Mini Cheesy Pizza Bites – delicious cups filled with cheesy pizza perfect for toddlers and little kids!
We’re always looking for foods our super picky son will eat.
He turns his nose up to just about everything non-chicken finger, quesadilla, or cheese. Of course, he’d be happy to live on gummy bears alone.
I sneak veggies into a lot of foods that I can, but sometimes I need a quick, easy and Finn-approved meal that I can use to just convince him to eat anything.
These Mini Cheesy Pizza Bites for Kids are a perfect way to get him eating something – and are great for parties, after school snacks and for watching his favorite football team (GO BRONCOS!!!) with daddy.
Because we’re using pre-made pizza dough, you can easily make this recipe gluten free.
Pillsbury makes some delicious GF pizza dough that you can find near the canned pizza dough I used- just be sure to NOT use shredded cheese or find an all natural brand that doesn’t use gluten as an anti-clumping agent.
The best part of this recipe?
This is a recipe your kids can cook!
Get the Pizza dough into the pans, and let them add toppings and set the timer!
Kids love to help cook, and this is a fun recipe that helps them get creative while picking things they love or want to try.
I set out bowls of toppings and let them go to town!
I also encourage them to taste ingredients as we go.
Its a great way to get them to try new foods in a non-threatening way.
Since these are so incredibly quick to whip up, they are great kid-approved appetizers.
You can add whatever toppings your kid goes for the most- for us its a tiny bit of sauce, cheese, and turkey pepperonis.
Quick tip: if you want to “spike” your kids sauce with some veggies, Zucchini and spinach blends in really well.
I just grate the zucchini on a superfine cheese grater and slice the spinach in thin shreds, then cut it into tiny bits- or put them in the food processor to make a paste, and then stir it into sauce.
If you are making your sauce from scratch, you can add in some superfine shredded carrots, spinach, zucchinis or sweet peppers and then run the sauce in a blender or food processor. And the kiddos are none the wiser!
This recipe really works best in silicone muffin pans (can you tell these are like my favorite thing ever??) If you use metal pans, grease them up like a slick pig.
This dough can be super annoying to clean out of a pan if it isn’t silicone or well greased.
You can find Wilton silicone pans at just about every Joann’s or Michaels store (use a 40 or 50% off coupon and they are super well priced…) or at Walmart, Target, etc.
- Pillsbury canned pizza dough, unrolled (or the GF version in a tub- just roll out into a long sheet shape before starting the rest of the recipe)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce, with veggies added if you want to up the nutritional value
- 12 + pepperonis
- any other pizza topping your kids like
- Cut pizza dough sheet into 12 squares.
- Place squares in muffin pan- thin them out if needed to cover each muffin cavity.
- Scoop in sauce
- Top with cheese and other toppings.
- Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, until dough is slightly browned and cheese is fully melted.
- Serve when slightly cooled down- my kids prefer them completely room temperature.