Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac and Cheese is one of the BEST comfort foods out there in my honest opinion. I’m not talking about the packaged stuff, but rather the homemade goodness. It truly is special.

One of my favorite things about mac and cheese is that you rarely find someone who doesn’t like it- kids included. My picky eaters gobble this stuff up by the bowl full.

My favorite part of homemade mac and cheese happens to be the crispy edges and top. It adds just the right amount of crunch. Then it dawned on me… why not turn them into mini bite size pieces to make each bite that piece of heaven!

Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites... These are so simple and the perfect finger food ideal for serving kids and as an appetizer! These are DELICIOUS!

These bites are the PERFECT finger food or appetizer! Adults and kids alike go crazy for them. My kids have already requested these get put on the menu again for this upcoming week and with how easy they are, how could I say no?!

If you are looking for a people pleasing recipe and/or appetizer, this recipe is fantastic! The flavor is delicious and they are cooked to perfection!

Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites... These are so simple and the perfect finger food ideal for serving kids and as an appetizer! These are DELICIOUS!

4.6 from 34 reviews
Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites
 
These are so simple and the perfect finger food ideal for serving kids and as an appetizer! These are DELICIOUS!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • ½ pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  3. Cook pasta according to packaged directions and set aside.
  4. In a medium size pan combine butter and flour over medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Slowly add milk and bring to a simmer. Add 1½ cups of the cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, carefully stir pasta, cheese sauce, and egg until evenly mixed and pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Spoon mac and cheese into mini muffin tins and top each with a small pinch of remaining cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool 5 minutes before gently removing the bites.

Enjoy!

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  1. Lissa

    5

    I have an interesting question... I like your pictures of the macaroni bites. Whenever I make oven baked macaroni, it always falls apart. How do you get each macaroni bite to hold together without a cupcake liner?

    1. Teri

      I haven't made these yet, but I am guessing it's the egg that helps to holds them together. I am anxious to try them!

    2. Kathy

      4

      It's the egg that binds it all together while it bakes...so it won't fall apart!

    3. Carrie

      5

      you have to use eggs and flour as a binding agent.

    4. Patty

      Are you using egg in your recipe as a binder?

  2. KT Jonas

    I love the recipes, but I am having a hard time reading the grey on white print..is there any way you could use black on white..?? For those of us who have a vision problem, it would be a big help..I have to re write the recipes in a larger, black ink format so I can read them...dom't forget..not eveyone who enjuys your site is a ''youngster''some of us are ''oldsters'''..but keep up the good work..recipes are so good and easy to make, I really like the site...

    1. EM

      5

      Just cut & paste on a blank page - word or email. Then you can change the font color, size & give any background color. My friend has less than twenty vision so I use font arial black in size 14 or 16 with a bright yellow background.

  3. Dee

    Do you know the yield to this recipe? Also, do you think these could be frozen and then rejuvinated, or will that just disturb the whole crunchy thing?

    1. Judy Kostiuk

      4

      Homemade Mac & Cheese Bites

      Can you make them ahead and freeze them, if so do you suggest bake them first, cool them then freeze them?

      Unthaw and warm them up on low heat or microwave them??

      These would go well with a roast ham served buffet style for a group dinner.

      I am planning to make these for a party next week, would like to know ahead of time, how to do the last minute heating without losing the consistency of them.

    2. Standance

      5

      I would not recommend microwaving anything. You will only get more water into your product.
      Thaw them and cook on a low heat just like you mentioned.

    3. Lynn

      Did you happen to make these ahead of time? If so, did you bake them, freeze them and then heated them up on low heat?

    4. Tiffiany

      I doubled the recipe & it made 96 so I would assume that this recipe would yield 48

    5. Thanu

      I would also like to know how they turned out. Is it better to freeze them before or after baking? I assume after baking to make them hold its shape? Would it work to freeze it before baking using cupcake liners, then to thaw and bake? Have a kids party coming up and I desperately need make ahead recipes. Thanks

    6. EM

      I freeze mine uncooked using mini muffin papers with the tray tied in a freezer bag. Take them out to thaw which is a short time, then bake. Each recipe give you 36.

  4. Saundra K Fesperman

    I too would like to know the yield for this recipe. Also does the mixture stick together well. I think this will be
    such a hit when I make it for them.

    I just found this sight and really like what I see.

  5. Chels R.

    These look so perfect for a kid's birthday party! Love it!

  6. enri gasco

    5

    goog and easy perfect i do not have a lot of time for my cooking

  7. Nicky Sioui

    Hello, I'm interested in trying this enticing recipe - what level do we place the oven rack, and how many does your recipe make??

  8. Fran

    Nikki, They sound delicious. How many does the recipe make?

    1. Patty Paris

      WHY are there never any reply to any questions????? Doesn't anyone care?

    2. Chef in Training

      it makes about 3-4 dozen :)

    3. Chef in Training

      it makes 3-4 dozen :)

  9. Larry

    Recommended way to reheat? I only have 1 pan and want to make more than that for a party so I'm gonna have to make two separate batches and keep them in a container. Microwave fine? Or would some time in the oven again be better?

  10. Kathi

    do you think these could be frozen?

    1. Lynn

      If you happen to get a response as to whether they can be prepared ahead of time and put into the freezer, please let me know. I would like to make them for a party in August.

    2. Chef in Training

      not sure I haven't tried. I know noodles like to absorb any moisture they can so I am not sure how this will effect how dry or cheesy they will be. so sorry I am not much help. If you try, please keep me posted.

  11. Lisa G

    5

    Although I haven't made this yet I am basing my rating on my cooking experience... I know in my bones this will be a grand slam! These mini bites sound amazing and so many yummy tweeks you can make by using different types of cheeses and/or herbs (or lobster for a decadant cocktail party app... ooooh-la-la!) I'm wondering if anyone has used silicone mini muffin pans instead of metal...do you still get the "crispy effect?

  12. Hilda Calderon

    Can the flour be replaced with cornstarch???

  13. Tammy

    5

    This recipe made two trays of generously filled mini cups of mac and cheese deliciousness. Although both cup cake trays were non-stick, one tray refused to let those little guys free where they simply popped out of the other tray. It was odd. Make sure you spray the trays really well. They stick together well and were the perfectly amount of crisp. The kids loved them dipped in ketchup where I thought they were a tad bit dry. A cool recipe I would make again.

  14. Loren

    5

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!! Thanks so very much for posting.
    Best regards from Oklahoma

  15. Lynn Hauth

    I wonder if you could make these, freeze them in the pan and then prior to serving them, bake them.

    1. Thanu

      I am also eager to know. If you ended up trying this for your kids birthday, please let me know the best way to make ahead but still have them taste fresh. I have a kids party in a month. Thanks

  16. Janet

    They were very good but didn't quite hold together as well as frozen ones that are premade. Wondered if fine breadcrumbs would help. Will try but they were good.

  17. Linda Gimnich

    How many does this make? think I can freeze them too. IF so, your thoughts on doing that before or after cooking? I really need to know the approximate number it makes however.

    1. kylie baker

      4

      2 dozen

  18. Lauren Shelton

    5

    Is there any way you could post the nutritional facts?

  19. nikki

    Made these for my daughter's birthday with her friends from school. I served only snack/appetizers and these were a big hit!

  20. Linda

    Do u have to use cream cheese, can u use another kind of cheese?

  21. Lauren

    This recipe sounds great! I was thinking about making them for a party. About how many does this recipe make? There will be about 40 people at the party so wondering if the recipe needs to be doubled?

    Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      about 3 dozen, I believe.

  22. Carol B.

    5

    These look great. I am making them right now for an appetizer for an event. I am adding bacon bits to the top to satisfy my pregnant daughter in law who is craving bacon! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Cher

      How did you prepare your pans?

    2. Chef in Training

      just sprayed them generously with cooing spray :)

  23. Nancy

    I love mac and cheese and these look great. I'm trying to plan for an upcoming event. Can these be frozen and reheated for serving?

    1. Chef in Training

      I haven't tried that yet. So sorry I am not more help :)

  24. Cher

    Made this recipe. Sprayed my non-stick muffin pans adequately and they stuck to both pans. Have you any secrets to share about getting them out of the pans?

    1. Chef in Training

      i am so sorry this happened for you. I just sprayed mine generously with cooking spray and didn't have a problem getting them out. I sliced the outer sides with a knife to make sure they weren't stuck before lifting. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have anymore questions.

  25. Jill

    Made these for my son's birthday party and they were really good! I will be making these again!

  26. Daliah

    4

    I made these for a party over the weekend. I added 1tsp mustartd powder (secret ingredient from another recipe.) I think the cream cheese can be taken out - I did not find that it added anything to the flavor compared to my other recipe that uses the same of the rest of the ingredients. I also needed to cook the bites significantly longer than the recipe calls for in order for the bites to stay together - at least 20 minutes, maybe longer.

    We reheated from room temp for 5 mins at 375 and they were perfect for the party.

  27. Cathleen

    Do these re-heat well?

  28. Donna

    1

    I was disappointed with this recipe. They weren't nearly cheesy enough, and once I got them out of the pan they fell apart.

  29. Kay

    I love Mac-n-Cheese so I'm sure I will love these. I'm sure the kids at family gathering will too. I want to try them for Thanksgiving or Christmas Brunch.

  30. Jess

    Delish! Big hit at multiple parties! I added bacon to one batch ;)

  31. Midmodtom

    5

    This is the best of the best that I have made (using Internet recipes) The egg is a binder, but the cream cheese also has stabilizers in it. Leaving them in the tin for 5 to 7 minutes will help them congeal and you can take them out, arrange them on a platter for a party and they will stay together. Bravo!

  32. Meg

    5

    You know what's even better than baking these yummy bites in mini-muffin tins? Baking them in a whoopie pie (or muffin top) pan. Nom nom nom.

  33. Baylee

    How many does this recipe make?

    1. Chef in Training

      about 3 dozen

  34. Susie

    5

    Just made these, and they turned out great!! They are delicious!! Yum. I'm impressed that they are coming out the the pan so well. Will make again! A+

  35. Amy

    Do you know about how many bites this recipe will make?

    1. Chef in Training

      about 3 dozen I believe

  36. Kathy Barnes

    Can your homemade mac and cheese appetizers be served at room temperature?

    1. Chef in Training

      sure! I love them warm and fresh but totally can be served at room temperature if desired.

  37. Amy

    Does Nikki, reply to your comments?

  38. Jill

    5

    Wow...I made these for my bunco group tonite...they were amazing...everyone loved the new and several asked about how to make them. I had no issue with them falling apart but had they not cooled I could tell they would have. Also no sticking as thanks to feedback I knew to spray well. It actually made 4 dozen perfectly for me...I was shocked since it did not look like much macaroni after cooking just that. YUM!

  39. Michele

    Can these be prepared the nite before and baked before serving?

  40. Rose Dunn

    4

    i will try it. Looks great!

  41. Gary Lawrence

    Can these be served cold, or are they better warmed and can they be frozen. Thank you for what looks like a beautiful recipe.

  42. L Bardy

    hi thinking of making this for an Oscar event. how many bites does this recipe make?

    1. Chef in Training

      about 3 dozen

  43. Alex

    4

    I'm excited to make these I just had one question. Just wondering in the second picture whether or not that was parsley (fresh)?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes that is finely chopped fresh parsley :)

  44. Gloria

    Can you us extra large egg in this recipe?

  45. Delores

    5

    Wonderful recipes -- now have to go and make them! thank you

  46. rebecca

    4

    I have a 17 yo mac n cheese connoisseur so I added garlic powder, chili powder and a bit of dijon mustard to the cheese sauce. They panko bread crumbs and parm cheese too on top before baking. Great recipe, though!

  47. Colleen

    I made them they are very good, but fell apart, and I used egg, should you pack the mixture into the cups?

  48. Kim

    Have you ever made these ahead and frozen them?

  49. Kristin

    how many does this make if you use the little muffin tins? I'm excited to make them but want to make sure I have enough.thanks

  50. mohana

    how big is a cup, can i use any cup as long as the ratios are the same for all ingredients?

  51. Lara Dennis

    Hello,

    How many bites does this recipe make?

    Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      about 36

  52. Ellen

    I made these last summer for a a party and they were such a hit! Sorry I didn't get around to posting a comment until now. I did not have any issues with them falling apart as some are mentioning here. Perhaps this is happening when people remove them from the pan without waiting the suggested 5 minutes?

  53. sharon

    How to you keep these from not falling apart - should you line muffin cups with breadcrumbs?

  54. Sad Momma

    unfortunately this recipe was a major fail for me. I had hoped after the first batch that the macaroni would hold and they did not. Today was a sad day.

  55. Lisa

    4

    I used a little more egg than called for and a bit more cheese and then cooled them in the pan completely before trying to take them out. also add some finely diced fresh jalapeno (just one) and salted the tops VERY lightly. This gave it a very good taste. They taste great! I will be freezing them tonight, and next week I will let them defrost completely before reheating, adding a little more cheddar on top for a binder and a bit of crisp. Yum!

  56. Milou

    Can these be made ahead of time, frozen, then reheated? Need to make bite sized food for Sunday after a busy weekend.

  57. Susan

    5

    Low carb replace flour with coconut / almond flour blend and chopped cauliflower in place of the macaroni and it's just as yummy - no guilt
    Add a shake or two of cayenne and BOOM!!

  58. Hema

    5

    hi i dont have a microwave or oven, is there any way to cook this recipe n stove.

    1. Gio

      5

      Do not microwave, this recipe is great, no fail and 36 is the numbers of bites!!

  59. EM

    Can they be made ahead, frozen and still be good?

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  61. Loranna

    5

    This is a great recipe and putting these into muffin tins makes it easier for diabetic portion control and to pack for a lunch. Also going to do this to freeze ahead for camping.

  62. Nancy

    5

    I took these as an appetizer to a party. On the table filled with a wide variety of delicious appetizers, these disappeared immediately. Who can resist a small bite of Mac n' cheese? I will be making these again. It took longer to bake mine and I found them easier to remove if they actually browned. I added a bit of dry mustard, but otherwise found the recipe delicious.

  63. Sarah

    Can I freeze these and reheat them? If yes, how do you recommend doing so?

  64. Lisa

    How many does this recipe make?

    1. Chef in Training

      36 bites

  65. Miki

    Tried these. They are easy and wonderful. I made a batch and froze them for those times when unexpected guests wind up at your door. Just pop them in the oven and snacks are on hand. Everybody loves them, and now I always keep a batch in the freezer.

  66. Rachel

    I made this has one whole casserole instead of the minis. Tastes amazing!

  67. Lisa Cicconi

    Hi can you substitute the cream cheese for any other cheese? I used Campbell's cheddar cheese soup and shredded cheddar cheese when I make my mac and cheese, I was wondering if that would work? I would love to make them tonight but have no cream cheese and thought I'd ask...

  68. ELLEN FISCHER

    5

    I am so jazzed t make this recipe. Question. If you have anon stick muffin tine should I still spray the pan. Or if I use muffin baking cups will the macaroni muffins stick to paper?

  69. martha

    How many does this make?

  70. Diane Brus

    5

    do you cook the marcaroni before you add it to the cheese mixture??

  71. Bridget Montgomery

    how many does this recipe make

  72. Cynthia

    I realize that by spending more time and copying and pasting into a new document and changing the font, I could read the posts. My question is, why make the posted font so light greys in the first place? Why not make it black?

  73. Cynthia

    Why use a light grey font rather than just using black? It's pretty frustrating having to copy the text from your site, paste it into a new document, and then change the font to make it more visible.

  74. Bess Farland

    I plan on making these. They look delishious

  75. Varsha

    Will it still hold if I make a slightly more calorie conscious sauce i.e. With lesser cheese and no cream cheese?

  76. Lorraine

    I made this tonight. Kids and I loved it. I broiled the muffins for the last 5 minutes to make them browner and crispier.

  77. Sean Curry

    5

    I made them and added chopped cooked bacon, dill weed and a pinch of basil! Awesome! 🍻

  78. Kristine N.

    5

    All the kids and I love this recipe. We don't cook it in the oven...its super creamy if you leave it. When we cook for parties, we pop them in the oven for easy finger food! Thanks!

  79. Jillian

    Are these still good served at room temperature or cold?

  80. Jose

    Looks delish!! I'm planning to make this for my daughter. She loves Mac and Cheese but she's very picky.
    One question, on Step #5, is the pasta raw or cooked when you stir and combine with cheese and egg?

  81. Dianna Day

    Came out perfect! Substituted with cream cheese chive dip, added dry mustard, and sprinkled Pank o on pan and top and baked 20 minures. Came out of pan instantly.

  82. Shelby

    5

    I made these yesterday and added some chopped bacon. Held together perfectly and they were excellent!