We miniaturized our kids' favorite meal into party-sized poppers. For big and little kids: Let them help measure the ingredients, stir them together and fill the muffin liners. You can make the snacks a day in advance, and warm them up at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Save Recipe Print
Kids Can Make: Mac 'n' Cheese Bites
Total:
55 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
40 min
Yield:
36 bites
Level:
Easy
Total:
55 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
40 min
Yield:
36 bites
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment: 2 or 3 mini muffin trays (for 36 muffins), mini muffin liners

Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line 2 or 3 mini muffin trays with liners, and coat the liners generously with cooking spray.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and follow package directions for al dente. Drain the macaroni, and rinse in cold water until it is cool. Shake off any excess water.

Put the heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs, mustard, paprika and garlic in a large bowl. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer until combined (the mixture may have small lumps). Add the cooked macaroni, Cheddar and Monterey Jack, and stir until combined.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the macaroni mixture into the prepared muffin liners. Combine the breadcrumbs and butter with your fingers in a small bowl until the mixture is the texture of wet sand. Sprinkle the top of each macaroni mound with buttered breadcrumbs.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the bites are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving hot or at room temperature. Serve with hot sauce on the side if desired.

More from:

Kickoff Snacks

Trending Videos 6 Videos

More Food Network

Whole Lemon Bars 01:36

This lazy cook's version of a lemon bar is simple and delicious.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese Casserole

Recipe courtesy of George Stella

Mac Attack

Recipe courtesy of Paul Malvone

4 Cheese Stuffed Shells

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Saag Paneer: Spinach with Indian Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira

Gina's Pimento Cheese Cakes

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

New Mexicali Green Chile-Cheese Kugel

Recipe courtesy of Amelia Paradise|Carole Hess

Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Dig In

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.