Great Cookbooks for Families: Cook It In a Cup

[ 5 ] February 24, 2009 |

Reviewed by Katy Killilea

Cupcakes and muffins are one thing, but rice? Fish? It turns out there are lots of things longing to be muffin-size. This little kit will set you and your kids up to make twenty-nine yummy foods, from lasagna to classic crumb cakes. They will all be cupcake shaped, and just the right size for a small tummy.


The spiral-bound cookbook is also just the right size for little hands, and the recipes are simple and fully illustrated with photos. The book comes in a box with six silicone muffin cups, each a different bright color. After you start cooking from this book, you begin to look at the world with new eyes. Just as hungry characters in Looney Toons see members of their cohort turn into roasted chickens, everywhere you look, you will see foodstuffs become muffin-shaped.

My cooking partner chose our first project, so we made the brownies and they were delicious. You can make these in any silicone muffin cup, or even in a regular muffin pan fitted with paper liners. We halved the recipe to make just six brownies, since that’s how many cups we had; the ingredients listed here are for six muffin shape brownies.

Brownies from Cook It In a Cup

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
one-half stick of butter
1 egg
cup sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
cup flour
pinch of salt
cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together.
3. In another bowl, beat the egg. Add the sugar and mix well.
4. Add the chocolate-butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
5. Add the vanilla, flour, and salt. Stir until combined.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
7. Divide the batter evenly among the cups. They will be filled almost to the top.
8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops crack. Insert a toothpick to see if the brownies are done in the center.

Note from Katy: The recipe calls for you to remove the brownies from the cups after 15 minutes, but we forgot. No harm done, and we had fun choosing our favorite color cup at dessert time.

The details:
Cook It In a Cup
By Julia Myall
Chronicle Books

Category: books / stories, food + recipes

Anisa Raoof

about the author ()

Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Hannah says:

    Katy…I love it! I’m seeing some pretty little cobblers come spring time.

  2. Well YUM! What a great concept.

  3. Maria says:

    Great idea… intrigued!

  4. calendar katharine says:

    I wonder if I could somehow combine Armpit Fudge with this method?

  5. Katy Killilea Katy says:

    COOKIE has some tempting looking recipes-in-a-cup in its February issue. For the snow day, I believe we’ll be making the pizza humps.

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