Marvelous Muffin Tin Recipes
Egg and Toast Cups
Unleash your muffin tin's magic! This multipurpose pan takes the guesswork out of portion control by offering personal servings. You just might be able to entice your kids into eating a fulfilling breakfast with this cute all-in-one dish. You can cater to individual tastes too: Add chives to one up and spinach to another, or exchange the bacon for ham.
Mini BBQ Meat Loaves
Make a small indentation with your thumb in the center of each meat loaf before baking. This keeps the proteins from shrinking too much, which could result in a dense, dry meat loaf.
Soft-Yolk Muffins with Sausage and Cheese
Dazzle family and friends with these meaty muffins that break open to reveal medium-boiled eggs with creamy yolks in the middle. You need two sizes of egg here—the mediums fit in the muffin tins, while the larges go in the batter.
Turn whole-wheat tortillas into taco bowls with the help of a muffin pan. Fill with your favorite taco salad ingredients, and marvel at your ingenuity. Be sure to soften the tortillas first (we do this with a spritz of water and quick warming turn on the stovetop) so they won’t crack.
Our individual baked eggs nestled in crispy hash brown cups are pickup food at its best. It’s a great way to serve a crowd; just cook up what you need in muffin pans. Good news: We got the best results with refrigerated shredded hash browns, which were far preferable to shredded fresh potatoes and save time and effort.
Corn Muffins with Prosciutto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese
Salty, umami-packed prosciutto and creamy, tangy goat cheese lend loads of flavor to the tender corn muffin base. You can use domestic ham instead of prosciutto, if you prefer. We find oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes to be softer then those without oil, so they're better in this dish.
Salted Caramel Cheesecakes
Baking individual desserts in a muffin pan is the smart way to pre-portion a rich treat. These single-serving cheesecakes don't feel skimpy, except with their numbers: Each has about half the calories and one-fourth the sat fat of a typical serving of caramel cheesecake, but is still full of big sweet-salty pleasures.
Muffin-Tin Pumpkin-and-Pear Stratas
Here's a nifty way to make individual casserole portions. Nectar-sweet pears, earthy pumpkin, and tart cranberries are a wonderfully balanced combination of fall flavors. Bosc or Anjou pears will also work here, as long as they're ripe. Your bare hands do the best job of mixing the bread into the egg.
Mac and Cheese Bites
Feed a hungry crowd these all-star, feel-good favorites at your next party. Nothing is as comforting as melty, creamy, cheesy, comforting macaroni and cheese. Be still our hearts.
Garlic Pull-Apart Rolls
Granola Cups with Yogurt and Berries
Make for breakfast or as a cute part of a brunch spread. Fill whole-grain granola cups with creamy yogurt and fresh fruit—a fun alternative to sugary premade parfaits. Find almond butter in the supermarket’s peanut butter section. We love the fresh floral whiff the lemon rind adds to the mix but orange rind would work nicely as well.
King Cake Cupcakes
King Cakes can be a portion-control nightmare. The cinnamon croissant-esque cake is topped with gobs of sticky-sweet glaze and buckets of colored sugar sprinkles. With our recipe makeover, you still have the experience of waiting for a yeast dough to rise and rolling it out. But instead of one big ring, we’re turning the dough into individual cinnamon buns. We keep the sugar numbers low by containing the sugar to a cinnamon-sugar sprinkle in the swirl and a tiny swirl of glaze on top. You’ll get all the flavors of your favorite Mardi Gras King Cake, but you won’t walk away feeling like you definitely understand why they call it Fat Tuesday.
Broccoli-and-Bacon Muffin-Tin Frittatas
This easy make-ahead breakfast will have you set for a week. These little Italian omelet cups are a hot, savory breakfast on the fly. Make them up to four days ahead; simply reheat in the microwave for about a minute. You get two mini frittatas per serving for only 168 calories; pair with a piece of fruit for a satisfying breakfast. Store cooked frittatas in the fridge for up to four days.
Ahi Sushi Cups
Skip the mat-and-roll routine and keep sushi night simple with these easy-to-make and impressive-to-serve cups. For a wow-worthy party app, try this recipe in mini muffin cups to create perfectly poppable bites.
Mini Crab Cakes With Pickled Celery
Save 104 calories, 12.6g fat, and 156mg sodium over traditional mini crab cakes. You can bake these cakes up to 2 hours ahead of party time and rewarm in a 300° oven for 5 to 6 minutes.
Ramen Cups with Cabbage and Pork Slaw
Sesame seeds add a nutty little crunch to this tasty appetizer. Toast them easily in just 2 or 3 minutes on the stovetop: Place seeds in a dry pan over medium heat and shake frequently until they are golden.
Spiced Apple Two-Bite Tarts
The nutty pastry is absolutely delicious, like pecan shortbread. You can make the tart shells and filling the day before and assemble just before serving: Place the shells in an airtight container and chill the filling, bringing it to room temperature before placing it in the shells so it's not ice-cold. The crème fraîche dollop is more than just a pretty garnish; its rich, tangy flavor makes these sublime.
Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits
Perfectly-portioned, and entirely gluten-free, these cheesy bites have less than 25 calories per biscuit. They might be small, but they bring a burst of garlicky-cheddar flavor every time you pop them in your mouth. You can serve them as your “bread basket” before dinner or on a platter for a fun appetizer.
Granola Cups with Yogurt and Berries
Try these for your morning meal, or as a cute addition to your next brunch. We fill simple whole-grain granola cups with protein-packed yogurt, then top with fresh fruit—a fun and tasty solution to sugar-loaded granola bars.
Ice Cream Sundae Cups
Corn Bread Stuffing Muffins
Why serve stuffing only on Thanksgiving when you can have it all year? Keep time down and calories in check by making this savory dish in a perfectly-portioned muffin tin.
Banana Pudding Cups
Chicken Casserole Cups
How can you possibly improve on creamy, comforting chicken casserole? Turn it into handheld cups for easy eating on the go!