Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Bites Recipe + Video

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My Pizza Bites recipe results in soft, cheesy, pepperoni appetizers that taste fantastic and are fun to eat! Make this recipe for game day snacks or lunch boxes! Add your favorite pizza toppings to put a fun spin on pizza night! 


Pizza Bites Recipe

Pizza Puffs are the perfect appetizer for your next party. Who can resist tiny bite-sized pepperoni pizza bites? 

For something a little more work but totally worth it, give our homemade stromboli a try! 

If you enjoy bite-sized pepperoni appetizers, you might want to try a few more of my recipes.

These Chicken Parmesan Sliders are a simple recipe that’s absolutely heavenly and party-ready. 

Or, these Sriracha Slower Cooker Honey Meatballs are hot, sweet, tangy, and wildly addictive.

ingredients for pepperoni pizza bites in mixing bowl

Tips for Perfect Pepperoni Bites

  • On the go. To send these pizza bites to school or work, just fill a thermos with hot boiling water while you warm up the pizza puffs. 

    Then, pour out the water and place the pepperoni appetizers in the thermos. Seal, and they will stay warm until lunchtime!
  • Make it cheesy. You can also stuff a cube of mozzarella cheese in the center of the puff before baking for a cheesy ooey-gooey center!
  • Save time. You can use a premade roll of biscuits. Just cut each one into 4 pieces and use two pieces per muffin cup. It’s a great way to save time on a busy day.
  • Swap pans. You can make these in a cake pan or a bundt pan, but you will need to cook them longer to make sure that they are done.
  • Use different seasonings. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, substitute 2 parts of oregano, 2 parts of basil, and 1 part of thyme.
  • Try different meats. If you prefer not to use pepperoni, you can substitute Italian sausage.

    Or, you can make these with chopped peppers, onions, olives, and mushrooms for a vegetarian option.
  • Don’t forget the dip. When they are done, you can dip them in spaghetti saucecheese sauce, or even ranch dressing.
mixing batter for pepperoni pizza bites

How to Make Pizza Bites

This pepperoni bites appetizer can be made in 30 Minutes — just like your favorite pizza, but bite-size! A simple recipe and a scrumptious lunch or game day appetizer.

Simply combine the ingredients to make the batter. Then, add a scoop to a muffin pan.

Add pepperoni and cheese and top with more batter. Finally, bake them until they are golden brown. You can even add a tiny bit of sauce on top if you want to.

If you want to, you can prepare these the day before your party. 

Then, just keep the pizza puffs in the refrigerator until you want to bake them. Continue with the recipe as stated.

adding pepperoni and cheese to pizza bites recipe

Pizza Puffs FAQs

What toppings can I add to pizza puffs?

Fresh herbs
Mini pepperoni 
Red pepper flakes
Garlic butter
Canadian bacon
Simple seasoning blend
Parmesan cheese
Plus, anything else you like! Have fun with your favorite toppings! 

How do you freeze and reheat pepperoni bites? 

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.

They flash freeze, and then I pop them in a freezer gallon storage bag. That way, I can enjoy them whenever I want a quick snack or a light lunch.

Spritz them with water and either microwave them until heated or defrost them and pop them in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

Do I have to use a muffin tin to make these mini pizza bites?

I highly recommend using a muffin tin for this easy recipe. Muffin trays help to hold the shape of the homemade pizza bites much better than a baking sheet could.  And the best part? They pop right out, making them the perfect party appetizers to put right onto a serving platter. 

Don’t forget the dipping sauce. Pair with a butter mixture, marinara sauce, or even a little bit of olive oil and garlic powder. 

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.  

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Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Bites Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
Pizza Bites are soft, cheesy, pepperoni appetizers that taste fantastic and are fun to eat! Make this recipe for game day snacks or lunch!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 48


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Reserve a hand full of pepperoni (about 1/4 cup).
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, seasoning, red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, sugar, milk, and egg. Stir together with a fork. Mix in the pizza blend cheese and remaining pepperoni. Set aside.
  • Prepare (2) 24 cup mini-muffin pans by greasing with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).
  • 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.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, remove from muffin tin and serve with favorite marinara sauce.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 70cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published July 2013, updated and republished January 2024

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  1. 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 (https://www.theendlessmeal.com/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!!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. These were really tasty but my mini-muffin pans must be larger and/or my scoop! I made 1-1/2 recipe because I was hoping for 72 but that did not work even with adding an 8oz container of mushrooms which I diced-up, sauteed, drained then added. I will definitely be making again — Oh, think I got ~60 since a couple were quality control "tested" — hahaha thanks very much!

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