Using muffin mixes is a convenient way to get a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. There are many other uses for muffin mixes than just muffins, though. Add a few ingredients and a bit of creative cooking, and a box of muffin mix can turn into any number of different snacks, desserts and even main dishes.

Blueberry Pancakes

Use the muffin mix that contains a can of real blueberries. Rinse and drain the blueberries and set them aside. Mix together the muffin mix, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. oil, an egg and 1 cup water. Mix together until the batter is smooth. Stir in the drained blueberries and drop onto a hot griddle to make pancakes.

Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Mix together one small box of oatmeal muffin mix, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 cup applesauce and 2 tbsp. melted margarine. Mix together until the batter is smooth. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake about 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. This recipe also works for raspberry, blueberry and banana muffin mixes, to get a flavor variety.

Corn Dogs

Mix together 1 small package of corn muffin mix, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 2/3 cup flour, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper and 1/2 tsp. paprika. Mix together until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into a tall glass. Poke skewers into hot dogs, making sure that the sticks are at least halfway up into the dogs. Dip the hot dogs into the glass of batter and drop them into a deep fat fryer or hot oil in a pan at 350 degrees F. Fry for 3 minutes, or until the batter is golden brown on the outside.

Mixed Up Breads

Get creative to make some mixed-up muffin loaf breads. Mix your muffin batter according to the box directions, then add a variety of ingredients to liven up the flavor. Corn muffin mix will taste good with savory items such as jalapeno slices or bacon bits, as well as sweeter alternatives. Most muffin breads are improved with nuts, usually walnuts or pecans. Stir in dried cranberries or cherries, chocolate chips or cinnamon chips. Spoon the finished batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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