Macaroni and cheese is no longer confined to the kids’ table at parties! Everyone’s favorite food from childhood has now been turned into an appetizer – Mac and Cheese Bites. I’ve also seen them called mac and cheese cupcakes or mac and cheese muffins. Whatever you call them, they’re scrumptious!
Macaroni and cheese is baked in mini-muffin pans to create an incredible finger food that will please children and adults alike. These bites are crisp on the outside and moist and cheesy on the inside. Made with our World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese recipe, these appetizers will get gobbled up in a snap!
Mac and Cheese Bites
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 24 bites
4 oz. Elbow Macaroni
1 c. Beecher’s Flagship Cheese, divided
1/4 c. Monterey Jack Cheese, divided
1 tbsp. Butter
4 tsp. Flour
3/4 c. Milk
1/8 tsp. Salt
Generous 1/8 tsp. Chipotle Powder
Dash Garlic Powder
1. Complete steps 1-6 of our World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese recipe.
2. Fill mini muffin wells with macaroni and cheese. I use non-stick muffin pans so I don’t grease them but you may need to if you’re using regular pans.
3. Top the mini muffins with the cheese you set aside and sprinkle with panko.
4. Bake at 350º F for 15-20 minutes until golden. You can use the broiler to finish them if they’re not browning quickly enough.
After giving them a few minutes to set, scoop those crave-able little bites out of the muffin pans and serve them while they’re warm.
Of course, before you serve them, you’ll have to eat one as a taste test to make sure they came out right. And maybe try a second one – you know, for quality control. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it…