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Pizza Muffins – Perfect Party Pleasers

By Chuck Underwood @brandnewvegan

Pizza Muffins!

What do you get when you combine a freshly baked Muffin – with homemade Pizza?  The Perfect Party Pleaser!

And let me tell you – these little morsels are gosh, darn tasty.

pizza muffins

Remember when we used the Rice Cooker to make Spanish Rice?  Pretty nifty idea to get the most use out of an appliance, right?   We even did it again with our Waffle Maker and Hash Browns.  

Now we’re going to use our Muffin Tin to make something incredibly tasty.

Pizza Muffins!

Why on earth would you make muffins out of Pizza you ask?  Well I’ll tell you Pizza Muffins are incredibly easy to make, and fit perfectly in the palm of your (or little ones) hands.

I mean these Pizza Muffins are like the ultimate finger food!  Perfect for school lunches, picnics, or party snacks.

And you only need

Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Vegan Cheese Sauce (optional)
And a Muffin Tin

Pizza Muffins

pizza muffins

The Dough

First we’re going to need some pizza dough.

1 cup of warm water
2¼ tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbs sugar
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Italian seasoning
1½ cups Bread Flour
1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour

Mix well and place somewhere warm for an hour to rise.  A stand mixer will make this very easy using a dough hook.

We covered this in my Pull Apart Rolls Recipe located here.  

Next we’ll need some sauce.

The Sauce

You can use fresh tomatoes, you can use Marinara Sauce, but I like to make my own Homemade Pizza Sauce.  And it’s real easy to do while the dough is rising.

Mix the ingredients up in a bowl and you’ve got homemade pizza sauce that will rival any take-out.

The Fixings

Now all we need to do is chop up some pizza veggies.  What are your favorites?

Red Bell Peppers
Black Olives
Artichoke Hearts

You name it.  Be as creative as you like.  Again, I usually have plenty of time to whip up the sauce and chop some veggies while the dough is rising.

The Muffin Tin

muffin tin

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and separate it into 8 individual dough balls.

Flatten each one out and place it into a cup of the muffin tin.  The dough should not be sticky at all, but very soft and pliable.  I had no trouble with sticking, but you can take a sheet of parchment papers, and cut individual squares to fit into the muffin tin cups if you like.

Now just add a tablespoon of the sauce to each cup, top with your favorite veggies, AND……if you happen to have some of my Cheese Sauce in the fridge – spoon on a bit of that too!

Totally optional, but I took the floppy outside edges of the dough and kind of sealed the whole muffin in dough.  It wasn’t enough to completely seal each one, (see photos), but enough to make them look pretty.

Bake in a 500° oven for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!


Save Print Perfect Party Pizza Muffins

Prep time:  60 mins

Cook time:  10 mins

Total time:  1 hour 10 mins

Serves: 8 Muffins

Pizza Muffins – Perfect Party Pleasers
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1½ cups Bread Flour
  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • Marinara Sauce or
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Pizza Veggies (your choice)
  • Cheese Sauce (optional)
  1. Add sugar and yeast to warm water and stir well.
  2. Allow to proof for 10 minutes.
  3. Add salt and other seasonings and mix.
  4. Add flour and mix well using the dough hook attachment of a stand mixer.
  5. Allow the mixer to knead the dough until it forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes.
  7. Prepare sauce by mixing all sauce ingredients and stirring well.
  8. Chop veggies finely and place in bowls to have ready for assembly.
  9. Once dough is risen, separate into 8 individual dough balls.
  10. Flatten each ball, using extra flour as necessary to prevent sticking
  11. Drape 8 muffin cups with flattened dough balls forming cups.
  12. Spoon 1 Tbs of sauce into each cup
  13. Top with veggies of choice
  14. Top with a spoonful of cheese sauce (optional)
  15. Bring outside edges of dough up and over top to enclose
  16. Bake in 500 degree F oven for 10 minutes

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