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Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, sprinkle 1/4 cup bread crumbs into 36 greased mini-muffin cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese until melted.
  • Remove from heat; stir in biscuit mix, eggs and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Add macaroni; toss to coat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons macaroni mixture into prepared mini-muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Customize these bites by adding mix-ins like chopped jalapenos, crumbled bacon, or minced garlic.
  • Hand-grating cheese for any mac and cheese tends to result in the smoothest, tastiest sauce.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 appetizer: 91 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Susan
      Oct 15, 2020

      Can they be made ahead of time and frozen?

    • Liz
      Feb 25, 2020

      Marvellous recipe, thank you! Gobbled up in no time, sadly no children about. Just added some cayenne, as that was what I had on hand. In answer to MARION IN AUSTRALIA... there is a recipe on this site for “biscuit baking mix”, that’s the stuff.

    • Gretchen
      Feb 13, 2020

      These were a hit at our party. I ended up putting a little cheese in after the breadcrumbs to help keep them together when I took them out of the pan. I also made some in a regular size muffin tin to keep them going.

    • Marion
      Feb 4, 2020

      What is biscuit/ baking mix please? Is it something l can make myself? I'm in Australia and not heard of it. Thanks

    • rena 55
      Jan 4, 2020

      A big hit at my get together. Really loved the addition of bread crumbs. Will make again!

    • suefetzer
      Dec 24, 2019

      Just made these today for a Christmas Eve dinner and I would love to keep them all for myself, lol They are sooo good. I didn't have any onion powder so I just chopped some onion and sautéed it with the butter. I also did freshly grate the cheese but ran out of the freshly grated and ended up using the regular packaged kind also Added in chopped bacon for the 2nd tray ad used some grated parmesan cheese to put in the bottom of the mini muffins along with bread crumbs, yum!!

    • Susan
      Dec 24, 2019

      what am i missing??? instruction say to add "biscuit mix" but no biscuit mix in ingredients?!

    • ojc0806
      Dec 23, 2019

      Simple and wonderfully tasty! I can't wait to make again at my next holiday celebration!

    • Jacky
      Dec 9, 2019

      I’m disappointed to say this was not good at all. Considering the amount of time it takes to make I was expecting much more. The addition of garlic powder and onion powder was so overwhelming that was all you could taste. I had to throw the entire mixture into the trash. It had no semblance to mac and cheese that I’m accustomed to eating.

    • Kayla
      Jul 14, 2018

      Hi! Does anyone know if it’s okay to refrigerate the macaroni mix BEFORE baking for next day bake??? Thanks!