Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

Is your budget off the charts with the economy lately?  A huge portion of our budget is food.  We have 1 tween and 2 teens (and all their friends).  So the food budget is crazy.. I had gotten into a lazy habit of buying premade snack food..because it’s so easy with the amount that these kids eat. :( 

So I decided enough is enough..I started making my own Easy Homemade Snack Food and created these Easy Homemade Hot Pockets!  If you are like our family and you need to cut back a little,  I’ll be sharing a few recipes over the next week to get you started.  By the way my kids ALL gave these a thumbs up and said they were better than the store’s frozen brand!  Yay!  I was quite surprised..I have a couple picky eaters.

Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

hot pocket ingredients

I just used ingredients that I already had on hand.

  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Alfredo Sauce  (if you wanted you could use cream of chicken soup and minced garlic, stir in garlic and wa la!)
  • Johnny’s Garlic Spread  ( this has pretty low sodium content but still a great taste)
  • Shredded Parmesan & Romano cheese
  • Pre cooked chicken,  cut into small chunks  (this was leftover from a previous dinner)
  • Homemade Pizza Dough  (if it’s easier..use store bought dough)  really it’s ok :)
  • You can mix all these up together to your taste..I didn’t mix I just put blops of each on my dough, up to you.



  • Roll each piece into balls

hot pocket

  • Then with a rolling pin,  roll your dough out to your desired thickness..I rolled mine to about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Put ingredients in the middle
  • fold over and crimp with fork OR roll edges. 

hot pockets

I rolled these like a burrito..Next time I will just fold over and crimp edges because some of the filling leaked out this way. 

hot pockets

  • Cook in oven at 375 Degrees for about 20 mins.   If you want that golden brown look..like mine..just use an egg wash (1 egg whisked up with a tiny bit of water then spread on with pastry brush)  You totally don’t have to do this.  They will still look great and taste great!

hot pockets

  • After you take them out of oven..cool on a rack until completely cool.  Then put into Freezer bags and freeze.   To reheat simply pop into microwave for 2 minutes (that’s from frozen)

freezing dough

I had left over dough so I just put into a freezer bag and froze and will make more Hot Pockets when these run out..which will be in a few days!

Reader Annette shares how she used this recipe for her family..

“I made these today with a chicken bacon ranch filling. here’s what I used: 3/4-1lb chopped cooked chicken, 5 slices cooked chopped bacon, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 4oz cream cheese,  1/3-1/2 cup maries lite ranch dressing, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dry minced onion. they came out wonderful and do not need any salt added. the 2 1/2 year old inhaled his lol!”

 You may also like:

Pepperoni Hot Pockets

Homemade Bagel Bites



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  1. Cindy says

    Shari, you make everything look so amazing easy and good! I cant wait to show this to Becky and have her give it a try for her home ec class :)
    Thank you!

  2. Laura says

    My daughters love Hot Pockets, but the price just keeps going up. These look pretty easy to make, so I may have to try them.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • says

      Hi Robin! Thanks for stopping by..yes this is soo easy too! You can make your own Alfredo Sauce too..I imagine you know this. But that’s really easy too :) Blessings!

    • says

      Hi Amy! Great question! Guess that would be nice info.. :) From frozen 2 min..just like the store bought. They are deelish and easy..hope you will try them, It will make life easier. Ha I’m always looking for something to make life easier and less expensive ;)

  3. says

    Wow, so simple. I’m thinking of all kinds of things to put inside the hot pockets. You know, like meatballs with some sauce, pepperoni, ground beef with fiesta cheese and taco sauce, etc. Love this recipe
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    • says

      Hi Sandy! Wow thanks so much for the sweet compliment! I would love to come on over and link up..I’ll do that on Monday! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

    • says

      Hey Kesha! So nice of you to take the time to stop by on your special SITS day! Thank you for your sweet compliment..the Hot Pockets are sooo easy..and you will love them! I bookmarked your site so I will be hopping over now and then!
      Blessings to you!

    • says

      RATS! I can feel you pain Courtney..sort of..my hubby is also on a no grain no sugar diet… so even those these are yummy..it’s mostly our teens that eat them :) LOL Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!!

  4. says

    Alright, this is the first time I have stalked your blog and I LOVE it. My kids always want hot pockets but I refuse. TWo reasons: Cost-there are four kids who can eat 2 a piece easily, and health. They are so fattening and unhealthy, even the lean ones have a lot of additives. I love this recipe. I plan to use my whole wheat pizza dough with this, and I can add veggies and a red sauce to the middle to make it lighter. We preserve our own food here, so I Can use my homemade sauce. We didn’t use to be so picky about the food for us, but my son has high blood pressure and likely type 1 diabetes (5 blood tests have come back diabetic levels in the past year. 1 more next month to confirm before starting meds) so we have resorted into cooking at home for health needs!
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    • says

      Hi Allyson! I’m so happy you found this recipe! Yes you can totally fill these babies with just about anything you want for sure. My husband has diabetes also so I know the challenges that you face with food! Good for you for canning your own food too! I used to do alot of canning but not as much these days. I’m so happy you “stalked” my blog LOL :D

  5. Krissy says

    Just an idea. After brushing with the egg, why not sprinkle some garlic powder, parmesan and italian herbs on top?

    Also, for a grown up get together, they’d be nice with fresh tomato, basil, olives and mozarella. Dontcha think?

    Thanks for the recipe. :)

  6. Angie says

    Going to have to give these a try. I make something similar using frozen bread dough, hamburger, shredded cabbage, and cheese. You can add any other ingredient you want. My guys love them and will ‘eat on them’ for days. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hey Angie..Oh totally you can make these with frozen bread dough! I say do whatever is easiest and most economical for your family..and yum..your inside ingrediants sound deelish! Thanks for reminding everyone that you can do that! Blessings!

  7. Annette P says

    I made these today with a chicken bacon ranch filling. here’s what I used: 3/4-1lb chopped cooked chicken, 5 slices cooked chopped bacon, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 4oz cream cheese, 1/3-1/2 cup maries lite ranch dressing, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dry minced onion. they came out wonderful and do not need any salt added. the 2 1/2 year old inhaled his lol!

    • says

      That is awesome Annette! So happy that you could use this recipe and tweek it to your own families taste! And thank you for sharing your measurements as I know other readers will want to know!! I’d like to share right in the main post and feature your recipe as another way to serve these!! If you are oppossed please let me know. Blessings!

  8. says

    I LOVE these Hot Pockets. I love the convience of making meals ahead. I have always been a little afraid of freezing dough. I guess I shouldn’t! I started a weekly link-up party on Thursdays, and I would love to share this post and/or any others that you would like to share with our readers. Hope to see you there! allthingswithpurpose.com

    • says

      Hi Julie! Thanks so much for contacting me :) I love your site and linked up! You have so many useful and fun things! I would be honored for you to share my Easy Homemade Hot Pockets recipe! I’ll be sure to stop by next week! ..I’ll try to remember..I’ve got to write these things down! ;)
      Blessings to you <3

  9. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says

    These look great! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Titus 2 Tuesday.

  10. Tony says


    These look great! Thank you.

    But can you recommend a Hot Pocket MOLD so that I can mold the pocket sandwiches to look like the ones they sale in the supermarket?


    • says

      Hi Tony! Well I don’t know of anything that would shape them like the ones in the store but I do use my The Pampered Chef Cut N Seal #1195
      sometimes this works really well. You could also just fold over and crimp together with a fork :) Hope this helps a little. Blessings! This is an affiliate link, which means that if you click it and buy this I get a small commission at no cost to you of course. I hope you don’t find that offensive :( I certainly don’t mean it to be. My apologies.

    • says

      Hi Marcella! Thank you so much for stopping by! Gluten Free would be deelish and these are just so versatile, I make them a million ways..and OOH yum..caramelized onions and mushrooms sound soo good in these! I’m going to make them that way! Blessings to you :)

    • Suzanne C says

      It made me think of Jim Gaffigan, too!! These look delicious, Shari Lynne. I love that, besides being less expensive and having so many variations, I can control what the kiddos are eating. And, I just might be able to sneak in a veggie or two!!

    • says

      Hi Angela, They are good for a month to a month and half. You could keep longer, just like with any breaded food..but I think that they start to get a little freezer burnt after that. That’s just my opinion. Honestly..they’ve never lasted that long in my house because my kids love them :) Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

  11. Emily says

    Tried these and they were amazing! First time I made homemade dough and it turned out perfectly. I will never order pizza again! Thank you! =)

    • says

      Hi Emily! I’m jumping up annnnd down right now for you!! :D I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than your comment! Have a blessed week and enjoy your “homemade” pizza for a lifetime! Blessings!


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