When something has its purpose in its name, like “pizza oven” or “car seat,” you can safely assume that there aren’t too many other uses for it. You can try all you want, but there aren’t other uses for those things beyond baking a pizza and sitting in a car.
There’s one item, however, whose name gives it a very specific purpose, but can be used for all kinds of different things. We’re talking about muffin tins. For years, people used muffin tins for exactly what they were made for … muffins, completely missing out on their hidden potential. Thankfully, a few crafty bakers and chefs have figured out how to use muffin tins to make anything but what they were made for. In fact, there are even some uses that extend beyond the kitchen.
Check out the images below to see our 17 favorite muffin tin hacks from around the web. While the portions may be muffin-sized, we guarantee that none of these recipes will disappoint.
1. Freeze Your Milk
Never worry about expired milk with these perfectly portioned servings. Simply pop them out of your freezer when making smoothies, soups or baked treats.
2. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Want to experience Chicago without all the wind? These are a fun twist on the Windy City’s classic dish that can be made in no time.
3. Biscuit Bowls
Nothing compliments a warm cup of chili better than a homemade bread bowl. Biscuit dough helps make these puppies extra savory.
4. Breakfast Souffles
Feeling like a fancy brunch but don’t want to drop $4 on a glass of orange juice? Mini breakfast souffle will make you feel like you’re dining in the hippest brunch spot in town without ever leaving your house.
5. Bite-Sized Blueberry Pies
A good pie is never out of season. Try making these mini pies with your favorite filling. They’re a perfect grab-n-go dessert for your next party.
6. Parmesan Potato Stacks
Thin, crispy potatoes encrusted with parmesan cheese. Need we say more?
7. Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s is the leading authority on chocolate and peanut treats, but these might give the original a run for its money. Remember to keep them in the fridge for an even cooler candy.
8. Stuffing Muffins
Let’s face it, we all secretly wish we could have stuffing on days other than Thanksgiving.
9. Buffalo Chicken Dip “Cupcakes”
Is it truly a cupcake without frosting? Thankfully, these are so delicious that we don’t care.
10. Mini Corn Dogs
Pigs in a Blanket are great, but miniature corn dogs are even better. Sweet meets savory in this mini muffin treat.
11. DIY Condiment Tray
This also works well for taco toppings.
12. Crunchy Taco Salad Shells
Speaking of tacos, these crunchy tortillas are perfect for taco salads. Plus, they aren’t deep fried like the ones you get in restaurants.
13. Cookie Ice Cream Bowls
Like bread bowls for soup, cookie bowls are the perfect match for ice cream.
14. Macaroni And Cheese Cups
Perfect servings of baked macaroni and cheese that get nice and crispy on top? Yes please.
15. Office Organizer
Stepping out of the kitchen for a moment, a muffin tin is a great way to organize your desk or junk drawer.
16. Frozen PB&J
The classic taste that kids and adults love is now a frosty treat. Best part? It’s only four ingredients.
17. Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Comfort food comes in all sizes. Everyone knows the crust is the best part, and now there’s plenty to go around.
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