Bacon cheese bites are quick and easy-to-make appetizers or after school snacks.

Bite-sized pinwheels of cheese and bacon are blended with cream cheese and baked in ready-made pizza dough.

They’re puffy, chewy, savory and will disappear fast!

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An Easy Cheesy Appetizer

  • Made with only a few simple ingredients that are probably already on hand, they’re ready in less than 15 minutes!
  • Bacon bites are a perfectly portable appetizer for any occasion.
  • These cheesy bites can be filled with almost anything! Simply prep, roll, and bake.
  • We love these warm but they’re fine to serve at room temperature too.
  • Serve in place of bread or crackers with a comforting bowl of soup or an entree salad.
ingredients assembled to make bacon cheese bites, including pizza dough, shredded cheese, bacon bits, green onions, cream cheese, and garlic powder

Ingredients for These Cheese Bites

Dough – Buy or make pizza dough or try crescent rolls instead.

Bacon – Slices of bacon can be fried or baked in the oven but for this recipe, I use real bacon bits to save time.

Cream Cheese – Use spreadable cream cheese for faster, smoother mixing and spreading. You can also use flavored cream cheese like herb and garlic.

Shredded Cheese – Shredded cheese blends can be a Mexican blend or a combination of sharp white and regular shredded. Gruyere and blue cheese crumbles will make a fancy, party pinwheel.

Seasonings – Aside from garlic powder, any of these DIY seasoning blends will give bacon bites a new twist! Try homemade Ranch dressing mix, taco seasoning, or even everything bagel seasoning.

Variations – This fun recipe is so versatile! Add a bit of extra nutrition by mixing in some finely chopped veggies, hashbrown potatoes, and shredded chicken and they’ll become a new snack every time!

How to Make Bacon Cheese Bites

  1. Combine the filling ingredients.
  2. Spread the mixture over the pizza dough. Roll tightly.
  3. Slice into 24 pinwheels and bake until golden brown, (as per recipe below).
  4. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Dips for Cheese Bites

There’s a dip for every pinwheel variation available! Try a tangy blue cheese dip or homemade ranch for a creamy dip or even marinara sauce.

bacon cheese bites baked on a tray with brown parchment paper

Storage Tips

Make bacon cheese bites up to a day ahead, chill, and either serve cold or reheat. Keep leftover bacon bites covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer.

Easy Cheesy Appetizers

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Bacon Cheese Bites

These oven-baked bacon cheese bites are easy, cheesy, and perfect for a crowd!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 bites

Ingredients  

  • 13.8 oz pizza dough such as Pillsbury or crescent rolls (or homemade pizza dough)
  • 4 oz spreadable cream cheese
  • ½ cup real bacon bits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese blend
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking pan with parchement paper.
  • Combine cream cheese, bacon bits, cheese, garlic powder, and green onions.
  • Unroll the pizza dough. Spread the bacon mixture over the dough. Starting with the longer side, roll the dough.
  • Cut into 24 pinwheels and place on the prepared pan. Use your hands to shape the slices round if needed (they’re usually a little bit flattened).
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Add your own favorite seasonings or additions to this recipe including jalapenos, chopped bell peppers, or roasted garlic.
This can be made with pizza dough or crescent dough. If using crescent dough, pinch the seams together. Homemade pizza dough works well in this recipe too.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pinwheel | Calories: 85 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. When you say FRESH mozzarella do you mean the actual fresh cheese or are you using something similar to string cheese or the type you would use on pizza because actual fresh mozzarella is pretty wet as it is packed in liquid and this doesn’t look like that is what you have here but I want to make sure. Thanks!

    1. I prefer to bake them just before serving even if I prep them a bit early. If you did need to keep them warm, I’d just have the oven on very low (200 degrees) for a little while.

  2. If you put them in the freezer for a little bit before baking then the cheese would have a chance to harden and be less likely to leak out while cooking .

  3. Um… This looks really awesome, but when you have something THIS GOOD don’t you dare sully it by pre-cooking your bacon in the MICROWAVE!!! :-)

    The best bacon in the world is thick cut bacon, laid on a sheet pan and BAKED in the oven. No frying!

    Other than that, awesome!

    1. We/ve been baking out bacon for some time now. I like the texture better and a lot of the grease drains into the broiler pan. This would be nice also to serve with a veggie soup or chili

    2. I agree the best bacon is thick cut and baked in the oven,if you have a somewhat old gas oven w/ the broiler in the actuall oven works even better….