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Perfect Dome Topped Muffins in Muffin Tin

I am going to share a delicious new muffin recipe with you tomorrow but before I do, I want to share with you my little tricks and tips on how to make perfect dome topped muffins!

There’s nothing I like more than a batch of uniform, gorgeously browned dome topped muffins. There’s something so satisfying about them, like I have my own professional bakery at home. Which  in all honesty I swear it is some days, or at least the mess in my kitchen equates the amount a bakery generates!

First, you need a good recipe that you know raises perfectly. Try my chocolate raspberry muffins, this makes a perfect 12 muffins and raises beautifully into gorgeous muffins.

Spray a standard 12 muffin tin with cooking spray or use liners, but you get a better muffin without liners.

The main trick to making perfect muffins is using an ice cream scoop, like the one shown below. Just your average medium to heavy-duty scoop.

Scoop up the cookie dough and then most important, scrape the bottom of excess batter until it’s fairly flat. You have to level the scoop!

Ice cream scoop with cookie dough

Turn it over and then plop it into the tin like so.

If your muffin mix is sticking simply spray the inside of the scoop with a bit of cooking spray!

plopping the cookie dough into muffin tins

Continue to fill the muffin tin.

filling up the muffin tins with scoops of cookie dough

Ah, little dome topped beauties waiting to be baked up!

dome topped cookie dough in muffin tins

The last and most important thing is to bake them at a fairly high temperature. I’ve learned that muffins do best at 375 degrees to 400 degrees, depending on the recipe, they bake up faster, higher and slightly crispy on the outside.

I love the muffins without liners, look at that gorgeous golden brown muffin! My favorite!

golden brown muffin without liners

And there you have it! So simple and it really works!

Happy Baking everyone!

Love you more than chocolate,


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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. The Kitchen Magpie says

    The recipe is at the top of the page now!

  2. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Me too. And I’m camping without muffin tins! Tomorrow! Zucchini muffins of some sort!

  3. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Do it, you might not go back LOL! If you like a muffin that’s slightly crunchy all around – more like a coffee shop one, KWIM?- then this is the way to do it.

  4. Jennifer Print says

    I havent tried the regular size paperless.. but this is making me want to! =)

  5. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Oh I like the parchment ones too!! I have a thing though about paperless..the slight golden crunch I get on the outside of the muffins… I love it!

  6. The Kitchen Magpie says

    And the new recipe comes tomorrow! Just in time for Saskatoon season! They are amazing!!!

  7. Jennifer Print says

    yummm im watching for the recipe! I make mini muffins for my kids and they love them,.. for regular size muffins i discovered the most amazing thing.. Parchment Paper liners. The muffins dont stick!!! I cant go back to the regular ones now.

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