Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

We LOVE homemade pizza, and this is the best homemade pizza dough recipe I’ve made. It comes out thick, yet still fluffy, and the flavor is amazing. Best of all, it’s a quick dough recipe so you can have your pizza in the oven in no time!

homemade pizza crust

Best Pizza Crust

Pizza is one of our family’s favorite foods. I’ve mentioned it before, but Forrest loved making homemade pizza when he was growing up. On our first Valentine’s Day, Forrest made me pizzas (as in…like five), and he introduced me to how fun and delicious to can be to make homemade pizza. Recently, we’ve been making a lot of homemade pizza — usually on the weekends — and I think it’s becoming a weekly tradition.

Since Jack is on a gluten-free diet, I’ve searched high and low for the best gluten free pizza crust. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recipe, but we are really loving Pamela’s gluten free pizza mix. A friend suggested it, and it tastes great – Forrest even mentioned he forgot it was gluten free…which is saying something, because he always comments on things tasting gluten free. Ha! Anyways, a few weeks ago, we invited my little brother over to go bowling and make pizza. While I made a gluten free pizza for Jack, we decided to make a traditional, gluten-filled crust as well..and boy, was it delicious.

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I had been looking around for an easy, fast rising pizza dough recipe recently. There are a lot of them online, but they always seemed to have something missing. So I looked at a bunch and then kind of created my own. This turned out great. My little brother said it was better than Pizza Hut (which is saying something. He likes Pizza Hut a lot!) At first, I thought it wasn’t done, because it didn’t get golden brown…but it tasted perfect, so we just looked past that. It takes a very short time to make and let it rise, and it tastes great.

homemade pizza crust

One thing to keep in mind is that you need to use fresh yeast. We made this another time, and it turned out super dense, which we feel was because our yeast was pretty old. However, it’s turned out really delicious every other time…so I still call it a win. This is great for college students, or people who just don’t want to wait forever for pizza dough to rise!

homemade pizza crust

This recipe makes two pizza crusts – we only used one when we made it with my brother though. We used the other half to make cheesy garlic bread . . .

Easy and delicious cheesy garlic bread made with an easy dough recipe

and cinnamon sticks!

Delicious cinnamon stick recipe

Here is a video of us making it!

Which were both big hits. For the cinnamon sticks, you just need to spread melted butter on top of the dough, and combine together about 1/4 cup sugar with 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon. For the garlic bread, just mix about 1/4 cup melted butter with garlic, spread that on top of the dough, and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Both bake at 425 for about 10 minutes. YUM!

Best Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 packages of quick rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5-5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Add water, yeast, and sugar to a mixing bowl. Stir and then let proof for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt, honey, and about 2.5 cups of flour. Mix with a dough hook by hand.
  3. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough doesn't stick to your hands.
  4. Form until ball and knead several times (or use a dough hook for this part.)
  5. Place in an oiled boil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise at least 30 minutes. The longer it rises, the better.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  7. Form pizza on a stone or pizza pan
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Add toppings& sauce and then bake 10-15 minutes more.
  10. Enjoy!


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  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I tried many different pizza crust recipes before this one, and now I make yours almost every week. I have made it more times than I can count! I only do one thing differently--I sub 2 Cups of the flour for Spelt flour, so then I usually add about 3 1/2 cups of white flour after that. And if I want a thin crust, I don't wait for the dough to rise. Again, my whole family thanks you for this great recipe!!
  • I like that this recipe only has to sit for at least 30 minutes. I'd like to try it in our wood fired pizza oven. How important is the pre baking, or is that only for thin crust? Is this just a thin crust recipe?
  • What do you think about freezing the other half (second crust)? My dough is currently rising and looking beautiful! I can't say how well it tastes yet (although I have no doubts) but, we are making a ham and cheese sandwich loaf out of it. My kids eat the SAME THING EVERY DAY FOR LUNCH and I am tired of it! I hope this will be an addition to our lunch list that they will love!
    • We have frozen it several times and LOVED it. A ham and cheese sandwich loaf sounds excellent. I hope that the dough lives up to your expectations :)
    • Hello! It's to help prevent the crust from getting soggy. It is called par-baking. This is especially important if you are doing a thin crust.
    • Proof basically means let it sit. I would not leave out the salt. Salt adds a flavor that will be lost otherwise. Good luck!
  • I have made this dough two times and my family loves it, Our children asks for pizza and "nuditos" = bread knots (same as garlic bread) all the time. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, It is a must have. Love from Puerto Rico.

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