Cheesy Pizza Muffins

These cheesy and delicious Pizza Muffins make for the perfect appetizer. They’re filled with melty mozzarella, and topped with a yummy garlic butter, more cheese, and mini pepperonis.

Like a slice of pepperoni pizza, but without the hassle! I’m thinking these would be a great kid-friendly item for one of our next appetizer parties, which we like to have.

Pepperoni pizza muffins served with a side of marinara

Pizzas in a muffin tin

Today’s recipe happens to be one that I know my kids will love for dinner but it also would be a great appetizer or side dish. They’re Cheesy Pizza Muffins, and they taste just like delicious pizza but don’t require all the work of making homemade pizza dough.

These little pizza bites are actually made from refrigerated buttermilk biscuits. You just add some butter, cheese, your favorite toppings, and then bake them in a muffin tin!

It’s seriously so simple and so delicious! I know there are so many different ways to serve pizza-type dishes but it’s nice to change it up from the standard triangle slice you normally get. And what kid doesn’t love the flavor of pizza??

Muffin tin pizzas topped with mini pepperonis

MAking Pizza Muffins

I love recipes that use canned biscuits or crescent dough because they save SO much time. Although homemade biscuit dough is delicious, I feel like the refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough tastes just as good and cuts out a bit of time and effort.

FILLING. Open the can of biscuits and cut each biscuit in half, then flatten and round them out. Place TWO mozzarella balls in the center and wrap the dough around it to form a ball.

COATING. In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and butter, then add olive oil and salt. Roll each dough ball in the butter/oil for a few seconds and then place in a mini muffin pan open side up.

TOPPINGS. Combine the mozzarella and parmesan shredded cheese and add some on top of each dough ball, along with a few pepperonis (or whatever topping you like)!

BAKE. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes and brush with remaining garlic butter from skillet. Sprinkle with salt and basil and serve warm with marinara sauce. ENJOY!

Other Toppings: If you wish, you can wrap the pepperoni inside the pizza muffins. You can also change the toppings you add. Simply use your favorite toppings:

  • Sausage crumbles
  • Sliced olives
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Diced onions
  • Ham or bacon bits
  • Different cheeses: cheddar, monterrey Jack, colby
Closeup of a hand holding a muffin pizza

Make Ahead & Store

Prep ahead: Shape the rolls up to 2 hours ahead of time, cover and keep them in the fridge until ready to be baked. If you want to make them further in advance do not use a canned biscuit dough. Instead you can use thawed rhodes rolls or make your own homemade dough.

Leftovers: Once they have completely cooled you can store leftover rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or you can freeze them for 1-2 months. To reheat, bake them at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes or until hot.

Pizza muffins on a plate with a side of marinara sauce

Pizza Muffin Recipe

4.8 from 5 votes
These cheesy and delicious Pizza Muffins make for the perfect appetizer. They're filled with melty mozzarella, and topped with a yummy garlic butter, more cheese, and mini pepperonis.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 634 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cans buttermilk biscuits (8 count/each)
  • 32 cherry size mozzarella balls
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • mini pepperonis
  • salt and basil to taste
  • marinara for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Open can of biscuits, and cut each biscuit in half and then flatten and round out.
  • Place TWO mozzarella balls in the center and wrap the dough around it to form a ball.
  • In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and butter. Add olive oil and salt.
  • Roll each dough ball in the butter/oil for a few seconds and then place in a mini muffin pan open side up.
  • Combine shredded cheese and add some to each dough ball topped with a few pepperonis.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes and brush with remaining garlic butter from skillet.
  • Sprinkle with salt and basil and serve warm with marinara sauce.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

    1. I can usually find them in my local grocery store. If you can’t find them by the cheese, you may want to look by the deli or ask someone. I hope that helps you. You can always look online 🙂

  1. This pizza roll looks really good. I have tried this recipe before but it was a long time ago. Thanks for sharing this Kristyn.

  2. 5 stars
    We devoured these in minutes! We added a little sausage & olives. They are so good!! They are a nice change from normal pizza. We will definitely make them again!

  3. 5 stars
    My kids always love making their own personal pizzas. This was a really fun spin on a family favorite. I did change the recipe a bit: Instead of using cherry mozzarella balls I just cut up some mozzarella string cheese I had on hand.

  4. 5 stars
    I cant think of a time when pizza was not devoured at our home. Everyone loves it! These little pizza bites are just as taSty and good. You can actually make them to your kids liking.

  5. My grandkids are picky eaters, but I think they will really like your Pizza Rolls.
    Thanks for your great recipes & for keeping me on your list!
    Sharon

  6. 4 stars
    I love these and my family goes crazy over them. It is so easy and cheesy.
    Thanks for all these wonderful recipes.
    Janice

  7. I was wondering how you make the monzarella balls? Do you use the cheese sticks to make the balls?

    Thank you
    Stacey