Pizza Recipe Just for Kids

Small, manageable, easy to eat and just plain good

Ah, the personal pizza – This bagel pizza recipe is just for me! Kids of all ages like to have their own.

Mini bagels work wonders with this recipe, especially for younger children. Use full size bagels as age increases.

Bagels are fully cooked when you buy them, so warm them – not too much. Think toast.


This recipe will feed 25 kids, if you are you are serving other snacks, and/or appetizers, dinners, etc. Read about Party Food Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.

Bagel Pizza Recipe Shopping List for 25 Kids:

___24 bagels, 2 oz size or a smaller size for smaller kids. Get the "bread" style bagel – you don’t want crunchy on the outside for your few-toothed guests. Frozen is fine.

___8 oz of Pizza sauce, as plain as possible

___8 oz of tomato sauce

___bit of Sugar, maybe...

___Shredded Cheese, 2 – 16 oz packs should do, mild “pizza blend”

___American Sliced Cheese, if you prefer - read below:

Procedure for our Bagel Pizza Recipe:

Two Days Before the Party:

If you bought frozen bagels, move them from the freezer to the refrigerator two days before. Keep them wrapped in plastic both in and out of the fridge.

On the Day of the Party:

On the morning of the party, or even the night before if need be, cover a half sheet pan or a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with vegetable release spray.

Open up the jars of tomato sauce and pizza sauce, blend them together in a large enough bowl and sprinkle in a tablespoon or two of sugar. Stir well.

Cut the bagels and half or pull precut bagels apart, and spread them out on your aluminum foiled pan.

Carefully spread the sauce over the bagels, taking time not to let the sauce trip down the sides.

We want those little hands to stay as clean as possible, not spreading sauce everywhere!

Once sauced, cover each bagel with cheese. Not too much now, you always want to see little sauce through the cheese. We like to leave a few plain just in case there are kids who can’t have dairy.

TIP: A faster and easier way to do the cheese part, especially when you’ve got lots and lots to do, is to simply put a slice of American cheese on each bagel, rather than the shredded cheese. We’ve learned that littler kids like the taste of American cheese even more. If your party has a blend of older and younger kids, you might want to make some of each.

Cover the pre-made bagels with film and put back into the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Remove the bagels from the refrigerator, but don’t take off the film, about a half an hour before you’re ready to serve. Preheat your oven to 400°.

Just before you’re ready to serve, remove the film and slide the bagels into the hot oven for five minutes – just enough to melt the cheese.

SAFETY TIP: Allow the cooked bagels to stand for several minutes and cool before putting them out.

Presentation: Your Eyes Eat First

We like to cut at least 50% of the bagels in half, trying to match the smaller appetite and make this finger food even easier to eat.


The cheese bagels will freeze and reheat well, if you follow our simple trick: Remove the frozen bagels and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Just when you’re ready to put them back into the oven, dip the bread of the bagel in a bit of water – just for a second. Then two of the oven they go – that extra moisture will make all the difference!

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