Mini Mac and Cheese Cupcakes with Toppings Bar Recipe

A super-easy — and irresistible — snack


Mini mac ’n cheese cupcakes liven up a winter cocktail party

Kids, grandparents, dogs, babies… they all love these cupcake-shaped bites. Easy and delicious, with lots of fun toppings, it’s a great bite that your party guests can customize to their liking. If you want some healthier variations, try subbing in whole wheat pasta or Annie’s Mac & Cheese (rather than Kraft) and add some fresh spinach and Fontina to the mixture before you place it into the muffin pans.

Mini Mac & Cheese Cupcakes with Toppings Bar Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes (or until browned)
Yields 24 cupcakes

  • 2 7¼-oz boxes mac and cheese or your favorite homemade recipe (yielding 4 cups of mac and cheese)
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • ½ cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup of Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup of each to be used as a topping: truffle oil, hot sauce, chopped bacon, and scallions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make mac and cheese according to package instructions. Once cooked, stir in hot sauce and shredded cheeses.
  3. Oil two 12-cup mini muffin pans.
  4. Scoop mac and cheese mixture into prepped mini muffin pans and bake for about 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
  5. Serve on a platter with the toppings in bowls so guests can customize their bites.

Find more cocktail party ideas from Mary Giuliani’s book, The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover (Ballantine Books, 2015), here.

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