Prevailing kitchen wisdom would tell you that muffin tins are good for exactly two things: the muffins you occasionally start your day with, and the cupcakes you end it with on special occasions. Prevailing wisdom is wrong. We can make so much more than those two baked goods with our muffin tins, and what’s more, many of these ideas are totally healthy— and some aren’t recipes at all! Check out all the different things you can make, and start looking at your muffin pan in a new light.
- Frozen Milk
Freeze milk without having to deal with an entire carton of separated fats and liquid. The muffin tin makes perfectly-sized portions for use in smoothies, soups, mashed potatoes and baked goods.
- Pizza Muffins
Your kids will love this creative take on pizza. And these babies only take about 30 minutes to make.
- Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Love pizza but skeptical of turning it into a “muffin?” Use classic ingredients and a muffin tin to make miniature deep dish pizzas better than anything you can find in a restaurant or the freezer aisle.
- DIY Advent Calendar
Christmas might be over, but file away this idea for next year! Use a tin to contain small toys or treats for an countdown-calendar perfect for your kids’ tastes.
- Loaded Breakfast Nests
Use a muffin tin to make these adorable little breakfast nests that everyone will want to wake up to.
- Easy Mini Bread Bowls
Everybody loves eating soup from a bread bowl. Everybody loves miniature dishes at parties. Muffin tins make both possible.
- Sloppy Joe Bites
Try this less sloppy version of a classic.
- Mini Breakfast Soufflés
Lynn’s Recipes, the inventor of this dish, calls it a soufflé. Others who have seen it call it an omelet. We just call it delicious and – thanks to the muffin tin in which it’s baked – perfectly-sized.
- Denver Omelets In Hash Brown Cups
Not into soufflés and just want an omelet that calls itself an omelet? Then check out this recipe, which makes tasty Denver-style ones baked inside hash brown cups.
- Mini Blueberry Pies
If you can’t be trusted with a traditional pie, make these cute little bite-sized ones instead.
- Parmesan Potato Stacks
You won’t feel at all guilty eating these stacks of potato, cheese and garlic, because the muffin tin keeps the portions small yet satisfying. Your problem will be eating just one!
- Baked Parmesan Hash Brown Cups
These are the perfect snack for game day or any day when you have guests over.
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s peanut butter cups have nothing on this homemade version.
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Can’t get enough of peanut butter? Want to make use of those treats from the last recipe? Use a muffin tin to shape cookies with a chocolatey surprise inside!
- Stuffing Muffins
You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to make these stuffing muffins. Try using these in place of hot rolls with a chicken dinner.
- Buffalo Chicken Dip “Cupcakes”
Next Game Day, impress your guests AND make life a little easier with this creative “cupcake” made of addictive buffalo chicken dip.
- Better Stuffed Peppers
Muffin tins will help you keep peppers upright when you’re making stuffed peppers.
- Mini Corn Dogs
These corn dogs are kid-approved and a more kid-friendly size than the ones you can get at the fair. Even better? They’re a “skinny” version you won’t feel guilty for enjoying!
- Condiment Holder
Having a barbecue? Use a muffin tin to easily lay out condiments, toppings and garnishes.
- Pao de Queijo (Cheesy Bread)
Mix the dough up in a blender, then bake this amazing cheesy bread in a muffin tin.
- Spaghetti and Meatball Muffin Bites
Comfort food becomes impressive food with this clever dish. It actually makes spaghetti-and-meatballs a finger food, too!
- Crunchy Taco Shells
- On-The-Go Pancakes and Sausage
These guys look like regular old muffins. What they really are? A smart and fun way to take a full breakfast of pancakes and sausages on the go! A busy day never tasted this good.
- Cookie Bowls
This may be the most fun way to eat your ice cream.
- Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cups
Since this recipe uses brown rice macaroni, it’s a treat that makes both macaroni-and-cheese AND muffins gluten-free!
- Storage Solution
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Use muffin tins, with their handy compartments, to hold odds and ends like crafting items, jewelry or office supplies.
- Mini Meatloafs
Perfect portions and presentation take this weekday dinner stand-by to a party time favorite.
- Frozen PB&J Cups
The childhood sandwich favorite becomes an easy sweet treat with a strawberry twist. Plus, it only uses FOUR ingredients, so it’s simple and not-too-bad for you.
- Mini Chicken Pot Pies
This recipe shrinks the classic dish both in size and in difficulty. Perfect for cold winter’s nights!
- Streusel French Toast
Muffin tins make everything kid-sized, and this recipe makes French toast kid-friendly! It’s also make-ahead, so it’s basically the perfect breakfast for the whole family.
So many good ideas! I love the Advent Calendar idea, and I can’t wait to try the Spaghetti-and-Meatball muffins. Which ideas were your favorites? Do you know of any more we should add to this list?