Creepy Bug Buns


Creepy Bug Buns are a brilliant addition to your Halloween party food spread. Decorate these homemade pizza buns with pretzel ¿legs¿ for a spooky Halloween appetizer.

Creepy Bug Buns
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
30 mins
Rise Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
12 bug buns


  • 1 ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (5 ounces)

  • 1 14.5 ounce can pizza sauce

  • 1 16 ounce package frozen white roll dough (12 rolls), thawed

  • 1 egg white

  • water

  • Sesame seeds

  • 36 pretzel sticks

  • 12 pretzel nuggets


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a small bowl combine mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup of the pizza sauce. Using a rolling pin or your fingers, roll or stretch one of the dinner rolls to a 4-inch circle. Spoon a slightly rounded tablespoon of the cheese mixture on top of the dough round. In another small bowl whisk together egg white and the water; brush the edges of the dough circle with the egg white mixture. Gather the dough edges together and pinch to make a ball. Place, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining rolls and cheese mixture to make 12 balls.

  3. Brush dough balls with egg white mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Halve each pretzel stick. For legs, push three pretzel stick halves into dough on one side of each ball and three on the other side of each ball. For head, place a pretzel nugget on top of each ball. Let rise in a warm place for 10 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden. (Bug buns may leak cheese and sauce onto parchment, this makes them look creepy.)

  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat the remaining pizza sauce over medium heat until heated through. Serve warmed pizza sauce with bug buns.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

170 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 131mg 3%
Folate, total 36.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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