Easy Pepperoni Pizza Cups are super easy and fast to make, and they're a delicious snack, lunch, or dinner! They're easy to customize, too, so the whole family will love these!
Friday night is Pizza Night at our house. I make a batch of our Easy Homemade Pizza Dough, and each person gets to make their own pizza. Having each person choose their own toppings ensures everyone is happy with dinner!
These Pizza Cups are a fun way to switch up Pizza Night. They're so easy to make, that your kids can make them!
If you love these, be sure to also try these easy homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls, too!
Super Easy Teen Baking Cookbook
In fact, this recipe is one of 60 simple step-by-step recipes in my latest cookbook, The Super Easy Teen Baking Cookbook. You'll find it on page 102!
This cookbook has sweet and savory baking recipes, along with kitchen safety and prep tips, to help teens and beginning bakers. I wrote this cookbook to help you all feel more confident in the kitchen!
And to give you a peek of what to expect in the cookbook, I thought I'd share one of the easiest, tastiest recipes here on the blog.
Your whole family is sure to love these Pepperoni Pizza Cups!
Kitchen Tools and Equipment
To make this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
And, as with all recipes, you'll want some measuring cups and measuring spoons.
This recipe is not only super EASY to make, it's also a 5-ingredients or less recipe!
To make pizza cups, you'll need:
Homemade pizza dough or one (13.8 ounce) tube of prepared pizza crust - While I love our homemade pizza dough recipe, I usually use store-bought pizza crust that comes in a tube for pizza cups.
Pizza sauce - you could use your own homemade pizza sauce or your favorite store-bought pizza sauce.
Pepperoni - I prefer to cut the pepperoni into quarters, but you could also cut them into half or just leave them whole.
How to make pizza cups
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Unroll the pizza dough. Using a knife or pizza cutter, roll out and cut the dough into 12 squares. Place 1 square in each muffin cup, then use your fingers to gently press the dough to fit into the bottom.
Add the pizza filling. Spoon a heaping spoonful of pizza sauce into each pizza cup. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoonful of the mozzarella on top of the sauce. Cut the pepperoni slices in half, then add 2 or 3 pieces to each cup.
Bake the pizza cups. Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is hot. Allow to cool slightly in the pan before tipping the cups out of the pan and serving.
Pizza Cup Topping Options
Ready to go beyond cheese and pepperoni? Here are some ideas to inspire your tastebuds!
TEX-MEX PIZZA CUPS: use a Mexican-style cheese blend instead of mozzarella, leave out the pepperoni, and add chopped jalapeños, black olives, and minced fresh cilantro. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA CUPS: use BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce, chopped rotisserie chicken, finely diced red onion, chopped parsley.
PESTO SHRIMP PIZZA CUPS: use pesto instead of red pizza sauce, diced shrimp, minced fresh garlic.
HAWAIIAN PIZZA CUPS: use diced pineapples and chopped ham.
FANCY FALL PIZZA CUPS: use chopped figs, brie cheese, and chopped green apples.
What to serve with pizza cups
Pizza cups can be made into full meals with the addition of one or two tasty side dishes. Try one of these to complete your lunch or dinner!
If you're serving these as Game Day snacks or party snacks, try these other yummy air fryer snacks, like Air Fryer Pizza Rolls, Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket, and Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower.
I haven't tried this substitution so I cannot say for sure that the cook times and ratios will stay the same. However, they are similar in terms of ingredients, so if you do try it, please let me know how it goes!
I usually make a couple of pizza cups dairy-free for myself, and it's fairly easy. Simply substitute the mozzarella cheese with your favorite dairy-free mozzarella shreds alternative.
Absolutely! Simply double the ingredients and use a second muffin pan to make 24 total pizza cups. If they will fit in your oven side-by-side, bake them that way for more even baking. If they do not, be sure to rotate the pans halfway through the baking time to help each muffin pan of pizza cups bake evenly.
More Easy Family-Friendly Dinner Recipes
- Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken
- Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta
- Asian Beef Burgers
- Easy Shrimp Tacos
- The Best Breaded Chicken Tenders
- Air Fryer Frozen Pizza
- Taco Pizza
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 (13.8 ounce) tube refrigerated pizza crust OR homemade pizza dough
- ¾ cup pizza sauce
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese
- 12-18 slices sliced pepperoni
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Unroll the pizza dough. Using a knife or pizza cutter, roll out and cut the dough into 12 squares. Place 1 square in each muffin cup, then use your fingers to gently press the dough to fit into the bottom.
- Add the pizza filling. Spoon a heaping spoonful of pizza sauce into each pizza cup. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoonful of the mozzarella on top of the sauce. Cut the pepperoni slices in half, then add 2 or 3 pieces to each cup.
- Bake the pizza cups. Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown and the filling is hot. Allow to cool slightly in the pan before tipping the cups out of the pan and serving.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
My kids are going to love this little treat. SO delicious. Thanks for sharing.
Such a simple recipe, but it's so delicious and fun. Perfect for snacking.
Wow! So easy to make and perfect for kids and adults! Can't wait to try these out.
We spent the day making these with the family and had so much fun. The kiddos loved making and eating them.
Oh how fun! My kids will definitely love these little treats. They look so good!