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Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza with Free Cheese Sticks!

February 22, 2008


Target has free Market Pantry cheese sticks with this coupon again through 3/08/2008.  The coupon is for 50 cents off any 2 Market Pantry cheeses; in most stores cheese sticks/string cheese is 24 cents per pack. (Even if you don’t have a Super Target, most regular stores carry cheese sticks.) This deal has come up several times before, and we’ve put our cheese to good use with homemade stuffed crust pizza!

Here’s my favorite pizza crust recipe (adapted from this recipe and this recipe):

1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Warm Water (I heat it in the microwave to save time)

1 Tsp Sugar

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil/butter

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve the yeast in water. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Knead dough until smooth. (No need to let the dough rise with this recipe–that’s why it’s my favorite! :))

Insert cheese:


This can also be done with shredded cheese:


Add your favorite toppings (sauce, sliced tomatoes, pepperoni, sweet onions, and cheese pictured here):


Bake at 450˚F for 10-15 minutes until crust is slightly browned. Rub butter on warm crust and enjoy!




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  • Vanessa February 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Looks yummy! I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

  • Amy February 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I have a friend coming over soon to learn to make pizza dough. Now I’ve got a new trick to show her. Thanks!

  • Terri Fisher February 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for this yummy tip! I just started making my own pizza crust dough and now I have another way to try it out!

  • CC February 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    this rocks! I made pizza dough this morning (its rising right now). Maybe I’ll get some of the cheese and add to it this evening.

  • happyhousewife February 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    We have made this before, it is so yummy. Even my non crust eaters will eat it with the cheese.

  • Buy Caviar February 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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  • Kim February 25, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Hey Keren! Quick question – which coupon were you using to get the cheese for free at Target? I’m so new at this coupon thing, but I’m loving it! I’ve finally built up about 26 ECB at CVS, (with spending a little more OOP than I wanted, but – hey I’m learning!), so I’m so excited about getting in this week and not spending ANY money of my own! 🙂

    Anyway – let me know which of those coupons you were going to use, if you don’t mind! Thanks! 🙂

  • keren February 25, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Hi, Kim,

    It is the coupon that says “50 cents off: purchase two packages Market Pantry cheese, ” and expires 3/08/08. They should be sorted by date. Last time I did this deal, I got about 20, and was able to use the “overage” and get some shredded cheese, as well.

    Way to go with CVS! I haven’t even checked out this week’s deals yet.

    If you can’t find the coupon with the above description, let me know, and I’ll e-mail you an image of what it looks like.

    Have fun! Can’t wait for our girls to meet, but thanks for waiting till Chloe stops biting. 😉


  • Jennifer February 26, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hi! I am new here but I have a question. Can you tell me how 50 cents off of two equals free cheese? I am so confused. I know I am missing something. Thanks so much!

  • keren February 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm


    Thanks for asking–I should have clarified better. The coupon is for 50 cents off any 2 Market Pantry cheeses, and cheese sticks/string cheese is 24 cents per pack in most stores. Thus you should be able to get 2 for free per coupon, and possibly have some overage if your store allows (mine has in the past).

    Glad I could clarify–I fixed it up top, too.


  • Michele February 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! My dh and boys will love this!
    I enjoy your blog!

  • Jennifer March 1, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Thank you so much for clarifying! It made total sense once you explained it. Thanks for the awesome deal!

  • Tammy L March 3, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Both of your recipe links are to the same recipe! 🙂

    I have made the stuffed crust pizza before… it’s a fun twist! 🙂 But usually I am too lazy. 😉 When the children are older, maybe I’ll do it for them to enjoy. 🙂

    Your pizza looks yummy, btw! 🙂 I love tomatoes on pizza. 🙂

  • Ann at mommysecrets March 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    This looks delicious – I never would’ve thought to make stuffed pizzas like this!

  • Lisa March 24, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Have you every frozen the dough? It’s a lot of crust for the two of us…could it be frozen in a ball uncooked or maybe prebake and then freeze?? Would make dinner time after work quicker.

  • keren March 25, 2008 at 2:24 am


    I haven’t frozen this dough, but I’ve frozen other yeast doughs. My attempt to freeze dough for rolls was not successful. Although there’s not a rising time for this, it does rise in the oven.

    You might try to form it into the crust, let it rise for about 15 minutes, add toppings, and freeze the entire pizza.

    I’ve also prebaked and frozen other pizza crusts before, but with a crust using a bread recipe.

    So…not sure. I will have to try it for this recipe sometime.

    Anyone else have ideas? Let me know how it turns out if you do freeze this, Lisa.


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