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Jalapeno Popper Rolls

These jalapeno popper rolls have all the flavors of your favorite spicy appetizer! Fresh baked and ready to eat in 30-minutes or less.

Kim and I love jalapeno poppers! However, we don’t always feel like going through the hassle of making them.

So, we started coming up with easy recipes based on those flavors. Like our baked jalapeno popper dip and jalapeno popper wontons.

Today, we’re adding another cheese and pepper themed recipe. It’s our semi-homemade jalapeno popper rolls.

The cheesy jalapeno popper rolls served with ranch dressing.
Ranch dressing makes the perfect dipping sauce for the popper rolls!

Kim combined cream cheese, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, and crispy bacon for the filling.

Then, rolled everything up in store-bought pizza dough to create a tasty appetizer that any popper fan will adore.

Brush them with the optional garlic butter topping and you have one tasty snack. So, shall we get started?

A close-view of the baked appetizer showing the cheesy filling.
Look at all the gooey, cheesy filling!

How to make jalapeno popper rolls with cheddar cheese?

First, start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F. and lining a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

Alternatively, you can use non-stick cooking spray on the pan. But, the rolls may stick.

Peppers, cheddar, and cream cheese in a bowl.
Make sure the cream cheese is slightly softened before getting started.

Next, grab a small mixing and toss in the jalapenos, shredded cheddar, cream cheese, and cooked and crumbled bacon (optional).

After that, use a spoon or rubber spatula to mix the filling together. Set it aside.

The peppers and other ingredients combined to make the filling.
The bacon bits are optional. You don’t have to add them to the filling.

Now, open the pizza dough and spread it out on the prepared baking sheet.

Afterward, use a rubber spatula to spread the filling onto the dough.

The cream cheese filling spread out onto the dough.
Spread the filling out to the edges of the pizza dough.

Then, start with long end of the rectangular dough and roll it into a log.

Using a sharp knife, cut the log into slices that are about 1-inch thick. You should have about 15 popper rolls.

The rolls have been cut and placed on the sheet pan.
Leave a little space between each roll to give them room to puff up while they cook.

At this point, the rolls should be on the sheet pan and ready to bake. Place them into the oven.

Let them bake for about 17-minutes or until the cheese bubbles and the edges are browned.

The popper rolls have baked and are ready to serve.
You know they’re done when the edges are brown and cheese is bubbling.

Meanwhile, as the rolls bake, you can make the topping. Grab a small mixing bowl that’s microwave safe.

Add the butter, garlic powder, and salt to the bowl. Put the bowl into your microwave for 15-second intervals until the butter is melted.

Melted butter, garlic powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Melted butter, garlic powder, and salt make a tasty topping!

Use a spoon or whisk to combine the ingredients into a garlic butter topping.

Last, remove the jalapeno rolls from the oven and brush them with the topping while they’re hot.

A top-down view of baked rolls on a pan.
Be sure to brush the rolls with the topping while they’re hot.

All that’s left to do is enjoy them. That’s it, your jalapeno popper rolls recipe is done!

Kim and I hope you enjoy them and wish you all the best 🙂

Looking for another cheesy appetizer? Take a look at our pizza monkey bread or tater tot nachos (totchos)!

Recipe Tips:

  • If you can’t find pizza dough, then use canned crescent rolls. Simply open the can, unroll the rolls, and separate them per the package instructions. Use a spoon to add the filling to each section of dough and then roll them up. However, you may need to adjust the cook time to ensure they’re completely done.
  • Honestly, this recipe packs a punch. Meaning, these jalapeno popper rolls are spicy. So, for less heat, simply reduce the amount of pickled jalapenos (use half the amount listed on the recipe card).
  • You don’t have to use cheddar cheese. In fact, you could try mozzarella or even Monterrey Jack cheese if you prefer.
The finished popper rolls served with ranch dressing.
Hatch green chiles are a great substitution for pickled jalapenos.

Other Jalapeño Cheddar Recipes to Try

Don’t forget to check out our Jalapeno Popper Rolls web story!

A top-down view of the cheesy jalapeno popper rolls.

Jalapeno Popper Rolls

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

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For the Rolls

  • 8 ounces block-style cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup pickled jalapenos diced (reduce amount for less heat) See Note*
  • ½ cup cooked bacon in bits (optional)
  • 13.8 ounces refrigerated pizza dough 1 can

Optional Garlic Butter Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


To Make the Rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheese, jalapenos, and bacon if using.
    8 ounces block-style cream cheese
    1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
    ½ cup pickled jalapenos
    ½ cup cooked bacon
  • Unroll the pizza dough and spread it out on the baking sheet. Use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the pizza dough. Starting with the longer side of the dough, roll it tight with the filling on the inside. 
    13.8 ounces refrigerated pizza dough
  • Use a sharp knife or a bench scraper to divide the dough into 14 to 16 even pieces. Place the pieces (filling up) on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the edges are brown. 

To Make the Garlic Butter Topping

  • If you’re using the garlic butter topping, mix the butter, garlic powder, and salt together in a microwave-safe bowl while the rolls are in the oven. Place it into the microwave for about 30-45 seconds and stir the ingredients together.
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Remove the jalapeno popper rolls from the oven and brush the garlic butter mixture over the tops. Serve warm with ranch dressing.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about 2 jalapeno popper rolls per person. Actual calories will vary.
For additional information and tips please refer to the post.


Serving: 2rolls | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg
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Thursday 28th of April 2022

What dip was used with the jalapeno cheese rolls


Thursday 28th of April 2022

It was store bought ranch dressing. :)


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

These are delicious and a hit at any party. Have you ever made and then freeze them for another day? Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hi Andrea!

We're happy you liked the jalapeno popper rolls! We haven't tried to freeze the rolls ahead of time, so I'm not sure how they'd turn out. Have a great day! :)


Sunday 21st of February 2021

The directions state 15 to 18 pieces, but the nutritional info is based on a yield of 7 pieces. Can you clarify? Thank you!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

Hi JayBee!

We apologize for the confusion, and thanks for asking! At the very top of the recipe card, there is an area that says "Yield: 15 Rolls." That's indicative of the total amount of rolls the recipe makes. The part in the nutrition box at the bottom of the recipe card shows "Yield: 7 Serving Size: 2 Rolls" should read something like "Serves: 7 Serving Size: 2 Rolls." Unfortunately, we're unable to change the wording from "Yield" 7" to "Serves: 7," because it's a third party application. In short, the recipe makes about 15 rolls, serves 7, about 2 rolls each. There would be 1 roll leftover. Hope that clarifies and isn't too confusing. :) We hope you have a wonderful week!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Can I use jalapeños from my garden


Thursday 4th of February 2021

Good Morning Gary, sure, you can use jalapenos from your garden. I'm sure the fresh peppers will be delicious in the dish. Have a great day :)


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Can you use puff pastry for a substitute


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Good Morning Sally, that's a good question. While we've never tried puff pastry, I still think it should work. Just keep an eye on them while they bake. Because, the cook time will probably have to be adjusted for the pastry dough. Have a great day :)