How To: Make Perfect Mini Muffins (Recipe)

True confessions time for this mom: I hate mini muffins tins. I love a good mini muffin recipe. however.

Oh, how I loathe those little buggers, with their shiny little places to scrub out – all 24 of them in one pan!- how they love to stick no matter how you grease them and how you never can get that batter in evenly with a blasted spoon. Ever.

However, school time is arriving on our doorsteps sooner than this mom would like and it’s time to start gearing up for the season of school baking that is soon upon us. I am so depressed, where did the summer go?

And as much as I hate mini muffin tins, I adore mini muffins. They are bite size for my son and full sized for my daughter, leaving no waste with either child and the sheer cuteness factor is always a hit.

So I wanted to solve the problem of the mess I usually make.

First, forgive yourself for ruining the environment and use paper liners. Once you have atoned, and deeply, realize you’ll probably go to Hades for it, move past your guilt and onto making some batter!

This recipe is a favorite of ours:

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Mini Muffins Recipe
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  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Whisk together your dry ingredients.
  2. Mix the egg,vanilla, oil, sour cream and bananas together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry until they are almost mixed thoroughly, then add in the chocolate chips. Don't over mix the batter.
  4. Place into your lined or greased unlined muffin tins and bake at 375 until beautifully browned, about 10 minutes for mini's and 20 for large.


Here’s where I also destroy the environment, melt the polar ice caps and increase my carbon footprint by using another disposable item, a plastic icing bag, but I will admit I do have reusable icing bags. I simply couldn’t find them in the middle of the sorting and packing mess that my house now is. These I found. These I used. These I love.


Using the icing bag, fill up the muffin tins evenly and let me tell you, WHAT a difference this icing bag makes! No tapping a spoon, no using your finger to try and push muffin batter into the little tins, just pure easy peasy goodness. This is what makes this mini muffin recipe so great, it’s so easy!


Give the pan a few taps on the counter, to settle the batter just that little bit more then pop into the oven and bake until they look like these beauties below.

Notice how clean that muffin pan is? I put it right back into the cupboard, I didn’t even have to clean it! This is a very, very good thing, in my muffin-tin-scrubbing-hating world.

The muffins didn’t overflow. They had none of that extra batter that using a spoon always gets on the sides of the cups. You know what I am talking about, that one “drip” that always seems to be cemented into the liner, thus ruining the whole muffin when it bakes the liner into the muffin.

Or am I the only one that batter drip happens to?

Ah. Looky there. Because these muffins have oil in them, the liners peel so beautifully from them. Liners are harder to use when you cut out the oil and use applesauce, the crumbs stick right to the liner most times.


Voila, c’est fini! C’est magnifique!


Is anyone else feeling the back to school blues? Mourning the summer being over, the loss of your children’s company all day, the sadness over not being able to sit at a splashpark in the sun, reading while your kids have fun galore?

I have mixed feelings this summer, on one hand there is nothing I adore more than spending two months with my kids, even though they may drive me crazy at times. However, with school in I will have 6 glorious hours a day to clean, sort and pack this house up. Six. Hours. Child free. This is monumental beyond words for productivity.

And of course, my littlest nestling is leaving me for the entire day now too, she’s off to Grade one, leaving her mama behind in the dust. I know we are going to have one tired little girl for the next month, it takes a lot of adjusting for kids to get used to a full day of school.

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer, enjoyed time with their families and are all prepared to send our littles back to school!


The Kitchen Magpie


I have (several) of my own recipes but I love the baking tips you have.  I  despise scrubbing a mini (or any size) muffin pan.  I've never used the liners but I think I will this's for a brunch of 10-15 people & what I don't want is someones grimy hands / fingers in the muffin basket lol  I also have those disposable icing I know what they were really intended to use for ;)  Glad I took the time to read the whole thing, you have a great sense of humor.  Can't wait to try your little tips / ideas....I love baking but now it sounds like more fun, thanks!

Patricia Hill
Patricia Hill

Amazing!! Thanks. I opted for Lemon & blueberry - so added zest of 3 lemons and juice of 2 (so replacing chocolate chips & bananas) - they are just perfect!! Taking 2 batches to family weekend. Thanks again.


Hi - I recently discovered a kitchen tool that you might enjoy. It is a medium-size "ice cream" scoop. It makes perfectly sized cookies and muffins (and meatballs -but not at the same time). It eliminates the messy spoon dropped created perfectly sized bites at the same time.


I need to try this! Thank you!


I just made mini-muffins with a silicone "tin" and it was the easiest baking batch ever. They just popped right out, the drips peeled off, a little soapy water and all done!


Glad they were a hit Kelly! That's so cute that he's waiting for his special snack day....I miss those days!


I made these to bring to my son's preschool for his snack and they turned out awesome! I had to omit the chocolate chips since I couldn't find nut-free at the store I was at and I added some pumpkin puree since I didn't have enough banana.  My little guy woofed them down so fast and he can't wait for his special snack day tomorrow. :)

Allison B
Allison B

What a bunch of terrific pointers... I'm off to find mini liners and icing bags... I was dreading trying to clean thoses tiny pans as well.

Jennifer McMorris
Jennifer McMorris

Just made your mini muffins! They are perfect ! A nice combination of healthy from the banana and a bit of decadence from the chocolate!! Thanks for sharing!!


Hee hee I also destroy the world with my paper liners. But I make u.p for it in other ways so its all good:) They'd be perfect for school lunches


This recipe certainly looks perfect and I'm going to try it at some point :)  By the way, I remembered you the other day while driving and listening to music.  Did you know that there's a Radiohead song called Good Morning, Mr. Magpie? :-D

Melissa Penney
Melissa Penney

I am for sure using the icing bag next time! Usually I use a bottle brush to clean the tins. Works well, minus the carpel tunnel you get after.


I bought one of these at the dollar store and love it for cookies too ;)


Oh excellent! I am so glad to hear it, they are a hit with my kids. I love that you can put chocolate chips in almost anything and the kids think it's SUCH a treat!

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