Mini Heart-Shaped Calzones

Ingredients (for 8 servings)

2 rolls/balls refrigerated pizza dough

About 1 cup prepared pizza sauce

1 pound mozzarella cheese

1 cup pepperoni slices

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pizza dough one at a time, and cut each one into 8 squares. On 4 of the squares, drop a teaspoon of pizza sauce in the middle, followed by a teaspoon of grated mozzarella and a teaspoon of pepperoni (cut into smaller bits). Top each of these with the 4 remaining dough squares (like sandwiches). Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on each “dough sandwich” and then press the ends of each heart-shaped calzone lightly together. Place calzones on a non-stick cookie sheet. Brush calzones with olive oil.

Bake for about 10 minutes (or until lightly browned). Meanwhile, cut 8 thin slices of mozzarella cheese and use a cookie cutter or knife to make into small heart shapes. Take 8 pepperoni slices and use kitchen scissors to cut out heart shapes (you can do this by folding the pepperoni slices in half and cutting a teardrop shape). After removing calzones from oven, top them with the cheese hearts and the pepperoni hearts and return them to the oven for about 5 more minutes (or until the cheese melts).

These can be made the day before, refrigerate and reheated (at 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and they are heated through).


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