A muffin tin should be in every kitchen because it’s actually a very versatile tool. Yes it can make muffins and cupcakes, but these seven recipes show how to get the most out of the muffin tin that may be stored away deep in your cabinet.
1. Cookie Bowls
Flip your muffin tin upside down to discover the wonders of a cookie bowl. It’s a perfect holder for ice cream, candy, chocolate, or anything you can think of.
Pennywise Cook uses a sugar cookie recipe, but any recipe will work to make a cookie bowl.
2. Spinach Artichoke Puffs
Spinach artichoke dip is perfect for any party, but there’s nothing perfect about getting to the platter and all that’s left is the cold, bottom layer of the dip. This recipe from Spoon University lets everyone get the perfect bite of dip, with a warm crunchy layer on top.
3. Ham and Cheese Muffins
So yes, this is using a muffin tin to make a muffin. It may not sound unique, but the flavors you get from the ham and cheese go far beyond the typical muffin. The Kitchn has an excellent recipe filled to the top with big chunks of ham, a surefire way to light up your tastebuds.
4. Bacon Egg Cups
Say goodbye to making bacon and eggs on a skillet. Add a Pinch changes the breakfast game with this recipe for bacon and eggs in a muffin tin.
5. Freeze Chicken Stock
Your muffin tin can do much more than make you food for right now. It can also help you store chicken stock. Martha Stewart suggests using individual silicone cups, because it’s easier to get the frozen stock out of the tin. Store them in freezer bags and when you just need a little stock for a recipe or you only one want cup of soup, you’re ready to go.
6. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is an Italian classic, perhaps most known for it’s all-star appearance in “The Lady and the Tramp.” Spoon University has a great recipe for the perfect bite of spaghetti and meatballs.
7. Ice Cubes
This one might seem a little odd, especially because ice cube trays are already a thing. The problem with ice cube trays, though, is their shape. It’s not conducive to anything other than plain ice. Making ice cubes in a muffin tin make it easy to simply add a lemon or lime, just like Eating Richly has done.
Add a lemon or lime ice cube to any interesting cocktail to make your drink look almost as refreshing as it tastes.