Our Pepperoni Pizza Bombs recipe stuffs flaky, pre-made biscuit dough with spicy pepperoni and melted mozzarella for hand-held bursts of pizza flavor. A total crowd-pleaser that’s ready in 25 minutes!
Easy Pepperoni Pizza Bombs Recipe
When you want all the cheesy goodness of pizza but don’t feel like dealing with pizza dough, make our cute and flavorful pizza bombs! (We call them “bombs” because when you bite into one it’s like a concentrated bomb of pizza flavor explodes in your mouth.)
This is a super adaptable recipe, which is another reason we like it. You can add in any additional pizza toppings you like, or skip the meat and fill them with vegetables like green peppers and olives to make them vegetarian.
Pizza bombs make a great grab-and-go after-school snack, or you could even tuck one into a lunchbox. They also hold up well to being served at a potluck – just know that they may not last too long on the table!
Why You’ll Love These Pizza Bombs
We really love these and hope you will too! Here are some of our top reasons for making these as often as possible:
- Everything you love about pizza in a hand-held bite. Melted mozzarella, spicy pepperoni, creamy marinara – oh man. This one’s a keeper.
- Easy with pre-made dough. Using pre-made dough in this recipe cuts prep time and makes it a breeze to put together. We like Pillsbury’s Grands! Southern Homestyle Biscuits in this recipe because they are oh-so-flaky and hold up well in the oven.
- Adorable. Look, we know we shouldn’t judge a recipe based on looks alone. And we swear we don’t with this one – as mentioned, this is a pizza lover’s dream. But these bombs are also really cute.
A mix of pantry staples and store-bought ingredients are all you’ll need to make these pizza bombs. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for the full ingredient amounts.
- Buttermilk Biscuits: We use Grands Southern homestyle biscuits.
- Pizza Sauce: You can use store-bought pizza sauce or marinara sauce.
- Mozzarella Cheese: Use fresh mozzarella in this recipe.
- Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter.
- Italian Seasoning: Use a mix of dried basil and oregano if you don’t have Italian Seasoning.
- Salt and Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese: Use shredded cheese.
How to Make Pepperoni Pizza Bombs
It’s not hard to make these flavorful pizza bites. Let the photos below guide you through each step of the process.
- Prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Flatten the biscuits. Use your hands to press out the biscuits until they are flat and round. Add the pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese to the middle of the flattened biscuit.
- Form the bombs. Bring the middle pieces together and pinch them until they seal. Then pull up the ends and pinch until the ends blend and seal together.
- Assemble the bombs on the baking tray. Place the bomb on the prepared baking tray, making sure it’s seam side down. Repeat this process with the rest of the ingredients until all the pizza bombs are assembled.
- Combine the seasoning mixture. In a small bowl, whisk to combine the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Brush the biscuits with the herb mixture. Using a pastry brush, or a spoon, coat the pizza bombs with the butter mixture. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese evenly on top of the bombs.
- Bake. Place the prepared bombs in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and serve.
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips to help make these decadent little pizza treats. Have all of your ingredients ready to go so that you can quickly assembly the bombs while the biscuit dough is still cold.
- Place the pizza bombs seam-side down when baking. Make sure to place the seam side down on the baking tray. This will keep the pizza bombs from spreading open while baking. If they do spread open they’ll taste the same but look a little differently (more like a pizza flower, but not in a pretty way!).
- Don’t overfill the biscuits. Be careful not to overfill the biscuit with pizza filling. Overfilling will cause the sauce and cheese to leak out during baking.
- Refrigerate the biscuits until ready to use. Keep the biscuits in the refrigerator until you have everything prepped and ready to go. The dough holds its shape better when it is cold.
- Keep the sauce just in the middle of the biscuit. Try to keep the sauce in the middle of the flattened biscuit rather than near the edges. This will help seal the biscuit if the ends are nice and dry. If the dough gets wet it doesn’t seal as tightly.
- Customize! You can add in your favorite pizza toppings. Or leave out the pepperoni for a vegetarian pizza bomb.
These pizza bombs are great as an after-school snack or you can round them out for dinner with these suggestions:
- Add a salad. To make pizza bombs your main meal, you’ll need to add a green salad with lots of crunchy veggies. I love making a big bowl of Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad to serve with pizza bombs.
- Serve with extra sauce. If you like your pizza bombs extra saucy, serve them with some extra pizza sauce or homemade marinara sauce, like my Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, on the side for dipping.
- With bowls of tomato soup. Instead of extra sauce, try serving pepperoni pizza bombs with steaming bowls of homemade tomato soup. My Roasted Tomato Soup or Tomato Basil Soup would be perfect options.
Storage and Reheating Options
The pizza bombs are best served fresh. But if you do have leftovers, here’s what to do with them:
- Fridge – You can store leftover pizza bombs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freezer – We recommend individually wrapping each bomb in plastic wrap, placing in a freezer-safe bag, and freezing them for up to 3 months. Defrost the bombs in the fridge before rewarming them.
- To Reheat – To reheat the pizza bombs, place them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 200°F until hot. You can also use an air fryer to quickly reheat them. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, heat to 375°F, and place the bombs in the basket. Heat in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes until hot.
More Easy Pizza Recipes
Pepperoni Pizza Bombs
- 1 16.3 oz can buttermilk Grands Southern homestyle biscuits (8 count)
- ½ cup pizza sauce or marinara
- 16 slices pepperoni
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using your hands flatten out the biscuits until they are flat and round. (Check the step-by-step photos above in the post for a visual.)
- Add 1 ½ teaspoons pizza sauce to the middle of the flattened biscuit. Add 2 slices of pepperoni and one of the cheese squares.
- .Bring the middle pieces together and pinch them until they seal. Next, pull up the ends and pinch until all the ends are blended and sealed together.
- Place the bomb on the prepared baking tray SEAM side down. Repeat until all pizza bombs are assembled.
- In a small bowl, whisk to combine the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, or a spoon, to coat the pizza bombs with the butter mixture. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese evenly on top of the bombs.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes and then serve!
- Storage: These pizza bombs are best served fresh. You can store leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Try reheating them in the oven or in an air fryer for best results.
- Make sure and put the seam side down on the baking tray. Otherwise, the pizza bombs spread open while baking, they will taste the same but look a little differently. More like a pizza flower, but not in a pretty way, in a messy way.
- Do not overfill the biscuit, overfilling will cause the sauce and cheese to leak out during baking.
- Keep the biscuits in the refrigerator until you have everything prepped and ready to go. The dough holds its shape better when it is at its coldest.
- Keep the sauce in the middle of the flattened biscuit, this will help seal the biscuit if the ends are nice and dry. If the dough gets wet it doesn't seal as tightly.
- These are super easy and really tasty! Customize them to whatever your favorite pizza toppings are!
- If you like your pizza bombs extra saucy, serve them with some extra pizza sauce or homemade marinara sauce on the side for dipping.