THE Cornbread and Fluffy Honey Butter

Since I’m on a bread kick, let me pose this thought: everyone needs a go-to cornbread recipe, don’t you think? Cornbread is so versatile and we definitely love cornbread around these parts, making it quite often. I already have a tried-and-true recipe for cornbread muffins which are fantastic and I make often, but sometimes a basic, no-fail cornbread recipe is needed. I’ve gone through recipe after recipe and always been a tad disappointed: too dry, too crumbly, too sweet.

I’m here today to announce that my search is over. I’ve found The One. I’ve made this cornbread four times in the last three weeks. Excessive? Maybe. But not only am I in love with this cornbread but the honey butter that accompanied this recipe from my brother and sister-in-law is so amazing, I could eat it by the spoonful (not that I am admitting to anything).

Food snobs, look away! The honey butter has a rather unique ingredient, but I tell you what, I’ve never tasted a honey butter more fluffy and delicious than this one.

And the cornbread? Moist and perfect. Enough said.

THE Cornbread and Fluffy Honey Butter

THE Cornbread and Fluffy Honey Butter

THE Cornbread and Fluffy Honey Butter

Note: I often use half to 3/4 finely ground white whole wheat flour with good results - and sometimes I get crazy and use 100% whole wheat flour (always finely ground white wheat); the cornbread is a bit more dense with all wheat flour but still delicious.


  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 ½ cup flour (see note)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • Honey Butter:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff


  1. For the cornbread, add dry ingredients, make a well and add oil, butter, eggs, and milk into the center. Stir until just mixed (batter will be runny – don’t be alarmed!). Bake in an 8” square pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. This doubles perfectly for a 9X13-inch pan.
  2. For the honey butter, whip all together with an electric mixer and serve at room temperature (can be refrigerated and softened).

Recipe Source: Nate and Kylie (love you forever!)

212 Responses to Cornbread and Fluffy Honey Butter

  1. Holly says:

    Looks delicious! I never would EVER have thought to put marshmallow fluff in the honey butter.

  2. Cammee says:

    A restaurant in the area has the yummiest honey butter. Every time we were there I would ask the waitresses to divulge the secret ingredient. We got lucky one time…marshmallow creme! I can’t wait to try it on this cornbread!

  3. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    Oh man. I am totally drooling over here. Corn bread and chili sound so good right now. Yum.

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Marshmallow fluff is the secret ingredient in BYU’s honey butter. (They add vanilla, too.) Good stuff!

  5. Marisa says:

    That sounds AMAZING! I love that it has marshmallow fluff in it–I bet that makes the butter so fluffy. I can’t wait to try this–I was going to make a lame boxed one as a side this week. But I’m for sure doing this one instead. Oh, and I just tried your favorite choc. chip cookes–your aunt Marilyn’s version–today and they are AWESOME!!!

  6. Melanie says:

    Marisa – let me know how the cornbread turns out for you. I hope you like it as much as we do. And I’m so thrilled to know that you liked the “favorite” cookies. Oh, I could eat them every day! Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Mixing Bowl Mama says:

    Oh my goodness…the honey butter with the marshmallow fluff sounds incredible! Yummy…

  8. Deborah says:

    I haven’t made corn bread in quite some time – looks like it’s time to make it again!

  9. Krista says:

    I am a lover of cornbread if there ever was one. that and mac and cheese. i can’t wait to try this recipe. it looks delicious.

    i make the little blue box cornbread in mini muffin tins and then eat every single one within 5 minutes of it getting out of the oven… they don’t even make it to a plate…

    so if that’s the case with those, i can’t IMAGINE what’s going to happen with this one.

    now i just have to figure out what to make with it. i think it’s still too hot for chili.

  10. Leslie says:

    Butter with honey and FLUFF??? OMG..I could probably live on that alone!

  11. Andrea says:

    Honey butter? I’ve never heard of such a thing but I’m going to try it for sure.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I made this tonight. It was really, really amazing! The cornbread was perfectly sweet, and extremely moist. And the honey butter … there is none left to speak of! Thanks!

  13. Katy ~ says:

    You have convinced me that I must make this. The honey butter sounds sooooo good! I will be enjoying this very very soon!

  14. Kathy says:

    I tried making honey butter last time I made cornbread and couldn’t get it fluffy enough. Now I know why, thanks for the recipe. I want to try the cornbread recipe too.

  15. Kevin says:

    I enjoy cornbread with honey or maple syrup poured on top and this honey butter sounds like another great way to top of some corn bread!

  16. teresa says:

    yes, marshmallow fluff! this sounds so good, i’m really craving me some cornbread right now!

  17. Crescent Dragonwagon says:

    Hey, Melanie!I know you said this beautiful cornbread is THE one, and search no further. Indeed it’s a delish version of a Northern-style cornbread. But I think cornbread (America’s native bread – 1st cornbread was the corn tortilla!) is like nature, always has something to teach and is worth another look, & another. So many stories connected with it, and regional preferences & prejudices! I’m obsessed w/ it after 6 years of working on The Cornbread Gospels ( . If you would like a review copy, it would be my pleasure to ask my publisher to send you a copy. Just email me ( your snail mail address with URL; if I ask nicely, they usually get it right out. Thank you, and thanks for the glorious pictures…

  18. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Sounds great! And would go so good with the beans you are eating for your eat only beans month!
    Oh, I am going to try to remember to post the recipe for my chili. It was in my ward chili cook-off, and didn’t even get judged because it got eaten up too fast! You’ll have to try it!

  19. Hornsfan says:

    Delicious looking cornbread and that secret ingredient in the honey butter cracks me up!

  20. Melanie says:

    Everyone – well it seems as if the honey butter’s secret ingredient is either surprising or well-known to some of you! Trust me, it’s delicious.

    Anonymous – I’m glad you liked this – both the honey butter and cornbread. Thanks for letting me know!

  21. grace says:

    i can and do eat honey butter by the spoonful. okay, maybe i don’t actually fill a spoon with it and stick it in my mouth, but i do use entirely too much on whatever vehicle i’m using. cornbread? perfect.

  22. Patsyk says:

    I always make cornbread in the cooler months, and this looks like a recipe I need to try! The honey butter would also be great on toast in the morning!

  23. Laura says:

    Oooooo! Never had honey butter made with marshmallow fluff. Gonna have to try that!

  24. madebymel says:

    Fresh, warm corn bread is amazing on it’s own. But the honey butter must make it over the top delicious! I can’t wait to try this!

  25. Velva says:

    I had yet to find the perfect cornbread recipe. I think I may have just found it! This looks delicious! I have this on my list to make-

  26. Sweet and Savory says:

    Your cornbread looks so much lighter than mine does. It also looks delish.

  27. Miya says:

    This cornbread looks amazing. I cannot wait until the weather gets a bit cooler. Cornbread and white bean chili…. yum!

  28. Amanda says:

    I made this last night, and this is the best cornbread I have ever had! The honey butter was divine, and I used it on the cornbread and corn on the cob! Delicious on both! Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Nicole says:

    Hi Melanie, I’m trying to use mostly whole wheat flour in my cooking. Do you think I could sub that for white flour in this and most other recipes?

  30. Melanie says:

    Amanda – thanks for the raving reviews! I would never have thought to use the honey butter on corn on the cob but you have me very interested in that idea. Thanks for your comment!

  31. Melanie says:

    Hey Nicole – I use a lot of whole wheat flour in my cooking, too, and although I haven’t subbed it for this cornbread, this is what I’ve found: I can usually get away with great results substituting 1/2 whole wheat flour (I prefer white wheat over red wheat) for cookies, cakes, quick breads, other breads. I rarely substitute 100% whole wheat unless the recipe is specifically written that way. I’m sure for this cornbread (and other recipes) the texture may be a bit more dense with the whole wheat, but my bet is it will still be delicious and you’ll be getting a lot more fiber. Let me know if you try it.

  32. Matt from Portland says:

    Thanks so much for posting both of these recipes. Both of the corn bread and honey butter were easy to make and tasted great. I too will also be making this my “go-to” corn bread recipe.

    P.S. The honey butter also goes nicely with warmed zucchini bread.

  33. Melanie says:

    Matt from Portland – oooh, the combination of honey butter on warm zucchini bread sounds divine! I’m glad that you liked this cornbread recipe. Go-to recipes are so fun to find!

  34. Libby says:

    Those look delicious! I am going to have to try them one day.

  35. Nicole says:

    Hi Melanie,
    I went ahead and tried subbing whole wheat and I liked it a lot and will make it again. It was a bit denser I imagine, so someone not dedicated and used to using wheat might prefer the white. I ground my own wheat for the first time so it was fresh – does that make a difference I wonder? I think I heard the protein content is higher? – and it was red wheat (I’m a total newbie to the different kinds of wheat and grinding it myself thing, but I’m having fun learning). Holden says hi :)

  36. dishinanddishes says:

    Yumm this looks amazing! Love the fluffy butter idea!

  37. Melanie says:

    Hey Nicole – thanks for letting me know how the whole wheat substitution went. Did you sub all whole wheat or just half? I actually prefer to freshly grind my whole wheat when I use it, too, but it makes such a mess that I’ve taken to grinding it and then freezing it so the nutritional value stays high instead of depleting at room temperature. Anyway, thanks for letting me know. I’ll definitely be adding whole wheat next time I make it based on your recommendation. Thanks!

  38. Laura says:

    Congrats on having this recipe featured on Tasty Kitchen. I knew it was yours the minute I saw the picture!

  39. Carol says:

    Hi Melanie;

    I found your fantastic blog-and amazing recipes-on Tasty Kitchen….congratulations on having a Featured Recipe….the photo is amazing…and the recipe looks wonderful.

    I can’t WAIT to try this….the Marshmallow Fluff threw me but sure has me intruiged! Can’t wait to make this to go with our next bowl of chili….it’s football season and fall is in the air…chili days are just around the corner! :)

  40. Stacie Aho says:

    Thank you for a perfect AND easy cornbread recipe. I will definitely make this again.

  41. Melanie says:

    Hi Carol – thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the cornbread if you try it.

  42. Melanie says:

    Stacie – glad you liked this recipe, too! Thanks for letting me know.

  43. Nicole says:

    I think once I subbed 100% whole wheat and another time I did half and half. I like it both ways.

  44. Jenn says:

    Two thumbs up on the cornbread too!! So, good!

  45. Melanie says:

    Heather – wow, cornbread in the crockpot! I never would have thought of that (or known how to do it). I’m glad you liked the recipe!

  46. Jenn says:

    The cornbread is in the oven, so I don’t know how good it is yet (but knowing your recipes, I’m sure it’s a hit).

    But HEAVENS!! I just finished the honey butter recipe, and that is delicious! Never have I heard about adding fluff to it. Could you imagine what substituting strawberry jam for the honey would taste like? Mmmm.

    Chili and cornbread for dinner tonight, what else to fix on this cold, Wisconsin day?

  47. Melanie says:

    Hey Jenn – I’ve wondered how you’ve been! Glad the cornbread worked out for you. I hear you on the blustery, cool WI weather. What’s up with that?? I’m not ready for the cold yet.

  48. Heather says:

    This was fantastic. My oven has been out of service so I made it in the crock pot. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but the texture was absolutely perfect.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I made the cornbread with the honey butter, and it was fantastic. My husband really loved it as well. I am so enjoying your blog! Thanks for sharing all the awesome recipes.


  50. Tannis says:

    I loved this honey butter!! Can’t wait to slab some on my english muffin in the morning. =)

  51. Melanie says:

    Tannis – oooh, I bet this honey butter would be delish on an english muffin. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

  52. Melanie says:

    Kara – thanks for your comment! I’m glad you liked this cornbread (and your hubby, too).

  53. Rebecca & Brent says:

    Many thanks for sharing this recipe with us! I too have tried many cornbread recipes and just hadn’t found “the one”. On this cold WI Sunday, we made chili and I went straight to your blog because I just knew that you had to have a good one. And good one indeed! Absolutely what I have been searching for. I didn’t have fluff on hand, so I suppose I will just HAVE to make this again (my husband will be SO disappointed!). Thanks again.

  54. Anonymous says:

    This cornbread is perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect! Thank you for such a great recipe! To those who were grinding whole wheat flour for this recipe, unpopped popcorn makes excellent fresh ground cornmeal, too! (If your grinder permits it). Thanks again–now to go pick up marshmallow fluff and try out the honeybutter–I can hardly wait!

    Melanie S.

  55. Melanie says:

    Rebecca and Brent – I haven’t made this cornbread with chili yet but I bet the combination would be divine! I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.

    Melanie S. – thanks for the tip on unpopped popcorn for the cornmeal. I’ve never dared try it in my wheat grinder but you may have inspired me to do so!

  56. Deb S. says:

    Made this for the family and served it with a really good potato soup recipe I had and it was amazing! Hands down the best cornbread recipe I ever tasted! I gave up on cornbread because it was never the right balance of flavor and texture, this one hit it out of the park!!!! Thanks for posting!!!!

  57. Melanie says:

    Deb. S. – oooh, I bet the cornbread was delicious with the potato soup. Thanks for your comment! I’m really glad you liked the recipe.

  58. The Conrad Family says:

    Okay…this seriously is the BEST cornbread I have ever tasted! We ate the whole pan before we could even make the honey butter! It didn’t even need it! It was so yummy and absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  59. Melanie says:

    The Conrad Family – thank you for your nice comment! I’m glad the cornbread was a hit and that it got all eaten up quickly – that’s a sign of success!

  60. lesley says:

    We had this corn bread and the creamy white chili chicken last night, both were delicious! Cornbread always looks good to me but then I make it and don’t like it but not this time! I loved this! Just finished it off for lunch today!

  61. EmilyCC says:

    I made this for my church’s Halloween party last night. I got SO many compliments on both the bread and the honey butter that I’m sending this link out to about 6 people today :)

    What a pleasure to find THE cornbread recipe! I’ve been looking for a keeper for years. Thank you!

    Oh, and I missed the melted butter in this, but I thought it still turned out delicious.

  62. Jane says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and we absolutely died over it. By far THE best cornbread on earth and the honey butter? Don’t get me started. Thank you once again for a wonderful recipe.

  63. Melanie says:

    Lesley – thanks for your comment! I’m so glad that you liked this (even enough to eat the leftovers the next day!). Cornbread can be a hard thing to really love and I have loved this recipe, too. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

    EmilyCC – hey, that’s kind of nice to know this worked even without the melted butter. You may be on to something! And thanks for sharing the blog link with others. I’m glad this cornbread got rave reviews!

  64. Melanie says:

    Jane – ha, your comment made me smile. I will echo your “don’t get me started” on the honey butter. Delicious…and dangerous. Thanks for letting me know it was a hit!

  65. Heather says:

    Okay, so I have always been a cornbread from the box (cringe) kind of person. Super easy to make and tastes pretty good. But after this recipe, I won’t be going back to the box. Not only did I love this, but my husband and kids. I also made it for my parents the last time I was visiting good ol’ Ponca. Thanks for sharing!

  66. Melanie says:

    Hey Heather! I’m glad that everyone in your family loved the cornbread (and I’m kind of jealous you got to go back to Ponca – it would be fun to visit there again!). Thanks for letting me know!

  67. AJ says:

    I am fairly new to your blog (although it has quickly become my go to site for recipes) and made this for the second time this week. It is fantastic and even gets my husband who doesn’t usually like cornbread to eat it willingly.

    I used some whole wheat flour in mine both times that I made it and it is still very moist and delish. The first time I made it I also substituted some buttermilk that I needed to use up for some of the milk (I can’t remember how much) and I think it was even tastier that way.
    And the honey butter, yum!

    Anyway, I love it and will make it again and again!

  68. CoralieandCasey says:

    Had the honey butter on my scones and it was seriously addicting! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  69. Nicole says:

    This cornbread is AMAZING. In the words of my fiance, it is “the sh*t”.. it should be called Better Than Sex Cornbread!! The fluffy honey butter was equally as amazing.. thank you! Much better than Marie Calendar’s cornbread!

  70. Melanie says:

    AJ – thanks for your notes on the recipe, particularly the use of whole wheat flour. I’m glad you like this recipe!

    Coralie and Casey – glad I’m not the only one that finds the honey butter addicting!

    Nicole – thanks for letting me know you and your fiance liked this! Sounds like it’s a winner…and I agree, it is definitely better than the packaged stuff.

  71. Jennika says:

    I have made this a number of times and it is true that it is addicting. It is so moist. The one time I tried to double it, it didn’t quite work out, so I just went back to the original recipe in the 9×9.

  72. Melanie says:

    Jennika – glad this cornbread has been great (and addictive!) for you. Thanks for letting me know!!

  73. Anonymous says:

    I tried your cornbread muffins and love those, and now I’ve tried this and love it even more! Wow, it’s good…real good! -Melanie A.

  74. Melanie says:

    Melanie A. – so glad you liked this cornbread! (And the cornbread muffins, too.)

  75. Camille says:

    So I made both the cornbread and the honey butter the other night (to go with your DELICIOUS Creamy White Chili) and they were both to DIE FOR!!! Y.U.M. I thought the cornbread was divine by itself…and then the honey butter made it even better!! Thank you, thank you!! I have been looking for THE cornbread recipe, and I definitely have found it!!! LOL!!!

  76. Melanie says:

    Hey Camille – so glad you liked the cornbread and white chili. Thanks for letting me know!

  77. sherrie says:

    I finally got to make your honey butter (I won’t let myself make cornbread until my Costo-size bag of mix is gone). I mixed it up exactly as you said, tasted it, and it is the best honey butter I’ve EVER made. Unfortunately, I’m a sucker for secret ingredients, and one of your commenters said that vanilla is sometimes added. I only added 1/2 tsp., so I don’t think it was too much, but I WISH I HADN’T ADDED IT! That one little taste before vanilla was so much better. From now on, I’m just sticking with your recipe :)

  78. Melanie says:

    Sherrie – I haven’t ever added vanilla so I can’t attest to how it affects the taste but I love it so much the original way, I’ll probably stick with that version, too!

  79. mom4boys says:

    Absolutely the best cornbread I’ve ever made or had! I didn’t double the recipe but wish I had because I’ll have to make more to go with the leftover soup I made the bread to accompany. So glad I found this site!

  80. Melanie says:

    mom4boys – so glad that you liked this! And thanks for taking the time to let me know…

  81. Dallas and Shelby Scoffield says:

    My friend pointed me to your blog and I love it! I made this cornbread over the weekend and my husband loved it. He actually said that if I frosted it- it would be a delicious cake :). Then he has requested me to make it two more times already so he can take the leftovers to lunch. I’d make the honey butter recipe before- and holy moly- they are delish together.

  82. Melanie says:

    Dallas and Shelby – thanks for your comment! I’m glad you and your husband liked this cornbread (and yes, it probably is sweet enough to be a cake of sorts!).

  83. Jenny says:

    Melanie!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this recipe! It’s perfect…really, perfect!! I’ve always been jealous of those restaurants with their perfect, moist cornbread!! This IS THE ONE! My hubby devoured it and the honey butter is just divine! Could I post this on my food blog, giving you the credit of course? And I’ll post a link to the recipe and your blog?!

  84. Melanie says:

    Jenny – of course I don’t mind if you link back to my blog and post this recipe! Thanks for letting me know this got rave reviews…and that I’m not the only one that has now found “the one!”

  85. Stacie Aho says:

    So amazing! I put a link on my blog today. Thanks!

  86. Mel says:

    Glad you liked it, Stacie!

  87. Melissa says:

    Thank you ever so much for your website. Thanks to you, I have finally set up a two week menu. I have tried several recipes. I made the cornbread and honey butter last night. Everyone raved! They all said it tasted like desert. The honey butter was so divine. My husband said the cornbread was so light that it tasted like I had bought a mix from the store. Love your site. Keep up the good work.

  88. Mel says:

    Melissa – I’m so glad you’ve had success with the 2-week menu and that you liked this cornbread and honey butter. Thanks for letting me know!

  89. Kensi says:

    This really is the best corn bread!! I doubled the recipe since I only had a 9 x 13 pan, thinking I could serve it the next day. But I had to go share it with my neighbors because I couldn’t stop eating it!! Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

  90. Mel says:

    Kensi – I do that all the time – pawning food off on others so it doesn’t find it’s way to my thighs. Glad the cornbread was a hit despite it being addicting!

  91. Tiffany says:

    This is a wonderful recipe we love it, you are right it is moist and tastes wonderful. I use stevia in place of sugar and it is great. Thanks.

  92. Mel says:

    Tiffany – I just made this tonight and I’m glad you like it just as much as we do!

  93. Tarnation says:

    This honey butter looks delicious. I am posting the linked recipe on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  94. Jeanette says:

    This has been on my to-do list for a while, but I finally made the cornbread today with chili. It is my fav. cornbread ever! I love the texture and it is so sweet and yummy! I have made your honey butter in the past and love it as well. My kids looked like starving cavemen as they were devouring the cornbread today! Thanks as always!!!

  95. Mel says:

    Jeanette – I’m thrilled you liked the cornbread! That’s hilarious about the image of your kids…thanks for the laugh!

  96. Christine says:

    I made this last weekend when my Mother in Law was here to go with some ribs, it was an absolute hit! Her boyfriend kept telling her she needed to get the recipe from me for the honey butter!

  97. Mel says:

    Christine – there is something magical about that honey butter (or maybe it’s just purely caloric!). Glad this was a hit!

  98. Hannah V says:

    I made this yesterday….it was super easy to make and DELICIOUS!! My husband that doesn’t like cornbread really enjoyed it as well. :) I will say I felt a little guilty eating it with dinner….it tasted like cake!! :)

  99. Mel says:

    Hannah – glad this cornbread was a hit!

  100. Lauren says:

    I “stumbled” upon your blog when I was looking for a cornbread recipe and found yours. I made it and it was SO GOOD!!!! Just wanted to let you know. Thank you and I am sure I will be back to visit!!

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