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 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.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Substitute the flour with your favorite gluten free alternative like almond or rice flour for a gluten free pizza snack.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
My family loved these pepperoni pizza bites. I love how easy they were to make!
I am so impressed with these pepperoni pizza bites. It is packed with flavors that I love! A new addition to my favorite appetizers.
These pepperoni pizza bites are very appetizing! My guests were pleased, they love these flavorful appetizer.
I just made these and ate three immediately! So easy and delicious. thank you for this yummy recipe.
Thank you Roz
Why not just use Bisquick as the dough portion?
These where so delicious and easy to make. Definitely going to recommend this recipe to other people!
Can you freeze these
Just read about the pizza bites – will try for my card party in Feb.2022.
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.
So good and so easy to make, thank you.
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 .
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!
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.
Glad to know they were a hit, Nellie.
How do you store these? Thanks!
In an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Excellent, I used one 5 oz. pack mini pepperoni’s instead of cutting regular pepperoni’s worked great. Definitely making again.
Thanks for the 5 stars, Sandy.
Can I use a different meat then pepperoni
Absolutely, any meat (pre-cooked) will work. Sausage would be great, and my backup to pepperoni.
These are so good. My family loves them, will definitely be making them often. Thank you for this terrific recipe ?
Can refrigerated biscuits work if cut in half? Please respond
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!
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!
will it still taste good if i don’t add crushed paper and just regular cheese
Can we substitute the baking powder with baking soda?
Yes but you’ll need to use 3 times as much. Enjoy!
These where so delicious and easy to make. Definitely going to recommend this recipe to other people!
Can I use organic milk instead?
Yes, absolutely. 🙂
How many bites is a serving?
I calculated using 1 bite as 1 serving so you could easily calculate how many you wanted to eat. Enjoy!
Should I use plain and self raising flour?
All purpose flour 🙂
These were great. My family loved them!! They were gone in seconds. Definitely making them again.
Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed them!
Can I add pizza sauce into the pan on top of the batter?
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.
Can I add some pizza sauce?
If you add it to the batter before cooking it’ll make it mushy, but I definitely dip the baked bites in pizza sauce!
Is there any way to make these with the use of another pan besides a muffin pan?
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.
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!
Each bite is one serving. I wanted to make it easy to figure out the information no matter how many you ate. Enjoy!
Will there be a difference if I use whole milk instead of 2% ? I have all the other ingredients except for the milk
No, you’ll be fine with that.
1000% making these again and again
Yay!! Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you enjoyed them.
Can I use almond milk instead of regular milk?
Hey! What do we do if we don’t have any Italian seasoning? Thanks
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.
Can I use self rising flour
Is it okay if I used regular milk instead? Thanks
i was wondering if i could just use mozzarella and not parmesan
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!
That’s fantastic! Thanks for the 5 stars, Terri.
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!
So glad you were easily able to make the switch.
Is there a way to incorporate the marinara sauce into the mixture and then baking these?
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!
Is it ok to leave the dough for overnight if i don’t use them all at once?
As long as you keep them in the fridge, they should be fine. Use Saran Wrap to cover them.
Am I reading this correctly? You mix the flour/dough mixture up, and then add the pepperoni and cheese into the dough mixture directly?
Once you mix the wet and dry ingredients, add in the pepperoni and cheese and mix it all together.
Hi! Just wondering, can i use skimmed milk instead?
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.
Hi. These look delicious.
Can I use a regular muffin pan
Instead of a mini muffin pan.
Yes, you definitely can!
I made these for the first time tonight and they were fantastic! Delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
So glad you enjoyed it!
My son loves when I pack these for his lunch. Thanks for the recipe!
You’re welcome Tara!
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!
So glad everyone enjoyed them! They are so easy to customize for sure!!
Oh my goodness, I have to try these! I love all things pizza and these look like such a great snack or lunch!
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…?
Congratulations on your new blog! It’s looking great! 🙂 Also, I love your recipes. They are right up my alley!!
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!