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Homemade Cornmeal Muffins Recipe

Homemade cornmeal muffins are a fun morning treat, side dish with chili or any other dinner idea. Tender and easy to make with a bit of sweetness to them.

Cornmeal Muffins

If you love a tasty side dish to go with your ribs or chili, these cornmeal muffins are them! During the holidays these are a must make for little hands to enjoy. Just one of many of the best muffin recipes we have on our site, because we’re kinda’ obsessed with grab and go. (affiliate links present)

Sweet Cornbread Muffins

I don’t know about you but I LOVE Famous Dave’s cornbread muffins. I mean, I kinda’ dream about them and they bring me back for meals time and time again. You can totally make copycat recipes at home if you have a good recipe and this one is it!

Follow it to the tee and you may never use another homemade cornbread recipe other than this one again. 😉 Yes you could make this in a bundt pan or square 9×9 but grab and go are so much easier. You could even add some fresh blueberries for an out of the box easy side dish option.

What’s the difference between cornbread and corn muffins?

Typically the latter is much sweeter. This version uses 1/2 cup inside the corn meal batter and raw sugar on the top. Like if you’re making a batch of our air fryer cornbread I don’t add sugar to that. Instead I include a can of diced chiles. Both are fantastic but up to your taste buds as to which is your favorite.

jiffy corn casserole

If you have only used a boxed mix to make this popular Southern side dish you’re in for a treat! Yes Jiffy is great to make our corn casserole but for bread you really need more moisture added to make it fluffy and tender. I bet you have gone to a restaurant and your mouth was watering but when you bit into one they were drier than ever.

How do you keep cornbread from drying out?

NO good, there is a trick to avoid this and we will explain all of this here. I mean it makes sense that ground corn would be pretty dry if you didn’t use some sort of thickener and not use it in it’s entirety. A mixture of flour and this is a much better choice.

Some like to even add some 1/2 cup of sour cream or creamed corn into the batter to increase the moisture. Once served that is easy. Butter and/or honey is great to spread or drizzle on top to make them extra moist. Ok so let’s get to what you’ll need to start baking…..

Cornmeal Muffin recipe

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

No you don’t have to go to the store for a carton, you can make buttermilk with milk and lemon juice yourself! It’s way easier because you will likely always have these two items in your fridge at all times. Let’s skip more trips if we can shall we?

  • Medium grind corn meal
  • Turbinado raw cane sugar was used on top to give them some sweetness.
  • All purpose flour too but make sure you measure flour properly or they will be too dense.
  • Egg
  • Room temperature or melted butter
  • White and brown sugar
  • Milk and lemon juice together make buttermilk
    • If you needed this dairy free you could use almond milk instead
  • Baking powder and a bit of salt

Beyond this I use non stick cooking spray OR baking paper liners inside the muffin tin. If you want some honey or melted butter when they are served you’d want those on hand too.

cornbread muffins

If you wanted to add a bit of heat you could make a version of jalapeno cornbread muffins pretty easily. Just grab 1 large one, remove the seeds and dice really fine. Add half or the whole thing to make them spicy.

Best Corn bread Muffins

The recipe below will make 12, if you needed 2 dozen you could easily double it and use two pans or bake in batches. I like to remove all muffins from the pan immediately so they don’t overcook and get drier. Place on a cooling rack and then serve them from there.

  • First you’ll want to spray muffin pans or put in paper liners.
  • Set oven to 400°. Create buttermilk by stirring lemon juice into milk. Set aside while mixing ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugars. Stir in egg, and melted butter. Stir in buttermilk.
  • Fill muffin tins 3⁄4 full with batter. Sprinkle course sugar on top of muffins, if using. Bake 15 – 20 minutes.
    • Mini muffins would take closer to 8-10 min.
  • Toothpick or cake tester should come out clean when inserted into the top of the muffin.

Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan if you just sprayed it or immediately if you used papers. Serve warm!

homemade Cornmeal Muffins
Why are my cornbread muffins so crumbly?

You must not have used OUR recipe if this happened to you. 😉 If you replace some cornmeal with flour and use buttermilk instead of just milk this won’t happen. These can be quite dry if not prepared properly, and/or baked too long in the oven. Taking out just in time is the key too.

We love this recipe and make them over and over again. If you have leftover regular or mini muffins they are great for the next 2 days easily if stored properly. You do not want them to dry out so put them into a freezer bag and suck all the air out of it. After removing one do the same thing again.

You can serve them whole or crumble one on top of a bowl of chili for a fun way to serve it. I did this once and my kids raved over dinner proclaiming me “so smart”, so I just smiled and went with it. LOL

Printable recipe card is below with nutritional information included too. They take about 30 minutes total to prep and bake. You can throw them together about 20 minutes before your 5 ingredient Crockpot chili is done.

Looking for other great recipes like this to make in your pressure cooker and stovetop? Try our Jiffy cornbread in cast iron skillet and Instant Pot cornbread versions too.

pressure cooker cornbread 2

Southern Cornbread Muffins

Have you ever heard that there is a distinct difference when you travel and are served sides like these? You might assume that to be so but I have lived in many states and for sure there is. I guess I am more of a Southern girl if I had to describe my taste buds in general.

What is the difference between Northern and Southern muffins?

The latter uses more eggs so the texture is more like cake than the other. It is sweeter as well which kinda’ makes sense to me. If you have been to states like Mississippi or Georgia these are served with just about everything. In the North they are more savory in general. I have made both and prefer a bit more sugar.

I mean who knows the exact reason, I am sure the answer would be different across the board depending on whom you asked. It is said though that these were cheap to make and popular during the American Civil War. I guess it stuck with people in that generation and passed on.

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Cornmeal Muffins

Homemade cornmeal muffins are a fun morning treat or side dish with chili or any other dinner idea. Easy with a bit of sweetness to them.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry muffins, cornbread, cornmeal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 184kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray muffin pans or put in paper liners. Set oven to 400°. Create buttermilk by stirring lemon juice into milk. Set aside while mixing ingredients.
  • In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugars. Stir in egg, and melted butter. Stir in buttermilk.
  • Fill muffin tins 3⁄4 full with batter. Sprinkle course sugar on top of muffins, if using. Bake 15-20 minutes. Toothpick or cake tester should come out clean when inserted into the top of the muffin.
  • Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Serve warm!

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Nutrition Facts
Cornmeal Muffins
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 147mg4%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 171IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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