Kitchn Love Letters

Great Jones’ New Muffin Pan Is So Good, It Made Me Retire My Heirloom Baking Tins

published Jun 15, 2022
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Credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani for Great Jones

Direct-to-consumer brand Great Jones has yet to launch a product I’m not obsessed with. Those heavenly sheet pans? I own three. The ceramic skillet? Got it in both sizes. But after just one use, I know that their latest product is going to be my favorite GJ item ever — and it’s here just in time for summer baking.

A couple of weeks ago, Great Jones launched the Stud Muffin, a 12-cup muffin pan made from super-durable aluminized steel and coated with a sleek nonstick surface in two colorways; juicy Raspberry and bright Blueberry. I had to try it for myself. In the name of research — and muffins.

I’m happy to report that this pan doesn’t just look good; it’s the best-performing muffin pan I’ve ever used. I ordered a Raspberry pan, which arrived in record time thanks to Great Jones’ Operations team and Gold Star Customer Service (seriously, these folks deserve a medal and/or a giant cookie). With summer berry season gaining momentum, I decided to test the pan with a Blackberry Cornmeal Muffin recipe, swapping out my Grandma’s dinged and dented pans for the Stud Muffin. 

Typically, I line muffin pans with paper as insurance against sticking. But since this was a test, I wanted to see how Great Jones’ model would perform in *stressful* circumstances. I swiped a small amount of softened butter into each cup, and spooned in the batter. After 20 minutes, my kitchen smelled absurdly good, and the muffins were browned, with perfectly domed tops. 

Credit: Rochelle Billow

I cooled them in the tray for five minutes and then mentally prepared myself to scrape out some stuck-on muffin bits. Instead, each muffin popped out of the pan easily, with absolutely no sticking. I was pleasantly surprised… my beat up old pans definitely couldn’t do that. Another area where Great Jones earns high marks is the evenness of cooking. The muffin exteriors were gently browned with no burnt or gooey spots in the center. 

Cleanup was a breeze and required zero scrubbing, a scenario I assumed was impossible without liners. I was so impressed with the pan’s performance, I immediately tucked my old pans into storage (as family heirlooms, I can’t bring myself to part with them, but they just can’t keep up with this snazzy newcomer). What’s next for my latest Great Jones score? Well, since it’s so impressively nonstick, I’m going to use it for a batch of single-serve egg bites. Something tells me I’m going to be spending a lot of time with this Stud.

Buy: Stud Muffin, $45