Want a romantic lunch? These homemade pizza pockets will make your heart skip a beat.
To make Valentine’s Day even more fun, serve these little pizza pockets with some heart-shaped mini cheesecakes and pink crinkle cookies. Now you have everything you need for a lovely Valentine’s (or palentine’s day) party!
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It’s so much fun to celebrate the day of love! Heart-shaped food is everywhere – and now you can make a delicious and romantic lunch right in your kitchen.
There are a ton of frozen lunches just like this for sale in the frozen section at the grocery store. When you make your own, you can control how they taste and you know exactly what’s inside.
Even though I made them into mini pizzas, you can fill yours with whatever you want. Keep reading and I’ll share a bunch of my best tips – and the recipe is at the bottom of the post.
You can even make these as part of a party buffet, along with our easy cheese empanadas, for a delicious spread!
How To Make Homemade Pizza Pockets
These rustic homemade heart-shaped pizza pockets are so easy to make that your kids can help you make them!
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Electric Mixer
- Pastry Cutter
- Mixing Bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
- Pastry Brush
Ingredients For Pizza Pockes
I made everything homemade – the crust and the filling. Here is what you’ll need before you begin.
All the exact amounts you need are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of what you need to get from the store.
- Garlic clove, minced
- All-purpose flour
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Baking powder
- Tomato Paste
- Sharp Cheddar, Shredded
Heart-Shaped Pizza Pocket Tips
Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, this recipe should give you about 6 heart-shaped pizza pockets. Here are some of my best tips and ways you can customize them.
Use An Electric Mixer
If you don’t already have one, get one. It makes this entire recipe so much faster and easier. In fact, if you have one that has a dough hook, that’s even better.
Make Sure the Butter Is Cold
Always use cold butter whenever you are making biscuits or pie crust. Cut the cold butter into cubes and then use a pastry cutter to blend the butter in with the rest of the ingredients.
Rolling Pin Replacements
You will need a rolling pin to roll out the biscuit dough so it is all the same thickness. If you don’t have a rolling pin, try one of these ideas instead:
- Wine Bottle
- Wooden Dowel Rod
- PVC Pipe
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Full Unopened Soda Can
Use Your Favorite Cookie Cutters
You don’t have to cut them into hearts. Use your favorite cookie cutters! Just make sure that you choose a shape that is easy to seal.
Since you are going to fill them with pizza ingredients and seal them with a fork, you want the shapes to have as few angles as possible.
Filling Ingredient Ideas
I kept my pizza pockets simple – just tomato paste and cheese. If you want, you can use spicy pepper jack cheese, some diced jalapenos, or even some diced bacon or pepperoni.
Have fun with the filling and create your own perfect little pizza pockets.
Brush The Crust With Butter
After you fill and seal them, brush the outside with butter. That will help them get that tantalizing golden brown color as they bake.
Heart Shaped Homemade Pizza Pockets
For the dough
- 1 large egg
- 6 tbsp milk
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- pinch salt
- 3/4 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup butter cold
For the filling
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- melted butter
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Begin by mixing egg, milk, and garlic in an electric mixer (with a dough hook, if you have one).
- In a separate bowl, sift together parmesan, salt, baking powder.
- Cut your cold butter into cubes and add into your dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to blend all of the ingredients together.
- Add the flour and butter mixture into your wet ingredients, while mixing on medium speed.
- Once the dough has formed, sprinkle a clean working surface + your rolling pin with flour.
- Roll the dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut them into heart shapes.
- Place each heart-shaped dough on your lined baking sheet.
- Fill every other heart-shaped dough with tomato paste and cheese. Top with another heart-shape and use a fork to press & seal all around the edges.
- Brush each pizza pocket with melted butter and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the crust starts to turn golden brown.
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