Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs - My Kids in the Kitchen

I enlisted my thirteen-year old daughter, Allanah, my eight-year old niece, Jacqueline, and my five-year old daughter, Ayvah, to make dinner tonight. I had tested this recipe last week, but presented them the challenge of making it from start to finish on their own this time around.
Things went well.  They didn't burn the kitchen down and, in fact, these came out perfectly. My only role was to take the photos as they went along. They all agreed that this is an easy recipe to follow. The recipe calls for super simple ingredients and has very easy prep. 

And, the bite-size puffs are super delicious. They are great for kids, obviously. But, these would, also, be perfect for parties, card night or watching the big game on t.v. They do go fast, however, so you may desire to double the recipe.

The only part the kiddos didn't like was when I told them that they had to do the dishes afterwards. 

Their response? 

"We cooked, so why should we have to do the dishes, too?"

Touché, my dears!


Non-stick spray
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Pinch of salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup pepperoni (use either cubed, mini or regular pepperoni cut into quarters)
1 cup store-bought pizza or marinara sauce


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan liberally with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes (if using).

Whisk in the milk and egg.

Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni.  Let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups.

Bake until puffed and golden ... about 15 - 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Recipe adapted from Lick the Bowl Good

02/01/17: Updated a portion of the photos and made clarifications to post.


  1. When the recipe said print friendly I didn't expect 9 pages of pictures

    1. There is a check box for removing all images right at the top of the print page when you click "Print Friendly" on the post. Also, anywhere on that page that you hover your mouse over, you are given the option to remove any text you don't wish to include prior to printing. Hope that resolves the issue for you. It should take it down to about 1 page by simple clicking to remove the images.

  2. Oh! What a fabulous idea - I'm going to make these tonight! I'm thinking of all kinds of different additions that can be used - spinach, sausage, mushrooms, olives, chopped bell pepper, all of the above.. mmmm... :)

    1. Hi, Suzanne! Yes, the ingredient options are pretty limitless for these. We have tried them without a lot of different things in them. Hope you enjoy!

  3. ohh looks great for a fresh take on our pizza/movie night!

  4. This recipe works very well on microwave also :) yaamm