Papa Johns Pizza Dough Recipe

This Papa Johns pizza dough recipe is a quick and easy recipe that might taste a little similar to a popular delivery pizza. You be the judge.

Some people might argue that this Papa Johns pizza dough is not similar to the real thing.

I LOVE Papa Johns crust and I have to say I really thought this recipe was similar.

Of course, it's not the real thing; after all, it's a homemade pizza crust. But it is worth a try.

In addition to being easy, it's a quick pizza crust recipe that doesn't require hours of rising.

Whip it up and within an hour you have a great pizza.

Note: Make sure and cut the dough into two balls for two pizzas. First time I made this, I tried to make one pizza out of this dough because it didn't seem like much dough and it was WAY too thick! Remember, the dough does rise in the oven. 


  • 2 1/2-3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 envelope fast rising yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons fast rising yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons oil


In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt; blend well.

Gradually add water and oil to mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed (I use a Kitchen Aid mixer). Slowly add 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour until

dough pulls away from sides of bowl.

On floured surface, knead in 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover loosely with plastic and let rest in a warm place for about 20-30 minutes.

I set my dough on the table where the sun was shining.

This is what it looked like after 30 minutes. Perfect!

Remember at this point to divide the dough into two balls. You can freeze one for later or make two 12" pizzas.

Roll out dough onto (2) 12-inch pizza pans. Prick randomly with a fork. Let rest again in a warm place for 10-15 minutes.

*Note: I used my pizza baking stone instead of pizza pans and it worked great.

Brush crusts with a little melted butter or oil, then prebake them in a 450 degree oven for 5 minutes.

Top with a yummy homemade pizza sauce and your favorite toppings (remember to pre-cook raw meats and thick-cut veggies), then bake again in 450 degree oven for 4-5 minutes, or until desired doneness.

I also use this Papa Johns pizza dough recipe for homemade calzones. Delicious!


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