Savory Pizza Muffins

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Eat pizza anytime anywhere with mess-free Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffins! A fun recipe to make with kids as a snack, appetizer, dinner, party food & more!

These pizza muffins are filled with classic pizza toppings: melty cheese and savory pepperoni. This easy recipe will have school lunch sorted for a whole week! Kids love them!

savory muffins filled with pepperoni and cheese

Pizza Muffins

Pizza anything is always a hit in my house – from Pizza Dip to Pizza Sliders – we’ve experimented with pizza in countless forms, so it was about time we added a Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffin recipe to our repertoire!

These pizza muffins are the perfect lunch box treat — an easy, on-the-go way to enjoy pizza without the mess.

My daughter always begs for those overpriced pizza breads in the bakery section of our grocery store, so I wanted to find a more budget-friendly way to recreate them at home.  Instead of paying $3-4 each at a bakery, you can make a whole batch for less than $10! Then you can refrigerate or freeze and use them as needed.

And the taste? My daughter loved them!! Total win! 

This is a simple savory muffin recipe that we filled with cheese and pepperoni. It all bakes together to taste like a slice of pizza, but without all the saucy mess! The sauce cooks right into the batter so you get all the flavor though!

Another plus to this recipe is that you can make a batch for the week and pop one out of the fridge for a ready-made snack or kids’ lunch. You can also freeze so they’ll last longer!

close up of a savory pepperoni and cheese muffin

Pizza Muffin Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni, chopped (or mini pepperoni)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce

Tip: Swap the pepperoni for more cheese or any other pizza topping.

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TIP: Try these reusable non-stick silicone baking cups for muffins that pop right out of the pan!

close up of a savory muffin made with pepperoni and cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, melted butter, and milk to the indentation, then mix well.
  4. Fold in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup pepperoni pieces to the batter, then portion about 1/3 cup of the batter into each muffin cup.
  5. Scoop  1/2 Tablespoon tomato sauce on top of the batter in each muffin cup, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and pepperoni.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Cool completely before storing leftovers.

Pro Tips

  • These cheesy muffins are perfect to serve alongside soup or pasta as an alternative to biscuits, or as a slightly indulgent side for a salad supper.
  • Feel free to swap out for your favorite pizza toppings to customize your muffins! Sun dried tomatoes, sharp cheddar and black olives are next on my list!

three pizza muffins (filled with meat, cheese, and sauce)

Do Savory Muffins Need to be Refrigerated?

As a rule of thumb, most muffins should not be refrigerated. However, these savory muffins are an exception, as they are made with perishable ingredients such as meat and cheese.

We recommend wrapping the muffins in paper towels and placing in a sealed, airtight container or food storage bag. They will stay good in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

You can also freeze these homemade pizza muffins to keep them for up to a month. Individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap, then place them all in a freezer storage bag.

Whether you refrigerate or freeze, always make sure the muffins are completely cooled to room temperature before placing in any sealed container. If the muffins are still warm, steam will be trapped in the bag or container and could make the muffins soggy.

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Yield: 12

Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffins

close up of a pepperoni and cheese pizza muffin

Eat pizza anytime anywhere with mess-free Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffins! A fun recipe to make with kids as a snack, appetizer, dinner, party food & more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni, chopped (or mini pepperoni)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
    3. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, melted butter, and milk to the indentation, then mix well.
    4. Fold in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup pepperoni pieces to the batter, then portion about 1/3 cup of the batter into each muffin cup.
    5. Scoop  1/2 Tablespoon tomato sauce on top of the batter in each muffin cup, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and pepperoni.
    6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until just start to turn golden brown on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 466mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information is an estimate only; your actual values may vary based on ingredients used and serving size.

 

Would your kids go crazy for these Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Muffins? What special lunch box treats do your kids go crazy for?

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