By Alicia Bodine

There are so many different ways to make muffins — from homemade goodness to store bought simplicity. Stores sell muffin mixes that only ask you to add water and oil — so easy! You don't, however, need to purchase these store mixes if you have a box of pancake mix on hand. The pancake mix is an excellent base to begin creating your own muffin mix (who knew?!). These muffins are great for breakfast, a snack or as a dessert, just follow these easy steps to turn your pancake mix into deliciously tasty muffins!

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Crack your eggs in to a bowl and make sure you remove any shells. It is best to do this first, otherwise you will have trouble seeing the shells among the other ingredients.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Add your milk, sugar and vegetable oil to the bowl. Stir to combine all of these ingredients.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Add the pancake mix and stir to combine. The mix will be a little thick, but it will be moist. Try to make sure that you don't have too many lumps — some are okay, but it is no fun to bite in to a muffin and get a patch of dry pancake mix.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Place muffin cups in your muffin pans. If you don't have any, you can always grease the muffin pans so the muffins come out without sticking to the pan.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Fill each of the muffin cups up 1/4 of the way.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Spoon half a teaspoon of the apple preserves in the muffin cups for an extra delicious addition to the plain pancake mix.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Add another layer of muffin mix to the muffin cups so that the cups are now half full.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Spoon another half of a teaspoon of apple preserves on each muffin. Then finish the muffins off with a final layer of muffin mix. This should bring your muffin cups to 3/4 of the way full. The muffins will rise in the oven so you don't need to fill them all of the way.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Set the muffins in the oven at a temperature of 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Muffins should be slightly golden brown on the top.

how to make muffins with pancake mix
how to make muffins with pancake mix

Allow the muffins to cool off before consuming them.