Here are some great muffin tin recipes to make at dinner and dessert time. If you’ve never made dinner in muffin tins before it’s a great way to make meals fun and cook quickly! Kids love this fun new way to make recipes and it’s a great way to get them involved in cooking too.
I am a busy Mom, just like you probably, who is always looking for fast tasty meals to cook for my family. Sometimes we are in a hurry, or I am trying to find ways to make meals Fun for my kids. That is when I came up with cooking in muffin tins! Why would I cook in muffin tins?? Well, there are a few reasons actually…..beyond that the kids really love it! Here are our favorite muffin tin recipes. (originally published 3/15)
I love cooking in muffin tins because:
- Kids love it
- Things cook faster
- Can use pan in my convection oven
- Creates a yummy crust all the way around
I began cooking in muffin tins (this is my favorite one) a few years ago, and quite by accident decided to venture out and cook more and more things in them. I started with brownies because we like them underdone and ooey inside, yet when I cooked them in a normal pan it was virtually impossible to cut and get them out unless it was in a big blob.
I cooked them in a large muffin pan and not only was I able to get them out in one piece but it made the edges all the way around that yummy chewy crunchy goodness that I loved so much. After that I moved on to cookies and then dinners.
The top picture is of our meatloaf in muffin tins which turns out really good because we like the crunchy edges and in a muffin pan you get that all the way around. It goes without saying that for kids it is just way more fun to have a meatloaf “cupcake” (looks like one with a swirl of ketchup on top), than cut and slapped on your plate…..and sometimes us Moms need help with the fun factor at dinner time, let’s be honest! Meatloaf cooked this way only takes about 12-15 min. at 350, depending on how done you like it which means it is a really quick meal that your kids will love.
Here are a few of our favorite Muffin tin recipes
Let’s start out with our first favorite muffin tin recipes, our meatloaf muffin recipe. You could call them muffin tin meatball bites! I share my easy meatloaf recipe but if you have your own you can use that and with a refrigerated biscuit you have a hearty bite for dinner. Serve with a side of vegetables and dinner is served!
Now this one was actually a hit even with my kids, my mini quiches!! The entire recipe for spinach quiche is here, you can see how they turn out below! I’ve made them outside of a muffin tin of course as a pie and called it “cheese pie”. It took a year or so of having them try at least a bite before they started to really enjoy it and now they do. This makes quiche a bit more fun since they’re in small portions, give it a try!
I also made this easy mini quiche recipe with a crust here which served as a great appetizer as well as dinner idea if you don’t want them crustless.
I have several muffin tin recipes we make regularly, one is make it yourself pizzas in a muffin tin.
These are really fun and easy to make. It is great because everyone can customize their own mini pizzas and they cook really quickly too. The cheese melts perfectly and if you let them sit for a few minutes once you take them out they come out in one scoop with a spoon and stay in tact so you have a palm sized pizza that tastes WAY better than the old fashioned english muffin pizzas of the past.
You can make muffin tin recipes that are perfect for breakfast or dessert too. These apple pie muffins are delicious either way and only require two ingredients to make. These apple pie monkey bread muffins are great for kids to help you make!
One of our newest muffin tin meals are these mini chicken pot pies, they’re fun! It is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your dinner in a fun way.
Everyone loves chicken pot pie and served like this where everyone gets their own pie it’s sure to be a hit. Surrounded by buttery flaky biscuit and quick to make it’s a fun muffin tin recipe you should try sometime.
As for making desserts in muffin tins it is just for the same reason, quicker and you get that nice crust on the outside. It is just the right amt. too since most things make about 12 servings and that is the # of holes in the regular muffin tin pans. These are our cookie brownies, you can see the recipe for those here and of course they are super easy but super yummy too.
Have fun with these muffin tin recipes and your kids will LOVE it too. You could make it super fun with a Muffin Tin Day where everything is made in our favorite cookware (ok the crockpot is a close second).
Here are a few more muffin tin meals to enjoy:
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