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Mac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen #recipe

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I hate to admit this but Shae prefers boxed mac and cheese to my homemade kind.The rest of the family prefers mine so most of the time she’s out voted. Sometimes when time is of the essence I have to rely on the boxed kind even though I don’t like it very much. I found a way to kick up the flavor and presentation but using one of my favorite methods, muffin shaped food.Mac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen

Adding prepared mac and cheese, and some other yummy ingredients, to muffin tins creates something magical. The Mac and Cheese Muffins come out with a crispy crust and creamy inside, making them very different from their boxed beginnings.

These Green Onion Mac and Cheese Muffins turned out incredibly good. I’m going to add green onions more often because they add a great fresh onion taste without the harsh bite white onions tend to do.


  • 2 boxes of box mac and cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (we used mexican blend and mozzerella)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbls softened butter
  • 4 stalks of green onions chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • bread crumbs
  • *any chopped meat of choiceMac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen

Preheat oven to 375° and coat your muffin tins (12 cups)with cooking spray.

Prepare your macaroni according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Have you child add in all of the ingredients plus the cheese packets except bread crumbs and mix, mix, mix.

Taste to be sure it tastes the way you like it and adding meat or veggies if you choose.

Now it’s time to spoon your mixture into the muffin tins. Fill them all the way till almost overflowing. Top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 minutes till bubbly and browned.

Mac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen

Mac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen

Mac and Cheese Muffins #kidsinthekitchen

We enjoyed along side of Italian sausage and peppers.

Shae loved that she did most of the work!
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  1. Those look delicious! I bet they’d be good with homemade mac & cheese, too!

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  3. that’s a fun way to serve an age old dish like mac and cheese. very nice

  4. Good way to pay attention to serving size! I might have to modify this into a gluten-free recipe!

  5. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} says

    Ohh wow!! I’d have never thought of making mac n cheese muffins!! These look yummy and fun!

  6. My kids love finger foods! This would be perfect for them.

  7. I have one word for you – BRILLIANT. Those would be devoured in seconds in my house.

  8. Love this! I’m
    Doing It tomorrow.

  9. That’s kid AND adult food. I’d happily enjoy more than a few of those muffins.

  10. Janel (A Mom's Take) says

    Okay, that looks really delicious. Can I come over for dinner?

  11. Oh my! I must make these, my kids would love them.

  12. I think my son would love these. If I can get him to help me he will usually eat it. A big win in my house!

  13. What a fun way to eat mac & chese! I think my kids will love this.

  14. Oh my gosh, my daughter would love these! She is really into mac and cheese lately and I try and make different versions. Need to try this out!

  15. Those cheese muffins looks really good. Aww look at our daughter being a helper in the kitchen! Love it!

  16. What a fun idea! It makes a favorite food even more fun!

  17. What a fun idea! I bet those would be very well received at a kids party.

  18. I’ve never seen anything like those before. What a cool idea!

  19. What a fun idea! I like that they are baked, too to keep the calories down!

  20. YUMMY! This is a great twist on a classic favorite! Thanks for sharing

  21. What a fun thing to create with your daughter! They look tasty too. I love this idea.

  22. Yum! I might try this as one of my make-ahead meals for the week.

  23. My little guy loves to help out in the kitchen so I’m always looking for kid-friendly recipes. This is perfect and sounds really good!

  24. What a neat idea. It looks like the kids had fun in the kitchen as well.

  25. These look really yummy. I love that they are easy to make too!

  26. My kids would like this! They are mac and cheese fans.

  27. These look so yummy and something that the kids can help make too! Can’t wait to try these!

  28. I makes baked mac and cheese often. I would like to make it in cupcakes for my kis.

  29. Um these look absolutely delicious, my kids (especially my son) would LOVE these. We are definitely mac n’ cheese fans!

  30. Such a fun recipe for kids. Zoe and Gav love when we have left over mac n cheese and I bake them in cups the next day.

  31. My mouth is watering over here! Those look to die for!

  32. This is a great twist on regular ol’ mac & cheese. Great idea!

  33. I love that idea. I bake the mac and cheese anyway. I don’t know why I never thought of putting it in muffin tins!

  34. That sounds and looks so awesome! My son would love to give them a try!

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