Mac And Cheese Cupcakes

Can you believe October is nearly over? Didn’t football season just get started? Now there are just a few weekends left in the season. We had big plans to try to go to a game this year, but this late in the game it looks like we will watch the rest of the season from home — maybe we can squeeze in a tailgate party at home.

Speaking of tailgating, everyone knows the most important part of a good tailgate is the food! And I have teamed up with Red Baron to share one of my family’s favorite finger-food appetizers — Mac and Cheese Cupcakes.

Mac & Cheese Cupcakes
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My sister busted out these Mac and Cheese Cupcakes at her party for the big game last year, and I couldn’t stop eating them. They are ridiculously good! Ohhh the crunchy topping – I am getting hungry just thinking about it! They are the perfect appetizer for a tailgating party because everyone loves them and they are crazy easy to make.

Tailgating party tip —  you can make them ahead of time and reheat for the party.

Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
By the way even if you aren’t throwing a party, my kids think Mac and Cheese Cupcakes are a fun way to eat macaroni and cheese. Because isn’t food more fun when you can eat it with your hands?

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of Servings: 24

Everyone’s comfort food in a handheld form – Mac and Cheese Cupcakes! Whether you are making these for a party or just for dinner, everyone will gobble them up!

My favorite muffin tin (under $10 shipped!). 


  • 1 box macaroni noodles
  • 2 blocks sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk

Macoroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin tin (1 full box makes 24 muffins).

Mix breadcrumbs, salt and olive oil.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for about 8 minutes, it should still be a little bit firm.

Remove from the heat, drain and return to the pan; stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated.

Reserve 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and stir the remaining cheddar cheese and milk into the pasta.

Spoon into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the reserved cheese and the breadcrumb mixture over the tops.

Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes until you remove them.

Tip: If you manage to have leftovers, they reheat nicely in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes.

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes
Happy tailgating!


  1. Barbara Montag says:

    Wow this is really different.
    We’d all love this!
    Talk about a great comfort food.


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