Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a like a bagel bite and pizza muffin with homemade dough, cheese & pepperoni, ready to bake in just a few minutes.

This Italian inspired Appetizer Recipe makes it easy and fun to have your favorite pizza flavors in a bite size snack. If you love these Pizza Bites, next try Pepperoni Pizza Dip, Pepperoni Cheesy Bread, or Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls.

Pepperoni Pizza Bites on serving plate with marinara sauce

Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin. Still chewy and savory, but with a softer texture than the prepackaged frozen variety. Since they take less than five minutes to prepare and 25 minutes in the oven, this is a 30 minute meal. Dip them in Marinara Sauce for a delicious juicy bite!  These also work great cold the next day as an easy park lunch!

Now you can avoid the guilt you may feel when you pop some of the pre-made pizza snacks in the oven or microwave knowing they have so many ingredients you can’t even pronounce much less identify.

Pepperoni Pizza Bites collage of dough preparation

You can make these Pepperoni Pizza Bites for the little ones in the house as a treat, and they are much healthier with just a few unprocessed ingredients. You can also sneak in some veggies by adding very finely diced red and yellow bell peppers as well as onion or carrots. It is an easy way to get some vegetables into the meal that your kids may otherwise fight against eating.

For the adult taste buds in the house you can try these variations:

  • Skillet browned Canadian bacon and pineapple cubes
  • Crumbled bacon pieces and fresh or dried figs
  • Browned crumbled Italian Sausage with Caramelized Onions
  • Steamed or Roasted Broccoli with chunks of chicken and sautéed garlic

You can also choose to make them in a mini muffin pan or a regular muffin pan for a larger individual serving. The mini muffin pan ones are one bite Pepperoni Pizza Bites and the regular muffin pan sized ones are 2-3 bites.

Pepperoni Pizza Bites collage of baking steps

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make Gluten Free Pizza Bites?

Substitute the flour with your favorite gluten free alternative like almond or rice flour for a gluten free pizza snack.

What other veggies or add-ins can I use for Pepperoni Pizza Bites?

Any of your favorite pizza toppings will work! Just make sure they are already cooked and diced into small pieces. Try using olives, italian sausage, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, or fresh Italian herbs.

What dipping sauces can I serve with Pepperoni Pizza Bites?

A classic dip for these cheesy pizza bites is marinara sauce, but you can also serve them with Ranch Dressing, a jarred roasted red pepper sauce, or Alfredo Sauce for a different flavor combination.

Pepperoni Pizza Bites dipping in sauce

How to Store Pepperoni Pizza Bites

  • Serve: Don’t leave Pepperoni Pizza Bites at room temperature longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: Store in an airtight container or plastic zip top bag in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat in a 375 degree oven for 6-8 minutes.
  • Freeze: Once completely cooled, freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet for 30 minutes, then transfer to a freezer safe plastic bag for 2-3 months. Reheat at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Pepperoni Pizza Bites on serving plate with marinara sauce

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Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a like a bagel bite and pizza muffin with homemade dough, cheese & pepperoni, ready to bake in just a few minutes.
Yield 24 mini bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4.2 ounces pepperoni , (Half the pouch, cut into little quarters)
  • Marinara Sauce , for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In one bowl mix milk and eggs, set aside.
  • In a second bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper.
  • Combine the wet into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Add in the pepperoni and cheese and whisk together.
  • Spray baking spray or canola oil spray onto two mini muffin tins and using 1 tablespoon scoop, fill all 24.
  • Alternately make 12 larger Pepperoni Pizza Bites.
  • Cook for 15 minutes-18 minutes, or until browned.
  • Serve with marinara sauce.

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Notes

Adapted from http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/budget-recipes/pepperoni-pizza-puffs

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin and they're ready to bake in just a few minutes.
 
Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin and they're ready to bake in just a few minutes.
 
Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin and they're ready to bake in just a few minutes.
 
Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin and they're ready to bake in just a few minutes.
 
Pepperoni Pizza Bites are a cross between a bagel bite and a pizza muffin and they're ready to bake in just a few minutes.
 
 

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Absolutely great recipe!! My daughter was starting to bring back her lunch kits with one bite out of the sandwhich so she was obviously bored of the whole sandwhich thing. I made these with cut up ham & cheddar and they were a hit for sure, my wife even asked me how to make them which is a big step for her since she usually only has Kraft Dinner in her recipe book haha.

  2. Love your pizza bits. They were a big hit at my church . I am hoping that you might be able to halp me with some other recipes . I know the recipes are not yours but I could not find help anyplace else . I do not drink but the recipes I would like to make for church that children would be eatin call for wine or vodka . what can I put in place of them .

    1. In place of wine, use the broth that best corresponds with the wine – red wine/beef, more beef broth. White wine/chicken or pork – use more chicken broth.

      As far as vodka, I imagine you’re making a vodka sauce? If so use water and a tablespoon or so of white vinegar or lemon juice.

      Hope that helps! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  3. These were terrific! I baked half in regular muffin tins and the other in mini muffin tins, just to see which we liked better. Both delicious, no preference really. Kids and adults both loved them. Thanks for sharing this keeper recipe.

  4. Excellent, I used one 5 oz. pack mini pepperoni’s instead of cutting regular pepperoni’s worked great. Definitely making again.

    1. These are so good. My family loves them, will definitely be making them often. Thank you for this terrific recipe ?

    1. I’ve not tested it that way before but I don’t see why not. Just follow the instructions on the biscuit package for oven temp/time. Enjoy!

  5. great recipe! i didn’t have a cupcake pan so i put the whole thing into a cake pan and it turned out great! one thing is it may take more than 18 minuets to cook, but love it!

    1. I calculated using 1 bite as 1 serving so you could easily calculate how many you wanted to eat. Enjoy!

    1. I wouldn’t, it’ll just make the muffins gummy. Reserve it for dipping. If you want a filling try cutting up string cheese and putting a chunk on top of each one.

    1. If you add it to the batter before cooking it’ll make it mushy, but I definitely dip the baked bites in pizza sauce!

    1. It’s also delicious baked into a springform pan or 2-3 qt baking dish. You’ll have to spoon it out but it’s still delicious.

  6. Hi I notice the nutrition information is per serving size but i’m not seeing what the serving size is. Can you reply with the serving size? Thanks!

    1. Each bite is one serving. I wanted to make it easy to figure out the information no matter how many you ate. Enjoy!

  7. Will there be a difference if I use whole milk instead of 2% ? I have all the other ingredients except for the milk

        1. In a pinch I’d just do 2 parts oregano, 2 parts basil and 1 part thyme. There are easy more detailed recipes with more ingredients, but this gets you most of the way there.

  8. Hi Sabrina, Just wanted to tell you that I made these Pepperoni Pizza Bites the other night and they were fab. I was just sorry that my son couldn’t try them because he cannot eat meat. So I sautéed up some Baby Bella mushrooms, onion, green pepper and substituted that for the pepperoni. Baked another 3-4 minutes in a muffin tin and they turned out great!

      1. I am (unfortunately) allergic to wheat however this recipe was simple to switch out the wheat flour with one part Almond Meal and one part Bob’s 1 to 1 Baking flour. It was the best thing I’ve made in weeks and I’m planning on making it again tonight! Thank you for this fantastic recipe!

    1. I haven’t tested it but if you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out. You can always use my pepperoni pizza egg rolls recipe if you’re looking for one that includes the marinara. Enjoy!

  9. Am I reading this correctly? You mix the flour/dough mixture up, and then add the pepperoni and cheese into the dough mixture directly?

    1. It might slightly change the texture but you should be fine using it. I’d love to know how it turns out if you decide to try.

  10. I made these for the first time tonight and they were fantastic! Delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  11. Very delicious, made them with black olives instead of the pepperoni and they still came out great. My kids loved them and they are a snap to make. These will definitely be made often. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Oh my goodness, I have to try these! I love all things pizza and these look like such a great snack or lunch!

  13. These look like bagel bites, but even better! I will definitely be making these! Maybe I could even freeze and reheat for late night snacking…?

  14. Congratulations on your new blog! It’s looking great! 🙂 Also, I love your recipes. They are right up my alley!!

    1. Thanks! I had been on the fence about starting one for so long that now that it is live, I’m really excited to dive in head first!