Copycat Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza

Now you can make your favorite Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas from home! This dough comes together easily and can be made up to 4 days ahead or even frozen for future use! Add your favorite pizza toppings and enjoy every bite of that golden, buttery crust! 

6 inch Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza in Pizza pan on wooden cutting board with another pizza and sauce behind it.

I have been obsessed with Pizza Hut’s personal pan pizzas since I was in like, third grade. And I haven’t grown out of it a bit! I’m psyched to have this recipe, it’s definitely a keeper. I’ll tell you about making this dough ahead of time, how to freeze it, what pans you can use, and I’ll even throw in a Copycat Pizza Hut Pizza sauce recipe!

You’ll have everything you need to know so that you can nail this pizza at home too! Let’s do this. 

The Pizza Dough

  • This pizza dough recipe is simple. It has  all-purpose flour, olive oil, active dry yeast, dry milk, salt, sugar, and your favorite pizza toppings!
  • The cornmeal is optional, I’ve successfully made this with just some olive oil on the bottom. I was once informed that Pizza Hut uses cornmeal but a reader who used to work there said that they in fact do not. 🙂
  • I like to brush melted butter on the finished pizza crust for even more flavor.
  • Any extra pizza dough can be frozen, I’ll explain more below!

Overhead shot of ingredients for Pizza Hut Pizza

Water Temperature for Pizza Dough

  • The temperature of the water that you use should be “warm“, or between 105 and 110°F.
  • A candy thermometer can be used to test the temperature, otherwise just use your best judgement, the water should be warm but definitely not anywhere close to hot.

Dry ingredients for pizza dough, next to wet ingredients, in a wooden bowl.

Pizza dough before and after adding flour in wooden bowl. Pizza dough before and after being mixed in stand mixer.

Size of Pizza Hut’s Personal Pan Pizzas

Pizza Hut’s pizzas are six-inches in size.

  • These are the six-inch pans that I used, you’ll get six pizzas of that size with this recipe.
  • You can also use eight-inch pizza pans to make three pizzas.

Pizza dough in pizza pan, next to pizza dough topped with sauce and toppings.

Making Pizza Dough Ahead of Time

Pizza dough tastes even better if you make it ahead of time.

  • Once it’s finished rising, cover it with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate it for up to four days. 
  • Let it come to room temperature before baking it.

Freezing Pizza Dough

Pizza dough freezes very well and makes for easy future meals.

  • Make sure the dough has completely risen.
  • Roll it into a ball and cover it with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight to defrost prior to using it.

Overhead shot of 2 Pizza Hut Pizzas on wooden cutting board after being baked.

Freezing Pizza Sauce

Extra homemade pizza sauce is great for freezing.

  • Pouring the sauce into ice cube trays makes it easy to remove portion-sizes from the freezer. (Here’s a visual)
  • Frozen pizza sauce is best if used within 6 months.

Close up shot of a pepperoni pizza slice from pizza hut personal pan pizza.

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3.58 from 14 votes
Servings: 6
Copycat Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza
Prep Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza, Pizza Hut Pizza Recipe

Now you can make your favorite Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas from home! This dough comes together easily and can be made up to 4 days ahead or even frozen for future use! Add your favorite pizza toppings and enjoy every bite of that golden, buttery crust!

Ingredients
Copycat Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water 105-110°F
  • 1/4 cup Non-fat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 package Active Dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil for dough plus more to grease pans.
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter optional
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese Grated
  • Your favorite pizza toppings
Copycat Pizza Hut Pizza Sauce
  • 15 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
Pizza Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, salt, dry milk, and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the warm water and mix well.
  3. Let it sit for two minutes.
  4. Add the oil and stir, the oil will still appear separated from rest of mixture.
  5. Mix in the flour and stir until the flour is absorbed and a dough is formed. -The dough will be very sticky, this is good, don't add more flour.

  6. Use a stand mixer with a dough paddle attachment to stir for 10 minutes. You can also knead by hand on a flat surface.
  7. Divide the dough into equal parts and roll into balls. (3 balls for 8-inch pans, 6 balls for 6-inch pans.)
  8. Place the balls of dough in a warm place, (*see notes), and let it rise for an hour and a half.

  9. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  10. Take the risen dough and use a rolling pin to roll them into 6 or 8-inch circles.
  11. Use a paper towel to spread a bit of olive oil around the bottom and sides of the pizza pans, or sprinkle with a little bit of corn meal.

  12. Place the rolled dough into the pizza pans. No need to create a crust with your fingers, just leave the dough perfectly flat on the bottom of the pan, the crust will rise in the oven.
  13. Top the pizzas with pizza sauce, desired toppings, and grated mozzarella cheese.
  14. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
  15. Brush the crusts with melted butter if desired and serve!
Sauce Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. 

  2. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat to medium-low and let it simmer with a lid slightly cracked for 30-45 minutes, until desired thickness is obtained. 

  3. Yields 2 cups. Any additional pizza sauce can be refrigerated for up to three days, or frozen for 6 months. 

Recipe Notes

*If it's not particularly warm in the house, I'll heat my oven to 325 degrees and place the covered dough on the surface of my electric stove to rise. The heat from the oven helps create a warm environment that's great for dough-rising!

Making Pizza Dough Ahead of Time

Pizza dough tastes even better if you make it ahead of time.

  • Once it’s finished rising, cover it with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate it for up to four days. 
  • Let it come to room temperature before baking it.

Freezing Pizza Dough

  • Make sure the dough has completely risen.
  • Roll it into a ball and cover it with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight to defrost prior to using it.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 481, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 1104mg, Potassium: 459mg, Carbohydrates: 75g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 23g, Vitamin A: 720%, Vitamin C: 5.4%, Calcium: 457%, Iron: 5%

Pizza Dough Recipe Source: Your Home Based Mom

Pizza Sauce Recipe Adapted From: Genius Kitchen