43 Unexpected Muffin-Tin Recipes You've Never Tried

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.

15 Quick and Easy Muffin Tin Breakfasts

muffin tin recipe oatmeal chocolate chip cookie n milk breakfast cups
Half Baked Harvest

1. Oatmeal Chocolate-chip Breakfast Cups

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

vegetarian sushi cups recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

No chopsticks required.

muffin tin recipes muffin pan lemon meringue tartlets
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

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).

muffin tin recipes stuffing muffins recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Stuffing Muffins

Get ready for Thanksgiving, year-round.

muffin tin recipes easy mini pot pies
Averie Cooks

5. Easy Mini Pot Pies

The easiest pies you'll ever make.

muffin tin recipes ice cream cupcake recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Ice-cream Cupcakes

You’re welcome.

muffin tin recipes poached eggs
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

muffin tin recipes vegan key lime pies
Minimalist Baker

8. Seven-ingredient Vegan Key-lime Pies

Pies have never been easier.

cheesy polenta bites brussels sprouts pancetta hero
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Cheesy Polenta Bites With Brussels Sprouts And Pancetta

How to seriously up the app’s ante.

muffin tin recipes bacon egg cup recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Bacon-wrapped Eggs

Two of your favorite breakfast foods, reinvented.

muffin tin recipes egg and toast cups
Fork and Beans

11. Egg And Toast Cups

Certain to vanish almost instantly.

muffin tin recipes pumpkin pies
Minimalist Baker

12. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Comfort food is honestly the best food.

homemade tater tots recipe
Well Plated By Erin

13. Homemade Tater Tots

With cheese and bacon, of course.

muffin tin recipes easy spinach puff
Well Plated by Erin

14. Spinach Puffs

Easy, cheesy, crowd-pleaser!

muffin tin recipes zucchini pizza muffins
Wholesum Yum

15. Low-carb Zucchini pizza Muffins

Not your average healthy snack.

muffin tin recipes amazing coconut butter cups 5 ingredients naturally sweetened so delicious vegan plantbased coconut chocolateglutenfree refinedsugarfree
Minimalist Baker

16. Five-ingredient Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

We've just found our new favorite dessert.

muffin tin recipes mini vegetable lasagnas
Oh My Veggies

17. Mini Vegetable Lasagnas

You won't miss the meat, we promise.

muffin tin recipes ow carb keto cheesecake
Wholesum Yum

18. Keto Cheesecake Bites

Low-carb deliciousness.

muffin tin recipes peanut butter mousse cups
Minimalist Baker

19. Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

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

muffin tin recipes huevos rancheros tortilla breakfast cups
Oh My Veggies

20. Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Breakfast Cups

Your favorite brunch recipe is now portable.

muffin tin recipes brown sugar peach french toast cups
Oh My Veggies

21. Brown Sugar Peach French Toast Cups

Delicious french toast, zero technique required.

muffin tin recipes mini lasagnas
Damn Delicious

22. Mini Lasagna Cups

Everything we love in one bite.

muffin tin recipes easy cheese and prosciutto croissants
Half Baked Harvest

23. Easy Cheese And Prosciutto Croissants

muffin tin recipes spinach goat cheese mini quiches
Oh My Veggies

24. Spinach Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

Introducing the star of your next potluck.

muffin tin recipes vegan aussie bites
Oh My Veggies

25. Vegan Aussie Bites

A healthy cookie-muffin hybrid.

muffin tin recipes cranberry brie bites
Yellow Bliss Road

26. Cranberry Brie Bites

Fall vibes, year-round.

muffin tin recipes baked oatmeal cups
Dinner at the Zoo

27. Baked Oatmeal Cups

If you thought oatmeal was boring, think again.

muffin tin recipes cheesy chicken quinoa enchilada muffins
Ambitious Kitchen

28. Cheesy Chicken And Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

A creative way to use up leftover quinoa.

muffin tin recipes ham and egg cups
Dinner at the Zoo

29. Ham And Egg Cups

A breakfast recipe the whole family will love.

muffin tin recipes buffalo chicken cups
Gimme Some Oven

30. Buffalo Chicken Cups

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

baked mac and cheese bites recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites

We dare you to just have one.

muffin tin recipes meatloaf
Spend with Pennies

32. Mini Meatloves

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

muffin tin recipes garlic bread
Damn Delicious

33. Mini Garlic Monkey Bread

This is the stuff dreams are made of.

muffin tin recipes crispy cheesy potatoes stacks
Half Baked Harvest

34. Crispy Cheesy Potato Snacks

muffin tin recipes spinach cups
Gimme Some Oven

35. Spinach And Artichoke Cups

It’s important to eat your veggies.

muffin tin recipes mini taco salad cups
Damn Delicious

36. Mini Taco Salad Cups

muffin tin recipes garlic bread pizza
Recipe Tin Eats

37. Garlic Bread Mini Pizzas

Our favorite vehicle for sauce and cheese.

spicy muffin tin chicken tostadas recipe
Recipe Tin Eats

38. Spicy Muffin Tin Chicken Tostadas

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

muffin tin recipes crispy hashbrown haystacks
Minimalist Baker

39. Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Basically a potato living its best life.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

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

A timeless classic.

five ingredient caprese phyllo cups recipe
Gimme Some Oven

41. Five-ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

Fresh, easy, light.

lasagana cups recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

42. Mini Lasagnas

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

muffin tin recipes corn dog mini muffins
Damn Delicious

43. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

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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?