Anyone else still in a cookie coma? The butter and sugar have been flying for the past few weeks, and I think it’s time to shine the spotlight on another one of my go-to holiday dishes. Macaroni and cheese cups are hands down my favorite party food, and whether you’re hosting a big holiday bash, or keeping it low key this weekend, I think they have New Years written all over them!
When it comes to comfort food, I think we can all agree mac and cheese is where it’s at. Homemade all the way, with perfectly cooked pasta, and lots of cheese – yes, please! I wanted to turn the dish we all crave into a bite-size treat for parties, and what better way to do that than with a muffin tin. The possibilities are endless with these, and I think the best part is that when you bake them, they get all golden and crisp around the edges, and we need to talk about that buttery bread crumb topping!
The macaroni and cheese recipe is super simple to toss together, and you can customize it to your liking with different types of cheese and spices. Personally, I love a mix of cheddar and monterey jack, but I don’t think you can go wrong with all cheddar either. You can bake them in regular muffin tins, making them great for parties, or a side dish at dinner. Kids love to make these, and it’s such a great way to get them involved!
You can also bake them in mini muffin tins, and all I’m going to say is they should come with a warning label! Every time I make them, I feel like they disappear before I can even get them all on the plate… I give the bake time and temps for minis in the recipe as well, so you’ve got options!
The buttery bread crumb topping sprinkled on top is definitely the icing on the cake. Sorry, I can’t help myself! Seriously though, it makes them. All you do is toast the bread crumbs in a sauté pan with butter before sprinkling it on top, and it adds so much texture and flavor to the finished bites. Garnish with some fresh herbs and all I can say is make extra! Whether you do these for dinner, holiday parties, or girl’s night, they’re a total win, and I’m sharing some more tips over on Instagram, so make sure to check it out!
I hope you guys give these a try! Have a great holiday weekend, and I’ll see you next week with the top sweets of the year! xo
Everyone’s favorite comfort food gets turned into the ultimate party treat with macaroni and cheese cups! Whether you serve them with dinner, or at your holiday bash, they’re sure to be a hit.
- 6 ounces (2 cups) elbow macaroni
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 8 ounces (2 cups) cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.
- Bring a Farberware purECOok 5-Quart Dutch Oven of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box until al dente, and drain pasta.
- Head over to Farberware for the remainder of the Mac and Cheese Cups recipe. Enjoy!
Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with Farberware and this recipe was developed for Farberware Cookware. Thank you for your continued support and allowing me to share what I love.