Thawing baked goods well can be tricky. You want to thaw frozen muffins so that you don’t end up with a soggy, mushy mess.
Muffins keep in your freezer for only a couple of months. If your muffins have been in the freezer for longer than that, they may have a dry or chewy texture – and they won’t taste as good.
The good news is there are ways to thaw frozen muffins to that perfect temperature.
The best ways to thaw frozen muffins can include just leaving them out on the counter, in the oven, or in the microwave.
Room Temperature Thaw
If you plan on keeping your muffins in an airtight container on your counter or in the fridge after you thaw, this is the best way to thaw frozen muffins.
Step 1: Remove your muffins from their packaging. If they have a liner on them, leave that on.
Step 2: Place your muffins on a plate and cover them loosely with a tea cloth or plastic wrap. You want to make sure the moisture stays within the muffins and they don’t dry out.
Step 3: Leave your frozen muffins out to thaw. This should take anywhere from an hour to two hours.
After thawing your frozen muffins in this way, you should not freeze them again. While it’s not unsafe to re-freeze and thaw, the texture of your muffins will potentially be ruined.
If you want to thaw your frozen muffin and end up with a warm and toasty result, this is the method for you. This is the easiest way to thaw more than one frozen cake or muffin.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 2: Place your muffins on a baking tray. Cover them loosely with foil. This will ensure they do not burn, while also trapping the moisture in and ensuring the muffins don’t dry out.
Step 3: Bake your frozen muffins for 20 minutes, regularly checking them every 5 or so minutes.
If you don’t want to wait for your oven to preheat before baking, you can also thaw frozen muffins in an oven that’s preheating.
Step 1: Place your frozen muffin(s) on a baking sheet and lay a piece of foil on top.
Step 2: Turn your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place your frozen muffins in the oven. Your frozen muffins will thaw as your oven preheats. If your muffins are still slightly frozen, leave them in the 350-degree oven for up to 10 more minutes, checking them often.
Tip: It’s not recommended to thaw frozen muffins in an air fryer or convection oven. Air fryers are best used to reheat baked goods rather than thaw them.
The same method can be used for thawing and baking Texas Roadhouse Rolls.
If you’re low on time, thawing your frozen muffins in the microwave is the way to go. It’s best to use a microwave when you want to thaw 1 or 2 muffins at a time.
Step 1: Unwrap your muffins completely. If your frozen muffins have foil liners, be sure to remove them before microwaving!
Step 2: Place your muffins on a napkin or microwave-safe plate. For the best results, lay a slightly damp paper towel over the top of your muffin. This ensures that your frozen muffin won’t become hard and dry.
Step 3: Microwave your frozen muffin on high for no more than 30 seconds. Check your muffin after 15 seconds to make sure it’s not too hot.
Tip: For an even better-tasting muffin, thaw your frozen muffin slightly in the microwave – no more than 5-10 seconds. Cut the top of your muffin off, and place a pat of butter on top. Replace the top of your muffin, and continue to thaw in the microwave for 20-30 more seconds on high.
For the most delicious results, it’s best to thaw frozen muffins in the oven or to leave them out on your counter. That said, the microwave muffin can work just as well. Happy eating!