How To Make Perfect Mini Muffins

My tips and tricks for making the best mini muffins - with my delicious banana chocolate chip mini muffin recipe!

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Mini muffins are my favorite bite-sized snack, and over the years, I have perfected a few different ways to make them! The great thing about mini muffins is that you can use any muffin recipe that I have on the website and simply make them in mini muffin tins.

mini bran muffins

Mini Muffins

As much as I hate cleaning mini muffin tins, I adore mini muffins. This recipe has been on my website SO LONG that it needed a revamp, and the quote below shows why :

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.

My children have both graduated now and yet they still ask me to make mini-muffins.

mini muffin tins lined with white paper liners, a plastic icing bag with mixed batter

Use an Icing Bag and Muffin Liners

If you prefer to use muffin liners, then an icing bag works well. You can buy mini muffin tin liners! This is an excellent way to bake multiple batches and then freeze them for school lunches. It’s worth the extra fuss with filling the icing bag because it speeds up the process so much.

  • Place the mini muffin liners into the tins.
  • Fill up the icing bag with the batter and snip off the end.
  • Pipe the batter into each muffin tin well, about 3/4 of the way complete.
  • 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 the tops spring back when touched.
mini muffin tins filled up with muffin batter

Greasing the Pan with Baking Spray

The second option is to grease the pan with baking spray and only baking spray. I have learned that butter or oil done by hand doesn’t coat evenly as a good baking spray does.

Spray the muffin tin wells evenly with the spray, letting some cover the top edges as well.

mini bran muffins in a muffin tin

You can use the icing bag method or a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to make perfect little dome-topped muffins.

Muffin Recipes to Try

The photos in this post are the sour cream banana chocolate chip muffins (see the recipe in the post below) that I used to send with my kids all the time when they were little, and a bran muffins recipe.

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins – great for school lunches

Pistachio Muffins – these are a sweet treat muffin, perfect for bite-sized snacking

Cornbread Muffins – these are excellent with soups and chili

Cranberry Orange Muffins – these are soooo good in the wintertime!

close up Mini Muffins and fresh strawberries in a white plate

Happy baking!


The Kitchen Magpie

Mini Muffins Recipe

My tips and tricks for making the best mini muffins – with my delicious banana chocolate chip mini muffin recipe!
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas

Add Ins

  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients.
  • Mix the egg, vanilla, oil, sour cream and bananas together in a large glass measuring cup.
  • Pout the wet ingredients into the dry, then mix together until they are almost completely combined, then add in the chocolate chips. Don't over-mix the batter.
  • Place into your lined or greased unlined muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375 degrees until beautifully browned, around 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • You don’t have to add in the chocolate chips but if you do use mini and not large!
  • If you use fruit in mini muffins, make sure it’s small (eg small blueberries or chopped strawberries)

Nutrition Information

Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 78mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 0.6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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My tips and tricks for making the best mini muffins - with my delicious banana chocolate chip mini muffin recipe!

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. Sheridan says

    These are the best muffins I’ve made! Highly recommend!5 stars

  2. Valerie says

    TIP: You can always use goop to grease each well. It is equal parts of oil, shortening & flour. The muffins come out easily, no sticking & easy to clean! Plus, I use a small cookie scoop to fill each well. They all come out the same size.

  3. Suzanne Mucha says

    Thanks for this life saver!! I was making mini brownies for my 51st high school reunion and it would have been a major mess without using the pastry bag!!!

  4. Kelly vogt says

    Can I use regular chic chips instead of mini?

  5. Danielle @ says

    Love the icing bag idea! Completely agree with the spoon just not working for minis. Thanks for the tip 🙂

    Also – I too wish burning my house down was a viable option over cleaning.

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