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Kids in the Kitchen: Stuffed Crust Pizza

KidsInTheKitchenThis is a guest post brought to you by Samantha Schultz:

Samantha Schultz writes about all things life and parenthood on her blog, The Peanuts Gang. With two boys (Charlie & Jack) and a high school sweetheart hubby, they experience the adventures of this crazed life – sharing along the way. She and her family live just outside Chicago.

One of our family’s favorites is pizza and for a while, our Friday nights consisted of any variation of pizza – store bought, frozen, pizza place, semi-homemade. A huge favorite is Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza and so I thought I’d venture to make my own version (along with my own crust!)  This is also a great way to get kids involved!

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust


1 cup lukewarm water

1 pkg. active dry yeast

1 tsp. sugar

2 1/2 cups flour whole wheat

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Stir together the water, yeast, and sugar. Then, set aside for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to foam. If it doesn’t foam, your yeast may be old or inactive or your water was too warm, thus “killing.”

Next, add the flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix until dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 8 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. Add flour if dough is overly sticky. (Jim did this part because I didn’t think I could do it for five minutes! You an also use your Kitchen-Aid mixer to knead it for you!)

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat all over. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for an hour, until doubled. (I placed mine in an off oven and that worked just fine!)

Easy, right? It really was that simple. You can also use all-purpose flour instead of the wheat.

Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza


Pizza dough (homemade or otherwise)

String cheese (we used ten for this large rectangle)


Pizza toppings (we did pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, green peppers and onions)

Roll the dough out into one or two pizzas. (Ours made one large rectangle), leaving a little extra dough on the edges for folding over. Unwrap string cheese, put against the sides and then roll the crust over to cover the cheese.

Add all your pizza toppings, in the order you like them. Bake on a preheated pizza stone at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

It shall also be noted that I did NOT pre-heat my stone. I wanted Charlie to be able to help and knew that a burning pan would not be a good idea! The pizza still came out great!

What’s your favorite pizza toppings? Have you tried your own crust?

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week?  Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant?  Did your little ones use their snacks to count to 10?  We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen!

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About Samantha Schultz

Sam is a mom to two amazing boys. You can find her blogging over at The Peanuts Gang, Chicago Parent and Fandango. She is a full-time wife & mommy, part-time marketing guru, professor, licensed (not practicing) attorney, recent runner, lover of all things technological (usually), and generally happy person!


  1. That pizza looks fantastic! I’ve never made my own crust – or my own stuffed crust – but it’s VERY tempting!

  2. This looks SO good! I love Pizza Huts stuffed crust, but I prefer homemade pizza and this is perfect solution!

  3. rochelle haynes says:

    This looks good making me hungry

  4. shelly peterson says:

    oh yum! This pizza looks so good! The kids would have fun making a home made pizza.

  5. I used to make pizzas like this! I love making a homemade whole wheat pizza crust because it is so much healthier. I love your pizza. It looks great. I am going to make one of these!

  6. I have never made stuffed crust pizza before but we regularly make home made pizzas. This is something I will have to try.

  7. I love making pizza, I never thought of stuffed crust – this string cheese is so perfect for it! I must try this!

  8. MeltheCrafter says:

    Homemade pizza is the best! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Looks delicious. I think my kids would have fun helping me make it.

  10. Birdiebee says:

    This is an awesome looking pizza and love that it has stuffed crust. Yum!

  11. My son loves to help me make pizza!