43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (2024)

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43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (1)

By Heath Goldman

Published Apr 7, 2020

Let's be honest: Your muffin tins are probably gathering dust on an impossible-to-reach shelf in the pantry right now. But if you've only been using them for muffins, you're in for a surprise. There are a ton of recipes you can make (and the meal prepping options are endless). So dust off your pans and try one of these 43 muffin-tin recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

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1. Oatmeal Chocolate-chip Breakfast Cups

Who said you can't have milk and cookies for breakfast?

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2. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

No chopsticks required.

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3. Muffin-tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

The sweet treats look like they belong on a bakery shelf, but we promise they’re easy enough to whip up at home (with the help of your trusty muffin tin, of course).

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Stuffing Muffins

Get ready for Thanksgiving, year-round.

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Averie Cooks

5. Easy Mini Pot Pies

The easiest pies you'll ever make.

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6. Ice-cream Cupcakes

You’re welcome.

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7. Poached Eggs

Does poaching eggs seem like a daunting task? With the help of your muffin tin, now you can offer them to a crowd.

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8. Seven-ingredient Vegan Key-lime Pies

Pies have never been easier.

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9. Cheesy Polenta Bites With Brussels Sprouts And Pancetta

How to seriously up the app’s ante.

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10. Bacon-wrapped Eggs

Two of your favorite breakfast foods, reinvented.

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12. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Comfort food is honestly the best food.

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13. Homemade Tater Tots

With cheese and bacon, of course.

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14. Spinach Puffs

Easy, cheesy, crowd-pleaser!

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Wholesum Yum

15. Low-carb Zucchinipizza Muffins

Not your average healthy snack.

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16. Five-ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

We've just found our new favorite dessert.

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17. Mini Vegetable Lasagnas

You won't miss the meat, we promise.

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18. Keto Cheesecake Bites

Low-carb deliciousness.

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19. Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

You haven't tried mousse until you've tried peanut butter mousse.

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20. Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Breakfast Cups

Your favorite brunch recipe is now portable.

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21. Brown Sugar Peach French Toast Cups

Delicious french toast, zero technique required.

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Damn Delicious

22. Mini Lasagna Cups

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23. Easy Cheese And Prosciutto Croissants

Hooray for mash-ups.

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24. Spinach Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Introducing the star of your next potluck.

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25. Vegan Aussie Bites

A healthy cookie-muffin hybrid.

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26. Cranberry Brie Bites

Fall vibes, year-round.

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27. Baked Oatmeal Cups

If you thought oatmeal was boring, think again.

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28. Cheesy Chicken And Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

A creative way to use up leftover quinoa.

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29. Ham And Egg Cups

A breakfast recipe the whole family will love.

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30. Buffalo Chicken Cups

And next up in our perfect-for-football-Sunday category…

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31. Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites

We dare you to just have one.

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Spend with Pennies

32. Mini Meatloves

Make these whenever someone says “I don’t like meatloaf.”

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Damn Delicious

33. Mini Garlic Monkey Bread

This is the stuff dreams are made of.

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34. Crispy Cheesy Potato Snacks

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35. Spinach And Artichoke Cups

It’s important to eat your veggies.

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36. Mini Taco Salad Cups

The crispy layers are so addicting.

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37. Garlic Bread Mini Pizzas

Our favorite vehicle for sauce and cheese.

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38. Spicy Muffin Tin Chicken Tostadas

They’ll never guess these are made with store-bought tortillas.

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39. Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Basically a potato living its best life.

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40. Mini Quiche With Kale, Roasted Red Peppers And Feta Cheese

A timeless classic.

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41. Five-ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

Fresh, easy, light.

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42. Mini Lasagnas

Way easier to whip up than the O.G. dish.

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Damn Delicious

43. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Even tastier than pigs in a blanket.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?

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FAQs

Should I bake muffins at 350 or 375? ›

Ideal Muffin Cooking Temperature

That being said, the standard oven temperature for baking desserts like quick breads and muffins is commonly set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Setting your oven to this temperature will almost always produce a well-cooked muffin recipe.

What can you use instead of a muffin tin? ›

You can use alternative items such as ramekins, silicone baking cups, or even a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake muffins without a muffin tray.

Can you make muffins without muffin tin? ›

Take any basic batter, from brownie batter to cake batter to muffin batter, and spread it onto a parchment-lined (or well-greased) sheet pan with high edges. Bake until just set and golden on the edges, then remove from the oven and let it cool.

How long to bake muffins at 400 in the oven? ›

High to Low Baking Temperature

So for this batch I took the control recipe and started it off by baking for 5 minutes at 450°F, then turned the temperature down to 400°F and continued baking for slightly less than 15 minutes. These muffins were beautifully tall, attractive, moist, and soft.

What is the secret to moist muffins? ›

How to Make Homemade Muffins Moist: Our Top Tips
  1. Tips to Make Homemade Muffins Moist.
  2. Keep Wet and Dry Ingredients Separately.
  3. Add All Flavorings Last.
  4. Consider Paper Liners.
  5. Don't Overfill the Muffin Cups.
  6. Check the Temperature of Your Oven.
  7. Test if Muffins Are Fully Cooked.
  8. Top Your Muffins with Flavor.
Aug 9, 2021

What is the secret to high muffins? ›

The idea here is to start the muffins in a very hot oven for just a short amount of time. This activates the baking powder and allows the muffins to shoot up in height quickly. We then turn the heat down and continue to cook for longer. This is done to avoid over-browning and overbaking.

Is there a difference between muffin tins and cupcake tins? ›

Is There a Difference Between a Cupcake Pan and a Muffin Pan? What is this? Muffin pans and cupcake pans are exactly the same. However, in yet another difference between cupcakes and muffins, cupcakes always use liners and muffins are often baked without liners.

Can you bake cupcakes in paper cups without a pan? ›

Method 1: Paper cupcake liners can work without a cupcake tray, especially if you are careful not to overfill the liners. You can then place them in a snug pan that will keep 5-6 paper liners upright.

Are silicone or metal muffin tins better? ›

Skip Silicone Muffin Pans

Plus, silicone doesn't conduct heat the same way metal does, and everything we baked in the silicone muffin pans we tested came out pale and underdone. Because silicone muffin pans are so floppy, they're often placed on a sheet pan and then into an oven.

What makes a muffin not a cupcake? ›

The fluffy batter is what gives cupcakes their soft, spongy texture. Muffins, on the other hand, are moist and dense. Another important difference between a cupcake and a muffin is that cupcakes tend to have more sugar and so they're a lot sweeter than muffins.

Can you make muffins in a muffin pan without liners? ›

You can. I did for years, still do when I make corn muffins. You must grease the cupcake muffin/cupcake pan well. For corn muffins I just grease, for cupcakes I grease and flour.

What can I use if I don't have cupcake liners for muffins? ›

First, cut a sheet of parchment into five-to-six-inch squares. Then, place the squares over the holes in the muffin tin, and use the heel of a small glass to mold the paper into the indent.

What not to do when baking muffins? ›

Common Muffin Making Mistakes To Avoid
  1. Over mixing the batter.
  2. Overfilling the muffin tray.
  3. Leaving the muffins in the pan after they have baked.
  4. Berries, nuts, and chocolate chips sink to the bottom.
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How do you make high domed muffins? ›

But if you want super domed muffins with seriously tall tops, rest the batter for an hour! This will allow the flour to hydrate and absorb the liquids in the batter more fully, leading to taller domes.

What is the best temperature to bake muffins? ›

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing. There's no question that the standard oven temperature of 350°F gets the job done for baking up muffins and quick breads.

What is the best temperature for muffins? ›

Muffins require a hot oven, between 375°F and 425°F. Follow recipe directions. When baking more than one pan of muffins, allow enough room around each pan and between the pans and the sides of the oven for the heat to circulate. You may need to rotate the pans during baking.

How long to bake something at 375 instead of 350? ›

40 to 45 min. That is, bake it for 40 min and then check it to see if it's done (or otherwise check it 5 minutes earlier than you otherwise would). The difference between 350F and 375F in actual cooking is generally dwarfed by the temperature inaccuracy of home ovens.

Can I bake muffins at 375 instead of 400? ›

Some say to set a temperature of anywhere between 350 and 400 degrees with decreasing bake times as the temperature goes up. My favored way, though, is to heat the oven to 400 and then turn it down to 375 after putting the pan in the oven.

What is the ideal temperature for baking muffins and why? ›

There's no question that the standard oven temperature of 350°F gets the job done for baking up muffins and quick breads.

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