I have so many muffin tins at home that there’s an entire shelf in my kitchen devoted to them. (Find 20 delicious muffin
I love muffin tins because they offer built-in portion control. Take mini meatloaf, for example: using a muffin tin instead
of a loaf pan saves me from having to eyeball the appropriate size to cut (plus it reduces baking time and the little loaves
make an easily packable lunch).
Now that you know the method behind my madness, I bet you’ll break out your muffin tin more often too. Here are 12 sweet and
savory recipes to inspire you to form a whole new relationship with your muffin tin.
cook in half the time of a full-size meatloaf and you can have leftovers for a sandwich the next day.
If you like spinach-cheese pie, try these simple but elegant-looking little spinach cakes.
You can take the frying—and fuss—out of crab cakes by shaping and baking them in muffin tins. Make it a
meal and add some tangy tartar sauce and coleslaw
This cookie was one of the runners-up in our annual EatingWell Holiday Cookie Contest last year.
Double Nut & Date Tassies:
This was one of our top 10 semifinalists in
our 5th annual EatingWell Holiday Cookie Contest this year.
Cupcakes & Cake
Apple Cupcakes with
The staff at EatingWell found these cupcakes irresistible! Shredded apple replaces
some of the oil and keeps the cake moist in these cinnamon-spiked cupcakes. There is a generous amount of fluffy marshmallow
frosting to mound or pipe on top for a festive look.
fruit stands in for some of the fat in these individual carrot cakes topped with cream-cheese frosting.
Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce:
Some molten-cake recipes call for simply underbaking the batter so the
middles stay lava-like, but mini cakes get done so quickly it's best to give them a filling that won't set up. These rich,
mocha-flavored morsels are guaranteed to stay moist and gooey, owing to a simple mocha ganache in the middle. Serve the cakes
with a scoop of low-fat coffee ice cream and garnish with a chocolate-covered espresso bean, if desired.
These crustless mini quiches are like portable omelets. Small and satisfying,
they're also a good finger food for your next cocktail party.
& Scallion Mini Quiches:
Serve these over salad for an elegant lunch or a quick, healthy dinner. You can also make
them in advance, store them in the refrigerator, and let the kids have one or two for a healthy after-school snack.
Muffins (of course!)
The one-two punch of coconut and macadamia nuts in this luxurious muffin will make you think you're having your morning
coffee in Hawaii.
A crunchy topping of sugared toasted almonds and a surprise filling of almond-scented berry jam makes
these whole-wheat muffins reminiscent of Danish pastries.