Quick Tip: Use Parchment Paper as Muffin Cup Liners

We think this is an ingenious idea from Martha Stewart! It will be an especially handy trick for those times when we run out of liners in the middle of a batch of muffins. And it looks elegant, too - don't you think?

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The instructions say to cut 5-inch squares of parchment and press them into muffin cups (spraying the cups with cooking spray first helps the parchment stick). We think the only trick would be to make sure the folded parchment lies really flat against the side of the cup, or else the batter will end up in the creases and we'll be digging paper out of our muffins!

We love the airy wings framing the little pastry and think these would be very cute at a garden party or fancy brunch. We could also write our guests' names on one of the flaps for a personal touch (after baking, of course). And there's no reason why we couldn't bake cupcakes using the same technique!

Do you like this look?

Crisp Muffin Wrappers from Martha Stewart

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(Images: Martha Stewart)