Your kids will love this adorable Bookworm Snack made of mozzarella cheese bites. Adults will love them too! You can make these cute pizza puff bookworms for a school lunch, an after-school snack, or a book club meeting.
These cute bookworms are so simple to create using store-bought mozzarella bites.
Each bite-sized pillow of pizza dough is stuffed full of mozzarella cheese. You'll simply heat them and add some decorations made of olives and cheese. It's so easy!
So, let's make some mozzarella-bite bookworms.
mozzarella bites - I used Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites
cheddar cheese slices
Provolone cheese slices
black olives - Use large olives or jumbo olives.
optional small round plunger cutters or metal cutters - You could also use large boba straws or a knife.
Cut out cheese books and eyes and olive glasses and smiles.
Cut a book out of an orange cheese slice, and score it on either side of the spine using the back of a knife. Then cut two thin strips from the white cheese and set them across the orange books about ¼ inch from the edge.
Then cut two small rounds out of the white cheese for the eyes. I used a small round fondant cutter, but you can simply use a knife or kitchen shears.
Cut a slice off the outside of a black olive then cut two tiny circles to be used as the pupils. I used a small round plunger cutter, but a straw works well too.
Then cut two slices out of the center of another olive. Use a slightly larger round cutter than you used for the eyes, to cut the center out of those slices. Once again, you can just use a knife. You want the slices to be about 1/16th inch thick so that they look like the rims of a pair of black glasses.
Cut another smaller slice off the olive. Cut the center out of that slice too then cut it in half. One part will be used for the smile. Cut the other part in half to be used as the nose bridge on the glasses.
Bake the mozzarella bites.
Once your cheese and olive pieces are cut, you can heat the Mozzarella Bites according to the package instructions.
Let them cool just slightly before decorating.
Create your bookworms.
To create the bookworm's head, simply set the glasses, eyes, and mouth on top of a Mozzarella Bite.
Then make the worm's hands, cut a thin piece off the edge of a Mozzarella Bite then cut it into small half-moons. Set the two hands on either side of the book. If you are making more than one bookworm, you'll be able to get quite a few sets of hands out of one Mozzarella Bite.
Arrange the Mozzarella Bites on a plate so that it looks like the bookworm. Set the cheese book on top in between the second and third little cheese puff so that the bookworm looks like he is reading the book.
Serve with marinara dipping sauce.
If you can't find the small mozzarella bites, you can make them yourself by wrapping pizza dough around frozen mini mozzarella cheese wheels like Babybel Cheese and baking them until golden brown in a 400-degree F oven.
You might also like these other back-to-school snack ideas.
- 1 slice orange cheese
- 1 slice white cheese
- 2 jumbo black olives
- 6 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites
- marinara sauce for dipping
Cut one slice of orange cheese into a book.
Use the back of a knife to score the book to create the illusion of a spine.
Cut two long thin strips from the white cheese slice.
Set one strip of white cheese across the cheese book about ¼ inch from the top edge.
Set the other strip near the bottom edge.
Cut 2 small circles out of the white cheese, for the eyes.
Cut 1 slice off the edge of an olive and cut that into two very small circles for the pupils.
Cut two slices from the middle of the olive.
Use a round cutter to cut the centers of the slices out creating the rims of the bookworm's glasses.
Cut another slice from the olive and cut it in half. Half will become the smile. Cut the other piece in half to form the nose piece of the glasses.
Heat the Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites according to package instructions.
Arrange 6 of the Mozzarella Bites on a plate forming a worm.
Cut one thin slice off the remaining Mozzarella Bite, then cut two small half moon shapes out for the worm's hands.
Arrange the olive glasses, cheese eyes, and olive smile on the top Mozzarella Bite (head.)
Set the book between the two Mozzarella Bites that are just below the head.
Set one hand on either side of the cheese book.
Heat the marinara sauce and serve on the side.