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Easy Pizza Muffins

These pizza muffins are so cheesy! Load them with your favorite pizza toppings! They are great for kids and grownups alike and made in muffin pans with a really easy (no-rise) pizza dough.

Pizza muffin being pulled apart

My pizza muffins are made similarly to monkey bread muffins – where the muffins are made up of lots of small balls of dough, each filled with toppings, cheese, and sauce. Share one for an after-school snack or bake them as a quick and easy dinner for the whole family.  

How to Make Pizza Muffins

Pizza muffin with muffin tin behind it

You can use store-bought pizza dough to make this recipe, but you’ll find that this dough recipe is simple and fast to make from scratch.

First, whisk together flour, salt, yeast, sugar, and herbs and spices.

I like to use basil, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano. But, you can use any herbs and spices that you like. Rosemary is another herb that I add from time-to-time.

Adding basil to pizza dough

Use a dough whisk or your hands to mix in oil and warm water until a dough forms. A dough whisk is different from a regular whisk in that it is designed specifically for mixing dough. It doesn’t have lots of wires for the dough to get stuck to. I never knew how badly I needed one until I got one as a gift.

Mixing pizza dough with dough whisk

Once your dough is formed, take a minute to get all of the remaining ingredients ready to go. It’s time for the assembly process!

You’ll want to have sauce, cheese, and lots of toppings handy. We like to use mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli. But, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, or any other pizza toppings that your family loves will work as long as you chop them up.

Pizza muffin ingredients

Use your hands to flatten a circle of dough to about 1/8″ thick and about 2.5 inches in diameter. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the dough and top with a few pieces of any combination of vegetables.

Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of cheese over the toppings and press the dough closed around around the toppings to form a ball. This can get a little messy if you let the kids help, but that makes it all the more fun!

Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings. (You will have sauce and cheese left over.)

Filling pizza dough

Fill each cavity of a jumbo muffin pan with dough balls up to almost the top. You should be able to fit about six dough balls per cavity. (The balls will fuse together during the bake to create pizza muffins.)

Spoon about two tablespoons of sauce over each unbaked pizza muffin.

Filling muffin tins with pizza dough and sauce

Top with a tablespoon of cheese (or more if you like your pizza really cheesy!).

Pizza muffins in muffin tin ready to be baked

Bake for 30 minutes and eat them while they are hot!! Optionally, garnish with finely chopped parsley.

Several plates of pizza muffins

Best Tips for Making Pizza Muffins

  • Let the kids get involved with making them. When they pick out the vegetables they like, they are more likely to eat them.
  • Because of variations in humidity, you may need more or less flour than listed. If your dough isn’t coming together, don’t hesitate to add more flour a little bit at a time until it does.
  • Eat the pizza muffins hot out of the oven. If you have leftovers, they are best reheated in an oven. The microwave can make them a little soggy.
  • If you like smaller muffins, you can use a standard-sized muffin pan. This recipe will make 9 jumbo pizza muffins or 12 regular-sized ones. The cook time should be reduced to twenty minutes instead of the thirty listed in the recipe.

Pizza Muffin Variations

Any flavor of pizza that you love can be made into a pizza muffin! Try experimenting with some of these pizza ideas:

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Veggie Pizza Muffins

These pizza muffins are totally cheesy and loaded with veggies! They are kid-friendly and are made with a really easy (no-rise) pizza dough.
Course Bread, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizza muffins, veggie pizza muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 257kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 ounce instant yeast 1 package
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup loosely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh parsley optional, finely chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and use cooking spray to grease the cavities of a jumbo muffin pan.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl.
  • Use a dough whisk or your hands to mix in oil and warm water until a dough forms.
  • Flatten a circle of dough to about 1/8" thick and about 2.5 inches in diameter. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the dough and top with a few pieces of any combination of mushrooms, spinach, and/or broccoli. Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of cheese over the toppings and press the dough closed around the toppings to form a ball.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings. (You will have sauce and cheese left over.)
  • Fill each cavity of the muffin pan with dough balls up to almost the top. You should be able to fit about six dough balls per cavity. (The balls will fuse together during the bake to create pizza muffins.)
  • Spoon about two tablespoons of sauce over each unbaked pizza muffin.
  • Top with a tablespoon of cheese (or more if you like your pizza really cheesy!).
  • Bake for 30 minutes and eat them while they are hot!! Optionally, garnish with chopped parsley.

Video

Notes

  • Let the kids get involved with making them. When they pick out the vegetables they like, they are more likely to eat them.
  • Because of variations in humidity, you may need more or less flour than listed. If your dough isn't coming together, don't hesitate to add more flour a little bit at a time until it does.
  • Eat the pizza muffins hot out of the oven. If you have leftovers, they are best reheated in an oven. The microwave can make them a little soggy.
  • If you like smaller muffins, you can use a standard-sized muffin pan. This recipe will make 9 jumbo pizza muffins or 12 regular-sized ones. The cook time should be reduced to twenty minutes instead of the thirty listed in the recipe.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Veggie Pizza Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 595mg25%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A fun recipe for pizza bites that\'s sure to please the pickiest of eaters! If you love pizza, this is another way to make it! Perfect as party appetizer, snack or when your craving for pizza!
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19 comments on “Easy Pizza Muffins”

  1. 5 stars
    That’s brilliant! I love this idea. Definitely going to try it next time I have or make pizza dough. YUMMY :)

    Jenn

  2. roxansays:

    This is such a cute idea!!! Thanks for the post, I’ll definitely be making these for the next potluck.

  3. I love this idea! It’s adorable and would be great for a party.

  4. Such a good idea. Would be great little party food.

  5. Ivysays:

    You are hilarious! and innovative-that’s a given.

  6. Elianasays:

    Now this is the most creative use of a cupcake pan I have ever seen. Rock on girlfriend!

  7. Joysays:

    That is a cool idea. I have to try this at home. My daughter would love it.

  8. And my friends think *I’m* weird!
    The stegosauruses made quite a stir on my facebook – most of my friends thought they were cute, but they also thought I was the aforementioned crazy, with too much time on my hands. At least now I have a rebuttal post to link them to!

    That Funky Lime Pizza ‘filling’ recipe has been doing the rounds for quite a while now, and I’m really glad it caught my eye one Menu Plan Monday, way back when!

    Fun ‘working’ with you again!

  9. Marisasays:

    Such a novel idea! And cute too!

  10. shannonsays:

    you took the cupcake to a brand new level!! great job.

  11. i’m in love with this creation! how fantastic!

  12. Anonymoussays:

    my mom works alot so its my job to make dinner and since i have karate at late hours i love quick yummy recipies to make for me and my brother

  13. Wow, great minds think alike :) I just made a muffin tin calzone with tomato meat sauce:
    http://www.muffintinmania.com/2010/07/muffin-tin-calzones-with-tomato-meat.html

    I’m going to have to try these out as well as I have some leftover dough.

  14. Libbysays:

    Thanks for a great lunchbox idea!

  15. wow veggie pizza muffins looking awesome yummy….i just love this recipes …i want to try it surely.

    Thanks for sharing a such a good and tasty recipe, keep sharing such a new and interesting recipes.
    Indian recipes

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