Pizza bites in the shape of a Christmas tree on parchment paper on top of a wooden serving board, garnished with parsley and chopped red pepper, with a small, round container of pizza sauce. There is a green holiday tea towel in the background with Christmas trees on it and a bowl of chopped red peppers towards the top of the photo.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Stuffed Pizza Bites

5.0 from 2 votes

Pizza bites are always a crowd pleaser because they’re the perfect finger food and you can fill them with anything you like. I love making pizza bites any time of the year, but they’re even more fun during the holidays, shaped like a Christmas tree! The great thing about these is how easily they come together and how versatile they are as far as what you can fill them with. I usually make about half with mozzarella and pepperoni and then I make a mixture of pesto and mozzarella, plain mozzarella and mozzarella and olive. You can really fill them with whatever pizza toppings are your favorite!

These make the perfect snack for sharing on a football Sunday, so save this recipe for your next gameday spread! Instead of making them into the shape of a Christmas tree, just grease a 9×13 baking dish and bake them side by side in there. They may take about 5 minutes longer than the tree shape since there are more baking closer together.

I like to use Pillsbury pizza dough for these since they come in the shape of a rectangle already. I simply roll out two packages and cut each one into 24 rectangles. If you’d like to use another dough, or make a dough from scratch, you want about 24 oz of dough for this and you want to be sure to roll it out fairly thin.

Check out my instagram post on this recipe here.

If you’re looking for more holiday-inspired appetizers, check out this Brie and cranberry wreath!

Cheesy Pizza Bites Pull-Apart Appetizer

Recipe by Sarah
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizers, Sides, Lunch, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These cheesy pizza bites are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Fill them with your favorite pizza toppings for your next holiday gathering.

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  • 2 packages pre-made dough – see note

  • 8 oz block mozzarella cheese

  • 48 pepperoni slices (optional)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • Pizza sauce or marinara sauce for dipping

  • Garnishes:
  • 2 tsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped

  • Optional additional add-ins:
  • Pesto

  • Black olives

  • Roasted red peppers


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F and set a rack in the middle position.
  • Cut the mozzarella block into 48 pieces.
  • Roll pizza dough out, one at a time, into rectangles and cut each one into 24 pieces.
  • Add mozzarella and toppings to your cut pizza dough rectangles.
  • Carefully wrap up each pizza bite, sealing them as well as you can, so that the mozzarella doesn’t leak out while baking.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and build your tree. I made the bottom row with 7 pizza bites and worked my way up with each row having one less until I got to the top. I used 4 pizza bites for the stump. I had extra since the tree took 32 pizza bites and the recipe makes 48. I baked the extra pizza bites in a separate baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix Italian seasoning with olive oil and then brush it evenly over the tree using a pastry brush. Here is my favorite seasoning to use for this.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown. I turned the baking sheet once about halfway through to help it cook more evenly.
  • Serve while hot with your favorite pizza sauce or marinara for dipping.

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  • I used Pillsbury pizza dough packages for this because it comes in a rectangle shape which makes this quick and easy to put together. Any pizza dough will work! You want about 28 oz of dough to make 48 pizza bites. I baked 32 pizza bites in the shape of a tree to make this and baked the additional 16 pizza bites in a medium sized baking dish. If you simply want to make pizza bites that aren’t shaped like a Christmas tree, just place them all side by side in a greased 9×13 baking dish and follow the same instructions. They may take about 5 mins longer since they will be closer together.

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