Thin Pizza Crust

Friday pizza night is extra fun when you make pizza at home! This thin pizza crust recipe is super easy to make and doesn't take long at all. You can make a better tasting pizza in the same amount of time it would take you to order pizza and get it delivered!

Thin crust pizza dough with bruschetta toppings and balsamic drizzle.
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Thin Pizza Crust Recipe

If you've ever tried making pizza at home and been frustrated with the process, it may have been because you were trying to make the classic thick pizza crust. I love a fluffy crust as much as the next person, but it can be challenging to make at home.

That's why I came up with the absolute best thin crust pizza dough recipe! It doesn't take a long time to make, you don't have to wait for the dough to rise, and you end up with the perfect pizza every time.

This easy pizza dough recipe helps me feel better about what I'm eating too! There are no preservatives or additives in the crust like the store-bought stuff.

All you need is four simple ingredients to make a fabulous thin pizza crust. Then load it up with tasty meatballs, chicken, pepperoni, or whatever else your little heart desires! Making your own pizza dough doesn't have to be difficult, and this easy recipe makes it so much fun.

I like to make a side of cheesy garlic bread when we have homemade pizza. Then, it's like we've ordered straight from the restaurant. Keep pizza on the menu during those busy evenings, but make it extra budget friendly by making it from scratch with this simple thin crust pizza dough recipe!

Thin crust pizza dough flatly rolled out on parchment paper.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • This no rise thin pizza crust recipe takes a fraction of the time it would take to wait for a fluffy thick pizza crust to rise.
  • You only need four simple ingredients to make this easy pizza crust. Nothing complicated, no preservatives, and simple steps to follow.
  • Making thin pizza at home is more affordable and is a really fun way to make memories in the kitchen!
Thin crust pizza ingredients separated into glass bowls.

Ingredients

  • yeast: Use a packet of dry active yeast to make your own pizza dough.
  • warm water: I recommend using filtered or purified room temperature water for best results. Yeast doesn't do great in cold water, so make sure it is warm or at the very least is room temperature.
  • all purpose flour: Use a high quality all-purpose flour for best results. You can also use whole wheat flour if your prefer.
  • salt: Sea salt or kosher salt will be best in this thin crust pizza dough recipe.
  • honey: A little touch of honey slightly sweetens the dough and helps balance the flavors.
  • olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil has the best flavor. If you don't have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or some other mild flavored oil.

Hot Tip: Use a gluten-free 1:1 flour substitute, such as King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour, to make this recipe without gluten.

Toppings for Thin Crust Pizza

The possibilities for pizza toppings are seemingly endless. You can do a simple cheese and pepperoni, or use Italian sausage or Canadian bacon as your toppings.

Top your crispy pizza crust with a variety of meats, veggies, and cheeses. Some of the most popular options pepperoni, bacon, prosciutto, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, meatballs, and even grilled chicken.

Maybe you could go a little more fancy and make an arugula prosciutto pizza with ricotta! A sweet corn pizza would be extra tasty too.

You can make your own homemade pizza sauce too! But ultimately, you need cheese, sauce, meat, and optional veggies.

For cheeses, you can use mozzarella cheese, asiago, parmesan, ricotta, or any other cheese you like. Sauce options include the classic red pizza sauce, Alfredo, BBQ, spicy red sauce, and whatever creative options you can come up with!

You can even throw on some veggies like spinach, bell peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. If you're adventurous...add some fruit, like pineapple!

Finish off your pizza with a tasty drizzle. Ranch dressing and buffalo sauce are amazing as toppings on pizza. Another drizzle that has risen in popularity is hot honey! I know, it sounds weird...but don't knock it 'till you try it. It's really tasty!

How To Make Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Brush a little olive oil onto a pizza pan with a basting brush or paper towel, then set it aside.

Water, honey, yeast in a mixing bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the warm water, dry active yeast, and honey. Let that mixture sit for 5 minutes, until it begins to slightly bubble and foam.

Activated yeast with water and mixing bowl.

After 5 minutes has passed, add the olive oil, all purpose flour and salt to the bowl containing the yeast mixture. Mix well for 3-5 minutes and once it begins to solidify, you use your hands to finish mixing.

Active yeast with olive oil in mixing bowl.

Hot Tip: If you have a sticky dough, add additional flour, on tablespoon at a time, and mix it in until the dough is no longer sticky

Flour added to active yeast in mixing bowl.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes. You'll want to knead the dough until it is a good consistency and is no longer sticky.

Flour and yeast combined to make dough in mixing bowl.

Form a dough ball and then transfer it to a clean bowl and cover with a clean towel. Let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes, and a maximum of 30 minutes.

Thin crust pizza dough in glass mixing bowl on wooden countertop.

Turn the dough out again and split into equal sized halves.

Thin crust pizza dough on parchment paper on wooden countertop.

Then, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough as thin as you can. It should be about ½" inch thick. If you're having trouble rolling out the crust, stretch dough with your hands until it reaches the desired thickness. The dough balls should make two 12" pizzas.

Thin crust pizza dough on parchment paper being rolled out with wooden rolling pin.

Carefully pick up the dough and quickly transfer it to the previously prepared pizza pan.

Next, add your sauce and desired toppings and then bake your thin-crust pizza for 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes, then slice and enjoy!

What to Serve with Thin Crust Pizza

You could serve up some sides like cheesy garlic bread or a strawberry salad.

Pizza night ALWAYS needs dessert! Make something extra fun like M&M cookie bars or confetti cupcakes. You can also make a tasty mixed berry cobbler or apple crisp.

If you're looking for something to serve alongside your pizza with crispy crust, it's no question that chicken wings and pizza are the perfect pair.

Or, you can have an appetizer of buffalo chicken dip and crostini as you wait on your pizza to bake!

Olive oil being brushed onto thin crust pizza dough.

How to Store Thin Pizza Crust

You can store this perfect thin pizza crust dough in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Then, when you're ready to make pizza allow the dough to come to room temperature and use as normal.

Store leftover baked pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or, freeze in an airtight container for up to two months. Reheat leftovers in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Tips for Success

  • Be sure you scrape the sides of the bowl while mixing to incorporate all of the flour.
  • If you're having trouble with your simple dough sticking to the pizza pan, place a sheet of parchment paper on the pan and bake it that way!
  • Don't let the bottom of the crust burn! Bake your thin-crust pizza on the top rack of your oven so that the bottom will cook more evenly.
  • If you don't have a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, not to worry! Mix ingredients with a spoon until they begin to incorporate and then use your hands the rest of the way!
Thin crust pizza dough with olive oil.

FAQ

What is the secret to thin pizza crust?

The more thin you can roll it, the better! Half-inch thick dough makes the best thin crust pizza with a crispy yet light texture. It's also important not to overload a thin-crust pizza! Thin crust is better with a smaller amount of toppings.

What makes pizza crispy on the bottom?

To get your pizza crust extra crispy on the bottom, bake it on a preheated pizza stone or perforated pizza pan. The pizza stone will cook your pizza at an even temperature all the way across. The pizza pan allows airflow to the bottom of the crust helping it crisp up perfectly!

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Thin crust pizza dough with bruschetta toppings and balsamic drizzle.

Thin Pizza Crust

Make homemade thin pizza crust for your family pizza night this week! So easy and perfectly crispy!
4.98 from 42 votes
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 2 12" pizza crusts
Author: Madison Wetherill

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 110ºF
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add active dry yeast, warm water and honey. Mix together with dough hook attachment. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. 
  • Once the yeast is active, add salt, olive oil and all-purpose flour to stand mixer bowl and mix dough together for 3-5 minutes. Dough should be tacky but doesn’t stick to your hands. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time until it is easy to work with. 
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Let dough rest in a bowl covered for at least 10 minutes (up to 30 minutes) before rolling it out. 
  • Preheat oven to 450ºF, letting the pizza pan preheat in oven. 
  • Split the dough into two equal sized pieces, then roll dough to about ½ inch thickness, trying to keep the shape rounded and about 12 inches. Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper
  • Add toppings to your pizza crust. Then carefully place parchment paper with pizza crust on it on the preheated pizza pan. 
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g

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