This Halloween creep out your friends and family by serving them some Stuffed Pizza Skulls. They are really easy to make yet look so amazingly cool that no one will realize they took minutes to make.
Stuffed Pizza Skulls
Pizza, stuffed inside a skull is easier to make than you'd ever imagine.
I remember about 5 years ago asking a local bakery if they could make some skull-shaped bread for our Halloween party. Sadly, they couldn't so I made them by hand. Now, thanks to Wilton's 3-D Mini Skull Pan (this pan is sadly no longer available) or the new Nordic Ware's Skull Pan you and I won't ever need the help of a bakery to make a skull-shaped baked good.
You can make any kind of bread shaped like a human skull using the pan. You can even stuff the skulls full of gooey cheese and pizza toppings.
Pizza Skulls for Halloween
You can keep the Stuffed Pizza Skulls simple by filling them with sauce, cheese, and mini pepperoni or you can toss in any of your favorite pizza toppings.
These skulls will make a festive meal for Halloween dinner served alongside a nice salad and will be a fantastic addition to a buffet at your Halloween party.
For your party, you can make and bake these ahead of time, refrigerate them for up to two days or freeze them for about a month, then reheat them before serving. My husband wasn't home when I made these yesterday afternoon, so I had to pop two of them in the toaster oven for him for dinner last night. He said they tasted just like they came out of the oven.
Stuffed Pizza Skulls Video
- Keep scrolling to see the step-by-step instructions.
- You'll have scraps of pizza dough that you can use to create mini pizzas, so you'll use more sauce, cheese, and toppings for this.
You can purchase a Wilton 3-D Mini Skull Pan from Amazon.com or find them in craft stores. (commission earned for sales)
UPDATE: Due to the popularity of the Stuffed Pizza Skull video, the Wilton Pans have sold out on Amazon.com.
Good News: there is a Nordic Ware Pan that is available and it will allow you to make 6 pizza skulls at one time. To do so you will need to use 3 sheets of pizza dough and more sauce and ingredients. I've adjusted the recipe so you can make 6 skulls.
How to make Pizza Skulls Instructions:
- Butter the inside of the 4 faces in your Wilton 3-D Mini Skull Pan.
- Cut pieces of pizza dough (I cut my Pillsbury dough in half) and snuggle them down into the cavities in the pan, being sure you have enough dough to come up over the top all around the opening.
- NOTE: If using a 6 skull cavity pan you will need to use 3 rolls of pizza dough and more ingredients.
- Fill with your pizza toppings, 1 ½ tablespoons of sauce, and ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
- You then will need to cut off the excess dough, pinch together the seams using egg wash as glue to hold the seams together. Remove any excess dough.
- You can use the scraps of dough to make some small pizzas for a snack.
- I didn't try pressing the scraps together to make more skulls. It might work, but I have a feeling the sauce will seep out between the cracks. Of course, that could look kind of creepy and cool.
- Brush egg wash over the backside of your skulls to make sure the seams are really well "glued" together.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until the crust looks cooked through and golden brown.
- Just a note, the faces of your skulls have been in contact with the pan and will be much browner, so do not overbake them.
- Carefully turn the mold over allowing the skulls to fall out onto your counter.
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to two days or freeze for up to a month.
- Reheat before serving. I heated two refrigerated skulls in my toaster oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, which seemed perfect. I'd suggest thawing the skulls in the refrigerator overnight, then heating per above.
I baked a batch of pizza skulls in the Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cakelet pan. I love the shape of the skull, however, the cavities in the pan are deeper than those in the Wilton pan.
So, if you use the Nordic Ware pan, either don't fill them up completely or bake them longer. It took 30 minutes for these skull-shaped pizzas to bake through.
You can watch me making pizza skulls using the Nordic Ware pan on Youtube, here.
What else can I bake in my Skull Pan?
Each of these skulls is made using homemade tortillas and is filled with taco meat, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and cheese.
These skulls are also made using homemade tortillas but they are filled with chicken, cheese, and enchilada sauce.
Pizza Skulls Recipe
3-D skull-shaped pizzas can be filled with your favorite pizza toppings and make a great appetizer or dinner for Halloween.
- 1 - 1 ½ tablespoons melted butter to grease the pan
- 2-3 rolls Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or 22-33 ounces of homemade dough)
- 6-9 tablespoons pizza sauce
- 1-1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- egg wash 1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water
Cut each dough sheet in half.
Drape dough into skull cavity in pan.
Fill with 1 ½ tablespoons of sauce, pizza toppings, and ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cut off the excess dough, pinch together the seams.
Brush egg wash over top of dough.
Repeat creating 4 skulls if using the Wilton skull pan and 6 skulls if using the Nordic Ware skull pan.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until the crust looks cooked through and golden brown.
Remove skulls from pan and serve.
- If using the Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cakelet Pan, and you completely fill the skull cavity, it will take up to 30 minutes for the pizzas to bake.
- You'll also need to add more cheese, sauce, and pizza toppings. I used about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce, ⅓ cup of shredded cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pizza toppings.
- You can brush the excess pizza crusts with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese over the top and bake to enjoy as a snack.
This recipe has been featured in Redfin's Celebrate Halloween at Home article along with other fun Halloween recipes. Be sure to check them out.
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