43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (2024)

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43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried (1)

By Heath Goldman

Published Apr 7, 2020

Let's be honest: Your muffin tins are probably gathering dust on an impossible-to-reach shelf in the pantry right now. But if you've only been using them for muffins, you're in for a surprise. There are a ton of recipes you can make (and the meal prepping options are endless). So dust off your pans and try one of these 43 muffin-tin recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

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1. Oatmeal Chocolate-chip Breakfast Cups

Who said you can't have milk and cookies for breakfast?

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2. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

No chopsticks required.

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3. Muffin-tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

The sweet treats look like they belong on a bakery shelf, but we promise they’re easy enough to whip up at home (with the help of your trusty muffin tin, of course).

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Stuffing Muffins

Get ready for Thanksgiving, year-round.

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Averie Cooks

5. Easy Mini Pot Pies

The easiest pies you'll ever make.

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6. Ice-cream Cupcakes

You’re welcome.

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7. Poached Eggs

Does poaching eggs seem like a daunting task? With the help of your muffin tin, now you can offer them to a crowd.

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8. Seven-ingredient Vegan Key-lime Pies

Pies have never been easier.

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9. Cheesy Polenta Bites With Brussels Sprouts And Pancetta

How to seriously up the app’s ante.

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10. Bacon-wrapped Eggs

Two of your favorite breakfast foods, reinvented.

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12. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Comfort food is honestly the best food.

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13. Homemade Tater Tots

With cheese and bacon, of course.

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14. Spinach Puffs

Easy, cheesy, crowd-pleaser!

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Wholesum Yum

15. Low-carb Zucchinipizza Muffins

Not your average healthy snack.

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16. Five-ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

We've just found our new favorite dessert.

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17. Mini Vegetable Lasagnas

You won't miss the meat, we promise.

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18. Keto Cheesecake Bites

Low-carb deliciousness.

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19. Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

You haven't tried mousse until you've tried peanut butter mousse.

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20. Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Breakfast Cups

Your favorite brunch recipe is now portable.

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21. Brown Sugar Peach French Toast Cups

Delicious french toast, zero technique required.

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Damn Delicious

22. Mini Lasagna Cups

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23. Easy Cheese And Prosciutto Croissants

Hooray for mash-ups.

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24. Spinach Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Introducing the star of your next potluck.

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25. Vegan Aussie Bites

A healthy cookie-muffin hybrid.

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26. Cranberry Brie Bites

Fall vibes, year-round.

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27. Baked Oatmeal Cups

If you thought oatmeal was boring, think again.

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28. Cheesy Chicken And Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

A creative way to use up leftover quinoa.

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29. Ham And Egg Cups

A breakfast recipe the whole family will love.

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30. Buffalo Chicken Cups

And next up in our perfect-for-football-Sunday category…

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31. Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites

We dare you to just have one.

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Spend with Pennies

32. Mini Meatloves

Make these whenever someone says “I don’t like meatloaf.”

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Damn Delicious

33. Mini Garlic Monkey Bread

This is the stuff dreams are made of.

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34. Crispy Cheesy Potato Snacks

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35. Spinach And Artichoke Cups

It’s important to eat your veggies.

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Damn Delicious

36. Mini Taco Salad Cups

The crispy layers are so addicting.

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37. Garlic Bread Mini Pizzas

Our favorite vehicle for sauce and cheese.

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38. Spicy Muffin Tin Chicken Tostadas

They’ll never guess these are made with store-bought tortillas.

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39. Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Basically a potato living its best life.

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40. Mini Quiche With Kale, Roasted Red Peppers And Feta Cheese

A timeless classic.

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41. Five-ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

Fresh, easy, light.

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42. Mini Lasagnas

Way easier to whip up than the O.G. dish.

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Damn Delicious

43. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Even tastier than pigs in a blanket.

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Heath Goldman

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?

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