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Pizza Hot Pocket

Make a healthier version of a Pizza Hot Pocket at home with this easy recipe that uses the bread machine and a few simple ingredients.

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Pizza has always been my favorite. When I was pregnant with Tyler, I craved it even more than usual. Around that time we were starting to think about the food we were eating. I would check ingredients and learned a lot about nutrition. But, that didn’t keep this pregnant momma from grabbing a Pizza Hot Pocket a time or two.

Unfortunately, it was hard to find a pizza hot pocket that doesn’t have pepperoni. I only like cheese on my pizza. And, of course, the sauce. Italian food is my favorite because I really enjoy anything with bread, red sauce, and cheese.

We make homemade pizza with dough from our bread machine often. I used that same dough recipe to create the dough for hot pockets. So, when we were coming up with different varieties to try, I knew I needed a pizza hot pocket.

This is one with only red sauce and cheese. Nothing else. And that is just how I like it!

Pizza Hot Pocket Step by Step



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/8 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oil

Hot Pocket

  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)


Add all of the ingredients for the dough into the bread machine. Set it to the dough setting and let it run. My machine takes 90 minutes to make a dough, but that can vary by machine. Make sure to look at the manual for yours so you know how to use it.

Dough ingredients in the pan of a bread machine

When the dough is almost done cooking, prepare your ingredients. For a ham and cheese hot pocket, this means tearing the ham into pieces and shredding the cheese.

Once the dough is finished cooking, roll the dough out on a floured surface. Cut the dough into quarters. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Dough rolled out on a wooden background next to a wooden rolling pin

For each hot pocket, place about 1/4 of the salami and cheese down the center of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to slice diagonal cuts into the dough at regular intervals. I find about 1/2″ works best. Cut the top and bottom diagonals off. Fold the top and bottom over, then make the braid.

Dough with diagonal cuts on a wooden background with pizza toppings down the center

Start by grabbing the end of the top piece and folding it over until it meets with the second on the other side. Repeat with the top piece on the opposite side.

Continue this pattern until you reach the bottom. Tuck the bottom two pieces around the bottom. Carefully move the hot pockets to a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to coat the dough. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown.

Pizza hot pocket on a gray plate (vertical)


Originally Published On: April 1, 2018

Last Updated On: July 28, 2023

Pizza hot pocket on a gray plate

Pizza Hot Pocket

Make a healthier version of a Pizza Hot Pocket at home with this easy recipe that uses the bread machine and a few simple ingredients.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Dough 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
hot pocket
Servings: 4
5 from 3 votes


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/8 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oil
Hot Pocket
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)

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  • Add all dough ingredients to bread machine and set to dough
Prepare Fillings
  • Shred the cheese if it isn't already shredded
Form Pockets
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Roll dough out on floured work surface to about 1/8-1/4 inch thickness
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into quarters
  • Add the fillings to the center of the dough
  • Cut the dough in diagonals on either side and fold over until the entire hot pocket is braided
  • Whisk the egg and water together to form an egg wash and brush the dough
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown


Just because I don’t use pepperoni or other pizza toppings doesn’t mean you can’t add them. Place them in with the rest of the fillings before braiding the dough. 
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Nutrition Facts
Pizza Hot Pocket
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 640 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 728mg30%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 98g33%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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22 thoughts on “Pizza Hot Pocket”

  1. I love pizza so much, and this pizza hot pocket seems a really nice small pizza version! I wish I could have the bread machine, it will make the recipe easier.

    1. Italian food is also my favorite and I really enjoy anything with bread, red sauce, and cheese as well. Your Pizza Hot Pocket looks super tasty and so easy to take to work… must try!

  2. SO super-easy, and my kids would love to make these over the weekend for school lunches! We’ve done crescent roll-ups along these lines before, but not hot pockets – great idea!

  3. I was literally just telling the other half that we need a good homemade pizza pocket recipe because he accidentally bought some that sucked! Lol. Definitely gonna give these a try. They look delish!

  4. 5 stars
    Omg, love this pizza version. Pizza is something I look forward to whenever I feel low, happy or need to celebrate. The thing is it’s going to be less time consuming than regular one and adds variety. I need to have it soon..

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