Fluffy Pizza Bites are a seriously delicious lunch or dinner option—and you can customize the filling to please your kids! We like these with a little side of warmed marinara sauce for dipping. (Holy moly, they’re so yummy.)

pizza bites on plate with pizza sauce

Pizza Bites

Wrapping up pizza toppings inside the dough is such a fun take on pizza—and it’s a much more convenient way to pack up pizza for lunch. These little bites are super versatile and store so well.

We like to fill them with broccoli, carrots, and pepperoni, but you could use any pizza topping your kids like to customize them for your family.

You can make them right before serving or you can make them ahead and warm them up. They’re so good dipped in warmed pizza sauce. I love them as much as my kiddos do!

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Ingredients You Need

To make this pizza recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.

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  • Pizza dough: You can use homemade dough or purchased pizza dough.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: Buy it already shredded or shred it yourself.
  • Broccoli, carrots, and/or pepperoni: You can use one filling or a mix. The veggies are raw.
  • Parmesan cheese: I typically buy grated Parmesan, but shredded works, too.
  • Pizza or Italian seasoning: This adds classic pizza flavor.
  • Pizza sauce, optional for dipping.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full information.

how to make pizza bites step by step
  1. Break up your dough into pieces.
  2. Flatten into rounds.
  3. Add your chosen filling and cheese.
  4. Tuck the dough around the filling and press to seal. Place into the pan, seam-side down and bake.

TIP: You can brush the tops of the bites with olive oil, pizza seasoning, and Parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor.

pizza bites with broccoli on white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of pizza dough is best?

You can use homemade pizza dough, like this Whole-Wheat Dough recipe, or you can buy a ball of dough from the supermarket. Either work!

What’s the best way to make these ahead of time?

Make the recipe and let them cool. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. (You can also freeze them in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.) Warm in a 375 degree oven for 5-8 minutes or in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warmed through.

What fillings are best in Pizza Bites?

We like to make them with broccoli, grated carrot, and chopped up pepperoni, but you can use pretty much any favorite pizza topping.

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How to Store

To make ahead (or to store): Make the recipe and let them cool. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or transfer the bites to an airtight container. You can store in the fridge for 3-5 days (or in the freezer for up to 3 months).

Best Tips for Success

  • To reheat, warm in a 375-degree-F oven for 5-8 minutes or in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warmed through.
  • Use homemade pizza dough or a purchased ball of dough from the supermarket.
  • Use any other pizza topping you prefer in place of the ones I used. You can also just use cheese for the filling.
  • Serve with warmed pizza sauce or marinara, if desired, for dipping.

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe, so please comment below!

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Pizza Bites (with Veggies!)

Fluffy pizza bites are a delicious lunch or dinner option—and you can customize the filling to please your kids! We like these with a little side of warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 259kcal
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough (homemade or purchased; 16 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets, shredded carrots, or chopped pepperoni
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp pizza seasoning (or Italian seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (slightly warmed)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease a 9-inch pie plate (or 9×9-inch square baking pan) with nonstick spray.
  • Divide the dough into 16 pieces.
  • Flatten each dough piece into a round circle. Add about 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese and broccoli, carrot, OR pepperoni. (Do one option per bite.)
  • Fold the dough around the filling, making a little ball. Place, seam sides down, into the prepared baking dish. Repeat to make the rest of the bites. They should fit tightly into the dish.
  • Brush the tops of the bites with olive oil. Sprinkle on the Parmesan and pizza seasoning (or Italian seasoning). Let rest for 10 minutes. Poke the top of each bite with a fork. (This allows steam to escape and helps prevent the cheese from running out.)
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, and serve warm with slightly warmed pizza sauce, if desired.

Video

Notes

  • To make ahead: Make the recipe and let them cool. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Warm in a 375-degree-F oven for 5-8 minutes or in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warmed through.
  • You can also freeze them in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.
  • Use homemade pizza dough or a purchased ball of dough from the supermarket.
  • Use any other pizza topping you prefer in place of the ones I used. You can also just use cheese for the filling.
  • Serve with warmed pizza sauce or marinara, if desired, for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 682mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 242IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 3mg
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This post was first published May 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this with pepperoni. I want to try it with veggies, but do the veggies stay crunchy? Or do they soften while cooking? The last time I snuck carrots in something, my 2 year old didn’t like the crunchy texture.

    1. In my experience, if you start with shredded carrots, they steam inside as the bites cook. If you’re worried that might not work for your kiddo, you could precook them a little to soften them. I’m glad the pepperoni ones went well!

  2. 5 stars
    Easy to make! I made only 12 and they were too thick. Next time I will stretch to 16. I used whole foods whole wheat dough and a glass cup bottom with flour to flatten worked really well

  3. 4 stars
    This came out really tasty and so fun to eat, even for myself! I added garlic powder, a bit of salt and pepper, and used mostly cheddar with the broccoli. Outside I just used oregano and Parmesan cheese. I used the Trader Joe’s marinara sauce without added salt. My only issue is that pizza dough is hard to work with, in my opinion. Any tips or videos for spreading each piece out? It took me forever and I ended up with more dough on the bottom. Thanks for the recipe and ideas!

    1. I’ll try to do a video soon. It can help to coat your fingers in flour if it sticks a little and gently move the dough in a circle to spread it thin. But you are right that it would be easier to see that than explain it in words!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday. I enjoyed them and my 1 y.o tried them. 🙂 Any tips on the folding technique to distribute the filling to dough ratio more evenly? I found that the seam areas were very doughy haha

    1. Maybe either try to spread the dough out a little thinner or bake for 2 minutes more? Either or both would likely solve that. Glad the little tried them!

  5. I love these! We make pizza roll-ups a lot in our house, but we like to try any and all variations because I generally find just mentioning pizza and it’s pretty much guaranteed my daughter will eat any vegetable I throw in there <3