Jan's Copycat Version of Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizza


Perfectly chewy crust stuffed with cheese, just like the pizzeria chain. Top this copycat pizza hut cheese crust with sauce and your favorite toppings.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
2 16-inch pizzas


  • 5 cups bread flour, divided, or as needed

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle warm beer

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 3 tablespoons shortening

  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, or as needed

  • 16 sticks string cheese


  1. Combine 4 cups bread flour, beer, water, shortening, yeast, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment; mix until combined. With the mixer running, add remaining flour, a little at a time, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms into a ball, about 2 minutes.

  2. Lightly grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place dough into the bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  3. Grease 2 pizza pans with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil; dust with cornmeal.

  4. Punch dough down gently and divide into 2 equal portions. Place each portion onto a prepared pan. Cover and let rest for about 5 minutes.

  5. Stretch each dough out 1 inch past the edge of the pan. If dough shrinks back when stretched, cover and let rest for 5 more minutes before stretching again.

  6. Arrange 8 sticks cheese, ends touching, around the edge of 1 pan. Fold overhang over cheese and press dough to seal. Repeat with the second pan.


Substitute olive oil for shortening if desired.

Substitute 2 cups shredded cheese for string cheese if desired.

To Bake Pizzas:

Bake pizzas in a preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven until the center is set and crust is crispy, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
6g Fat
2g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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