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pizza muffin bites recipe

Pizza Muffin Bites

Ready to bake dough, marinara and mozzarella cheese cooked to perfection in a muffin pan, make these mini pizza bites an easy and delicious appetizer.


  • 1 Trader Joe's ready to bake pizza dough (refrigerated section) *crescent rolls or Pillsbury biscuits could also work. 
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 12 small mozzarella balls or slivers of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup cup flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)2-3 fresh basil leaves ( optional)
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves ( optional)


  • Take out the dough out of the plastic and let it rest for 20 minutes at room temperature. 
  • Meanwhile turn on the oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Sprinkle your working station with a little bit of flour and roll the dough into a long log. Cut the dough into 12 even sections. Roll each section into a small circle.minutes.
  • Carefully place the dough circles inside each muffin cup.*
  • Add the mozzarella ball to each muffin cup.
  • Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of marinara sauce over each muffin.
  • Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out the muffins, sprinkle each with cheese and place back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
  • *If using a non-stick muffin pan you do not need to spray the pan before use. Spray the pan with oil or butter if your muffin pan is not non stick.