This homemade hot pocket recipe with ham and cheese is a kid-pleaser. You can make it in bulk and freeze it for several meals to save a ton of time. 

Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket Recipe for Kids

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This homemade hot pocket recipe with ham and cheese is a kid-pleaser. You can make it in bulk and freeze it for several meals to save a ton of time. A great freezer meal for daycare.

homemade ham and cheese hot pockets on a pan from the oven and on cooling racks

I use the pioneer woman’s pizza crust recipe for this because it’s perfect every time. She knows what’s up! Click here for the dough recipe. 

Conventional processed hot pockets that are available from the store are loaded with chemicals and additives that are not good for you or your kids.

I love knowing what I feed my kids is made from real food that is healthy and whole. These hot pockets are not only made with real food, but they are also less expensive than these store-bought ones. And the flavor, MAN, it’s great!

For more ham and cheese ideas, these ham and cheese sliders are so easy and everyone loves them.

ham and cheese homemade hot pockets on a cooling rack fresh from the oven next to raw hot pockets ready to go in the oven.

You can also use half whole wheat flour, or all whole wheat flour and meet the new requirement for whole grains. Click here to see how to navigate the new food program rules. 

I paid $36 for enough ham and cheese to make 72 homemade hot pockets.

With all ingredients tallied, my hot pockets cost $0.66 each to make. The store-bought ones are $2.89 for two, so one hot pocket is $1.44, for a savings of $0.78 per pocket.

You could use less expensive meat like ground beef or sausage or something and make them even cheaper. I needed a ham menu item for my new menu, so I’m sticking with ham. The ham was real ham I had sliced in the deli and the cheese was cheddar.

Easy hot pocket recipe

We are not allowed to serve lunch meat on the food program. The ham and the cheese were on sale though (of course, or I wouldn’t have purchased them) 

store bought hot pockets full of chemicals on the shelf at the store.

Click here to check out what’s actually IN store-bought hot pockets. It might make you change your mind about eating them. This picture below is from the article. Yuck! Even if you don’t have food allergies like me, it’s gross. Do you even know what this stuff is or what it does to your body? (Poster designed by Justin Pericone, click here for more info)

infographic hot pocket ingredients

To do that, I made 4 batches of hot pockets and froze them in batches of 10 servings. I added enough ham and cheese to each hot pocket to make it a perfect serving for a 3-4-year-old. Each child needs 1 1/2 ounces of protein. I put an ounce of ham and a half-ounce of cheese on each pocket. 

Homemade hot pockets

Instead of using lunch meat, I bought a ham and had it sliced at the deli into slices, so my kids would be eating real meat and cheese. These turned out so much better than I expected and every kid loved them so they are a shoe-in for my new menu this year. 

Homemade Hot Pocket Dough

First, make up the dough for the homemade hot pocket and divide it into serving sizes. I used my kitchen aid mixer to whip mine up.  

dough in bowls and ingredients setting next to them on the counter
rolling out homemade pizza dough

Next, roll each piece out and top it with the filling. You could make pizza-flavored, taco flavored, use sausage, or whatever you think sounds good. I wanted ham and cheese for a different protein for my menu.

dough rolled out and topped with slices of ham and cheese on a rolling board.

Once the pocket is filled, fold the other half of the dough over the top, and seal the edges. These pockets would look prettier with egg wash but I am dealing with an egg allergy, so I left it off. The taste and texture of this dough was outstanding on these pockets.

hot pocket, homemade, rolled out, filled and crimped ready to go in the oven.
homemade ham and cheese hot pockets, ready to go in the oven on a sheet pan on the stove top

Once you have them all rolled and filled and sealed, then you just have to bake them. I baked them all before I froze them and I served a taste tester batch that won all thumbs up. 

homemade ham and cheese hot pockets fresh from the oven on a sheet tray. One cut in half and view showing inside the hot pocket with melted cheese and warm ham.

For more quick and easy freezer meals, check these out!

Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

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Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets-4 batches

Bulk quadruple batch of tasty homemade hot pocket ready to eat or freeze with no added chemicals.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham and cheese hot pockets, hot pockets
Servings: 32
Author: Christina Kamp


  • Double batch of dough do this twice
  • 3 c. warm water
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast
  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Repeat dough again
  • 4 pounds of good ham sliced thinly
  • 2 pounds of good cheddar cheese sliced thinly


  • Combine warm water and yeast.
  • Stir and set aside
  • Combine flour and salt in stand mixer bowl
  • Turn on mixer and drizzle in olive oil
  • Slowly add the yeast mixture and mix on low until dough forms a ball
  • Cut dough into 32 pieces
  • Make second double batch of dough
  • Roll out each piece of dough and top one side with 1.5 ounces of ham and cheese.
  • Fold dough over and seal edges
  • Egg wash if desired
  • Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until dough is golden brown
  • Serve warm or cool completely and freeze.
  • To reheat, just microwave for 30 seconds or reheat in oven


Adapted from Crust from Pioneer Woman

Bulk hot pockets

Homemade hot pockets aren’t the only kid pleasing recipe you can make in bulk for your kids, check out these bulk ideas:

For even more make-ahead freezer meals that you can prepare ahead, check out this post.

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  1. Hey Christina! I stumbled upon this recipe and your amazing blog today! I struggle with picky eaters and plan to give this recipe a try this week. It looks amazing and I know I will love them as well. =)