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The Most Useful Recipe You Can Make With 2 Ingredients

dumping greek yogurt into a metal mixing bowl and holding up a bagel made with 2 ingredient dough

After seeing the phrase 2 ingredient dough” cropping up all over the internet, I decided to find out what it was so I could give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did!

This super simple dough, which originated in Weight Watchers communities, as far as I can tell, is a mixture of self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, giving it a pleasantly tangy flavor that works in a variety of contexts.

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And while it’s true that it’s one of the easiest doughs you’ll ever make, what’s even more remarkable is how many delicious foods you can make with it! In this post, I’ll show you how easy it is to whip up a batch of 2 ingredient dough before sharing 6 tasty ways you can use it. (Homemade pizza, anyone?)

How To Make 2 Ingredient Dough

greek yogurt and self rising flour sitting on a kitchen counter

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Add the self-rising flour* and Greek yogurt to the bowl of a stand mixer.

*Don’t have self-rising flour on hand? See “How To Make Self-Rising Flour” below!

mixing up 2 ingredient dough

Using the dough hook attachment, mix until the ingredients form a ball of dough. Use immediately, or wrap the dough tightly in plastic and store it in your fridge for up to one week.

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How To Make Self-Rising Flour

Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour (or gluten-free baking mix), 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out 1 3/4 cups of the mixture and use it to make 2-ingredient dough (or use it in any recipe that calls for self-rising flour!)

Note: This formula yields slightly more self-rising flour than you’ll need to make the dough, but trust it’s a lot simpler to use these amounts than it is to make exactly 1 3/4 cups!

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rolling up a ball of 2 ingredient dough

6 Things You Can Make Using 2 Ingredient Dough

This simple dough is endlessly versatile, and it makes it so easy to make delicious baked goods at home! Here are six of the best things we’ve made with this dough so far—give them a try and experience the magic for yourself.

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pizza made with 2 ingredient dough sitting on a table

1. Pizza Crust

Roll the dough out into a flat circle, then transfer it to a greased baking sheet. Top the dough with your favorite pizza sauce, some shredded cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake at 475°F for 12-14 minutes.

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rolling out 2 ingredient dough into a breadstick shape

2. Breadsticks

Cut the dough into six equal portions, then roll each portion out into a breadstick shape and place them onto a greased baking sheet. Brush the breadsticks with an egg wash and sprinkle the tops with minced garlic and finely chopped parsley. Bake at 425°F for 10-14 minutes.

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shaping 2 ingredient dough into a bagel

3. Bagels

Cut the dough into six equal portions. Roll each piece of dough into a tube about 5-6” long, then stick the two ends of the tube together to form a ring. Place your dough rings on a greased baking sheet.

bagels made from 2 ingredient dough sitting on a table

Brush the dough rings with a beaten egg and sprinkle the tops with your favorite seasoning. (I recommend Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning blend!) Bake at 475°F for 12-14 minutes.

cutting 2 ingredient dough into equal portions

4. Pretzels

Cut the dough into eight equal portions. Roll each piece into a long, skinny rope about 12” long. Lay the rope on a greased baking sheet, then lift the ends of the rope, twist, and press into a pretzel shape. (If you’re a visual learner like I am, you may want to check out this video from King Arthur Baking for a demonstration of pretzel shaping!)

Brush your shaped pretzels with an egg wash and sprinkle them with salt. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.

brushing 2 ingredient dough with butter and innamon bites made with 2 ingredient dough sitting on a table

5. Cinnamon Bites

Cut the dough into eight equal portions, and roll each piece into a ball. Brush the dough balls with an egg wash, then dip them into a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place the prepared cinnamon bites on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 450°F for 12 minutes.

rolling 2 ingredient dough out flat

6. Cinnamon Rolls

Use your prepared dough to make deliciously decadent cinnamon rolls! Just roll the dough out into a square shape, brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with the filling from your favorite cinnamon roll recipe. (Snag the recipe for my mom’s famous cinnamon rolls at this link.)

Roll the dough up into a log, and use a piece of dental floss to cut the log into five equal rolls. Place the prepared cinnamon rolls into a greased baking pan, and bake at 400°F for 18-20 minutes.

What would you make first using 2 ingredient dough?

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  • I just made this dough as pizza last night. I notice quite a few comments where it turned out perfectly.
    Mine was so sticky when trying to form into a ball, and I never did get the crust to cook. It was gooey in the middle, after leaving in the oven for 1/2 hr.
    Some comments say WW says 1:1 ratio—wouldn’t that make it really sticky?
    Any suggestions as to what I did wrong?
    Thanks.

  • I use 1/2 cup self-raising flour and 1/2 cup ground almonds, with barely 1/2 cup plain yogurt and some salt. It makes the right amount for a 12 inch pizza. I roll it out very thinly between two sheets of greaseproof paper and then slide it on its paper onto a large baking sheet. Spread with tomato puree or pesto, then fried onions and spicy sausage, then top with olives and grated cheese. Bake for 14 minutes at 200FAN.

  • I love this dough. I call it my Weight Watchers dough, since they promote this recipe. I will say that you can make pretzels with it as well, but I would add 1 egg. Super good and super easy!

  • I just wanted to let you know – made the pizza last night and the bagels (only in the shape of buns) today. We absolutely loved everything and it couldn’t be easier. I actually find that it is easier to combine the dough using my hands. Delicious!

  • Some people have tried using tofu instead of yogurt in their dough. You may need a bit of extra baking powder. I don’t have an exact recipe, but maybe use similar proportions as the yogurt.

  • The pizza crust was fine. The bottom was soft and a little damp, but with all the toppings (gluten & dairy free) it wasn’t a problem. I will definitely make it again and will try baking the crust alone for 5 minutes first.

  • Another recipe:
    Knead in cubed bacon or ham. Roll out the dough, cut out rough triangles and (deep) fry them OR brush with (any) oil and bake them in the oven. Delicious with sour cream (with a little garlic and salt + some herbs).

  • Yes, I love this dough! I probably wouldn’t make a plain loaf of bread or rolls with it, but it’s perfect for pizza or bagels where you’re adding other flavorful items :)

  • I definitely did not find this dough to be dry or tasteless – in fact I really love the taste! I can understand issues with the fat content, but if you’re making a pizza, you really don’t need fat in the dough, too :-)

  • Hi Monica! If you use 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of yogurt, the entire batch of dough has 12 points. However, I make it with more flour than yogurt, because I preferred the texture that way. I don’t know much about weight watcher’s points, so I’m not sure how much that changes things. :-)

  • Hi Vivian! You’ll have to do some experimental baking and get back to us! I’ve never tried this recipe with almond flour, but I would start with the same measurements for baking powder and salt mentioned in this post. Start from there and see how it turns out :-)

  • I would like to make this with GF flour but am also Dairy Free – what significance does the yogurt have? Could Coconut Yogurt be substituted or something else, non-dairy?

  • This looks great Jillee! As an added note, if your gluten-free baking mix does not have Xanthan gum, you will need to add about 1/4 teaspoon per cup of your gf flour mix when making this recipe

  • Hello I am living in Jamaica and have been getting advice frim you for years. This is my first time making a comment. I am always delighted to get some fantastic tjps fromm this 2 ingredients dough is the bomb

  • The two-ingredient dough is a weightwatchers thing. It enables those of us on the program to eat items based on point count that would be otherwise difficult. One could make a pizza for 6 smart points vs. 13 or 14 for a commercial and more for a pizzeria style slice.

    • P.S. Forgot to mention that Jillie’s recipe is slightly different so if you are on the weightwatchers program, it is 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of Greek non-fat plain yogurt.

    • Yes, April is correct. This is a weight watchers thing and quite the lifesaver.
      I make mine with equal parts and sometimes a tad less yogurt as it can tend to be sticky.
      I made dumplings for my chicken soup with this recipe. All I added was an egg. It still was a weight watcher hit.
      And when I make my bagels I drop them in water like bagels are supposed to be made.

  • This looks good. Thanks for posting the g free version. I feel,much better when I cut back. I also have a Sister in law who’s g free for health reasons. I already have a bag of the gluten free dough mix. I can’t wait to try this.

  • I am going to have to try this with coconut cream or something other than yogurt as I am allergic to all things mammal. 10 to 15 % of gluten sensitive patients are allergic to all things mammal. Do you have any suggestions for a yogurt substitute?

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