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How to Make Cornbread Muffins From Scratch

Updated on May 1, 2013
2.9 stars from 122 ratings of Cornbread Muffins

Growing up, my dad used to make cornbread in a cast iron skillet. It was something I used to take for granted - cornbread is delicious and contains simple ingredients and sometimes, you can use a skillet in the oven. Okay, so I took a lot for granted as a kid. As an adult, I assumed that the cornbread of my youth was something I didn't remember quite right. The stuff that comes out of the tiny blue box from the store just doesn't compare to what came out of that cast iron skillet all those years ago. Turns out, that's because all those additives and preservatives don't taste nearly as good as clean, simple ingredients and a little bit of love.

Here's a recipe for cornbread muffins that is insanely easy to make, costs very little, and will have your family wondering why you haven't been making these for them all along.


1 cup All-Purpose Flour

1 cup Yellow Cornmeal

1/3 cup White Sugar

1/3 cup Brown Sugar - psst! This is the secret to delicious cornbread.

1 tsp Salt

3 and 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Egg

1 cup Milk

1/3 cup Vegetable Oil


1. In a large bowl, mix corn meal and milk. Cover with a towel and let sit for 10 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3. Spray or lightly grease a muffin tin. This recipe makes 12 - 15 muffins, depending on how your pour it.

4. After cornmeal and milk have had their time alone, stir in the egg and vegetable oil.

5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt and baking powder.

6. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

7. Pour ingredients into prepared muffin tin.

8. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

9. Enjoy your food!

Pro tip: Mix together equal parts butter and honey in a small bowl. Spread that on the cornbread. You are welcome.


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      Ateam 2 years ago

      Made them, and they are awesome! I have hard time baking sometimes and this worked perfectly. Also thanks for the tip about the old baking powder!

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      Vicki 2 years ago

      Excellent recipe; so much better, and healthier, than the store bought mixes. Thanks for posting!

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      Rosy 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I just tried it and the muffins came out great and they are very tasty. I baked them for my three year old to enjoy but already I have tasted so much its almost done. I am definitely going to make more on a regular basis.

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      Frankly My Dear 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Carol. I'm so glad you enjoyed these. Generally, the culprit that causes flat pastry is old baking powder. I've had a couple batches of biscuits succumb to me keeping my baking powder for too long. And, adding cinnamon to the honey and butter sounds divine!

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      Carol 4 years ago

      I just made these, mine came out flat, but they are so delicious!! Best muffins I ever made. I added cinnamon to the honey butter. I don't know if my corn meal was an all purpose or what kind of flour I was using, it may have been a wheat pastry flour. But it still turned out good. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Back to eating! :)

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      Frankly My Dear 4 years ago from Texas

      Mary, I am so glad that you enjoyed this recipe, and in the cast iron skillet is even better!

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      Mary Alletto 4 years ago

      I made them in a cast iron pan. It as delicious.

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      Frankly My Dear 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm not quite sure how to do that, but I'll do some research. Meantime, you can copy and paste into a word document. :-)

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      grymsdycke 4 years ago

      Include a printer friendly option.

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      Frankly My Dear 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm so glad you enjoy the muffins! Thanks for the link-back. :-)

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      Lynn Huntley @ Turnips 2 Tangerines 4 years ago

      Your recipe for Cornbread Muffins is delicious! I posted this recipe on my blog Turnips 2 Tangerines with a link back here to you~ Have a wonderful day:) Lynn