Why You Should Start Baking Things on the Bottom of Your Muffin Tin

Most home cooks have at least one muffin pan in their possession, and depending on how often you bake cupcakes or muffins, they get used fairly regularly. But is that all you’re making with this kitchen cookware staple?

Sure, right side up, you fill them up with your batter – savory or sweet – and make portable snacks. Besides cakey goodness, we know some of you are also whipping up candies, appetizers, and breakfast in yours. In the non-food category, you crafty folks are probably also using them as servers, storage tins, or molds for things like bath bombs or homemade herb cubes.

Turns out, a muffin tin is a secret weapon in our quest for delicious food. Whether it’s taco bowls, biscuits cups, miniature soup bread bowls or something else entirely, there’s a way to hack your way to taste. All Recipes shows us the method.

In this case, you just need to flip the thing over. Oh yeah, the backhand side of your muffin pan is also worthy of making cup-sized portions of yum.

First up, you have biscuit bowls made with pre-packaged biscuit dough. If you’re feeling fancy (and don’t mind the work), go ahead and make your own dough from scratch. You’ll set pieces of cut dough on the back of each cup, slightly molding it around to form the desired shape.

Follow the baking instructions in the video and then remove these to cool. Fill them with breakfast fixings like eggs or ham, or go crazy with your own recipe ideas. Why not sweeten things up with marmalade or nuts? Cheese, chili, and potatoes are always welcome too!

Next, you want to check out the mini taco bowls. Using a 12-cup pan, spray the underside with a cooking spray so the shells won’t stick. Pick from corn or flour tortillas to make 4 bowls at a time by pressing them in between the crevices of the cup pan. Bake as directed for 15 minutes.

Now, some seasoned taco bowl makers suggest warming your tortillas before baking them to prevent cracking. You can do that in the microwave, on the stove top, or in the oven for just a few seconds at at time.

Watch the video to get the full details on how to make these two cool muffin tin recipes. But don’t think that’s all. Another winning recipe involves turning out scrumptious cookie dough dessert bowls. As with the biscuit idea, roll the dough out a bit before pressing the pieces onto the muffin tin bottoms.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes and cool before filling them with ice cream, s’mores toppings, fudge, peanut butter, or whatever you like!

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Have you cooked with the underbelly of your muffin tins before? What would you or do you like to make with these?