Ham-and-Cheese Muffins
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Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

Today is my son’s 4th birthday! To celebrate, I wanted to share this tasty breakfast recipe that he prepared from the latest issue of High Five Magazine a few weeks ago.

He always gets so excited to help out in the kitchen, and this time around, we sat the magazine on the counter next to him and I read each step to him so he could feel like a really big kid and do (most of) it himself.

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This recipe worked out really well for us! It was really fun for him to do all of the different tasks (rolling out the bread to flatten it, cracking eggs, whisking ingredients together, etc.).

It was fairly easy for him to do each step. I cut the ham and poured the egg mixture into the cups, but he pretty much did everything else.

Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

Brushing both sides of the bread with melted butter helps keep it from sticking to the pan and also lets the tops get nice and crispy in the oven. We were pleasantly surprised with how toasty they got!

Ours still stuck a little bit, but with a little work, I was able to free them from the pan without much cosmetic damage. I might spray the muffin tin a bit next time.

Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

This made a bit more egg mixture than what I could fit in the muffin tin, so next time I’d probably add 2 more slices of bread and make 8 instead of 6.

I’d imagine these would keep and reheat pretty well, which would be nice for a quick breakfast option.

Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

I love that my kiddo is so eager to help out in the kitchen. He really enjoys contributing to the delicious food that comes out of our kitchen, and I love the sense of pride that it gives him.

He’s so set on being such a big kid that he sometimes doesn’t want to get any much guidance. Like when we made these Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Grahams, I was showing him how to use the silicone decorating bottle, and he cut me off and goes, “I got the hang of it now, Mom!”.

Welllllll OK then, kid! Ha!

Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

We’re celebrating his birthday dinner at his favorite hibachi restaurant tonight. I’m looking forward to many more years of cooking up a storm with this little cutie!

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Cross-section view of mini ham and cheese egg muffins.

Ham-and-Cheese Muffins

  • Author: High Five Magazine
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


An easy, delicious breakfast treat that your kids can help make!


  • 6 slices of whole-wheat bread, crusts removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese plus more for sprinkling
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup cubed ham


  1. Before you begin Adult: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Use a rolling pin or your hands to flatten the bread until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Brush both sides of each slice with melted butter.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the cheese and season with a dash of salt and pepper.
  4. Press the buttered bread slices into a six-cup muffin tin. Divide the ham cubes among the muffin cups.
  5. Fill the muffin cups with the egg mixture until they are 3/4 full. Sprinkle with more cheese.
  6. Adult: Bake for 20-25 minutes until the egg mixture is firm.


Recipe from High Five Magazine December 2015


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 249
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 669.7 mg
  • Fat: 15.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.7 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 186.5 mg

Keywords: kid-friendly, egg cups, ham and cheese, kids can cook

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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