I have made these twice now. I used half the sugar based on other reviews. The second time, I actually cooked them in muffin tins (made 18) and used a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap to compact the mixture before baking. 20 minutes for muffins was still a little too long in my oven, will do less next time. I also replaced the recommended dried fruit with half cherries and half blueberries. And, of course, I put a very light sprinkling of mini chocolate chips on top. I would also caution that if you go this route, LIBERALLY spray your muffin liners.