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Quick, easy and fun for kids to make. The meatballs make this a hearty meal that the kids love.

Washington, United States

1 person made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • purchased or pre-made pizza dough
  • 1 jar pizza or pasta sauce
  • 350g (12 oz) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 12 beef or turkey meatballs
  • 3 tablespoons veg oil

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:50min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / gas 4. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin.
  2. If you're using frozen meatballs, defrost them.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough and cut into 7cm (3") squares. (A pizza wheel cutter is great for this). Place one square of dough in each muffin cup of the muffin tin. Press the dough down into the form so the cup is lined with dough, and there's still a bit of overlap at the top - you'll need to overlap to close the puff later.
  4. Drop 1 tablespoon or so of sauce in the centre of each cup lined with dough. Place a meatball on top of the sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  5. Pinch the 'puff' closed by drawing up the 4 corners of the dough and pinching the dough together.
  6. Baste the puffs lightly with olive oil and bake.
  7. Allow to cool! These are very hot inside, especially for kiddos.


Check the baking temp and cooking time of the pizza dough recipe you're using. That's best to follow.Before cutting all the dough, try assembling a single puff. It'll help you to get the idea of how big to make the dough and how much ingredients a puff can hold.

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe

We went to my mother in laws house for Thanksgiving and she is always cooking up something delicious. It’s a tradition at her house that she always makes a ton of different appetizers to snack on while everyone is standing around fellowshipping.

This year she made these yummy Pepperoni Pizza Puffs. They were so good that I couldn’t keep people from taking them off the plate so that I could get a good picture. Like seriously people were giving me the death stare. Wait you want us to wait till you take the plate over by the window so you can carefully place the plate in the right spot to get the best lighting so you can take a photo for your blog?

Nope not happening, this is the picture you guys are left with lol. They still look yummy right? I loved that these are easy fingers foods that can be dipped as well because kids love that.

Pizza Bites Appetizer with Pepperoni + Video

My favorite way to freeze these pizza bites is to let them come to room temperature and place them on a jelly roll pan lined with a Silpat mat.

Watch our pizza bites recipe video

This pizza puffs video will show you everything you need to know to make this easy appetizer recipe. You won't believe how easy they are to make in just a few minutes.

Pizza Bites Appetizer with Pepperoni


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more to grease pans)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups shredded 4-cheese pizza blend
  • 1 (5-ounce) package mini pepperoni rounds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Reserve a hand full of pepperoni (about 1/4 cup).
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, sugar, olive oil, milk, and eggs. Stir together with a fork. Mix in the pizza blend cheese and remaining pepperoni. Set aside.
  4. Prepare (2) 24 cup mini-muffin pans by greasing with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).
  5. Mix batter and add 1 heaping tablespoon scoop to each muffin cup. Top each muffin with 2 or 3 of the reserved pepperoni. Bake until golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, remove from muffin tin and serve with favorite marinara sauce.


I'm with your daughter on this one, bite-sized food is the best! These look great Donna! :)

Thank you Ashley! Quick, easy and a great option. I think these may make an appearance at out Christmas party this year. <3

No yeast! Perfect morsels indeed. My husband has been asking for pepperoni pizza. I might make this to appease him. :-P

Fantastic and easy! Enjoy them. If your feel adventurous I have a 30 minute pizza recipe that is so easy you won't believe it. You can top it with whatever you like.

No rise time required.

Do you have an easy recipe for Marinara sauce to dip them in?
Thanks, Linda

Absolutely. We love this Easy Peasy 5 Minute Marinara.

I make bento-style lunches for my kindergartener and love recipes that can be frozen and reheated well. It really cuts down on lunch prep time in the mornings. My son also adores pizza and I will definitely be using this recipe in the upcoming school year! Thanks so much for so many easy lunch recipes.

I make bento-style lunches for my kindergartener and love recipes that can be frozen and reheated well. It really cuts down on lunch prep time in the mornings. My son also adores pizza and I will definitely be using this recipe in the upcoming school year! Thanks so much for so many easy lunch recipes.

So glad to hear it will come in handy. We love this recipe! Enjoy.

I'm making these for a birthday party, for the kids. I need to make them ahead of time and freeze them as I have lots to do. My plan is to re-heat them in the oven and then place them in a hot/steam tray to keep them warm. (sauce on the side) Can I ask why you spritz them with water, or is that only if you microwave them. Any advice will be helpful. Thank You

These are perfect for a kids party! I spritz them with water so they stay moist. The steam penetrates the food. It works for me. Enjoy! Let us know how it goes!

Made these for work and they were a hit. My husband also made them for his work and actually added sliced black olives to his. still a hit.

This recipe has been tested and is super easy and quick to make and yummy too!

Made these for my little one's lunches at daycare. Problem, they might not make it to Monday, definitely not the entire week! Next, I'll sneak more veggies for my picky eater. Just what we need, thanks!

What a great party food idea! Lovin' that it's all put together in one bowl. Great keeper recipe!!

I have a 4month old grandson he and him mom are both living with us. I can't wait till he's old enough to try these bite size meals you're making for your 3 year old. Also thinking there is no reason I couldn't reduce some of my own "muffin meals" to bite size. GREAT IDEA!!

Made these yesterday! They are awesome and were a huge hit - especially with the kids!

Love them. Made them today. The baking time for me was more like 25-28 minutes to completely cook inside and brown outside. Thanks for the recipe

My 4 & 6 year old loved these!!

Can I make these with regular size muffin pans? Will I have to increase the recipe? Can you tell me what to increase?

I just noticed it says "mini muffin pans!". I used regular, and they're in the oven now.. I pray they come out ok :(

Just made it. awesome recipe. Thanks Donna :)

I was thinking to saute veggies to use instead of pepperoni for my vegetarian daughter. Would that work?

As long as the veggies are precooked, it should work out great. I have not tried it myself so please let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

Would leaving out the teaspoon of sugar affect the recipe?

It would not be detrimental to the success, but it does add something in flavor. You could also replace it with honey, brown rice syrup or a sugar substitute. Of course you can omit it if you choose. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

I plan to use Bisquick mix instead of flour and the baking powder. I will let you know how they turn out.

Awesome. Look forward to hearing back! Enjoy.

Did you ever make these with Bisquick? Just curious how they would turn out using it. thanks!

Just made these this evening to sample the recipe. Awesome!! Simple, yet great. Plan on including them in my Super Bowl menu tomorrow. FYI: didn't have a mini muffin pan, but used the same heaping TBS in regular muffin tin. Very nice 2 bite puffs. This will definitely become a regular recipe

I know sharing is a good thing to do, but I really doubt that I will share these cheesy pizza puffs with others. It looks so delicious. Thinking to roughly chop the pepperoni, and add a bit more, I like it very much. :)

Would you happen to have nutrition facts on this or the number of calories per pizza puff?

do you have to use the crushed red pepper flakes thanks lisa

You can leave them out if you don't have any. :) They don't make the puffs spicy, if that is your concern. They just add a dimension of added flavor.

Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

what are the nutrition facts

Okay- I just made these the second batch is in the oven! Yes, second batch. I do an afternoon tea every month and this month is "Back to School", so these puffs are perfect to serve with a sweet corn gazpacho ( for an upscale/reimagined pizza day!

Anyway, these are great! So cheesy, which is always a winner, and the flavor is great. The red pepper flakes ended up having a little too much of a kick for sensitive eaters (maybe it was the brand?), so I reduced that a bit for the second batch. I also made sure some mini pepperonis were on top to look pizza-like by setting a handful aside until the muffin tin was full. Really yummy!!

These look really good, just printed it out. I also just ordered your cookbook. Thank you for do a "sneak peek inside". I like looking at the index and seeing some of the recipes. The recipes sound delicious, which is why I ordered it. Good price too :)

Pizza Puffs

Pizza Puffs: bite sized treats that are perfect for happy hour, appetizers, lunch, or nibbles while watching football! They&rsquod also be great for a pot luck!

When I make these Pizza Puffs, I make a half batch vegetarian, and half the batch is pepperoni for the husband. When I do it this way, I use 2 ounces pepperoni. If you want to make a whole pepperoni batch, use 4 ounces. Or, just leave the pepperoni out entirely. Personally, I don&rsquot think it needs the pepperoni at all!

I bake them in silicon mini muffin pans. Place the pans on a cookie sheet for baking for more stability. Once baked, the Pizza Puffs should pop right out of the pan, and there&rsquos no need for oiling the pan at all. If your Puffs need a little encouragement to release from the pan, I&rsquove found it&rsquos best to run an offset spatula around the outside of the puff. After that, it should release.

Use your favorite sauce for dipping these tasty little morsels into. Here&rsquos my pizza sauce of choice: Homemade Pizza Sauce. I thinned it with a little water to make it easier to dip the puffs into. Marinara would be lovely as well! Or, simply use your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce.


  • 2-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Water , or as required
  • 1 teaspoon Active dry yeast , or 1/2 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1 pinch Sugar
  • 5 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt , as required
  • 1/2 cup Carrot (Gajjar) , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green beans (French Beans) , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sweet corn
  • 2 tablespoon Black olives , finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Homemade tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon White pepper powder
  • 4 tablespoon Cheese , grated
  • Oil , for frying (optional)

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

If you are looking for a quick snack or a party appetizer for a crowd, you have to try these Pepperoni Pizza Puffs!

These mini pizza muffins with pepperoni and cheese are easy to make and taste exactly like pizza.

Yield: Makes 24 pizza puffs

  • 250 g pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • pepper to taste
  • ketchup or pizza sauce for serving

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, oregano and pepper.

Add mozzarella and pepperoni. Combine well and let stand for 8-10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Grease a mini muffin pan with oil or cooking spray. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.

Bake until puffed and golden, about 25-30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the pepperoni muffins from the sides of the pan, if necessary.

Serve these pizza muffins with pizza sauce or any kind of pizza sauce you like.

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Most of the time I try to be a good girl and eat my salads and veggies, but come football time, I’m perfectly happy gorging on chicken wings and pizza. If you’re looking for something fun to serve for the big game, try out these Pepperoni Pizza Puffs!

These pizza puffs are kind of like a pepperoni pizza, but instead of sitting on a crust, the sauce and pepperoni are nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry.

I’ll say that again. “Nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry.” How could anything nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry not be delicious?

You start out making a simple tomato sauce, with some fresh thyme and rosemary for good flavor:

Then you can add some chopped pepperoni, mozzarella, and parsley to the sauce.

A quick note about the pepperoni: I was able to find an all natural (no preservatives or chemicals) pepperoni at Whole Foods, but check your local store to see if they have some natural pepperoni (it’s a dried product, so they may have it on the shelf if they don’t have any in the refrigerated section).

Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and place small plops of the pepperoni pizza sauce on one half of the puff pastry strip, rub the edges with a little egg wash, and fold over the top (the photos below go top to bottom):

Then crimp the sides with a fork. Doesn’t have to be too tight since it will puff up and open slightly anyway, but crimping the edges will keep the puff from opening up altogether:

Brush the tops with some egg wash so they get extra golden brown, and throw the pan in the oven until the puff pastry is puffed up and golden.


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