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Cowabunga TMNT Character Pizzas

In honor of the epic release of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM, we’ve whipped up a totally tubular TMNT-inspired recipe that will have you shouting “Cowabunga!” Get ready to chow down and prepare to be shell-shocked by the awesomeness of these Character Pizzas. Each pizza represents one of your favorite heroes in a half-shell, and they’re as delicious as they are fun to make.

History of the Dish:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a pop culture sensation since their comic book debut in 1984. These pizza-loving crime fighters quickly became beloved icons, inspiring a whole generation of fans. Character Pizzas pay homage to these heroes and are perfect for a TMNT-themed party or a family pizza night.

Cowabunga TMNT Character Pizzas

Cowabunga Character Pizzas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-18 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces (225g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Candy eyes
  • Assorted food items for creating your own TMNT character masks (orange bell pepper, blue tortilla chips, purple eggplant, red bell peppers, black licorice)
  • Cornmeal and Flour for dusting

How to Make Cowabunga Character Pizzas


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Pizza Crusts:
    • Roll out the refrigerated biscuit dough on a floured surface. This will be the base of your pizzas.
  3. Prepare the Baking Sheet:
    • Sprinkle cornmeal on a baking sheet to prevent sticking.
  4. Shape the Pizza Crusts:
    • Lay down the rolled-out crusts on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch of space between them.
  5. Add the Sauce:
    • Spread 1-2 tablespoons of pizza sauce on each pizza crust, ensuring even coverage.
  6. Sprinkle the Cheese:
    • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese generously over the sauce on each pizza.
  7. Bake to Perfection:
    • Slide the pizzas into the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  8. Create TMNT Masks:
    • While the pizzas are baking, channel your inner turtle creativity.
    • Use the following ingredients to create the TMNT masks:
      • Michelangelo (Mikey): Orange bell pepper slices.
      • Leonardo (Leo): Blue tortilla chips.
      • Donatello (Donnie): Purple eggplant with black licorice for glasses.
      • Raphael (Ralph): Red bell pepper slices.
    • Cut out eye holes from sliced mozzarella using a small round cookie cutter, and place candy eyes on top.
    • Use thin slices of eggplant for eyebrows and smiles to complete the character masks.

Expert Tips:

  • Feel free to customize your Character Pizzas with your favorite toppings, just like the Turtles would! Additional veggies, pepperoni, or even some grated Parmesan cheese can be excellent choices.
  • To make these pizzas extra crispy, sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on the bottom of the crust before adding the sauce.

Storage and Leftovers:

  • Character Pizzas are best enjoyed fresh from the oven. However, if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven for that perfect crispy texture.


Q: Can I use homemade pizza dough instead of refrigerated biscuit dough? A: Absolutely! Homemade pizza dough can add a personal touch to your Character Pizzas. Just make sure to roll it out to a similar thickness as instructed.

Q: What can I use as a substitute for candy eyes? A: Mini marshmallows, olive slices, or small pieces of cheese can work as fun and edible eye substitutes.

Alternate Names:

  • Ninja Turtle Character Pizzas
  • TMNT Hero Pizzas
  • Turtle Power Personal Pizzas

Make it a Family Night with Character Pizzas and TMNT Mutant Mayhem:

Epic TMNT Adventure Alert! 

Get ready for the thrill of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM, available for Digital purchase or rent, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes®!

Critics call it “vibrant” and “hilarious” while fans rave it’s the Turtles movie of our dreams.

Bonus Content:

  • Explore the making of the movie with 40+ minutes of behind-the-scenes magic!
  • Meet the teenage voices behind the Turtles.
  • Uncover the mutant antagonists led by Ice Cube’s Superfly.
  • Dive into the visual world of MUTANT MAYHEM.
  • Learn to draw Leonardo, the Turtle leader.


The Turtles venture into the human world to win hearts as heroic teenagers. With April O’Neil by their side, they face a menacing crime syndicate and an army of mutants.

Rating: PG – Action, Language, Mutant Fun!

Don’t miss this shell-tastic adventure! #TMNTMutantMayhem

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