13 Non-Muffin Recipes to Make with Your Muffin Tin

Brazilian Egg Custards
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

From macaroni and cheese to berry cheesecake, the humble muffin tin can make just about any kind of food. These 15 delicious non-muffin recipes prove the versatility of the muffin pan.

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Breakfast Egg Cups with Parsley Gremolata and Mushrooms

Prosciutto Egg Cups with Parsley Gremolata Recipe
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners

These surprisingly elegant, savory herb-topped eggs bake up in a muffin pan, so it's easy to make breakfast or brunch for a few days — or for more than a few people. Serve any leftover breakfast egg cups sandwiched between buttered, toasted English muffins or brioche slices.

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Hogs in a Blanket

Hogs in a Blanket
© Chris Court

This fun, high-brow take on pigs in a blanket swaps spicy andouille sausage for the hot dogs, with sweet mustard chutney as a condiment. Baking them in a muffin tin helps create perfectly round bites.

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Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Egg Custards)

Brazilian Egg Custards
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

These Brazilian treats feature a rich eggy custard on the top and a chewy coconut crust on the bottom. This recipe is from Jessica B. Harris, a scholar of the cuisine of the African diaspora who fell in love with the dessert on her travels to Salvador, in the Brazilian state of Bahia.

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Mini Black Bottom Cheesecakes

Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes with Jam.
© Tina Rupp

F&W's Grace Parisi made several versions of these brilliant little jam–topped cheesecakes, substituting fromage blanc and other tangy soft cheeses for the usual sour cream.

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Maple-Bacon Popovers

Maple-Bacon Popovers
Victor Protasio

Chef Gail Simmons' popover recipe includes maple syrup and bacon in the batter, as well as more maple brushed on top, giving the adapted American dish a distinctly Canadian accent.

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Three Cheese Mini Macs

Three-Cheese Mini Macs
© Kana Okada

Anything big made small is ultrafun for cocktail parties, and these quick, one-bite mac and cheeses are the ultimate example. Cooked in mini muffin pans, the mini macs can be assembled early and baked just as guests arrive.

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Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites

Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites

Since stuffing is one of the most popular parts of a Thanksgiving meal, try doing it as fun little hors d'oeuvre bites.

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Chicken Pot Pie Cornbread Muffins

Chicken Pot Pie Cornbread Muffins

These muffins are great for any meal of the day and make for an especially high-protein breakfast muffin.

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Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites
© Lucy Schaeffer

These wheat-free, butterless brownies are decadent and dense. "It's really, really hard to make a good vegan brownie," says chef Erin McKenna. Her first efforts using applesauce and vegetable oil were cakey or fluffy. It took her six months of making small adjustments to perfect them.

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Mini Crustless Quiche Bites with Mushrooms, Quinoa and Cheddar

Mini Crustless Quiche Bites with Mushrooms, Quinoa and Cheddar
© Phoebe Lapine

These mini crustless quiches are a perfect make-ahead breakfast. They're bulked up with cooked quinoa and layered with sautéed cremini mushrooms—a perfect balanced bite when you're on the go.

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Open-Face Egg and Griddled Ham Breakfast Sandwich

Open-Face Egg and Griddled Ham Breakfast Sandwiches
© Nicole Franzen

F&W's Justin Chapple poaches a dozen eggs at once in a muffin pan in the oven, making his cute and tasty breakfast sliders extraordinarily easy to prepare for entertaining.

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© Marie Hennechart

Instead of spooning the batter onto a baking sheet before baking, Chantal Leroux uses mini muffin tins. Her version of these delicate cheese puffs has a thin, creamy layer in the center.

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Boozy Bourbon-Pecan Tassies

Boozy Bourbon-Pecan Tassies
Alison Miksch

These diminutive pecan pie poppers, with a higher crust-to-filling ratio, offer the perfect bourbon-spiked bite.

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