We all know that the top of the muffin is the most delicious part. Whether coated in cinnamon sugar, caked with crumble, or deliciously crisped and brown, the muffin top gives the whole muffin that special something. Some people save the top for last while others don’t even bother baking the bottom half and use muffin top tins instead. So why not take it to the next level? Here are some ideas to make the muffin top even better.
1. Muffin Top Sundae: Spice up a classic ice cream sundae with a sweet muffin top of your choice. Classic chocolate chip? Decadent birthday-cake batter? What about Nutella-flavored? A muffin top will replace the waffle as the starchy, sweet goodness at the base of any traditional sundae. A muffin top already decked with toppings such as brown sugar crumble or rainbow sprinkles will add an extra dose of yum.
2. Muffin Top Toast: This may seem simple but it makes all the difference. Simply cut off the muffin top (anywhere above the paper holder) and toast to your liking. This way, not only will the top be crispy and warm, but so will the bottom! Immediately slather butter, the jam of your choice, or even frosting on the flat underside to make the perfect muffin top treat.
3. Muffin Top Sandwich: A tasty take on a classic. Instead of using traditional book-ends, such as white bread for your PB&J or chocolate chip cookies for your ice cream sandwich, use your favorite muffin tops. Try blueberry muffin tops with a vanilla ice cream center for dessert or corn muffin tops surrounding sloppy joes for dinner. Banana muffin tops slathered with peanut butter make a hearty breakfast. We’ve tried them all!
4. Muffin Top Meal: They don’t only have to be sweet and sugary! Incorporate a savory muffin top to reinvent any classic meal. Taco night? Toast a corn muffin top and use it beneath layers of beef, sour cream, and pico de gallo. Pizza party? Use a whole grain muffin top as the crust.
Ideas for this article were curated by Brooke Yalof and Kasey Winshall, our wonderful, muffin-lovin’ summer interns.