Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge - Macaroni & Cheese Muffins


I participated in the Crazy Cooking Challenge this month.  I couldn't resist after all the theme was Macaroni & Cheese.  Our challenge was to find a Macaroni & Cheese recipe from somewhere in blogland, make it and blog about it.  Count me in - I love Macaroni & Cheese - the whole family does!  I found a lot of great recipes but I let my kids choose the one we would ulltimately make.  They couldn't wait to try these Macaroni & Cheese Muffins from What's For Lunch at Our House.  They helped make them too!  Enjoy!

What you need:
Round butter-flavored crackers
1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup cooking creme or milk (I used milk)
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese - I actually only had 2 cups and the results were great so I would say use anywhere from 2-3 cups. (keep 1/4 cup out to sprinkle on top)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What you do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or use muffin wrappers, I only had two left but I used them and of course the cleanup in those areas were much easier than the rest of the muffin tin.
Place a cracker in the bottom of each muffin cup and set aside.


Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
Stir in remaining ingredients until well-blended.


Spoon mixture into muffin cups and sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes, remove from tin with knife if you didn't use the muffin papers.

Sweet Girl loved these!


But for the real test - Little Man aka Mac 'n Cheese boy...


Yes!  Two Thumbs Up!!  I'm hoping to put some in their lunchboxes for tomorrow at school.  I think they would love it. 

And if liked this recipe please vote for me below!!
 
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25 comments:

  1. Very fun, individual serving with the cracker too.

    My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  2. I'm thinking my kids would like those a lot!

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  3. These look so delicious! I love the idea of making them in cupcake liners, how clever! I also participated in this link 23 Crock pot Mac and Cheese, come visit if you get a minute!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  4. These not only turned out so cute they look delicious also!!

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  5. How completely ingenious and fun! I love these little babies. :)

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  6. Love seeing these! :) Were they so much better with the muffin papers? I need to make them again and try it, the mess was something else from the first batch (though I think the cheap bake spray has a lot to do with it too!).

    Thanks so much for blogging these!!!

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  7. Oh those are so fun! Looks like your kiddos had a blast with it too.!
    thanks for sharing!
    Come see mine at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/2011/09/crazy-cooking-challange-mac-n-cheese.html

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  8. Oh my gosh - these muffins sound like foodcrack for me. Mac and cheese? Holy craziness.

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  9. I think I'll be making some of these personal mac and cheese bites for holidays this year!

    Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

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  10. Love the muffin wrappers! I made similar ones, Mac & Cheese Bites! HOW COOL!

    Thanks for joining us for the first month of CCC, stop by and check out my Mac & Cheese Bites!
    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/macaroni-and-cheese-bites-crazy-cooking.html

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  11. Look at those cute lil muffins! Adorable! And great that you got the kids to help too :)

    Check out my mac and cheese post if you'd like :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/09/crazy-cooking-challenge-and-buffalo.html

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  12. So fun, and the kids are just cute. I am including this in my Friday Finds this week. Thanks for the post.

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  13. Love it :) And your children are adorable!

    Stopping by from CCC - #17

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  14. LOVE, love, love the muffin idea! How fun ... and how portable! Fellow CCC participant stopping over to say hi (I'm #5). Nice to 'meet' you!

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  15. Your Mac N Cheese dish looks awesome, I really want to try it soon! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. These are so cute! I would love to know how they did in your kids' lunches the next day. I'm always looking for new lunchbox ideas. I will keep these in mind when we do our mini-meal themed dinner that I'm planning. Yum!

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  17. Not sure these really pass as "muffins". 'Mac n Cheese in Cupcake Liners' might be a truer name. :○

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  18. Wow very interesting! And I love all the other mac and cheese recipes linked here! :o)

    Please feel free to link up your cheesy muffins to my Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  19. Look at all the mac and cheese recipes. I am in heaven and can't wait to try so many of them. The muffin concept - awesome. We spend a great deal of time on the road and these will be perfect. Please consider linking to www.thestuffofsuccess.com - the weekly Success U Wednesday Linkup party.

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  20. I love mac and cheese.. Looks yum!

    Followed ya over from FTLOB.

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  21. How cool is this! I've never heard of the crazy cooking challenge. Good luck!
    Visiting from Make a Food e Friend Monday.

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  22. Aww. :) Everything goes faster and better with little helpers! ^^ Amazing recipe, thank you.

    ___
    International Calls to Australia

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  23. such a fun idea...and for the adults a great way to keep portions in check! i love the idea. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

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  24. Won't the liners stick to the mac n cheese? Anything I need to prep to make sure my kids aren't eating paper? ;)

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