Did someone say “perfect after school snack”? Because that’s what we’re thinking! We’ll admit, these mini mac and cheese bites may not be the most nutritious after school snack in the world, but they are something the kids will come running for and certainly make for a great treat. We also love that they are made a bit healthier by baking instead of frying. A kid and adult pleasing win!
Mini Mac and Cheese Bites
Makes: 18-20 mac and cheese balls
Total Time: 40 minutes + chilling time
• 3 cups macaroni and cheese, homemade OR 1 box store-bought, prepared as directed
• 2 large eggs, beaten
• ½ cup flour
• 1 cup bread crumbs, seasoned or unseasoned
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions. Place in an airtight container and chill
in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, until firm and somewhat dried out.
Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in 3 separate small bowls and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle baking
sheets with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spread evenly.
Remove mac and cheese from the refrigerator. Using a small cookie scoop, roll macaroni and
cheese into 1 ½ inch balls until all mac and cheese has been used.
Working one at a time, dip rolled mac and cheese in the flour, then the beaten eggs, and finally
dredge in bread crumbs, pressing all around to coat. Repeat with all balls.
Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and add 2 more
tablespoons olive oil to the sheet and spread around. Flip balls over and bake for an additional
7-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and serve with your favorite condiment.