Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs in a stack


This is a great change from every day pizza!  We love pizza in our house including grilled pizza, Pizza Pasta Salad or even a cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake!

These pizza puffs are not only delicious, they’re quick and easy to whip up!  The texture is nice and fluffy with a cheesy flavor!

I added red pepper and pepperoni but you can definitely add in your favorite toppings.  If you add in extra veggies (such as mushrooms) with a high water content, be sure to cook them first.

Be sure to grease your pan VERY well, or they will stick!  To release them from the pan, run a butter knife around the edges of each puff and gently lift them out!

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs on a plate

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs in a stack
4.8 from 10 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 puffs
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
This is a great change from every day pizza! We love pizza in our house including grilled pizza, Pizza Pasta Salad or even a cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake!


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (mozza or cheddar, I used a mix)
  • 3/4 cup mini pepperoni or cooked sausage
  • 1/2 red or green pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each basil & garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 mozzarella cheese strings
  • 1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin pan very well.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and spices in a bowl. Add in milk and egg and stir until combined.
  • Stir in shredded cheese, red pepper and pepperoni. Allow mixture to stand for 10 minutes.
  • Divide among the muffin wells. Cut each cheese string into 3 pieces and gently press 1 piece into the center of each muffin.
  • Bake until lightly browned and puffed, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 160, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 386mg, Potassium: 166mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 210IU, Vitamin C: 5.6mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 0.9mg

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

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  1. Love this idea & I’ve pinned for my daughters up-coming Sweet 16. Do you think they would be ok sitting in a “catering pan” over a sterno? We’re doing a lot of one/two bite foods, as the kids probably won’t sit for a meal, and I’m hoping these will be a great addition to the menu.

  2. These were easy to make! But I felt like I was missing some flavor or spice.  All in all it came out good.  Son still ate them up!4 stars

  3. These are absolutely adorable! They sound like they would be easy to adapt with different add-ins and flavours too. I’m bookmarking this recipe for the next party. I have a feeling if I made them for myself for dinner I would like to be able to stop myself from eating the whole batch!

  4. These were very good! I doubled the recipe which yielded 12 puffs that baked in 25 minutes. I used diced pizza mozzarella for the shredded and cheese strings, as I don’t buy them. I also added 2 tbsps grated parmesan. I would double the basil and garlic next time, maybe use minced garlic instead of powder. I also quartered the pepperoni slices to make them bite sized. Nice lunch for school, thanks!4 stars

  5. Made these tonight for my church girls party. They were a big hit. I also made them in mini muffin tins(made 24), worked really good for little hands.5 stars

  6. I’d use either the sausage-honey garlic Johnson’s bruts, or use cut up ham or turkey. Cause deadly allergic to pepper spices. Which is black, white, red, cayenne, purple, paprika, sage, & poultry seasoning, or some mixed spices which contains pepper spices. Here’s a substitute for pepper spices-use Clubhouse Italian seasoning instead, which has the red lid only. Contains dehydrated red pepper as a vegetable. or use coriander. For paprika use turmeric , such as you use for deviled eggs, or potato salad.

  7. Would it be okay to make the mix before hand, put in the refrigerator for about an hour and a half then take out to put in the oven? Thanks!

  8. Made these last week and really enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I didn’t use the cheese strings because I didn’t have them; just increased the amount of grated cheese. They were delicious straight out of the oven and great out of the fridge the next day. I’m making more tonight.

    1. Sorry, I posted my comment before I was finished!

      Have you ever tried doubling the recipe? I think I’ll give it a go later this week.

      1. I’m so glad you loved them! I haven’t doubled this recipe however I am pretty sure it would work just fine with this recipe. :)

    1. I make these in a regular muffin pan and it makes 10. If you use a mini muffin pan, you’ll make 20.

  9. My oldest daughter just got braces and is looking for an alternative to a sandwich in her lunchbox. I can’t wait for her to try these! Thank you!