Pre-made frozen dough is a great way to save time and money. Budget-friendly and conveniently found in the refrigerated or frozen sections of most grocery stores, ready-to-go doughs can help you get a homemade dish on the table in far less time than it once took to mix, stir, rise, and bake a from-scratch recipe.
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With everything from pre-made pizza dough to frozen dinner rolls, cans of biscuit rounds and packages of puffed pastry, you can whip up decadent meals all day long. And all you need are a few minutes of prep time.
Every time I visit the grocery store, I try to grab a couple packs of premade dough. Canned biscuits generally cost less than $2 and make a variety of filling, favorite breakfasts, like my favorite waffle iron monte cristo sandwiches. They’re ideal for easy lunches and make an awesome side when pulling together dinner. Having a box or two of puffed pastry on hand also makes it easy to entertain unexpected guests. My kids will tell you Sunday dinners wouldn’t be the same without frozen dinner rolls, baked until golden for our mid-afternoon meals.
If you, like me, love picking up packs of premade dough but find yourself coming up short with ideas, you’re in luck! I’ve pulled together an abundance of my favorite frozen dough recipes that can be quickly made using a variety of bake-and-serve doughs.
Need even more ideas? We’ve got ‘em! Check out these 7 budget-friendly desserts you can make with canned biscuits. For appetizers that make clever use of pre-made dough, these 8 savory tart recipes are don’t-miss delish, and you totally deserve to top pre-made pizza dough with every one of these homemade pizza Ideas.
From simple dinner ideas to truly irresistible desserts, here’s a whole list of must-try treats that will have you glad to have ready-to-go doughs on hand.
Skip ahead to your favorite type of frozen dough recipes!
Pre-Made Biscuit Dough Recipes
Frozen Crescent Roll Dough Recipes
Frozen Pizza Dough Recipes
Pre-Made Pie Dough Recipes
Frozen Phyllo Dough Recipes
Frozen Puffed Pastry Dough Recipes
Frozen Dinner Roll Recipes
1. Pre-Made Biscuit Dough Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
What could be better than a pre-made dough used in a simple slow cooker recipe? This dish is the ultimate shortcut — and the ultimate dinner. Comfort food at it’s easiest!
Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring
Source: The Jones Way
Any day that starts with this cinnamon roll-inspired Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring is bound to be a good one! Try sharing this one with new moms or at girlfriend brunches. If you make it and don’t share, be warned. You might just eat the entire thing by yourself, it’s that good!
Chicken Fajita Bubble-Up Bake
Source: I Wash… You Dry
A fun, new twist on familiar flavors, this Bubble-Up Bake tastes like a chicken fajita but eats like a casserole. Savory and simple, this cheesy, biscuit-topped recipe is bound to become a family favorite.
2. Crescent Roll Dough Recipes
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Crescents
Turn refrigerated crescent roll dough into this absolutely scrumptious bar dessert. Like a churro-topped crème brulee, this custardy dessert is about to become your favorite new way to enjoy a tube of crescents.
Baked Italian Sandwich
Source: Eat Cake for Dinner
What’s better than buttery crescent rolls? Buttery stuffed crescent rolls filled with piping hot Italian meats and baked as a giant party-sized sub. Great for game day, this recipe is also an ideal for family dinner because you’ll have leftovers for days of lunches afterward.
Heard about cronuts, the flaky pastries that have people in NYC lining up long before dawn? Forget the waiting and make them yourself with a tube of crescent rolls and this easy recipe hack.
Taco Crescent Calzones
Your family already loves tacos, so why not twist it up and give them what they want with a delicious little upgrade? This fun recipe takes everything you love about a taco and bakes it into a calzone. Simply scrumptious.
3. Frozen Pizza Dough Recipes
Ham & Cheese Turnovers
Everything you love about ham and cheese baked to gooey perfection inside a tasty pizza dough roll. These ham and cheese turnovers are also great stuffed with your favorite burrito, pizza, or breakfast ingredients.
Caesar Salad Pizza
Source: She Knows
Top your pizza with salad and turn it into a fresh dinner that’s both savory and satisfying. This easy idea starts with refrigerated pizza crust and can be made with prepackaged Caesar salad mix for a super-quick dish.
Piping hot and fresh out of the oven, these pizza dough pretzels will have you feeling like a kid at the state fair, no ticket purchase required! Great for dipping in marinara sauce or mustard, you can also dip just-cooked pretzels in butter and cinnamon-sugar for a sweet treat.
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Source: E is for Eat
Everything’s more fun when it’s mini. Turn pizza dough into a kid-friendly appetizer with this brilliant idea for deep dish minis.
4. Pre-Made Pie Dough Recipes
Bake like a pastry chef! This simple idea for apple galettes will turn pre-made pie dough into the most beautiful slab pies you’ve ever seen.
Apple Pie Fries
Source: Oh, Bite It
Pre-made pie crust topped with sweet spices, sliced into bite-sized fries, and served with caramel dipping sauce. This fun dessert is about to turn everything you know about apple pie on its heels.
Strawberry Pie Pockets
Make your own toaster pastries at home anytime — all you need is refrigerated pie crust and this recipe for quick ‘n easy Strawberry Pie Pockets.
Taco Pizza Pie
Turn tacos into yummy little pizza pockets with this fun idea. Stuffed pie crusts are twisted into a sunshine shape and baked until flaky and golden. Then served with a variety of favorite taco fixin’s. Ideal for parties and game day soiree’s, everyone who likes tacos will love this dish!
5. Pre-Made Phyllo Dough Recipes
Source: Gimme Some Oven
Save yourself some money and make samosas at home instead of ordering them through take-out. If you’ve got pre-made phyllo dough in the fridge, they’re incredible simple!
Turkey Meatloaf Wellington
Looking for a whole new dinner idea? This one is absolutely awesome! Classic beef wellington gets a budget-friendly twist with this turkey meatloaf version.
Source: The Baker Mama
Can’t decide between baklava and a brownie? Now you don’t have to. Bake pre-made phyllo dough with brownie batter and make yourself a big batch of these decadent dessert bars. The best of all worlds, this pastry is phyllo perfection!
Jalapeño Popper Cups
If jalapeño poppers are a must-order appetizer, here’s a fun way to enjoy them for dinnertime, too. A cheesy jalapeño filling is baked into phyllo dough shells for a quick and simple dish that can even be enjoyed at breakfast, as well.
6. Frozen Puffed Pastry Dough Recipes
Ham & Cheese Puffed Pastry Bake
Source: Wonky Wonderful
Layers of flaky puffed pastry, salty ham, and gooey cheese melt into each other with this easy Puffed Pastry Bake. Try serving this one at your next brunch or neighborhood potluck, and watch it disappear!
Honey-Apple-Brie Puffed Pastry Tarts
Source: Honey Makes It Better
Savory homemade toaster pastries are stuffed with apples and cheese. If you’d like a budget-friendly version of this recipe, simply swap out the brie for cheddar.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Tarts
Source: Full Fork Ahead
Wake up your taste buds with these hearty breakfast tarts. With a box of puffed pastry in the freezer, this are easy to whip up anytime.
7. Frozen Dinner Roll Recipes
Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls
Cinnamon rolls are so last year! Instead of spending hours in the kitchen like grandma did, you can prep a batch of these incredible rolls with just a few simple ingredients and a pack of frozen dinner rolls. They rise overnight, so all you have to do is pop everything in a pan and bake when you awake.
Pull-Apart Pizza Bites
Source: A Dash of Sanity
Make a plate of pizza rolls that’ll have everyone running for the dinner table. Frozen rolls create a quick base for this dish. Incredibly easy to make ahead, this meal is one everyone will approve of. (Even the pickiest of eaters!)
Quick & Easy Orange Rolls
Source: Your Homebased Mom
Enjoy a piping hot plate of just-baked, orange-glazed sweet rolls. Because they start with a bag of frozen dinner roll dough, this recipe is ideal for lazy weekends and low-key winter afternoons when you’re craving something homemade to enjoy while curling up with a good book.
Praline Pecan Monkey Bread
Source: Melissa’s Southern-Style Kitchen
Monkey bread is typically made with biscuit dough, but this version makes clever use of dinner roll dough for a lighter, gooey-er version.