We are always looking for great after school snacks.  Plus who can resist any recipe that includes mac & cheese and a mini-muffin pan.  There are tons of recipes online for these fun little bites.  Here, we made small modifications to a recipe we found on


The ingredients included: 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni, 1 tablespoon butter1 egg, beaten, 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 cups colby & monterey jack cheeses,  1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese,

Cook the elbow macaroni according to the instructions on the box. Sous Chef Mommies may want to help with this.


It may be easier to use pre-shredded cheese.  However, if necessary, shred any blocks of cheese you may have until you have enough for the recipe. 


 Make sure your little chefs keep their fingers away from the blades.  You can try cooking gloves for added precaution.

#3_add cheeseSpray the mini-muffin pan with the cooking spray.  Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese at the bottom of the pan for nice crusty shell.

#4_add milk_cheesePlace the pot on a cool place on the stove.  Then add the butter, egg, cheese and milk to the cooked noodles.

#5_add salt & pepperNext add just enough salt and pepper to your liking.  The next time we try this recipe, we may add in nutmeg and /or paprika.  This a great way to have your little chefs experiment with different spices and flavors.

#6_Mix ingredientsMix all the ingredients….

#7_add mac in pan…. Place the cooled pot to a safe space on the counter.  Then you can spoon the cheesy noodles in the mini pan.

#8_sprinkle cheeseSprinkle the extra cheese on top of the noodles…

#9_place in oven

…then bake @350 in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.

#10_wash while waitAnd don’t forget your ABCs (Always Be Cleaning). While your bites are in the oven, this is a perfect time to wash any used dishes.

#12_yumLet cool then enjoy! These little bites can be stored and served again and again.  Just heat and go….



Mac and Cheese Bites
A fun twist on a family classic!
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  1. 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni
  2. 1 tablespoon butter
  3. 1 egg, beaten
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 1/2 cups colby & monterey jack cheeses
  6. 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  7. cooking spray
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Reserve ½ cup of Cheddar Cheese. Use ½ of your reserve to sprinkle cheese at the bottom of your pan.
  2. Cook the elbow noodles according to the instructions on the box. Remove from the heat, drain and return to the pan.
  3. Stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated. 1 cup of Cheddar cheese, milk and Colby & Monterey Jack cheese into the pasta.
  4. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the remaining reserved cheese over the top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the topping is nicely browned. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. This will allow the cheese to set and they will hold their muffin shape.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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