Perfect Crowd Pleasers – In a Muffin Tin

Everything tastes better muffin size! You can bake just about anything in muffin tins – and end up with a cute mini version of the original!  There are so many cool reasons to make every day food into ‘muffins’: – What a novelty for the kids, they will love having bite size food especially if there’s a good variety on offer. – Bite size food works really well for all parties, from children’s birthdays through to cocktail parties.  It’s so much easier to grab a baked bite (sweet or savoury) than to have a full meal or other messy food that you risk dropping on clean clothes. – Game day for the boys! – You know what it’s like, the guys would rather snack on food when the footy’s on than have a big meal.  By making mini versions they get to enjoy some half time mini-meals with their favourite amber liquid! – Week day lunches are already sorted! – all you have to do is make a big batch of your chosen recipe, store in the freezer and when you need something quick for lunch they are ready to go! – Friday night dinners don’t need to be takeaways any more! – Who can be bothered cooking dinner on a Friday night, some of these recipes (like lasagne cupcakes and chicken pot pies) freeze well and can be pulled out of the freezer for a quick dinner. It’s healthier than buying takeaways and will save you money too. You could have muffin size food every meal of the day, so here are some good ideas to get you started:

Breakfast

1. Spinach Quiche Cups

What a delicious way to start the day! A restaurant breakfast all rolled into one tasty mini dish!  I’m sure if you whip these up on a Sunday morning, they will be devoured in no time.  They would also make excellent lunch box snacks for both big kids and small kids.  Thanks to Manilla Spoon, you can get their recipe from manilaspoon.com   Spinach quiche

2. Banana Weetbix Muffins

Hands up who has trouble getting kids to eat breakfast in the mornings?! – The Organised Housewife has the solution.  A delicious mix of banana, weetbix and chocolate chips in a delightful little muffin, these will surely get the fussiest breakfast eater, keen to get munching in the morning.  Yes they contain chocolate, but I think it’s balanced out by the healthy banana and weetbix and better for little ones to go to school with a full tummy than an empty one.  You can get the recipe from theorganisedhousewife.com.au The-Organised-Housewife-Banana-Weet-bix-Muffins

3. Individual Parmesan Hash Brown Cakes

Yum! A staple dish in our house when having a cooked brekky are hash browns.  These little gems look much tastier than store bought hash browns with a crispy crunchy crust and a delightfully moist inside.  These are a definite must try for your next brunch get together.  You can get the recipe from TheYummyLife.com  Parmesan hash brown cakes

4. Bacon & Egg Toast Cups

This is the perfect two bite breakfast.  Bacon, eggs and toast all rolled into a mouth watering morsel of goodness. I guarantee they won’t last long at your house – so make sure you bake a double batch!  You can get the recipe from TheNoshery.com Bacon & Egg Toastcups - by TheNoshery.com

Main Meals

1. Lasagne Cupcakes

Imagine sinking your teeth into your own mini lasagne with a delicious crispy crust and irresistibly soft gooey centre.  These are great for picnics, school lunches or for a bite size dinner treat!  Thanks to tablespoon you can get the recipe from their website tablespoon.comlasagna-cupcakes-586x322

2.  Chicken and Rice Patties

Chicken – yum, rice – yum! chicken and rice in a muffin tin = WINNER!  Like the mini lasagnes above, these are great in lunch boxes, picnics or a bite size snack for a dinner party.  You can get the recipe from planningwithkids.com Chicken-and-Rice-Patties

3. Baked Potato Cupcakes

For a great alternative to the standard baked potato, Dairy Makes Sense has come up with a scrumptious baked potato cupcake recipe that everyone will love.  Just looking at it makes me hungry and best of all it can be stylishly presented like the image below for a fancy cocktail evening, or perfect for a big game night. Baked_Potato_Cupcakes1

4. Chicken Pot Pies

Just look how scrumptious these chicken pot pies look!  Filled with succulent chicken breast, and vegetables (which you can change to suit your tastebuds), these are a delightful treat for family and friends.  I thank the baker chick for creating such a delicious recipe for us to share! Chicken hot pot pies

5. Spaghetti Pie Muffins

This is an ingenious way of creating a mini version of the delicious ‘spag bol’.  The base consists of spaghetti, layered with a delicious mixture of cottage and parmesan cheese, followed by a tasty minced beef recipe topped with everyone’s favourite – mozzarella cheese! Warning though…. these are so tasty that I’m sure you, like me, will eat way too many! This recipe can be found at ‘Where Your Treasure is’  Spaghetti pie muffins

6. Meatloaf Cupcakes

Looking to try something different for dinner?…. this is the go! Meatloaf disguised as mini cupcakes! The kids will love it (and best of all, you will get some good hearty food into them).  To get the recipe, visit www.firstlookthencook.com meatloaf-cupcakes-1

Desserts

1. Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Ok so this is a bit of a cheats dessert in a muffin tin – but these are seriously delicious!!! They consist of a cookie dough base (you could use Aunty Kath’s brand from Woolworths), layered with melted chocolate then topped off with more cookie dough.  Once cooked, top with vanilla icecream and eat… and eat… and eat!! You can get the full recipe from kevinandamanda.com chocolate-lava-cookies-18

2. Cannoli Bites

These would totally be devoured in a second in my household! A delicious crispy base, layered with a heavenly creamy topping these are sure to delight your family and friends. Thanks to Cooking Classy you can find this recipe on their website www.cookingclassy.com cannoli-bites9-426x640

3. Smores Cookie muffins

OMG smores in a muffin tin – I think I have just died and gone to heaven!! These little beauties consist of a biscuit base (the original recipe calls for Graham crackers which can be replaced with Digestive biscuits in Australia), covered in heavenly milk chocolate and topped with soft gooey marshmallows! – these are a show stopper! You can reach your heavenly place by getting the recipe from fudgebananaswirl.com smores_cookies_final

4. Oreo Turtle Cheesecakes

While I’m on a roll of posting about ridiculously scrumptious desserts – check out these individual Oreo turtle cheese cakes!! Seriously, these are indescribably good… you just have to trust me on this one! To get the recipe check out laurenslatest.com Oreo turtle cheesecakes

5. Baked Apple Cider Donut holes

For something completely different for your next gathering, I would definitely recommend trying these donuts – what a stunning combination – donuts, apple cider and sugar! yum! To get the recipe, check out feastie.com Apple Cider donut holes

6. Mini Chocolate Fudge Cream Pies

These are really easy to make – and really really easy to eat! These are just scrumptious!  The original recipe includes Coolwhip, but you can substitute this with whipped cream with added icing sugar. You can find the original recipe at www.thebakermama.com Mini-Chocolate-Fudge-Cream-Pies-3-1024x768 I hope these recipes give you some inspiration for making meals in a muffin tin – your family and friends will love it! – Nat
Everything tastes better muffin size! You can bake just about anything in muffin tins – and end up with a cute mini version of the original!  There are so many cool reasons to make every day food into ‘muffins’: – What a novelty for the kids, they will love having bite size food especially if there’s a good variety on offer. – Bite size food works really well for all parties, from children’s birthdays through to cocktail parties.  It’s so much easier to grab a baked bite (sweet or savoury) than to have a full meal or other messy food that you risk dropping on clean clothes. – Game day for the boys! – You know what it’s like, the guys would rather snack on food when the footy’s on than have a big meal.  By making mini versions they get to enjoy some half time mini-meals with their favourite amber liquid! – Week day lunches are already sorted! – all you have to do is make a big batch of your chosen recipe, store in the freezer and when you need something quick for lunch they are ready to go! – Friday night dinners don’t need to be takeaways any more! – Who can be bothered cooking dinner on a Friday night, some of these recipes (like lasagne cupcakes and chicken pot pies) freeze well and can be pulled out of the freezer for a quick dinner. It’s healthier than buying takeaways and will save you money too. You could have muffin size food every meal of the day, so here are some good ideas to get you started:

Breakfast

1. Spinach Quiche Cups

What a delicious way to start the day! A restaurant breakfast all rolled into one tasty mini dish!  I’m sure if you whip these up on a Sunday morning, they will be devoured in no time.  They would also make excellent lunch box snacks for both big kids and small kids.  Thanks to Manilla Spoon, you can get their recipe from manilaspoon.com   Spinach quiche

2. Banana Weetbix Muffins

Hands up who has trouble getting kids to eat breakfast in the mornings?! – The Organised Housewife has the solution.  A delicious mix of banana, weetbix and chocolate chips in a delightful little muffin, these will surely get the fussiest breakfast eater, keen to get munching in the morning.  Yes they contain chocolate, but I think it’s balanced out by the healthy banana and weetbix and better for little ones to go to school with a full tummy than an empty one.  You can get the recipe from theorganisedhousewife.com.au The-Organised-Housewife-Banana-Weet-bix-Muffins

3. Individual Parmesan Hash Brown Cakes

Yum! A staple dish in our house when having a cooked brekky are hash browns.  These little gems look much tastier than store bought hash browns with a crispy crunchy crust and a delightfully moist inside.  These are a definite must try for your next brunch get together.  You can get the recipe from TheYummyLife.com  Parmesan hash brown cakes

4. Bacon & Egg Toast Cups

This is the perfect two bite breakfast.  Bacon, eggs and toast all rolled into a mouth watering morsel of goodness. I guarantee they won’t last long at your house – so make sure you bake a double batch!  You can get the recipe from TheNoshery.com Bacon & Egg Toastcups - by TheNoshery.com

Main Meals

1. Lasagne Cupcakes

Imagine sinking your teeth into your own mini lasagne with a delicious crispy crust and irresistibly soft gooey centre.  These are great for picnics, school lunches or for a bite size dinner treat!  Thanks to tablespoon you can get the recipe from their website tablespoon.comlasagna-cupcakes-586x322

2.  Chicken and Rice Patties

Chicken – yum, rice – yum! chicken and rice in a muffin tin = WINNER!  Like the mini lasagnes above, these are great in lunch boxes, picnics or a bite size snack for a dinner party.  You can get the recipe from planningwithkids.com Chicken-and-Rice-Patties

3. Baked Potato Cupcakes

For a great alternative to the standard baked potato, Dairy Makes Sense has come up with a scrumptious baked potato cupcake recipe that everyone will love.  Just looking at it makes me hungry and best of all it can be stylishly presented like the image below for a fancy cocktail evening, or perfect for a big game night. Baked_Potato_Cupcakes1

4. Chicken Pot Pies

Just look how scrumptious these chicken pot pies look!  Filled with succulent chicken breast, and vegetables (which you can change to suit your tastebuds), these are a delightful treat for family and friends.  I thank the baker chick for creating such a delicious recipe for us to share! Chicken hot pot pies

5. Spaghetti Pie Muffins

This is an ingenious way of creating a mini version of the delicious ‘spag bol’.  The base consists of spaghetti, layered with a delicious mixture of cottage and parmesan cheese, followed by a tasty minced beef recipe topped with everyone’s favourite – mozzarella cheese! Warning though…. these are so tasty that I’m sure you, like me, will eat way too many! This recipe can be found at ‘Where Your Treasure is’  Spaghetti pie muffins

6. Meatloaf Cupcakes

Looking to try something different for dinner?…. this is the go! Meatloaf disguised as mini cupcakes! The kids will love it (and best of all, you will get some good hearty food into them).  To get the recipe, visit www.firstlookthencook.com meatloaf-cupcakes-1

Desserts

1. Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Ok so this is a bit of a cheats dessert in a muffin tin – but these are seriously delicious!!! They consist of a cookie dough base (you could use Aunty Kath’s brand from Woolworths), layered with melted chocolate then topped off with more cookie dough.  Once cooked, top with vanilla icecream and eat… and eat… and eat!! You can get the full recipe from kevinandamanda.com chocolate-lava-cookies-18

2. Cannoli Bites

These would totally be devoured in a second in my household! A delicious crispy base, layered with a heavenly creamy topping these are sure to delight your family and friends. Thanks to Cooking Classy you can find this recipe on their website www.cookingclassy.com cannoli-bites9-426x640

3. Smores Cookie muffins

OMG smores in a muffin tin – I think I have just died and gone to heaven!! These little beauties consist of a biscuit base (the original recipe calls for Graham crackers which can be replaced with Digestive biscuits in Australia), covered in heavenly milk chocolate and topped with soft gooey marshmallows! – these are a show stopper! You can reach your heavenly place by getting the recipe from fudgebananaswirl.com smores_cookies_final

4. Oreo Turtle Cheesecakes

While I’m on a roll of posting about ridiculously scrumptious desserts – check out these individual Oreo turtle cheese cakes!! Seriously, these are indescribably good… you just have to trust me on this one! To get the recipe check out laurenslatest.com Oreo turtle cheesecakes

5. Baked Apple Cider Donut holes

For something completely different for your next gathering, I would definitely recommend trying these donuts – what a stunning combination – donuts, apple cider and sugar! yum! To get the recipe, check out feastie.com Apple Cider donut holes

6. Mini Chocolate Fudge Cream Pies

These are really easy to make – and really really easy to eat! These are just scrumptious!  The original recipe includes Coolwhip, but you can substitute this with whipped cream with added icing sugar. You can find the original recipe at www.thebakermama.com Mini-Chocolate-Fudge-Cream-Pies-3-1024x768 I hope these recipes give you some inspiration for making meals in a muffin tin – your family and friends will love it! – Nat

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