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DIY Parchment Paper Muffin Liners

The parchment wrapped muffins sitting pretty on the bakery shelves always appealed to me.
But at home, I mostly stuck to the paper liners...
because that was what I had on hand.

Recently I have been making my own parchment paper muffin cups.
Easy, peasy!

Step One:  Find a 'glass' that fits perfectly into your muffin pan.  
(In my case, the best fit was a plastic glass cup.)

Step Two: Cut the required number of squares of parchment paper...6 inches square.

Step Three: Lay the parchment square on top of the upside-down cup.
Slide your hand down the cup, pleating the paper as you go.

Step Four: Place liners in muffin pan.


Step Five: Fill liners with your favorite muffin batter...
and pop into the oven.

Tip: To fill the liners without making a mess...
put your batter into a Ziploc bag.
Snip off one corner and squeeze batter out.

Step Six: Bake as usual.

Some 20 minutes later...
the muffins are baked and easily removed from the pan.

Just in case you were wondering what kind of muffins these are...
I'll share the recipe here as well...
to save you doing a search.

They are the same apple muffins that I shared on this blog some six years ago.
We still like them. :)

Apple Muffins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2cups coarsely grated apple
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Beat eggs.
  2. Stir in milk, oil and grated apples.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients, just until flour is moistened.  Do not over-mix.
  4. Fill parchment muffin cups 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes...or until golden.
  6. Remove from pan and cool on rack. 
  7. Yield...12 muffins
*Optional Crunch Topping...Sprinkle muffins with a mixture of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

The beauty of using parchment liners is that they can double as a 'plate' while eating your fresh-from-the-oven muffin.  And the muffin will never stick to the liner. 



  1. Super attractive presentation!

  2. Very nice! I have wanted to do that for a long time.... Do you have any idea where one could buy colored parchment paper?

    1. Diane...locally I have only found white and brown parchment for baking. But it is available in many colours on-line.

    2. Hello - i assume by Judy's response ... when she says "brown" she means "kraft" color (like paper bags one gets at the supermarket instead of plastic bag) ---- meanwhile, I know the bakery at our local supermarket (in Greater Vancouver BC Canada) was happy to sell me a box of the DARK brown (like the color of coffee) parchment muffin liners - they come in "lotus" and the tall style (as photo'd here in this blog) ... maybe on (click thru to the BC Vancouver board if you live here) there's someone who has local on the ground knowledge ---

      great post - i've been wanting to try this home-made version for ages - and I have also been meaning to come back to your website - busy at work now i have the luxury of time - thank you, you are all an inspiration in many ways

  3. Cool!!! Never thought about that and I needed some liners just this week! Always have parchment paper handy....for so many other purposes.

  4. Another great tip from you, Judy! Thank you! I will be sure to try the muffins as well...they look scrumptious!

  5. Step Seven - eat these beauties!!! What a great idea to use parchment paper - so pretty! Thanks for the recipe too.

  6. Thank you, Judy for this hint. I love using parchment paper and this is another attractive way to serve muffins - etc. This hint will certainly be used by many of your followers, including me!! ekh

  7. Love, love, love this! Beautiful job, Judy :)
    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

  8. I must say a big thank you for this post !! I have often wondered how to make these the proper way and now I know. :) xo

  9. Fantastic idea! Wish I'd thought of this. I really like the fact that muffins don't stick to the liner, because they often do with those little paper liners. Thanks so much!

  10. I am going to do that because it looks cool, even though my mother gave me cupcake papers in 1977, enough to share with my now grown daughter, give to friends, and still last my natural lifetime! I had cases of them, something she got a good deal on.

    1. I checked and my parchment paper is 15" wide. I have several size muffin/cupcake pans. There are two regular sizes. One is huge and the other is more "regular size." I think I can cut the papers 5" x 5" and they will fit in the old cupcake tin. The newer tin that I rarely use probably needs the larger piece of parchment paper.

  11. I like it but I'm not sure I have the patience to cut out the squares and then get them lined up just right in the muffin cups. Good idea for a last-minute option, though.

  12. Why didn't I think of making these? I am embarrassed to say that I bought the "tulip cups" and paid way too much. I have been using them sparingly. I love the look of these - so professional!

  13. As usual simple is best. Great tip.

  14. Did the parchment and made the muffins.........major yum!!! DH really loved them (and he is definitely not a muffin eater usually) and they baked beautifully in the parchment.......and released forming the perfect "plate" (as you observed!)!!!! Thanks!!! Recipe filed!!!!! Hugs................

  15. Did the parchment treatment on my Saskatoon berry muffins this morning! It makes such a perfect presentation, especially using the ziplock bag method! And because of the parchment paper, there is no need to wash muffin tins. This is a win all around!

  16. Thanks for this. I made muffins tonight and they turned out perfectly.

  17. I often read the MGCCook site - and was looking this up again as I want to nicely line my tiny slow cooker (Little Dipper) to make it easier to clean up the melted chocolate. It's an experiment. (mainly I don't want to wash any chocolate down the clean-up kitchen sink drain!)

    in any event - an easy way to cut a lot of the squares for muffin tins is using your Olfa mat and cutter (quilters anyone?) - and a sturdy metal ruler as a measure and cutting guide.

    thank you!


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