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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 BBQ chicken, ribs or chili. My kids love them so much that I’m constantly swatting their 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


  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup milk (preferably whole but low-fat works too)
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled


  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 ¾ 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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  • My first time making anything with cornmeal. As it was to accompany beef chili, reduced sugar to 2 tablespoons and added a small amount of grated cheddar. One percent milk and agave instead of honey as it is what I had on hand. Good texture and flavor, will add more sugar next time.

    • — Susan on September 18, 2023
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  • Would you please list these under
    “Cornmeal Muffins” instead of “The Best…”. Always have a hard time findingthem! So good!!!

    • — Jane on September 9, 2023
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  • Let me tell you, this recipe is perfect. My picky family loveeed them and my hubby almost ate the whole pan. Thank you! This is my go to now

    • — Melissa on September 6, 2023
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  • I love this! I didn’t have any honey, though, so I used 2 tablespoons of molasses! It was amazing!
    P.s. If you do this, it will smell like way too much molasses. You smell it more than you taste it. It’s perfect! 🥰🥰

    • — Anonymous => on August 28, 2023
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  • How long can I store these in room temperature, before putting in the fridge or freeze?

    • — FG on August 21, 2023
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    • These are best right out of the oven, but will keep on the countertop (in an airtight container) for a few days. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 21, 2023
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  • I was invited to spend the week of the 4th of July at my S-I-L ‘s lake house. I plan to bring a pre-prepared meal. These muffins will be part of it. My S-I-L hates honey. Do you think the honey has a distinct flavor in these muffins? (like will she know honey is in the recipe?). She always substitutes Agave Syrup when a recipe calls for honey. Would that work here? Personally, I hate substituting ingredients but want to be a thoughtful guest. One additional question: you stated in another comment that the dry and wet ingredients could be mixed before hand and then combined together right before baking. Since I will need to refrigerate/put on ice the wet mix will that do-ahead suggestion still work?

    • — SEB on June 27, 2023
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    • The muffins definitely don’t have a distinct honey flavor but if you’d prefer to use agave syrup, that should work. And yes, you can still make the wet mix ahead. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2023
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      • I made the recipe mixing the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in separate containers. (I did not include the melted butter in the wet ingredients, I melted it in less than 30 seconds when I mixed it all together at the lake house.). I decided to use the honey as called for in the recipe and everyone loved them. Lots! As a side note, we served them warm with butter and hot honey. So good. Thank you.

        • — SEB on July 11, 2023
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  • I have made this numerous times and every time they are perfection! Thank you for this recipe.

    I am having a large group over for dinner and trying to prep what I can ahead of time. Could I prep the batter before people arrive and bake muffins off just before dinner? Can the batter sit at all — or is it best to just do it all right before we eat? Thanks!!

    • — Ashlea on June 4, 2023
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    • Hi Ashlea, so glad you like these! I don’t recommend making the batter in advance as the muffins won’t rise well when you go to bake them. If you’d like, you can mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another and then combine them and proceed with the recipe when you’re ready to bake it. Hope the dinner goes nicely!

      • — Jenn on June 5, 2023
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      • Thank you so much for the reply! Will do that. 🙂

        • — Ashlea on June 5, 2023
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  • OMG…YUMMMMM! My first time making cornbread and not my last! Thank you!

    • — Peter B on May 28, 2023
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    • Jenn just another fabulous recipe! These are so quick and easy. My grands loved them with your turkey chili recipe! I just added a salad (basically Israeli salad with corn and peppers) with a cumin-lime vinaigrette and wow!
      I actually doubled the recipe and made 18 muffins and a round 9″ pie plate that was so attractive. I was out of honey so I made maple butter. It was fantastic.

      • — Paula on August 13, 2023
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  • Took this cornbread to a potluck. Everyone loved them!

    • — Laurie on May 22, 2023
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  • Made these for the first time today. Excellent. If I wanted to use a jumbo muffin pan, could I just add twice the batter to 6 muffins holes? Would you recommend changing the cooking temperature or time?

    • — Susan on May 16, 2023
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    • So glad you liked them! Jumbo muffins will work here. They’ll take 5 to 10 minutes longer to bake, but I’d start checking after 5.

      • — Jenn on May 17, 2023
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  • if we are dairy free, what milk alternative is best to use?

    • — Brooke Lewitan on May 4, 2023
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    • Hi Brooke, You can use whatever you have on hand – any non-dairy milk will work here. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 4, 2023
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  • Can these be made in a cast iron skillet? I like a crispy edge.

    • — Simone on May 1, 2023
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    • Sure, Simone, that should work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 1, 2023
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  • This is thee best corn bread recipe I have ever made. Good bye Jiffy. I always get compliments each time I make this.

    • — Quartey, s. on April 21, 2023
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  • Is it really 1 tablespoon of baking soda or is it a typo?

    • — Veena on April 11, 2023
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    • Hi Veena, the amount is correct but it’s baking powder – not baking soda.

      • — Jenn on April 11, 2023
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  • I’ve just made these and I’m OBSESSED! The best cornbread I’ve ever had so far and it smell amazing! I could just eat it as a snack … the whole tray, easily! I baked in one 8×8 inches pan @ 175 no fan for 25 mins and it was perfect the way I like it! 😍😍😍😍 will defo do this again and perhaps try make it GF for the hubby! Thank you soooo much ❤️

    • — Suri on March 26, 2023
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  • There’s too much baking powder in this. It’s all I can taste and will be throwing this batch in the garbage! It’s awful.

    • — Alysha on March 18, 2023
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    • Please check your measurements or yr taste buds. This recipe is exact. I’ve made it countless times.

      • — Quartey, s. on April 21, 2023
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    • Just a thought – are you using aluminum free baking powder? In a fairly large quantity, aluminum might be more noticeable. I have not made them yet.

      • — Susan R on June 14, 2023
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  • I hope you won’t get mad at this, but in my defense, I did do a search for a savory corn muffin, and yours was in the mix! Congratulations on such a wonderful reviews and comments.
    But I absolutely cannot stand anything that has sweetness to it and I do not buy or drink or use milk
    But I was actually thinking of creating was a jumbo sized muffins since that’s the size pan I have with a jalapeño cheddar hot dog placed in the middle so that it would taste like a corn dog. So I thought if I may be added some finely chopped onion And even perhaps some finally chopped jalapeños in the batter would that work so if I used all the measurements in your recipe and omitted the sugar and honey and used oat milk, but added onion and jalapeño, and then after they were placed in the muffin pan I would insert a third of a hotdog in each one.
    Again, I’m sorry and hope this doesn’t annoy you, but I did save your recipe since it was so popular and would like to try it but can’t do the sugar or the honey and can easily substitute the milk. So all I want to do is add jalapeños and onions and stick the hotdog in it. Do you think this would work? Thank you so much for your time!

    • — Gail on March 16, 2023
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    • Hi Gail, It’s fine to add some finely chopped jalapeño to the batter. Instead of using onions, I’d recommend some finely chopped scallions. The muffins won’t be as moist without the sugar or honey, but you could add about 1 cup of cheese, which will help to add a bit of moisture. Hope that help and that you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 17, 2023
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  • Would buttermilk work in this recipe? Thanks.

    • — Chris on March 8, 2023
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    • Hi Chris, Buttermilk won’t work here — sorry!

      • — Jenn on March 9, 2023
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  • I switched out the milk and used full fat greek yogurt (plain, of course) instead. Adds just a note of tartness to balance the sweetness of the honey and sugar!

    • — Donna Louise Bennett on March 5, 2023
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  • I used America’s Test kitchen how can it be gluten free whole grain flour blend and added one teaspoon of xanthan gum.
    They turned out so good. The flower blend made them a little bit nutty with the corn flour.

    • — Tammy on February 22, 2023
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  • Not greasy, crumbly. And definitely edible without overpowering baking soda or powder. My search is over. Thanks.

    • — P on February 15, 2023
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  • My new favorite way to eat cornbread! I never want to make it in a regular pan again, the muffin form is perfect! Also, I’ve tried both ways and definitely prefer the Sally’s Baking Addiction’s trick:
    Bake first 5 minutes at 425 degrees then turn down to 350 degrees for the rest of the bake time. (Thank you other commenter who taught me this!)
    Seriously so yummy 🙂

    • — Nicole on February 9, 2023
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  • hello, what would be the measurements if i double it?

    • — hannah on February 4, 2023
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    • Hi Hannah, you’d just double all the ingredients. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 4, 2023
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      • i have another question!! how many minutes do you preheat the oven? and in what temperature will you later on bake the muffins? thank youu!!

        • — Hannah on February 7, 2023
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        • You’ll set the oven temp to 350°F/175°C and put the muffins in once the oven has reached that temperature. They will bake for 25 to 30 minutes. They may take closer to 30 min. as your oven will be more crowded with two muffin tins.

          • — Jenn on February 7, 2023
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