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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!


Copycat Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water, 105-110°F
  • 1/4 cup Non-fat dry milk, okay to Omit if you don’t have it
  • 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


Pizza Instructions

  • Combine the sugar, salt, dry milk, and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the warm water and mix well.
  • Let it sit for two minutes.
  • Add the oil and stir, the oil will still appear separated from rest of mixture.
  • 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.
  • Use a stand mixer with a dough paddle attachment to stir for 10 minutes. You can also knead by hand on a flat surface.
  • Divide the dough into equal parts and roll into balls. (3 balls for 8-inch pans, 6 balls for 6-inch pans.)
  • Place the balls of dough in a warm place, (*see notes), and let it rise for an hour and a half.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Take the risen dough and use a rolling pin to roll them into 6 or 8-inch circles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top the pizzas with pizza sauce, desired toppings, and grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
  • Brush the crusts with melted butter if desired and serve!

Sauce Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. 
  • 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. 
  • Yields 2 cups. Any additional pizza sauce can be refrigerated for up to three days, or frozen for 6 months. 


*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.


Calories: 481kcal, Carbohydrates: 75g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 1104mg, Potassium: 459mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 720IU, Vitamin C: 5.4mg, Calcium: 457mg, Iron: 5mg