Macaroni and cheese is a staple in our house. I think anyone with kids can agree that mac and cheese is a favorite in their household too.  No need to buy the store-bought kind with our simple recipe. And the best part about these mini mac and cheese bites is they are perfect for lunches!

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Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac and Cheese Bites

Turn homemade macaroni and cheese into these little bite-sized snacks! Perfect for packing for picnics or lunches. No fork needed to gobble up these bite-sized macaroni and cheese bites!

Mac n Cheese Bites

Here’s what you’ll need to make these easy mac and cheese bites: 

Only 5 ingredients!

  • Macaroni Noodles
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Butter


How long can I keep mac and cheese bites? 

Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave on a low to medium heat setting until warm.

Mac and Cheese Bites
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Mac and Cheese Bites

An easy homemade mac and cheese bites recipe. Only 5 ingredients and great for on-the-go or lunches!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese bites, mac n cheese bites, macarani and cheese bites, mini mac and cheese bites
Servings: 24 bites
Calories: 59kcal


  • Mini muffin pan


  • 1 cup macaroni noodles
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 1.5 cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
    Mac and Cheese Noodles
  • Melt butter in saucepan.
    Melt Butter for Macaroni and Cheese Bites
  • Add in flour and let simmer for a minute.
    Add Flour to make mac and cheese
  • Slowly add in the milk and let simmer for a few more minutes until bubbly.
  • Add 1 cup of the shredded cheese and stir until melted.
    Add Cheese to Mac and Cheese
  • Add in macaroni and stir to cover noodles; set aside to cool or refrigerate overnight.
  • To make the bites: preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of Mac N Cheese into each mini muffin tin cup.
    Add Mac and Cheese into Muffin Tin
  • Top with remaining shredded cheese. Add more if needed to cover completely as shown.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan. If needed, run a knife around each Mac N Cheese bite to easily release from the pan.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



If your mac and cheese bites do not stay together (the noodles fall apart), you can add more melted cheese or mix in 1 beaten egg into the macaroni and cheese before adding into the muffin tins. 


Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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We love how easy these are to make! Make a batch of regular macaroni and cheese and then make the bites for kids’ lunches the next day!

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