The perfect recipe for pull apart and pepperoni: Pizza muffins

Pizza has developed a lot since its origins in Naples, Italy. However, there’s a more exciting way to enjoy this dish even more. With pizza muffins, you can now hold your favorite pie in the form of muffins.

It’s no secret that kids love pizza. Unfortunately, we can’t just pack pizza slices into their lunch boxes. This is where pizza muffins are handy.

It takes the form of a regular muffin, but it has all the flavor of pizza. You can easily pack them in your kid’s lunch box or bring along for picnics and trips, without the mess.

Just like pizza, this simple dish is also made with essential ingredients such as flour, tomato sauce, and cheese.

Pizza muffins may look like miniature cakes, but it is loaded with Italian flavor goodness. Plus, these snacks are easy to make. So, how can we fit all the goodness of pizza in a tiny muffin?

We are going to follow the same cooking procedure used in baking muffins.

However, we’re going to tweak the ingredients and apply those that are commonly used in pizza.

Two types of muffins

There are two significant types of muffin. One is the flatbread type that originated in Europe and the other is the quickbread type that originated in North America.

However, probably the most common type of muffin that we all know today is the American muffin (quickbread) that looks like a cupcake.

Muffins and cupcakes are closely similar in appearance and cooking methods.

However, cupcakes are considered sweet desserts with frosting (sugar icing) usually on top.

On the other hand, muffins are usually made with all-purpose flour (not cake flour) and use vegetable oil instead of butter.

The most notable difference between these two is that the latter generally have no frosting at all. Cupcakes can only be sweet, but muffins can be made either sweet or savory.


When it comes to preparation, the emulsion is crucial in making cupcakes. The emulsion can be achieved by thoroughly stirring the flour into a silky batter. Muffins, however, do not require emulsion, so the result is a lumpy batter.

Both cupcakes and muffins are shaped in muffin tins or muffin pans. These metal bakeware typically has round depressions to contain the batter.

Muffin cups or cases are usually placed into the tin depressions to serve as liners. Cups are typically made of paper, silicone, or foil with scallop-pressed edges for a more precise form.

However, before you place the cups, make sure to grease the pan with oil, cooking spray, or butter.

This will prevent the liner from sticking to the surface, allowing you to take the muffins out easily.

The batter is then poured into the cups and would be ready for baking.

Now that you know the necessary procedure in preparing muffins, making pizza muffins should be a breeze.

Try this easy-to-do pizza muffin recipe and delight your family with these tasty treats.

Pizza Muffin Recipe

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Here’s a pizza muffin recipe that is easy to prepare and cook. Moreover, the good thing about this treat is that you can keep them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Nevertheless, make sure to store them in a freezer bag or glass container.

When it’s time to bake, thaw the frozen pizza muffins and let it sit under room temperature for 1 hour.

Of course, a pizza is not a pizza without its savory toppings. Top each muffin with the toppings of your choice, be it pepperoni, anchovies, basil, spinach, or olives.

You also have the option to mix your favorite toppings into the batter before the baking process. This way, you won’t need to put the toppings on each muffin.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 241 kcal per serving


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder (preferably aluminum-free)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Two large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1¼ cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup pecorino cheese, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin lined with silicone cups or unbleached parchment liners.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, put the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and oregano. Whisk well to combine then set aside.
  3. In a different bowl, beat the eggs then add the buttermilk, olive oil, maple syrup, and marinara sauce. Stir the mixture.
  4. Add the mozzarella cheese into the egg mixture, stir well.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and slowly stir to combine. Be careful not to over-beat.
  6. Use a large scoop to pour the batter into each muffin cup. Then top each batter with marinara sauce and finish with a sprinkle of pecorino cheese.
  7. Put the muffin tin into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. To test the muffin is wholly cooked, insert a toothpick into the center then pull it out. The toothpick should be clean. If it’s not, you may need to bake it longer.
  8. Once baked, allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then carefully pull each muffin by the cup edges and transfer to a plate for serving.

Pull Apart Pizza Muffins

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How about this – a pizza muffin that pulls apart into smaller, bite-sized pieces?

Pull apart pizza muffins offer a new fun way to eat pizza. Kids can certainly get a real kick out of pulling the muffins apart into tiny pieces in which each piece is packed with an Italian flavor.

These pull-apart pizza muffins can be a great after-school snack or as yummy treats for a job well done.

Moreover, this recipe is so easy that you only need four simple ingredients to make it.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 197 kcal per serving


  • 710 grams pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup pepperoni, sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or non-stick spray. Then line the tin with silicone cups or parchment liners.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 12 sections. Make six small balls of dough out of each section.
  3. Put three small dough balls in the bottom of each cups. Add a layer of pizza sauce, three pepperoni slices, and 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese.
  4. Place another three small dough balls over the cheese. Then top it with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded cheese.
  5. Do the same with the other cups. Remember to start with three small dough balls, top it sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. Then put another three small dough balls and finish it with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.
  6. Allow the dough to rise under room temperature for 15 minutes.
  7. When the dough slightly puffs up, put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Baking is done when the cheese starts to bubble, and the dough turns lightly brown.
  9.  Allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Then gently remove each cup from the tin and serve warm.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Pizza muffins

Who doesn’t love pepperoni? Pepperoni has become a fundamental ingredient for American pizza.

There is no other topping that can top the smoky, savory taste of pepperoni.

That’s why this pepperoni pizza muffins recipe will highlight the distinct flavor of this traditional topping.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 10
  • Calories: 225 kcal per serving


  • 283 grams (1 can) buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 340 grams pepperoni, sliced
  • 10 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 10 tbsp mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Prepare a 10-cup muffin tin and lightly grease the surface.
  2. Place silicone cups or parchment liners over each cup.
  3. Fill each cup with biscuit dough, gently pressing the dough into bottom and sides of the cup.
  4. Allow the dough to rise under room temperature for 5 minutes. Gently press the dough onto the cup to form its shape.
  5. Spread pizza sauce on top of the dough then top each with pepperoni slices.
  6. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the pepperoni.
  7. Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the dough turns light brown and cheese starts to melt.
  8. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Carefully remove each cup from the tin and transfer to a serving plate.

Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza Muffin

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Realistically speaking, pizza is not the healthiest type of dish. It is made with high-carb crust and high-calorie toppings.

However, there’s a brilliant way to fortify it with health-giving ingredients and significantly reduce the carb(if you are also into low carb recipes, then take a look at this pizza). 

The Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza Muffin is packed with veggies and uses almond flour instead of wheat flour. Are you ready to stay healthy and eat yummy treats at the same time? Just follow this easy recipe.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 164 kcal per serving


  • 250 grams cauliflower, riced or finely chopped
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Three large eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 12 tsp pizza sauce
  • Four slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup mozzarella or cheddar, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with oil and line it with silicone cups or parchment liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the riced cauliflower, eggs, almond flour, salt, baking powder, basil, oregano, and ½ part shredded cheese. Stir to combine the mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture in each cup. Top each cup with sauce and pepperoni.
  4. Use the remaining shredded cheese and sprinkle it on top of each muffin.
  5. Please put it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

Gluten-Free Pizza Muffin Keto

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For Keto diet practitioners, a gluten-rich food is a big no-no.

Unfortunately, foods that are made with whole grain flour, such as pizza flatbread crust, are Keto’s kryptonite.

If you’re practicing Keto diet, there’s no need to hold back on your pizza craving any longer. This flour-less pizza muffin is perfect for those who are looking for a gluten-free, and low carb treats.

And not to mention, this pizza muffin recipe is so easy that even your kids can make them.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 216 kcal per serving


  • Ten eggs
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 56 grams mini pepperoni, sliced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and line it with silicone cups or parchment liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, almond milk, salt, and pepper. Stir completely.
  3. Fill each cup with the mixture then top each with pepperoni and shredded cheese.
  4. Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese bubbles.
  5. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Pizza muffins would be a sure hit for even the pickiest of eaters. You won’t be worrying about uneaten snacks in your kid’s lunch box.

Because your kids will surely finish every morsel of this yummy treat.

Moreover, making pizza muffins is so easy and quick, which is usually done in less than an hour.

So, if you’re looking for a quick fix to satisfy your pizza cravings, follow our simple recipes, and you’re good to go. It’s that easy!

When it comes to toppings, you have all the freedom to choose what you want to use.

Go for more veggies for a healthier snack or go for meatier toppings to indulge your taste buds. The choice is yours.








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