Recipes: 9 New Ways to Use Your Cupcake Pan

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Move over muffins and cool your heels cupcakes, you aren’t the only uses for the bakeware bearing your name. It’s hard to deny the deliciousness of a cupcake or muffin, but if you’re only using the pans for that purpose, you are missing out on a whole world of sweet and savory dishes. Whether you want a bite-sized dessert, a single serving of pasta, or finger-food for a party, here are nine recipes that show the versatility of the muffin pan.



1. Cheeseburger cups

Looking for something kid-friendly and easy? Try cheeseburger cupsTaste of Home‘s version seasons the ground meat with ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce, but feel free to use whichever seasonings you normally put on hamburgers. The cheese can also be of your choosing — the original calls for cubed Velveeta, but other shredded cheeses will melt just as well.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • ½ cup cubed cheese, or 1 cup shredded cheese

Directions: In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside.

Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mixture into cups; top with cheese cubes. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.

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