These Halloween Witch Hat Calzones are a delicious appetizer or side dish for your Halloween menu. They are perfect to serve at Halloween parties or just for fun at home!
My family has been making this recipe for these Halloween Witch Hat Calzones since my 21-year-old son was a young kid. We found the original recipe at Better Homes & Garden when we were looking for fun Halloween ideas. And I think we have made it every year since then.
The recipe is easy and fun to make. And they are so delicious! My 10 year old daughter loves them! I had to share this recipe with you!
Why this recipe works:
- They are so easy to make. Kids can help with making them.
- The recipe uses simple ingredients.
- They are very festive and kids love them!
- Perfect to serve up before going trick or treating!
- Also are great to serve at a Halloween party.
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese, grated
- Cream Cheese
- Crescent Rolls
- Dried Italian Seasoning or Oregano
- Marinara Sauce
For the marinara sauce, we buy our favorite sauce from the grocery store. Use whatever sauce you prefer to go with these calzones.
How to make Halloween Witch Hat Calzones:
First, preheat your oven to 425°F. Place parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your baking pan.
Why use parchment paper or a baking mat? They both help prevent sticking, reduce browning and promote even baking. Also, using them makes your pan easier to clean up.
While your oven is preheating, slice up the pepperoni into small pieces. If you have kitchen shears, I would highly suggest using them. The job will get done quicker by using them. If not, cut the shapes with a sharp knife.
You will need about 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni to mix in with the cheese mixture. This cheese and pepperoni mixture will be placed on the dough for the calzones.
Then take an additional eight to ten pepperoni slices and cut them into small shapes like triangles and diamonds. They will be used to decorate the brim of the witch hat.
I usually do simple shapes like triangles and diamonds because they are pretty easy to cut out. If you have the time and feel creative, you can cut them into crescent moons or other fun shapes you might like.
Set the fun-shaped pepperoni aside until you are ready to use them. Decorating the hat is one of the last steps before cooking the calzones.
Using a spoon, mix the softened cream cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni together in a medium-sized bowl until well combined. The cream cheese needs to be softened to mix the ingredients together easier.
Recipe Tip: To soften your cream cheese, place it on your counter for about 20-30 minutes. If you want to soften it quicker then place it on a microwave-safe plate and heat it on high for 15-20 seconds.
Take one of the crescent roll packages out of your refrigerator once you are ready to make the calzones. It is best to keep the dough cold until you are ready to use it.
Unroll the crescent rolls and separate the triangles. Place four of them on your prepared baking sheet. Set the other four triangles to the side. The second half of the triangles will be the tops of the Witch Hat Calzones.
Recipe Tip: Use one package of crescent rolls at a time and leave the second one in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. This way the dough will stay cold and will be easier to work with.
Slightly beat the egg and whisk in the water. Then brush the edges of the triangles that are on your baking sheet with the egg. To do this step, use a basting brush or the back of a spoon.
Scoop about one and a half to two tablespoons of cheese mixture and place that on the middle of the crescent roll. Spread out the mixture a little but make sure it does not go right to the edges of the dough. You will be pressing the two triangles together and will need some space at the edges.
Take the four triangles that you set aside and place them on top of the triangles with the cheese mixture. Gently press down on the edges so that the cheese mixture stays within the calzones during baking.
Recipe Tip: I have noticed that sometimes the crescent rolls are not cut all the exact same size. Make sure to take a look ahead of time to be sure the smaller bottoms go with the smaller tops as well as match up with the larger ones.
Fold the bottom half of the triangle up so it resembles the brim of a witch hat. Work the tip of the triangle so you get the fun witch hat look.
Brush the top of the witch hats with a little of the egg mixture. Add the fun-shaped pepperoni pieces to the brim of the hat. Then sprinkle them with dried Italian seasoning or oregano.
Recipe Tip: Place the fun-shaped pepperoni towards the top of the brim of the hat. If you place them closer to the bottom they might not be seen as well after the dough rises.
Bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Once the calzones are out of the oven you can sprinkle a little grated Parmesan cheese over them (this is optional).
Serve with warm marinara sauce and enjoy!
Using parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your baking sheet will promote even baking, help prevent browning, and are great for easy clean-up. Silicone mats are a nice option because they are reusable.
To soften your cream cheese, place it on your counter for about 20-30 minutes. If you want to soften it quicker then place it on a microwave-safe plate and heat it on high for 15-20 seconds.
You will need two packages of crescent rolls. Leave the second one in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. The dough is better to work with when it is cold.
I have noticed that sometimes the crescent rolls are not cut all the exact same size. Make sure to take a look ahead of time to be sure the smaller bottoms go with the smaller tops as well as match up with the larger ones.
Don't forget to brush the top crescent roll with the egg mixture. By doing this, they will be golden and crispy on the outside.
Place the fun-shaped pepperoni towards the top of the brim of the hat. If you place them closer to the bottom they might not be seen as well after the dough rises.
For the marinara sauce, we like to use our favorite sauce from the grocery store. To warm it up, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it at 15 second increments until it is the temperature you prefer. Stir it after each 15 second increment.
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Halloween Witch Hat Calzones
- ½ cup pepperoni, sliced small (an additional 10 slices to decorate the hats)
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 packages crescent rolls (8 ounce each package)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- dried Italian seasoning or oregano
- marinara sauce, served warm
- Preheat the oven to 425°F Place parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet.
- Slice up the pepperoni into small pieces. Set aside. Cut some pepperoni (about 8-10 additional slices) into fun shapes to decorate the hat (diamonds, triangles, crescent moons). Set those aside.½ cup pepperoni, sliced small
- Mix together the softened cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and pepperoni in a medium sized bowl until combined well.½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated, 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- Unroll the crescent rolls into separate triangles. Place four of the triangles on the prepared baking sheet and set the other four to the side. (The triangles that are set aside will be the tops of the calzones.) If you have two baking sheets, put four on each sheet. If you only have one, do this with one tube of crescent rolls at a time. If the dough gets too warm, it can tear.2 packages crescent rolls
- Slightly beat the egg in a small bowl. Mix in the water. Brush on the egg at the edges of the crescent rolls that are on the baking sheet.1 egg, slightly beaten, 1 tablespoon water
- Spoon out 1½ to 2 tablespoons onto the center of each crescent roll.
- Take the other half of the crescent rolls and place each one on top of the crescent roll with the cheese mixture.
- Gently press together at the edges to make sure the cheese mixture stays inside the crescent rolls while baking.
- Fold up the bottom of the crescent roll so it looks like the brim of a witch’s hat. Work the tip of the hat so it looks more like a witch hat.
- Brush the witch hats with a little of the egg.
- Place a few fun shaped pepperoni pieces onto the of brim of the hat. (triangles, diamonds, crescent moons)
- Sprinkle dried Italian seasoning or oregano over the hats.dried Italian seasoning or oregano
- Place the baking sheet in the middle of the oven and bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Serve with warm marinara sauce. (I use our favorite sauce from the grocery store and warm it up in the microwave. I place the sauce in a microwave safe bowl and heat at 15 second increments until it is warm enough.)marinara sauce, served warm
Update Note: This recipe was originally posted earlier in 2018, but was published again in 2020 to include step by step directions and new photos.