These Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites are the perfect easy game day appetizer. Easy, cheesy, and full of flavor, everyone will love this bite size form of macaroni and cheese!
Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites truly saved the day last week. I threw a last minute party and knew that this delicious, go to appetizer would be a fan favorite! And I was right! Everyone loved this easy, flavorful, make ahead appetizer. Thank you to Collective Bias and its advertisers for sponsoring this fun basketball party.
(Post updated 1/22/2018)
Last Saturday we had the pleasure of having some people over to eat, chat, and watch some college basketball for March Madness. The party was kind of last minute and I didn’t get to spend as much time planning as I normally do. I usually agonize over menus and decor for weeks, but this time, I honestly only had about 24 hours to prepare.
To make things easy, I went with simple basketball themed decor (it is college basketball season, after all!) and an easy menu made up of snacks, dips, and Coke products. Scroll to the ver bottom of this post for my ideas on how to throw an easy basketball party!
I made my absolute favorite Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites and as usual, they were a big hit! They are the perfect appetizer for the Super Bowl or any other sporting function because they are portable and can be easily eaten while watching the Big Game! If you have been wondering how to make macaroni and cheese bites, I have the perfect recipe for you!
How to make macaroni and cheese bites?
I have made these easy mini macaroni and cheese bites for so many functions and they are truly fool-proof. I love the taste and texture of these and find them a lot more flavorful than your regular macaroni and cheese. The herbed cheese really makes all the difference and I wouldn’t skip it! Since these need to stay together, they aren’t going to be as creamy as a bowl of stove top mac and cheese, but they are still super smooth and cheesy! Everyone always asks for this macaroni and cheese recipe!
These Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites are truly one of my favorite things to make. They are SO good. While I love Mac & Cheese, I often find homemade versions bland and dry. This recipe is neither of those things. It is kicked up with garlic and herb cheese and the buttery Ritz cracker crust adds tons of flavor as well. I love the crunch from the crust topped with the creaminess of the macaroni mixture.
How to make macaroni and cheese bites ahead of time
Even better, these can be made hours before hand and then just baked right before serving. And unlike most macaroni and cheeses, these do reheat well the next day for lunch! If making ahead of time, prepare as directed and then stop after mixing everything and cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. They taste best freshly baked, so bake right before serving.
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This recipe makes 48 mini muffin sized mac & cheese bites, so if you don’t need quite that much, halve the recipe. Or you could make these in a regular sized muffin tin and get around 24. Don’t miss checking out my tips and tricks for no fail holiday menu meal planning!
Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites
These easy Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites are so full of flavor and will be the biggest hit at any dinner! This is such a flavorful macaroni and cheese recipe thanks to the addition of the herb cheese!
- 12 oz. elbow macaroni you may have a little left over
- 5 oz. of garlic and herb cheese boursin, alouette, or even herbed cream cheese works, any soft spreadable herbed cheese
- 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- pinch salt and pepper
- for the crust:
- 2 cups crushed Ritz Crackers
- 6 tbsp. butter melted
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 2 mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
Begin by melting the 6 tbsp. of butter and then mixing in the crushed Ritz and the 1/2 cup cheddar. Press about 1 tsp. of crumb mixture into the bottom of the mini muffin tin. Press down until firmly packed. Crust should come up a little on the sides.
Prepare macaroni noodles. Cook in boiling water until a few minutes shy of al dente. When done, strain and then put into a large bowl. Add the herbed cheese, cheddar, sour cream, milk, eggs, cold butter, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until cheese is starting to melt and no large clumps remain.
Spoon about 1-2 tsp. of mixture into each well over the prepared crust. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit at least 10 minutes. If you try to remove them before that, they will crumble as you take them out. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges and then gently remove each one. Serve warm. Enjoy!
These are meant to be a finger food, so they are not as creamy as a regular mac and cheese. They will not stay together if they had the same texture.
If you leave out the garlic and herb cheese, these will not have as much flavor. Feel free to add more salt and pepper to taste.
Looking for ideas for an easy basketball party? Here is what we had. These are all perfect appetizers for your next party!
For the basketball party, I stuck with an easy color scheme of white and black,with orange accents. This seems ¨basketbally¨ to me and the white on black reminded me of the game officials. I grabbed all the decor at our local Giant Eagle’s gift wrap section and dollar stores, so it cost me less than $10 dollars for everything!
I used a black tablecloth for the table and then purchased a small roll of plain white wrapping paper. Using wrapping paper on tables is one of my favorite party decor tricks. It is cheap and I loved using this white paper because I was able to write the menu directly on it.
I grabbed these basketball baskets and they were perfect for holding napkins and silverware and also the chips to go with the Jalapeño Corn Dip.
It was an easy and fun basketball March Madness party with lots of great food! I hope you found some ideas here for your next basketball party!
123 thoughts on “Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites”
This all looks so delicious! That Reeses dip sounds amazing! Pinning!
Thank you!! I LOVE that Reese’s dip, it is amazing! Thank you for pinning!
Can you use cupcake holders
I’m not sure Kathy, I think they may stick to them. Maybe you could use the silicone ones?
Do you think they could be made a head of time and fozen?
Hi Suzanne, I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, it is definitely worth a shot though!
I froze them and reheated after a couple days and they were great!
Wow – those mac and cheese bites look delicious! Already pinned the recipe so I can make it soon!
Thank you Meg! You can make this recipe in your beautiful new kitchen!! I am obsessed with your countertops!
Thanks, Amanda!! I love them!! And I’m still thinking about those mac and cheese bites, have to make them soon!
Your mac-n-cheese balls look yummy and I love your basketball theme! Perfect for my boys!
Thank you! My big boy (my husband) was excited to have a party that wasn’t princess themed for once!
The basketball party looks fabulous! I am going to have to try these bites! My little guy loves him some mac-n-cheese!
What a cool basketball party!! Mini Mac & Cheese look noms!!
When you say you can make the mac and cheese bites ahead of time…..do you fill the ritz cracker shells or do you wait to do that right before you put in the oven????
Yes you can fill the shells, put the macaroni mixture on top, and then cover and refrigerate until ready to bake!
Where did you get the white, square, lidded casserole dish?
Hi! I got it from Bed Bath and Beyond. It is part of their B. Smith White Dish Collection.
In your opinion, are the mac n cheese bites to herby to be kid friendly? I’m making these for sure but wondered how the littles would like them.
I’m honestly not sure Bonnie! I have only served these at baby showers and wedding showers, and there haven’t been kids there. I don’t see why not though! The garlic and herb cheese makes them tangier than a regular Mac n cheese but I think the cute shape would appeal to littles. Let me know after you make them how they go over!
Definitely kid friendly. My daughter is picky and she ate this.
I’m so glad she liked them!
Does the sour cream go in to the mixture with the noodles? I might be missing something, but I didn’t see when to add that. Thank you!!
yep, mix it in the noodle mixture!
Instead of the garlic and herb cheese is there another soft cheese that you can recommend using?
Hi Danielle! I think you could use a garlic and herb cream cheese. Any soft cheese should work but don’t skip the garlic and herb flavor bc it really adds a lot!
Can you freeze these and if so when would you do that before baking or after?
I have never done this Leah so I can’t say for sure, but I would think you would have to freeze them after baking because they are a little gooey before baking. Let me know if you try it please so I can share the results!
Amanda, you can just use regular cream cheese.
You could, I definitely think an herbed cheese adds the most flavor though!\
Made these today for our New Years Party. I followed the recipe exactly as is. Tasty but dry!!!
Would these be ok to send in a child’s lunch to school cold?
I think so! I have never eaten them cold before, but they are definitely portable and would pack up well!
I have made these before and they are delicious. Do you think I could just make it in a big pan instead of muffin tins? What adjustments would you make?
Hi Stacy! I think you could. You would need to add some cook time maybe 10-15 minutes more. Please let me know how it turns out!
These are such a cute idea!!!
Thanks Ellen! They are super tasty too!
Hi, when done baking do you just turn over the muffin pan and they come right out?
Hi Trent, let them sit for a few minutes. They are easier to remove when they have slightly cooled. Run a knife around the edges and you should be able to scoop them right out!
Hi, I would love to know where you got those basketball serving pieces with the handles. I am looking for something just like that. Please let me know. Thanks so much!
The little orange basketball baskets? They were from The Dollar Store!
Hi, I would like to make these as a potluck appetizer for Christmas Eve. I was wondering can I make these and then take them out of the tray and make more and then just heat them up in aluminum tray at the party I am going to? Thank you!
Hi Nina! I prefer these freshly baked. You can assemble them all and then fully bake whenever you get to the party! I think that would be your best bet is to just take them fully assembled but not cooked.
Help! I am making the Mac N Chees bites for the SuperBowl tomorrow.. I did not plan to assemble or bake until tomorrow. My mac n cheese mixture seems very soupy compared to what yours looks like in the video. Maybe I did not use enough elbows? I measured 12 oz dry. Is that correct? Any other thoughts on what might be worng?
Sorry I did not see your comment until today! I use a 12 oz box of pasta. Most boxes come in either 12 or 16 oz so I have never actually measured it out. It will cook up some once you bake and then let it sit! I hope they turned out okay!
I had a 16oz box of macaroni. I measured out 3 Cups which is equal to 12oz
A lot of popular pasta brands come in 12 oz boxes as well!
It looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!
Definitely good at any time of the day!
Amanda, that recipe looks so yummy! I’ll have to try that one. Thanks for sharing.
Amanda, thank you for sharing this! I have made this so many times. Everyone that tries it, loves it!
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you love it!
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Amanda, it was delicious and easy to prepare! Thank you, it’s very delicious!
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Thanks for sharing your recipe. Just found the recipe this morning and started about an hour ago–got sidetracked with family things for a couple minutes–and them back to makingandbaking them. YUMMY!! I know they wiill be best fresh baked but I’m going to freeze some for g’daughters lunches to have a different treat.
They are the perfect lunch treats! I’m so glad you made them!
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everyone will love this bite size form of macaroni and cheese, Cheese can be made so many different ways and I have tried nearly all of them! My Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites are my all time most popular recipe.
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