Little Caesars Crazy Puffs

Satisfy your craving for pizza anytime with these easy-to-make Crazy Puffs stuffed with pepperoni and two types of cheese. One puff makes the perfect snack, or try pairing a couple of them with sides for a complete meal.

Copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs with pepperoni on parchment paper.


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What makes Little Caesars Crazy Puffs so good? 

What the heck are Crazy Puffs from Little Caesars? Imagine taking a Chicago-style pizza and shrinking it down to the size of a muffin, and you have the Crazy Puffs from Little Caesars.

These delicious puffs are filled to the brim with gooey mozzarella and muenster cheeses and savory pepperoni slices. What you end up with is a delectable bite that is kid-friendly but also fantastic for any casual gathering. 

Why you’ll love this recipe 

Crazy Puffs are the ultimate snack when you crave pizza but don’t want to order one. Since you make the puffs in a muffin pan, you can get the real pizzeria taste at home without investing in an expensive pizza oven.

These pizza puffs are inexpensive and freeze wonderfully, so you can make several varieties at a time and keep them in the freezer. That way, you’ll always have an easy and delicious quick bite anytime you want one. 

Crazy Puffs ingredients

For the Crazy Puffs from Little Caesars, you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Pizza dough
  • Low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Muenster cheese, shredded
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Pizza sauce
  • Italian seasoning
Copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient notes

You can use homemade pizza dough or buy ready-made dough at the store. No pizza dough on hand, but still want to try this recipe? Try making it with frozen or canned biscuit dough instead. 

Using low-moisture mozzarella is important to prevent the puffs from getting too soggy. 

Finding pre-shredded muenster cheese might be challenging, but you can buy a block of it and shred it yourself. 

How to make these pizza bites

To divide the pizza dough for the Little Caesars Crazy Puffs:

  1. Butter 12 muffin baking cups. This muffin pan from Amazon works well. 
  2. Split the pizza dough into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. 
  3. Drop one ball of dough into each of the prepared muffin cups. Cover and allow the dough to rise. 

To prepare the puffs after the dough rises:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine both types of cheese in a mixing bowl and set aside. 
  3. Butter the outside of a shot glass and press it firmly into the middle of the dough balls to deflate them and create wells for the additional ingredients. You will need to re-butter the outside of the glass occasionally to prevent it from sticking. 
  4. Press the sides of the dough well against the walls of the muffin cups. 
  5. Spoon some pizza sauce (maybe half a tablespoon; you don’t need a lot) into each dough well. 
  6. Add two or three pepperoni slices and top with the cheese blend. 
  7. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning. 
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the top of the pizza puffs are lightly browned. 
Preparing pizza dough and cheese for making copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs.
Filling pizza dough in a muffin pan with sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and seasonings.

Pizza Puff variations

There are endless ways to change these puffs. Here are a few options:

  • Make them vegetarian. Swap out the pepperoni for your favorite vegetable pizza toppings such as onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Precooking the veggies ahead of time will get rid of excess moisture and keep the puffs from getting soggy.
  • Go with sausage. If pepperoni is not your thing, use crumbled sausage instead. Sweet or hot Italian sausage is great here, or you can use your favorite. 
  • It’s okay to be a little cheesy. Switch up the cheese you use, or add more. Shredded Smoked Gouda is particularly good because it brings a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the puffs while keeping them vegetarian. 
Copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs whole and cut in half.

What to serve with Little Caesars Crazy Puffs

These snack-sized pizza puffs go with everything you would serve alongside a typical pizza. Here are a few suggestions:

  • A salad. Light, crispy, and healthy, a side salad goes great with pizza puffs. Keep it simple with mixed greens and a vinaigrette, or get a little more fancy with a classic Caesar Salad
  • Wings. Offer your guests a variety of chicken wings to have with the puffs. Make your favorite or try something new
  • Mozzarella Sticks. Can’t get enough cheese? Why not fry up some mozzarella sticks? Don’t forget to add a bowl of tomato sauce for dipping. 

How to store them 

Let any Crazy Puffs come down to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, put room-temperature puffs on a baking tray and freeze. Transfer the frozen puffs to an airtight container and freeze for up to a month. 

What’s the best way to reheat Little Caesars Crazy Puffs? 

Five minutes in a preheated air fryer at 375°F is perfect for refrigerated puffs. If you don’t have an air fryer, try 400°F for 7 to 10 minutes.

If you are reheating frozen puffs, wrap them in a paper towel and defrost them for about 30 seconds before reheating them in an air fryer or oven. 

Copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs on parchment paper.

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Copycat Little Caesars crazy puffs with pepperoni on parchment paper.

Little Caesars Crazy Puffs

Make Little Caesars Crazy Puffs with pepperoni at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Little Caesar’s Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 177kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 13.6-ounce can pizza dough or 1 pound
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese
  • 4 ounces pizza sauce
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and butter the cups of a muffin pan.
  • Divide the pizza dough into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball and place one ball in each muffin cup. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rise a bit.
  • In a small bowl, combine the shredded mozzarella and Muenster cheeses and mix well.
  • Butter a shot glass. Press the buttered shot glass into the center of each risen dough ball. The dough will spread up the sides of the cup, forming a cavity.
  • Add 2 small spoonfuls of pizza sauce to the center of each piece of dough followed by a few slices of pepperoni. Top with cheese blend and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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