Cooking times can be drastically shorter for mini muffin recipes, totaling only 10 to 15 minutes, and bakers will want to be careful to avoid overcooking. Exact baking time for mini muffins will depend on the recipe and oven temperature, but in general, these smaller muffins should be baked for a shorter period of time than full-sized muffins to avoid burning, drying or other undesirable effects resulting from too much time in the oven. Recipes should be followed exactly to avoid ruining the mini muffin batch, and if the baker is opting to make mini muffins from a full-size muffin recipe, the baker should keep a close eye on the muffins as they bake.
If an exact baking time for mini muffins isn't available and the baker is working form a full-size muffin recipe, he or she can take a more detailed approach by figuring out how much smaller the mini muffins are than the full-size muffins called for in the recipe and cutting the baking time down accordingly. Those people who aren't as good at math can simply put the mini muffins in the oven at a slightly lower temperature than is called for than the full-size muffins and check on them after five minutes. When the muffins appear to puff up and brown, they can be removed and tested with a toothpick for doneness.