Cornbread Muffins

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These tender cornbread muffins are the perfect side to any Southern or Southwestern dish. You can whip up the batter in no time!

cornbread muffins

These tender and sweet cornbread muffins are the perfect side to any Southern barbecue or Southwestern-style dish. My kids love them so much that I’m constantly swatting their little hands away from the bread basket so they don’t fill up before the main course.

I know that baking at dinnertime might seem a little ambitious but these muffins are super-easy to prepare. You can whip up the batter in ten minutes, and I usually serve them instead of a starch. Leftovers are delicious for breakfast, reheated and slathered with honey butter or jam.

What You’ll Need To Make Cornbread Muffins

How To Make Cornbread Muffins

Begin by whisking the eggs in a medium bowl.

whisking the eggs

Add the honey and milk and whisk to combine.

adding honey and milk to the eggs

In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisking the dry ingredients

Add the egg mixture and the melted butter to the dry ingredients.

adding liquid ingredients and melted butter to dry ingredients

Whisk until just combined.

mixed cornbread muffin batter

Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full.

cornbread muffins ready to bake

Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops are set and golden. Note that they will not dome.

baked cornbread muffins

Cool the muffins for a few minutes in the pan, then serve warm with softened butter.

How To Freeze Cornbread Muffins

These muffins taste best when served right out of the oven but can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to three months. Thaw for 3 for 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap them in aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F-oven until hot. Alternatively, you can heat muffins in the microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 45 seconds, or until just hot; do not overheat or muffins will get tough.

cornbread muffins

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Cornbread Muffins

These tender cornbread muffins are the perfect side to any Southern or Southwestern dish. You can whip up the batter in no time!

Servings: 12 muffins
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup milk (preferably whole but low-fat works too)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. (I prefer to use non-stick cooking spray so the muffins get nice and crisp on the edges.)
  2. In a medium bowl, break up the eggs with a whisk. Whisk in the honey, and then the milk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk mixture and the melted butter to the dry ingredients. Whisk until just blended. Do not overmix; it's okay if there are a few lumps. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are set and golden. (Note that the muffins will not dome.) Cool the muffins for a few minutes in the pan, then serve warm.
  4. Note: If you'd prefer to make this as cornbread rather than muffins, spray an 8-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Cornbread muffins taste best when served right out of the oven but can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 for 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap them in aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F oven until hot. Alternatively, heat muffins in the microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 45 seconds, or until just hot; do not overheat or muffins will get tough.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 216
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 305 mg
  • Cholesterol: 53 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Easy recipe and perfect portion-controlled accompaniment to chili!

    • — MM on September 26, 2021
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  • These are my husband’s favourite muffins. I’m going to be making them again tomorrow. They are quick to make and always turn out beautifully! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

    • — Rose on September 25, 2021
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  • I made these last night and they’re gone! They were so delicious! I baked mine at 400 degrees for the first 5 minutes to allow them to rise with a nice dome on top and then I turned them down to 350 for the remainder of the baking time.

    • — Heather on September 21, 2021
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  • Thanks for a delicious recipe! I used 1/2 gluten free flour and half spelt flour and full fat oat milk because it’s what I had on hand. Still they turned out wonderfully. This recipe made 8 large muffins for me that did dome. I thought they were a smidge too sweet but my son stated they are perfect as is.

    • — Joylene on September 20, 2021
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  • I searched the internet once again in hopes of finding an edible cornbread muffin. Well thank goodness for Once Upon A Chef’s recipe. I made this recipe for a church function and got compliments galore! I have to say they taste delicious! I followed recipe exactly, made 36 muffins and everyone turned out beautiful with none stuck to the tin, none burned or worst not done in the middle. I will continue making these and will never make any changes on the recipe! Why? 50 yrs in the kitchen and never made a muffin I was proud of until now!! It’s practically a miracle!

    • — Marie on September 6, 2021
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  • I made these muffins today. They were beautiful (looked exactly like the ones on the picture) and their taste also was great. And they are also really quick and easy to prepare. But I used polenta, as I couldn’t find any other kind of corn meal here (I live in Germany) and that remained quite coarse, a bit like sand between the teeth. So is corn meal different and is there anything I could do about this if I want to make them another time?

    • — Anke on September 4, 2021
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    • Hi Anke, your best bet is to use cornmeal (which perhaps you could order online). If not, I think you could get away with using the polenta if you gave it a quick whirl in a food processor or blender to make the grains a bit smaller. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 7, 2021
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      • Thank you for the quick answer. And I will certainly try one of your suggestions.

        • — Anke on September 8, 2021
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  • These were really good and came out perfect, not too crumby, not too stiff. Only thing I changed was gluten free flour instead but followed all the measurements and instructions. Awesome recipe

    • — Angela on August 24, 2021
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  • Hi, can this recipe be doubled just by doubling the ingredients?
    Thanks

    • — Alex on August 9, 2021
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on August 10, 2021
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  • Hello
    OK to make this in a cast iron skillet? Thank you Jenn. Love all the recipes.

    • — Mary on August 4, 2021
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    • Hi Mary, Sure, I think that would work. I’m not sure how long it will take though, so just keep a close eye on it. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 4, 2021
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      • Hello. Delish. Cast iron for 25 minutes at 350. Made two. The second one I put about 3/4 batter in the skillet, then added pulled pork and finished with remaining batter. Also 25 minutes. YUM. thank you.

        • — Mary on August 4, 2021
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  • Wow, I never bother to leave reviews, but this is SO much better than other corn bread recipes I’ve made before. The honey and butter (I browned mine) really made it! And I don’t know if my muffin tin is a little smaller but my muffins domed a lot! Whole family loved these!

    • — Sarah on July 8, 2021
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  • I’ve tried so many recipes from this site growing up and I truly trust Jennifer with all my heart when it comes to amazing recipes! I tried this cornbread recipe out and was not disappointed!!! It’s so tender and has the perfect balance of moisture. I also got domes on mine! Since I prefer sweeter cornbread, I would add less salt next time and a little extra sugar as the salt was pretty prominent. Other than that, amazing recipe!

    • — Dorothy on June 23, 2021
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  • I made these today for a catering event & they are the best cornbread recipe I’ve ever tasted! Mine even had a dome! Thanks very much!

    • — Brenda L Gowey on May 31, 2021
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  • I am 76 yrs old and have tried a lot of cornbread muffin recipes. Today I decided to try a new recipe and yours caught my eye. These are the BEST muffins I have ever made. This is a keeper, all my other cornbread recipes are going in the garbage. Can’t top this one !!!! I did not change a thing, followed the recipe exactly the way it was given. When I was younger we always ate it as a dessert with molasses. Still do the same thing to this day. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • — Bernadette on May 29, 2021
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  • The easiest and the best recipe ever! I make over and over again, my daughter loves it.

    • — Irene on May 29, 2021
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  • I love, love, love this recipe. I always make sure I have some of the cornmeal muffins in my freezer. They turned out perfectly, they taste delicious, I give it top ratings.Susan

    • — Susan Kasparek on May 29, 2021
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  • I don’t have any milk on hand. Which would be a better substitute: unsweetened coconut milk (carton, not can) or half and half?

    • — Valerie Mathison on May 29, 2021
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    • Hi Valerie, I’d thin the half and half with a bit of water and you’ll be good to go.

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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      • Thanks so much! And thank you for being my go-to resource for reliably great recipes. I’ve made so many of yours and always love them!!

        • — Valerie Mathison on May 30, 2021
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  • Can I use buttermilk instead of normal milk?
    Thanks,
    Charlotte

    • — Charlotte Meynert on May 28, 2021
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    • I don’t recommend it, Charlotte — sorry!

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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    • Need recipe for oatmeal cookies

      • — Jean zanders on September 18, 2021
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      • Hi Jean, here is my recipe for oatmeal cookies. For future reference, you can search for any recipe (or ingredient) you’d like by using the search function on each page of the blog. (Just click on the little magnifying glass you see in the upper right corner.) Hope you enjoy the cookies if you make them!

        • — Jenn on September 20, 2021
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    • I substituted buttermilk and they were amazing.

      • — Shane on September 26, 2021
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      • I substituted buttermilk and they were amazing.

        • — Shane on September 26, 2021
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  • Wowza! I have been looking for an easy corn muffin recipe that doesn’t get too dry. I made mini muffins…just sprayed the muffin pan with no stick spray….and it made 32. Best ever!

    • — TB on May 8, 2021
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  • PERFECTION FOR PERFECTIONISTS!
    These are absolutely the BEST cornbread muffins ever. Perfect with soup, easy to make, moist, fluffy and SCRUMPTIOUS. (especially warm with a little honey butter). It’s official Jenn, I’m a fan! My very very very picky foodie aunt who mostly eats French food said « I don’t eat muffins, I only like croissants with my soup. »… I made her take one bite and then she ate three muffins in 3 minutes flat! This is now only the third ‘fan letter’ I’ve ever written …the third review I’ve posted your blog. I guess I can no longer refer to myself as someone who doesn’t write reviews or fan letters! 🙂 Thanks for bringing such joy to me and my family with your absolutely amazing recipes.

    • — SV on April 15, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on April 16, 2021
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  • Yummy!!

    • — Mia Hyde on April 7, 2021
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  • I am going to give this a try but am considering minis. How long should the small ones stay in?

    • — tracie henry on March 30, 2021
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    • Hi Tracie, I’d start checking them at 10 to 12 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 31, 2021
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  • Delicious! For dietary reasons, I used monkfruit and Sweet As Honey instead of the sugar/honey. Turned out great. Perfect with a cup of chili and a salad.

    • — Suzanne McKay on March 24, 2021
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  • This is my favourite corn meal muffin recipe so far. Hadn’t made cornmeal muffins in years, but started with this recipe about six months ago. Very moist ( pardon the term!). Great flavour.

    • — Claire on March 22, 2021
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  • Hi!

    Can I add a bit more all-purpose flour to have it not soo crumbly? Or is there anything I can add to make it not soo crumbly. I love the flavor but the muffin falls apart sometimes after taking a bite.
    What new measurements would you recommend?

    • — Kathleen on March 22, 2021
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    • Hi Kathleen, feel free to change the ratios; I use 1-1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 cup cornmeal. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on March 23, 2021
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  • These corn muffins were too dry. Crumbled easily.

    • — Brian M. Murphy on February 20, 2021
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    • Overbeating the batter can cause corn muffins to crumble and taste dry. I would suggest blending the flour and the wet ingredients until just mixed. I had a boyfriend once help me make cornbread muffins using a mixer and the poor things just crumbled on contact.

      • — Felicia on June 26, 2021
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      • HELP! 🙏 There are so many recipes out there but the consistency is either gummy and tastes like Play-Doh I ate when I was 2, or so dry, a drink is NOT OPTIONAL. This muffin recipe was almost perfect but still too dry. I’d welcome and appreciate any suggested adjustments or tips to help them turn out a bit more moist this time around! Thanks in advance 😃

        • — Linzy on September 25, 2021
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        • Hi Linzy, Sorry you found these to be dry! Dryness is usually caused by measuring the flour incorrectly. Did you use the spoon and level method to measure the flour? Even a few extra ounces can make a big difference. This article/video explains it nicely. Also, did you serve them on the same day? Like most homemade cakes/muffins, they don’t stay fresh for long.

          • — Jenn on September 26, 2021
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  • Excellent cornbread muffins. I added 1/4 cup of corn. Will definitely make again.

    • — Andrew on February 7, 2021
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  • Made these to pair with Best Ground Beef Chili!! Not much of a baker and these turned out amazing!

    • — Yvonne on February 7, 2021
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  • These cornbread muffins came out delicious.

    • — Kenesha on February 6, 2021
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  • These turned out well, but I did halve the sugar, which was the right move. Will make again!

    • — Tim from Winnipeg on February 3, 2021
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  • I have made this recipe several times. The cornbread is tender and has nice flavor. I used 2% milk and eliminated 1tbs of the sugar and it was sweet enough for us. Will definitely continue to make.

    • — Gretchen on February 3, 2021
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  • These are fantastic! We make mini muffins, which are ideal for our small grandchildren. They are the perfect pairing with a bowl of chilli, freezer friendly, and make great lunch box snacks. The best cornbread muffins!!

    • — Karen Aldrich on February 1, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, can i use polenta (finely ground) for this?

    • — grace on February 1, 2021
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    • Sure, polenta should work. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2021
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  • My mom LOVES these muffins. She is a diabetic, so make mini muffins are ideal for her. They taste just as good several weeks after being frozen. You can eat them at room temperature, but I put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes (even if still frozen) and they come out delicious. My family keeps wanting me to make more of them. So I think next time, I will double the recipe. Thank you so much for a great cornbread recipe. I’ve tried many, but this is the best.

    • — Laurie Roberts on January 28, 2021
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