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Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

This Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough yields the perfect blend of crisp and chewy pizza crust. It’s my favorite from-scratch pizza dough recipe!

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

FIRST. Do you know about the Mellow Mushroom? The first time I had Mellow Mushroom Pizza was in Boone, NC when I was in high school. Since then I have been obsessed. So of course I had to make a copycat Mellow Mushroom pizza dough recipe.

They say the secret is spring water in the dough – like it says that right on the box. BUT *I* say the secret is the molasses that feeds the yeast. Obviously I’m just guessing because they never gave me their pizza dough recipe, but the molasses are what made the biggest difference for me here at home with texture, flavor, and color.

Now I just need to bribe Chad to build me a pizza oven.

So. If you are looking for a fast pizza dough recipe, you need to check out my 10 Minute Pizza Dough. It’s terrific.

If you have some time to languish over traditional dough, THIS IS THE ONE YOU WANT.

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

Actual active time is only a few minutes of kneading. The rest of the time is spent with the dough rising; you can walk away.

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

This pizza crust can handle a HEAP of toppings (check this Pulled Pork Pizza Recipe), but is also perfect for minimal classic pizza toppings (my kids are obsessed with pepperoni and black olives).

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

If you have a pizza stone, USE IT. Pizza stones turn the outside of your pizza crust the perfect amount of crisp. If you DON’T have a pizza stone, don’t fret. You can use a regular baking sheet or I like to use this Pizza Pan ( the holes in the pan make for a nice crisp bottom crust).

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza LIKE A PRO!

This Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe from my friend Nicole over at Or Whatever You Do is also a total winner! Delicious homemade pizza sauce to add to your Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough. Pizza skillzzzzz.

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough
Yield: 2 pizzas

Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rise Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 17 minutes

This Copycat Mellow Mushroom Pizza Dough yields the perfect blend of crisp and chewy pizza crust.


  • 1 ½ cups warm water (check your yeast package for exact temperature recommendations)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 4 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (2 (¼ ounce) packets)
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour (plus more for your work space)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more to brush on the crust before baking)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Stir together the warm water and molasses until the molasses dissolve (I like to do this in a liquid measuring cup). Add the yeast and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  2. If you have a stand mixer, go ahead and add the flour and salt to the mixer bowl and start it on low using the dough hook attachment. If you are working without a stand mixer, quickly whisk together the flour and salt. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Add the olive oil.
  3. Again, if you are using a stand mixer, let it continue on low for about 5 minutes. If you are working without a mixer, stir together all the ingredients and then knead in the bowl with your hands for 5-7 minutes.
  4. With floured hands, form the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for 2 hours (it should at least double in size). ***See Note***
  5. To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 525F. NOT BROIL. If you are using a pizza stone, be sure to preheat it with the oven. Scatter a little flour or cornmeal on your pizza peel (if using) or onto your baking sheet. Stretch half the dough to your desired shape. Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese. Top as desired.
  6. Bake the pizza for 6- 7 mins.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 27th of January 2024

Trying this recipe tonight for the first time. I’m substituting the molasses for honey though because I don’t have any and butter instead of the oil on the crust. I also used regular tap water and the fast acting yeast. I’ll come back and post how it turned it out!


Sunday 9th of July 2023

Adding to the other comment to give more clarity to my comment below. Mellow Mushroom uses Unbromated Unbleached Wheat Flour. Bromated Flour has been banned in Most Countries because it’s a carcinogenic. The US has not banned it unfortunately. Anyhow I believe this is the Secret to the Crust. Unbromated Flour takes longer to mix and has less elasticity but the taste is superior, and doesn’t fill our bodies with toxins. All Purpose Flour is always bromated and bleached. Whoever is serious about making a copycat version, I recommend Googling Unbromated/Bromated Wheat flour, so you can better identify what you buy going forward. The more you Know 🫶🏻🌎💞


Sunday 9th of July 2023

The secret to their crust is using unbleached wheat Flour, and no sugar whatsoever. Spring water has a higher PH, not sure how that works when it comes to baking. Thanks for sharing your version! Looks Amazing!


Friday 11th of February 2022

I had to use a lot more flour than this recipe called for. About 4.5 cups total. Bread flour always. Trying this for a 3rd go round tonight.


Friday 3rd of December 2021

Question: can I make this in the morning, then bake at dinner time. Do I refrigerate it, or leave on the counter? Can this dough be frozen?

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