Homemade Airfryer Mac and Cheese Bites

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Kids mac n cheese recipes are par for the course when looking for kid-friendly meal and appetizer ideas. These Airfryer Mac and Cheese Bites are virtually pasta balls, bite-sized finger food perfect for picking up without utensils. That in itself makes it kid-friendly at its core.

mac and cheese bites appetizers on a white plate

This airfryer mini mac and cheese bites recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat. You can even use some of our leftover Spicy Chicken Mac n Cheese to make these cheese bites more fun. But, you might want to keep the spicy cheese bites separate for the adults.

Mac and Cheese Bites Dipping Sauce Ideas

  • Marina sauce
  • Buffalo hot sauce
  • Ranch
  • Barbecue sauce

What Kind of Air Fryer Should I Buy?

There are so many types of air fryers available. We have tried so many Ninja Air Fryer Recipes, but the Cuisinart digital air fryer is also a really good one.

When To Serve Cheese Bites Snacks

  • Mac and cheese bites make great Halloween party appetizers for adults or kids, or really for any party.
  • Any buffet of heavy appetizers for cocktail party or other events.
  • Make mini mac and cheese appetizer Thanksgiving starters. This is great for snacking before the main meal. Our air fryer turkey and stuffed pork chops are also good alternative Thanksgiving recipes.
  • Pair with keto friendly appetizers for a more balanced selection of passed appetizers. Yum!

Do Air Fryers Cause Cancer?

According to Healthline, fried food can be linked to some forms of cancer. But,

Air-frying your food instead of using a deep fryer may help lower the acrylamide content of your fried foods.

Which means, while there can still be acrylamide content in your air fried food, it would be less than the content in traditionally fried food.

What Size Air Fryer Do I Need?

There are many air fryer sizes available, and you should consider the size needed before you make that purchase. So, instead of wondering what size air fryer for family of 4, check out our suggestions below:

Air Fryer SizeHousehold Size
2 quart air fryer1-2
2-3 quart air fryer1-2
4-6 quart air fryer3-4
6-10 quart air fryer5+ or people who entertain

Our fried mac and cheese bites air fryer recipe is a fun and tasty appetizer recipe that is always well received. It is an appetizer recipe that also serves as a conversation starter.

How to Make Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Bites

  1. Start with cold macaroni and a cookie dough scoop. Use the cookie dough scoop to form balls. Roll in your hands to make sure the balls are packed and uniform.
  2. Dip the balls in the egg and coat completely.
  3. Next, roll the ball in the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  4. Repeat with remaining mac balls.
  5. Preheat the air fryer if required by your air fryer model, and then load these easy appetizers into the air fryer and cook them up.
  6. Serve with a sauce if desired and enjoy!
mac and cheese bites appetizers on a white plate


Yield: 10 servings

Homemade Airfryer Mac and Cheese Bites

Homemade Airfryer Mac and Cheese Bites

This is one of our favorite appetizer small plate recipes and is whipped up with just a few ingredients. Try Mac and Cheese bites for football appetizer ideas or any occasion when you need kid friendly appetizers. Serve with dip alongside other hot or cold appetizers.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  1. Take a small scoop of your mac & cheese. Are used a cookie scoop, but you can use a measuring spoon or a regular spoon. Roll the mac & cheese into a ball using the palms of your hands.
  2. Dip your mac & cheese balls into the egg mixture, followed by coating it in the breadcrumbs.
  3. Place your mac & cheese balls into your air fryer. 
  4. Set your air fryer to 380°, and cook air fryer mac and cheese bites for eight minutes, or until they are slightly browned
  5. Enjoy your favorite dipping sauce with these air fry mac and cheese bites.


Mix up the flavor for these Mac and Cheese Bites air fryer recipes by using leftover Spicy Chicken Mac and Cheese or one of your other favorite mac and cheese recipes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 38Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 67mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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