Jalapeño Popper Rolls

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

The cheesy jalapeno popper rolls served with ranch dressing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jalapeño Popper Rolls

4.6 from 47 votes
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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

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 salt

Instructions
 

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 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.

Suggested Equipment

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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10 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

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

    1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

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