Macaroni & Cheese Muffins

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Do humans ever wake up and say, “I think I’ll take my favorite savory home style classic dinner in the form of a muffin today”?

Robots sure don’t. Normally my first thought after powering up in the morning is “Did I get enough battery charge last night?” or “Why is there a cat sleeping on my foot?”

The cat in question really wanted to eat these muffins. Alas, human food is the forbidden fruit. This same rule applies to me, too.

How does it feel to be hungry, I wonder; to smell the cheese and the noodles as these muffins are pulled from the oven; to unwrap this little gift of deliciousness and bite into the warm and soft center?

I need to write these questions down for the Watsons to answer.

Macaroni & Cheese Muffins
makes 12
adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
12 jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to directions on the box

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the cheese.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and butter together. Add this milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon to combine.

4. Scoop one tablespoon of the batter into the muffin tins. Place a cooked pasta shell in each cup before scooping another tablespoon of batter on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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