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Basketball calzones

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

These snacks are a slam dunk!

Every get-together needs snacks. If you're hosting a March Madness party, these basketball-shaped calzones are a perfect addition to your menu.

Make a slam dunk during March Madness with these pizza-stuffed basketballs. Baked inside of a cake pop pan, these bite-sized calzones will score big at your game day parties.

Basketball calzones recipe

Basketball calzones recipe

Yields 12


  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 3 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 12-24 pepperoni slices
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 black food coloring pen
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Orange food coloring

Basketball calzones recipe



Cut out dough

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread pizza crust on a work surface. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut 12 circles of dough.

Basketball calzones recipe


Add toppings

Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Place one or two pepperoni slices on each circle of dough and add mozzarella pieces on top.

Basketball calzones recipe


Make dough balls

Pinch the dough closed around the cheese and pepperoni.

Basketball calzones recipe


Place in cake pan

Grease the top and bottom of the cake pop pan. Place the dough balls in the bottom half of the pan.

Basketball calzones recipe


Bake and cool

Attach the top of the pan and secure shut. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow pan to cool for 5 minutes before opening. If some of the pizza balls have ridges in the center, trim them off with a pair of scissors.

Basketball calzones recipe


Draw basketball lines

Using a black food coloring pen, draw basketball lines on the pizza balls.

Basketball calzones recipe


Paint basketballs orange

Add orange food coloring to 1 tablespoon of butter and mix well. Add more food coloring to achieve desired color. Brush the tinted butter on the pizza balls, wiping off any excess with a paper towel.

Basketball calzones recipe


Reheat and serve

Basketballs can be refrigerated for up to three days, until you're ready to serve them. To reheat, place basketballs on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve with a bowl of warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Basketball calzones recipe

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