Cupid’s Pepperoni and Cheese Kisses

The holly jolly Christmas Pepperoni & Cheese Wreath was such a HIT with over 10 million people reached that I had to create a Valentine’s Day version! This would be the perfect way to say I love you to your sweetheart!

Ingredients

  • 13.8oz pizza dough
  • 24 slices pepperoni
  • 12oz marinated mozzarella balls, reserve the oil marinade
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Garnish: fresh basil, pepperoni slices for a rose or cut-out x’s, parmesan cheese, sliced large black olives, mozzarella cheese block
  • Recipe

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough to a 12”x8” rectangle. Cut into 24 even squares. Place 1 pepperoni and mozzarella ball on each square. Working with one at a time, add a pepperoni on top, fold the four corners over the filling, slightly overlapping the dough, and pinch the edges so that the filling is completely covered. Place a bowl in the center or stone or baking sheet. Brush a heart shape around the bowl on the baking sheet with the reserved oil marinade or olive oil. Place the balls on the oiled area gently touching each other, creating a heart shape (watch video for placement details). Brush the tops with reserved oil marinade or olive oil, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Remove the bowl from the center and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Place the bowl back in the open area of the heart and pour in pizza sauce. For that Valentine touch, I made a pepperoni rose and placed it on fresh basil leaves, grated fresh parmesan on the sauce and pizza bites, cut an arrow out of a mozzarella cheese block and added sliced olives representing hugs and X cut pepperoni slices representing kisses on top.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 1 ball (makes 24): 84 calories, 4g fat, 7.5g carbs, 4.5g protein

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    The holly jolly Christmas Pepperoni & Cheese Wreath was such a HIT with over 10 million people reached that I had to create a Valentine’s Day version! This would be the perfect way to say I love you to your sweetheart!