Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Pizza Muffins

The Pizza muffins shown here have a cute tiger face punched out of seaweed sheet with a  craft punch.  Aren’t they cute?!   I haven’t been able to find seaweed sheets anywhere so I use fresh spinach instead.

Pizza Muffins

2½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup diced pepperoni

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

4 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup oil

1 egg, beaten

1½ cups buttermilk*

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper muffin liners. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano and sugar. Mix in green onions, pepperoni and 1 cup cheese. In a smaller bowl beat the egg, add the oil and then whisk in buttermilk. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups until half full. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top of muffins. Bake at 375ºF for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the muffin comes out clean.

To make jumbo pizza muffins, use a jumbo muffin tin (sprayed with cooking spray) and increase the cooking time by a few minutes. Watch closely to make sure muffins don’t overcook and dry out. Insert a toothpick to check if they are done.  If the toothpick comes out clean, they are ready to serve.

Cool muffins, individually wrap in plastic and freeze in a large zip-top bag. Place one or two muffins in a lunchbox and they will defrost and be ready to eat by lunchtime. Yield: 20 muffins.

* One of my favorite sections in my book is the Emergency Substitutions section.  I am always out of something when baking.  A great substitution recipe for buttermilk (because I rarely buy it) is  for 1 cup of buttermilk: 1 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar


  1. Such a cute idea! I love this.

    1. Thank you Crystal.

      Hi Jenny! My husband bought me your book a couple years ago at the Lehi Costco for mother’s day when you were there and I have loved it ever since. I love your recipes and had a question about the pizza muffin one. I tried it out for the first time tonight and let me first say I love it! It’s such a yummy savory muffin and I love how versatile it is. I made this batch with pepperoni but already have ideas for making them with pineapple, canadian bacon, tomatos, olives, you name it!

      My question is regarding the cheese that is mixed in. I followed the recipe and when we went to peel the paper off of the muffins it seems that the cheese has made it stick to the muffins, making us lose about 1/4 of the muffin to the paper in the process. I used regular paper muffins. Have you heard anyone else ask about this? Do you have any tips for not having the paper stick?

      Thanks so much!

      Hi Mary, thanks for emailing. It’s fun to hear from you. The pizza muffins do seem to stick to the paper and I’ve heard a few people mention that more oil should be added to the recipe. I have not had time to experiment with adding more oil, but you are welcome to try it. I bet even 1/4 cup oil would make a difference. Pineapple is a genious idea. Yum, I love all your topping ideas. Our home was hit by lightening about 8 weeks ago and it took 6 weeks to fix the oven. I have been out of the habit of baking this summer, but I will put this recipe on my list to experiment with next time the opportunity opens up. Let me know if you find anything that works.

  2. I just did a trial run of the pizza muffins and the mini pizzas for my boys tonight. Success! Have you tried making the muffins without the paper liners? Liners annoy me in that they steal so much of the muffin. . . I think I will make them for the freezer without the liners next time unless you warn me off of that idea. If you come across any other great lunchbox recipes I’d love to know about them. My kids take boxed lunches to school most days due to cost and food preferences. Sandwiches get rather boring after awhile. 🙂

    Thank you so much for your book. I bought it a couple of months ago when you were at the Ogden Costco. I have used a number of the recipes and lent the book out to friends, too. My boys love looking through the book and asking if we can try this or that recipe. I have been making freezer meals for years as a way to manage life with a family, but it seems that it is harder than ever to eat together as my children are getting to be teenagers. Thank you for inspiring me to keep trying.

    1. Thank you Julie for commenting! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying your book and you enjoyed the pizza muffins. I heard from another freezer meal fan that you can add more oil to your muffins to make them not stick to the liners. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it’s a good idea. The only concern with not using liners is to grease the pans up enough so the batter does not stick. Do you have a mini muffin pan? I love the size of muffins that bake up in that pan and I can throw it right in the dishwasher without having to scrub it. I do not use liners in a mini muffin pan and I spray it with cooking spray and they pop out without too much hassle. I’ve been having fun using metal cookie cutters with my kids lunches. I have a set of 5 flower shaped cookie cutters (from small to large) and I’ve been using them to cut flower shaped tortillas (with cheese and ham melted inside) and PBJ sandwiches. Sometimes giving favorite food a different shape helps to break up the monotony. I also bought some animal topped plastic toothpicks to poke in the food in the lunch box. ( See the Bento Box post for details on what they look like and where to buy them. ) We’ve been doing boiled eggs (I rinse out the yolk) and also sticky rice balls with a little sweet and sour sauce on the side. I’d love to hear what your ideas are for lunch boxes.

  3. I love your lunch box ideas! My 2yr. old is struggling with veggies right now. This will be a great idea in helping her to see her food in a different way. I also love your idea with using metal cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the tortilla or bread to make your kid’s sandwiches more interesting! Thank you for your wonderful ideas. I will let you know how it goes 😀

    1. Hey Amy! Thank you for stopping by. Have you tried star shaped carrots and heart shaped tortillas? It has sure helped my kids eat more veggies. Especially when they get to punch out the shapes for me.

  4. If I use fresh spinach, do the tiger faces go on before or after baking the muffins?

    1. After, right before serving. Aren’t they cute!

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