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

food

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.

RELATED

15 Quick and Easy Muffin Tin Breakfasts

Half Baked Harvest

1. Oatmeal Chocolate-chip Breakfast Cups

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

Get the Recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

No chopsticks required.

Get the recipe

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

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).

Get the Recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Stuffing Muffins

Get ready for Thanksgiving, year-round.

Get the Recipe

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (6)

Averie Cooks

5. Easy Mini Pot Pies

The easiest pies you'll ever make.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Ice-cream Cupcakes

You’re welcome.

Get the recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

Get the recipe

RELATED

RELATED 47 Egg Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (9)

Minimalist Baker

8. Seven-ingredient Vegan Key-lime Pies

Pies have never been easier.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Cheesy Polenta Bites With Brussels Sprouts And Pancetta

How to seriously up the app’s ante.

Get the recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Bacon-wrapped Eggs

Two of your favorite breakfast foods, reinvented.

Get the Recipe

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (13)

Minimalist Baker

12. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Comfort food is honestly the best food.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (14)

Well Plated By Erin

13. Homemade Tater Tots

With cheese and bacon, of course.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (15)

Well Plated by Erin

14. Spinach Puffs

Easy, cheesy, crowd-pleaser!

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (16)

Wholesum Yum

15. Low-carb Zucchinipizza Muffins

Not your average healthy snack.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (17)

Minimalist Baker

16. Five-ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

We've just found our new favorite dessert.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (18)

Oh My Veggies

17. Mini Vegetable Lasagnas

You won't miss the meat, we promise.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (19)

Wholesum Yum

18. Keto Cheesecake Bites

Low-carb deliciousness.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (20)

Minimalist Baker

19. Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

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

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (21)

Oh My Veggies

20. Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Breakfast Cups

Your favorite brunch recipe is now portable.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (22)

Oh My Veggies

21. Brown Sugar Peach French Toast Cups

Delicious french toast, zero technique required.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (23)

Damn Delicious

22. Mini Lasagna Cups

Everything we love in one bite.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (24)

Half Baked Harvest

23. Easy Cheese And Prosciutto Croissants

Hooray for mash-ups.

RELATED

13 Mini Comfort Foods That Are Perfect for a Crowd

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (25)

Oh My Veggies

24. Spinach Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Introducing the star of your next potluck.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (26)

Oh My Veggies

25. Vegan Aussie Bites

A healthy cookie-muffin hybrid.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (27)

Yellow Bliss Road

26. Cranberry Brie Bites

Fall vibes, year-round.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (28)

Dinner at the Zoo

27. Baked Oatmeal Cups

If you thought oatmeal was boring, think again.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (29)

Ambitious Kitchen

28. Cheesy Chicken And Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

A creative way to use up leftover quinoa.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (30)

Dinner at the Zoo

29. Ham And Egg Cups

A breakfast recipe the whole family will love.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (31)

Gimme Some Oven

30. Buffalo Chicken Cups

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

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites

We dare you to just have one.

Get the recipe

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (33)

Spend with Pennies

32. Mini Meatloves

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

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (34)

Damn Delicious

33. Mini Garlic Monkey Bread

This is the stuff dreams are made of.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (35)

Half Baked Harvest

34. Crispy Cheesy Potato Snacks

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (36)

Gimme Some Oven

35. Spinach And Artichoke Cups

It’s important to eat your veggies.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (37)

Damn Delicious

36. Mini Taco Salad Cups

The crispy layers are so addicting.

RELATED

29 Bite-Size Apps That Prove Everything Is Better Smaller

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (38)

Recipe Tin Eats

37. Garlic Bread Mini Pizzas

Our favorite vehicle for sauce and cheese.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (39)

Recipe Tin Eats

38. Spicy Muffin Tin Chicken Tostadas

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

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (40)

Minimalist Baker

39. Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Basically a potato living its best life.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (41)

Two Peas and Their Pod

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

A timeless classic.

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (42)

Gimme Some Oven

41. Five-ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

Fresh, easy, light.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

42. Mini Lasagnas

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

Get the recipe

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (44)

Damn Delicious

43. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Even tastier than pigs in a blanket.

RELATED

RELATED 14 Easy Muffin Recipes That Are Better Than Your Local Bakery's

43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (45)

Heath Goldman

Food Editor

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

read full bio

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

FAQs

Why do you fill empty muffin tins with water? ›

If you've used all your batter but still have empty cups remaining in the tin, fill each empty cup with a few tablespoons of water. This will promote even baking, and can help keep the tin from warping as the muffins bake.

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 bake 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 to make muffins more moist? ›

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

Should I use milk instead of water for muffins? ›

In a muffin mix that calls for water, can I substitute milk? A. We don't recommend using milk instead of water because the milk can make holes in the paper liners or the sides of the muffins.

Why put rice in muffin tins? ›

The idea behind this tip is that if you sprinkle some uncooked rice in the bottom of the muffin wells, the rice will absorb the grease that comes out of the muffins or cupcakes while they're baking. What you're left with are pretty, grease-free liners.

How to bake without muffin cups? ›

Here's how:
  1. Cut a sheet of parchment paper into 5-inch wide strips. Cut each strip down into roughly 5-inch squares (muffin pan cups vary in size, but you generally want squares larger than the indent. ...
  2. Place the parchment square over the muffin cup. ...
  3. Fill and bake the cupcakes as directed in your recipe.
Dec 1, 2023

How do you bake without a tin? ›

Make a cake pan out of aluminium foil

The trick's to draw the outline of any shape that you want by folding foil to create the walls of the pan. You'll then need some more foil to cover the outline and the bottom of the pan. Just like that, you can make any shape and size cake pan!

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

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 make muffins in a muffin pan without liners? ›

Use parchment paper instead of cups, Chapple says, for an upgraded case for your muffins or cupcakes, and you'll never worry about cupcake liners again. First, cut a sheet of parchment into five-to-six-inch squares.

Should muffins be removed immediately from the muffin tin when done? ›

Once your muffins are done, pull them out of the oven and let them cool in the pan 5-10 minutes before removing. Gluten-free muffins only have to sit for 2 minutes before being removed from the pan.

What can I use if I don't have muffin liners for cupcakes? ›

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.

Is it better to use butter or oil in muffins? ›

Many muffin recipes use cooking oil instead of butter. Oil, being a liquid, distributes easily in the quick-mix batter and is readily absorbed into the baked muffin, producing a light non-greasy texture. Vegetable oil is ideal because its mild flavour doesn't compete with the main flavour of the muffin.

What ingredient may she have forgotten to add to her muffins that would have caused them not to rise? ›

The baker had forgotten to add baking powder. Baking powder is a mixture of baking soda (sodium hydrogencarbonate) and a mild edible acid such as tartaric acid.

Do I have to out water in unused cupcake tin? ›

I wouldn't add water to empty cups. The cups are separate from one another, so it won't really have any effect, and it will add steam to the oven, which may affect the texture of the muffins.

Why do you put water in a baking tray? ›

When placing your baking products into the oven, add 100-200 ml of water (depending on the size of the pan) into the baking pan or baking tray and quickly close the oven. This will create water vapour, which will settle on your baking products and give them the perfect look and crispiness you want.

Do I need to fill empty silicone muffin tins with water? ›

This myth says to fill the empty cups with water or you'll get uneven baking and your tin might warp. It does no harm, but it's a waste of time and has no effect whatever on the evenness of cooking.

Why do you put water in the oven when baking muffins? ›

The water will turn into steam when it hits the heat of the oven and the evaporation will surround the baking cupcakes, making them moist, tender, and fluffy. Another tip: This little trick will have the same effect on baking better muffins too.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Gregorio Kreiger

Last Updated:

Views: 5484

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (57 voted)

Reviews: 88% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Gregorio Kreiger

Birthday: 1994-12-18

Address: 89212 Tracey Ramp, Sunside, MT 08453-0951

Phone: +9014805370218

Job: Customer Designer

Hobby: Mountain biking, Orienteering, Hiking, Sewing, Backpacking, Mushroom hunting, Backpacking

Introduction: My name is Gregorio Kreiger, I am a tender, brainy, enthusiastic, combative, agreeable, gentle, gentle person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.