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Mini Muffin Tin

Can the mini version of our favorite muffin tin produce mighty results? 
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We also love the full-size version of this tin. Our full review of muffin tins with detailed brand comparisons is available here.

How We Tested

Bite-size mini muffins and cupcakes are a great choice for buffet spreads, school lunches, birthday parties, and afternoon snacks. These teensy baked goods provide a perfect bite of something sweet, and it’s easy to make a lot of them at once. A mini muffin tin is essential for creating nicely domed, two-bite mini muffins or cupcakes. However, a mini tin's uses extend beyond muffins: Our recipes for Chocolate Financiers, Chocolate ’Mallow Cookie Cups, and Fudgy Peanut Butter Mousse Cups all call for a mini muffin tin.

In our review of full-size muffin tins, we gave top marks to the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 12-Cup Muffin Pan, which released baked goods perfectly and had a broad, oversize rim that was easy to grasp (a big plus when trying to maneuver a hot tin out of the oven). To see if our recommendation held true for a mini muffin tin, we tested the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan and used it to bake Banana–Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Mini Muffin Tin Donut Holes.

Like the full-size version, the nonstick mini muffin tin released baked goods with ease. The tin's oversize 1.6-inch rim allowed us to securely grasp it in multiple places and move it effortlessly in and out of the oven. As with its bigger cousin, we found that the gold finish produced perfectly browned and evenly domed baked goods. In our previous reviews of golden-hued bakeware, we found that a gold finish absorbs and radiates heat more moderately than lighter or darker metal finishes, which can sometimes provide too little or too much browning.

If you’re in the market for a mini muffin tin, the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan is an excellent choice.


Methodology

We tested the mini version of our top-rated muffin tin, using it to bake Banana–Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Mini Muffin Tin Donut Holes. We rated the shape of the baked goods as well as their browning. We also noted how easy the muffin tin was to handle and how easily the baked goods released from the tin. The price listed is what we paid online.  

RATING CRITERIA

Release: We coated the muffin tin lightly with vegetable oil spray before each test and rated how easily the baked goods released from the tin.

Browning: We evaluated the color of baked goods, looking for even browning both on the top and on the bottom.

Food Shape: We evaluated the shape of baked goods produced by the muffin tin, looking for muffins with crisp edges and consistent shapes.

Handling: Using our winning oven mitts, we moved the muffin tin into and out of the oven, rating it on how comfortable, easy, and secure it was to hold and maneuver.


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The Results

Winner
Recommended

Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

$33.31*

Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Winner
Recommended

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

$33.31*

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

Our old winner arrived with the slickest preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace.