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Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

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These savory muffins are loaded with cheese and pepperoni and are just waiting to be dipped in a little pizza sauce. Lunch just got a whole lot more fun!

hand dipping muffin into pizza sauce with remaining muffins in background.

   Enjoy pepperoni pizza in muffin form. They are cheesy and filling and super easy to make. 

While good on their own, they are even better dipped in a side of pizza sauce. Whether you make them for your kid’s lunchbox, as an after school snack or for a study group, just be sure to make some.

    I hope you are enjoying our little lunch series. Trying to come up with a variety of options that work for lunchboxes is always a challenge.

      Little Dude and I have enjoyed tasting our creations and making videos to show you how easy they are to make. This year our problem isn’t what to put in the lunch, but which fun thing to make first!

pepperoni muffin batter in tin ready to bake

     And the fun isn’t over. Tomorrow we have a choose your own adventure lunch building guide.

     So be sure to stay tuned for that and feel free to share your favorite lunch ideas in the comments. Maybe they’ll end up in our master list!

    But first we should talk about these muffins. What’s not to love?

LD scooping batter into pan

     There’s mozzarella cheese. There’s Parmesan cheese. There’s pepperoni!

     So they are good already and we have just scratched the surface.   The batter is super simple to whip up, it just takes a couple of minutes.

     They’ll be in the oven baking in no time. The smells wafting from the oven will get your appetite raring to go.

stacks of pepperoni muffins ready to eat

    So go ahead and plan on eating a few right away. Then package the rest up for lunches throughout the week.

      Toss in a small container of pizza sauce, some fruit and veggies and a drink and lunch is done! All with no real effort in the morning.

two muffins in plastic bag with small container of pizza sauce

Tips and tricks

The muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, put them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

While the muffins should be chilled for storage, they are best eaten at room temperature or warmed.

The cold cheese makes the chilled muffins feel harder and a bit dense. Taking the chill off makes a big difference in the texture.

dipping muffin into pizza sauce

 15 seconds in the microwave is all it takes to soften them up. For school lunches they will come to room temperature on their own o ee the course of the morning.

We used paper cupcake liners in the video. They worked okay, but they are hard to peel off while the muffins are still hot.

It is actually a bit easier to just spray the muffin tin with nonstick spray before scooping in the batter. They should pop right out after they are baked.

muffins on plate with pizza sauce with remaining muffins in cupcake tin in background

If you want to add some peppers, onions or other veggies you can. Just dice them really finely and saute them to get most of the liquid out.

More pepperoni pizza inspired recipes

How about a pepperoni pizza cheese ball?  It’s a perfect appetizer for a party and yummy spread on crackers or a thin slice of baguette.

Or pepperoni pizza stuffed waffles were one of the first videos we made together. They are super simple, really fun and tasty as can be.

Or go back to how we started the week with pepperoni pizza quesadillas. They are quick and delicious!

For more great lunch ideas, check out my build your own lunchbox adventure!

Yield: 12 Muffins

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

pepperoni pizza muffins and marinara sauce on plate ready to eat

Enjoy pepperoni pizza in muffin form. They are cheesy and filling and super easy to make. While good on their own, they are even better dipped in a side of pizza sauce. Whether you make them for your kid's lunchbox, as an after school snack or for a study group, just be sure to make some.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and 18 muffin wells. 
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and oregano.
  3. Chop pepperoni into bite sized pieces. 
  4. Add pepperoni, cheeses, oil, milk and eggs to the dry ingredients.  Stir until just combined.
  5. Scoop into greased muffin tins.  A large cookie scoop works well for this.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out mostly clean.
  7. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature with a side of pizza sauce for dipping.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 12g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Enjoy pepperoni pizza in muffin form. They are cheesy and filling and super easy to make. While good on their own, they are even better dipped in a side of pizza sauce. Whether you make them for your kid's lunchbox, as an after school snack or for a study group, just be sure to make some.

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Of Goats and Greens

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Fascinating and tasty sounding appetizer tidbits! I appreciate that these are portable, too, and that your son is enjoying helping out.

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Thank you! We have so much fun cooking together!

Andrea Nine

Friday 21st of August 2020

You have the cutest assistant chef on the planet! And these look so incredible, I would gobble them warm right from the muffin tins!

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

I am definitely a lucky girl! Thank you!

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