great! Maybe next time I will try and make small pizza bites out of this recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2009
These were okay, not great. I was hoping for a more chewy dough. To me, it was too sweet and too heavy. I will keep searching. Read More
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