Thin n’ Crispy Pizza Crust



Let’s face it. There are two types of people in this world – those that love a thick chewy pizza crust, and those that love a thin and crispy pizza crust. I happen to fall into the latter category and until recently I have been unable to unearth a homemade pizza dough recipe that was the thin crispiness that I yearn for. I finally found it in a holiday edition of Cooking Light and this is definitely my favorite pizza dough recipe to date. The dough comes together easily (no electrics required!) and rolls out better than any pizza dough I have attempted before.

Thin n' Crispy Pizza Crust

Yield: 2 to 3 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours


1 package active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal


1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Stir 1-1/4 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt into yeast mixture to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with coil, turning dough to coat. Cover; let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

3. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a pizza pan or baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim.

4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

5. Drizzle dough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Place pan on lowest oven rack; bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; top with desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes or until crust and cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

(Adapted from Cooking Light December 2007)


30 Responses to “Thin n’ Crispy Pizza Crust”

  1. Amber on February 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Your pizza looks extra crispy and delicious! I secretly love the cheese on my pizza slightly browned, it makes it *that* much better.


  2. liv on February 13, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    that is insanely good looking. why is the net effect of food photos on blogs that i just want to go to the blogger’s house and eat? i mean, really….i don’t want to do the work!


  3. Michelle on February 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks Amber! I love my cheese browned up as well 🙂


  4. Michelle on February 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Liv – thank you! And you can come over for pizza anytime 🙂


  5. CB on February 14, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Looks like I am the former. I love thick pizza doughy goodness. But I totally starred your recipe to try. I am droooling from the picture… Pizza is my comfort food. 🙂


  6. Cakelaw on February 14, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I’m with you Michelle – I like my pizza crust thin and crispy. This pizza looks really good, and it’s light on the calories too – perfect!


  7. Michelle on February 14, 2008 at 7:13 am

    CB – you might want to also try the other pizza dough recipe that I have (I linked to it in my post) – it’s the chewy, doughy kind 🙂


  8. Michelle on February 14, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Cakelaw – it really is a light crust, so i don’t feel bad eating multiple pieces 😉


  9. mary on February 15, 2008 at 9:55 am

    we love crispier crusts….I tend to rely on my yeast-free version because it can be last minute and tastes soooo good….but I’m really glad to have this recipe on hand…yours looks delicious!


  10. Michelle on February 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Thanks Mary! I’d love for you to share your yeast-less version. There’s always room for quick!


  11. MrsPresley on February 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    i need to make the leap and make my own pizza dough at home soon!


  12. Michelle on February 16, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Jaime – it’s definitely worth it!


  13. JennDZ_The Leftover Queen on February 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    mmm browned cheese and crispy crust! My fav!


  14. Barbara on February 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    My husband and one of the kids like thin and crispy and I’ve always had a hard time getting it “just right.” I’ll give this one a whirl. Thanks.


  15. Michelle on February 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    JennDZ – You can’t go wrong with browned cheese and a crispy crust!

    Barbara – I hope this one works for you. If you try it I’d love to hear how you liked it!


  16. kayte on March 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    i looooove when the cheese on my pizza gets browned. i really need to try this recipe. i haven’t made pizza dough from scratch in a while. i was getting tired of the other recipe. i should try this one!


  17. Anna on March 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks a million for this recipe! I make homemade pizza for my husband and toddler son every Friday. I “googled” looking for a good thin crust pizza dough recipe and found yours a few weeks ago. We’ve tried some very good crusts, but this one is darn close to restaurant quality. My husband said to go ahead and throw away all the other recipes — he could eat this every week! (Oh, and my son loves it, too!) The only thing I did a little differently was I did 1 1/2 times the recipe and make 2 pizzas.


  18. Michelle on March 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    kayte – Browned cheese is the best! If you try this recipe I hope you like it!

    Anna – I am so happy that you have been enjoying this recipe! Your weekly pizza nights sound like so much fun! 🙂


  19. sharon @ newlywedcook on May 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    My husband likes the thin ‘n crispy…I am all about the doughy, bread-y crust. I wonder if it’d be possible to make a pizza with half crisp, half doughy crust….hmm, probably not! I’ve bookmarked this one for the good of my husband 🙂


  20. Sophia Hussain on June 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Your link to a thick and chewy pizza crust recipe, and your pizza sauce recipe above didn’t work.


  21. Cindy on February 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I made this pizza dough recipe tonight! It was so easy and came out so crispy and light! I usually use the bread machine to make my dough, but decided to try this one for a change. The dough is a wonderful texture to work with. It does not stick to your hands. I finally found a great pizza crust recipe. Thank you!!


  22. Farheen on November 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I totally swear by this recipe. It does get pretty sticky – but I persevered, and had the yummiest pizza! Thanks – love your blog. (


  23. Nancy on April 10, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I made this and it was perfect! The dough was easy to work with and ended up being nice and crispy. Yum!


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  30. Linda on February 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I live on a sailboat in the Caribbean (yes, it’s true!); I have been using your pizza crust recipe because it is often hard to find places that make good pizza down island. Now, it seems that Pizzetta’s are becoming popular for mini meals or appetizers. Do you suppose your pizza dough recipe would work for this? I was thinking to make small rounds and add toppings. Your thoughts? Thanks!


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