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Muffins stick inside the paper liners!

So I have this problem when I bake muffins with paper liners in the tins--when I peel them off, they take a lot of the muffin with it, including the nice brown part! The muffins are still tasty but it does seem like a shame to waste. Does anyone have a solution for this? Greasing the liners themselves? Not using liners at all and just greasing the tin? I have a non-stick tin but I don't really trust it to really non-stick. lol. I know this seems like a rookie question, especially for someone who's been baking muffins for years, but I'd really like to solve this annoying problem!

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  1. What's in your muffins? Are you going low/no fat? I don't use liners for muffins generally and things turn out well....

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    1. re: sandylc

      Definitely not low-fat! lol. I will try just greasing the tin. I'm just paranoid about them sticking in the tin. Peeling off wrappers along with part of the muffin is at least easier than digging them out when they're stuck in a tin! (Although that might only be a problem when you burn them--maybe childhood baking bloopers have spooked me out of doing something that's totally no problem for an experienced cook, which I am now.)

    2. Brush your muffin tins with melted butter, then put them in the fridge for 15 minutes. Repeat. Add batter and bake. Nothing will stick, guaranteed.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        Why the refrigeration? Just so the butter doesn't pool and leave some places ungreased?

        1. re: Lady_Tenar

          The chill allows you to do two coatings, assuring a non-stick surface.

      2. I make muffins a lot and don't ever use papers because I'm cheap. I just use non-stick spray on the pan. When I take them out of the oven, I let them sit for about 5-10 minutes, then take them out of the pan. Never have a problem.

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        1. re: jw615


          But when I did use paper and things stuck, we just ate the muffin off the paper. No waste! I find it more of an issue when they are hot. When they cool paper comes off more easily.

        2. I spray the liners with a little cooking spray.

          1. My muffin and cupcake problems went away when I started using silicon muffin cups. Now they pop out of the cups, and I don't even fiddle with the papers -- and the crusty brown bits stay on the muffin where they belong.

            1. Are you pulling the papers off too soon? I think the papers come off ok as long as the muffin has cooled down.

                1. re: gmm

                  I could not disagree more about the foil cups. I found that not only did the mufins still stick, but the foil tears into tiny shreds when you try to peel of the liner. Their selling point is that you can just line them up on a sheet pan, no muffin tin needed. Later, I saw that Jacques Pepin uses them along with the paper liners that are sandwiched between the foil ones. Batter into the paper, so the foil is easy to remove. But then you're right back to peeling paper off the muffin.

                  I agree with butter or baking spray in the nonstick muffin tin. If it's a sweet muffin, measure out the required amount of sugar, then "flour" the oiled muffin cups with sugar and return the remainder to the mixing bowl. You will get a crisper, delicious crust and though you might think the sugar would burn and stick, it does not. Muffins and cupcakes tip right out. Similarly, you can "flour" the tin for savory muffins using dry plain or seasoned breadcrumbs, mixed with grated hard cheese (the dreaded green can works here) or not.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Hmm, I suppose it might depend on the recipe? I've used them before and they basically just fell right off the muffins.

                2. Now days the muffin liners are so often the aluminum foil type...they will have a plain paper between them that is to be thrown away. They have no coating on them to keep the muffin batter from sticking. So if you are using these (in between) papers, they will most likely stick. Just use the aluminum ones, which peel off well. The good news is you can use these papers for something else...look on Pinterest to see.

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                  1. re: goodtude

                    "Now days the muffin liners are so often the aluminum foil type...they will have a plain paper between them that is to be thrown away."

                    Now days? They had these when I was a kid and I am 53 yeas old!
                    Many people say that the foil is there if you do not have a muffin tin; you bake in both the foil and the paper, then when cooled, remove paper-lined cupcake/muffin from the foil liner... or leave it in if you like the look.