Update 12/10: After two years, these muffins still make a frequent appearance at our dinner table. Not only do they come together quickly, like a good muffin recipe does, but they are moist and flavorful and mildly sweetened (not too much, not too little). Just perfect. The great thing about making muffins instead of a pan of cornbread is I can freeze any extra muffins and use them for another dinner. I won’t confess how many I actually eat when I serve these,  but I will tell you I make them often!

Cornbread Muffins

Yield: Makes 12-16 muffins

Cornbread Muffins


  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) yellow cornmeal
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (5 ¼ ounces) sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • ¾ cup light or regular sour cream
  • ½ cup milk


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin (plus a few more – my batches usually make about 16 muffins).
  2. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl to combine; set aside. Whisk the eggs in a second medium bowl until well combined and light-colored, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar to the eggs; whisk vigorously until thick and homogenous, about 30 seconds; add the melted butter in 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add half the sour cream and half the milk and whisk to combine; whisk in the remaining sour cream and milk until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix gently with a rubber spatula until the batter is just combined and evenly moistened. Do not over mix. Using a large spoon sprayed with cooking spray, divide the batter evenly among tins.
  3. Bake until the muffins are light golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes, rotating the muffin tin from front to back halfway. Cool the muffins in the tin 5 minutes; invert the muffins on a wire rack, stand the muffins upright and cool 5 minutes. Serve warm

Recipe Source: adapted from The New Best Recipe

59 Responses to Cornbread Muffins

  1. Chrissy says:

    Just made these to go along with your slow cooker chili for tonight! They are light, fluffy and delicious! I subbed plain yogurt for the sour cream because i didnt have any and it was wonderful! I ground my own cornmeal for them, do you have any idea the best way to store fresh ground cornmeal?

  2. Sara Miller says:

    This recipe is so versatile and delicious! Instead of making muffins, my son and I made cornbread waffles with our beans tonight. We did add extra milk to the recipe to allow for the right consistency of batter (no exact measurement. just by eye.). Let’s just say, my 3 year old won’t stop asking for these waffles. Thanks, as always, for the family friendly recipes! 🙂


  3. Britt-Marie says:

    Made these to go along side your Tuscan Sausage and White Bean soup since I didn’t have time for your divine bread sticks. They were delicious! Add some honey butter and you’ve got dessert as well! 😀

  4. Susie says:

    For some reason, I got 23 muffins out of this recipe…

  5. Natalie says:

    I love ALL your recipes. Never tired one that wasn’t a huge hit. I have four boys too! Do you have a cookbook? If not, you should. I’d buy it!

    • Mel says:

      hanks, Natalie! I’m so happy you are loving the recipes. I don’t have a cookbook but thanks for the vote of confidence if I ever decide to do one!

  6. Vanessa says:

    Made these tonight with your Slow Cooker Chili – both were a hit! Super yummy.

  7. Shelley Graham says:

    Mel! I just went looking for a corn muffin recipe and found these and I had NO IDEA you were doing a fun website like this! I’m totally making them now and thinking about you! (Your Christmas card was adorable, by the way. What a beautiful family! I’m working on…um…a new year’s letter/card to send out. I’m really hoping it makes it out!) 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    Hi. I have looked at both of your cornbread recipes and am considering combining the two. I am doing a food booth this month and I will be making a lot of cornbread to go along with soup beans. Since I need to freeze the muffins, in order to assure that they will stay moist I would like to add sour cream. You’ve said you like your cornbread recipe best. Would adding sour creme to it make it too “wet”? Thank you. 🙂

    • Mel says:

      Kim – you’d have to experiment adding sour cream to the cornbread recipe and yes, you might need to increase the dry ingredients just a tad to compensate.

  9. Lillie says:

    These were a hit! I renamed them dinner muffins to avoid any prejudice from my children, who wanted them again for breakfast. Thanks!

  10. Mel says:

    Nina – I’d recommend something like honey butter instead of frosting.

  11. Nina says:

    These look and sound delicious.. I’m wondering, what would be a good frosting for them?

  12. Seherzada says:

    Hello 🙂 Nice recipe, I would also like to share my favorite cornmeal muffins recipe 🙂 Unfortunately, I have no picture, but i SWEAR they are <3 perfect <3:

    6 tablespoons of white meal
    6 tablespoons of yellow cornmeal
    1 small package of baking powder OR 1 tablespoon of baking soda = the same effect
    150 grams (european) of white cheese
    1 cup of sour milk (I don't know how it's called in America, you can also just take ½ cup of yoghurt and ½ cup of water, mixed together – instead of the sour milk)
    3 eggs
    ½ of a cup sunflower oil (or any other, try on your own risk)
    a little bit of salt
    1. Take a bowl, mix inside it the cornmeal, the white meal and the baking soda
    2. Now take another bowl and mix the cheese and the eggs, add the salt, the sour milk and the oil into it and stir well
    3. Mix the ingredients from both bowls together
    4. Bake it in a muffin mold for about half an hour at ca. 180°C

    Nom, nom, nom – perfect with nutella or fruit jam or something salty,
    TRY IT 🙂

  13. Kim says:

    The weather has turned cool. A big pot of stew in the oven. So glad I can make these favorites to go with it!

  14. Jill says:

    Oops, I meant to post this on the corn bread recipe, not the corn muffin recipe!! So, to clarify, I used the corn bread recipe and baked it in muffin tins.

  15. Jill says:

    I realize this is months after anyone asked about using this recipe in muffin tins, but I just tried it tonight and it worked great. I think the muffin tin route made them a titch drier than when just baking it in a square pan though. I’m making them to take dinner in to someone, so I thought the muffins might be a little easier. I loved it as corn bread and I have to say as corn muffins, it is pretty darn good too! Best corn bread recipe I’ve ever tried, hands down!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    These are great and they do freeze well…now I definitely need to try the cornbread w/honey butter next (Does that freeze well too?)

    • Mel says:

      Elizabeth – I’ve never tried freezing the other recipe for cornbread (made in a square baking pan)…I think the cornbread muffins would probably freeze a bit better than the pan cornbread.

  17. Veronica M. says:

    Thank you! The reason I wanted to know is probably going to freak you out and I wouldn’t have given you a heads up but now I have to since I asked too many questions and made you suspicious. I’m entering a lot of stuff into the state fair food competitions this year, as many as I can. Last year I entered some things, most original recipes, and won 2 first place and one 3rd and was a little bummed that I travelled that far only to win three. So I decided I will do as many as I possibly can to make it worth the long trip, even if I don’t have a killer recipe. I decided to use some of your bread recipes and some friends’ recipes for other things and most of them I don’t even plan to try out before taking them! See? I’m crazy. I will try as many as I can to make sure it’s what I want to enter, but the reason I was asking all the questions was to narrow down how many things I have to try before deciding. 🙂 See? I’m crazy. And now you’re probably nervous! Wish us luck–haha. I will DEFINITELY let you know if & how many of your recipes win ribbons. That way you can rename them things like Blue Ribbon Cornbread–hahaha. I’d like all the recipes to be mine but there are only a few of my own that I deem worthy so I’m gonna steal my recipes for now. I figure the recipe is half the equation, but I’m doing the work and in the end, my skill in the kitchen is just as much being judged as the recipe itself.

  18. Veronica M. says:

    Is that because of the fluffy honey butter or would it win anyway? And what if I made the cornbread into muffins? Would it still win? Are you starting to wonder why I’m being such a pest? 🙂 If I told you why all the questions, you’d think I was sorta weird. Oh well. I admit it. I am weird.

    • Mel says:

      Veronica – the fluffy honey butter undoubtedly sweetens the deal a little but even without it, the cornbread would win out. Like I said, the muffins are great, but the cornbread has a deliciously soft, tender crumb that just melts in your mouth.

      So now tell me…why all the questions (and of course I don’t think you are a pest!)? I’m weird too, so I won’t judge you, I promise. 🙂

  19. Veronica M. says:

    Just wondering. Do you like these muffins or your cornbread better? Can you pick a favorite between them?

    • Mel says:

      Veronica – these muffins are delicious…BUT, the cornbread definitely wins out for me if it is a side-by-side favorite comparison.

  20. Kristi says:

    I am making chili tonight and I’m going to try these instead of my usual Jiffy muffins. Thanks! They look wonderful.

  21. Melanie says:

    Jamy – I am so glad you liked the truffles! Your comment was so upbeat and fun for me to read. Thank you for letting me know you tried them. As for the drizzling – I fill a small ziploc bag with the melted chocolate and then cut off a tiny (very tiny) tip of the corner and use it to drizzle the chocolate. It works wonders!

  22. Amanda says:

    P.S. Do you have to make these as muffins or could you bake it in a casserole dish and make cornbread? Also do you freeze them after they are baked?

  23. grace says:

    although i’m southern through and through, i do enjoy a bit of sugar in my cornbread. i think your muffins sound great (but don’t tell my grandpa). 🙂

  24. Brindi says:

    Love slighly-sweet cornbread. Will have to try these!

  25. Melanie says:

    Hey Melanie – thanks for letting me know you liked these. I make these all the time for a quick bread to serve with dinner. These would be PERFECT with chili!

  26. Amanda says:

    I made these last night to have with some bbq chicken and they were out of this world delicious!! I love cornbread but I’ve never found a recipe that is moist and buttery. This one is what I have been looking for! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    My friends and I have made our own little recipe blog and have a link to yours on ours, but this recipe was too good to not share.
    Thanks again. Love your blog!

  27. Jamy says:

    Just wanted to let you know I made the cookie dough truffles yesterday and they were WONDERFUL! I don’t really like cookie dough, but they were so creamy- just like truffles! The recipe was so fool-proof, I couldn’t believe how good they taste. More than that, I couldn’t believe how EASY they were. I’ve never used Almond Bark before, and it worked perfectly! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m now inspired to try more things after such a huge cooking success!!!

  28. Deborah says:

    I’m with you – I’m horrible at coming up with side dishes. These sound great – and I even have that cookbook!

  29. dandelion says:

    I just finished baking these and taking them out of the oven. I used my 4 oz ice cream scoop to put the batter into the muffin pan. I got 12 even. They popped right out of the pan. I did not use paper liners.

    I wish I had one of those goldtouch pans Williams Sonoma sells. Yikes their expensive!


    These are tender and delicious and would go with any meal. North or South. THX for sharing the recipe.

  30. Jamy says:

    BTW, on your truffles, how do you drizzle the chocolate so beautifully? That was one thing that was left to be deisred from the otherwise PERFECT cookie dough truffles. Thanks!

  31. Melanie says:

    Joie de vivre – I actually checked out the New Best Recipe from the library…it was wonderful but after rifling through the pages I only ended up bookmarking maybe 8 to 10 to try so I guess it depends on how much you would use it. If your library has it – check it out and see what you think!

  32. Melanie says:

    Kristi – great idea to serve these muffins with chili. Let me know how they turn out!

  33. Kristin says:

    This is just what I need! Thanks.

  34. Melanie says:

    Frieda – thanks for catching my typo – it is 3/4 cup sugar (I fixed the recipe). That sounds like a great use for your wheat grinder, by the way.Grace – I know, I know, the great debate over cornbread – sugar or no sugar?? I guess I’m pretty northern – I like the sweetness but I hope your grandpa doesn’t care too much. 🙂

  35. Melanie says:

    Nicole – wow, Holden definitely gets creativity points. Never thought to put nutella on these babies, but nutella is pretty much great on anything so I’m not surprised they are delicious.

  36. Melanie says:

    Jan – Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you, too. And thank you for your nice comment. I’m glad these muffins came around at a perfect time for you to help your son out with his request for cornbread at home!

  37. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    ummm… YUM!!! I am watering at the mouth! Cant wait to try this!

  38. Mandy says:

    Yum, thanks for sharing! And, I’ve been looking for a good frozen hot chocolate recipe, THANK YOU! I’ve bought some of the mixes from Serendipity in NY, but I wanted to make it at home. Thanks.:)-Mandy

  39. Joie de vivre says:

    Those do look good. I’ve heard good things about the New Best Recipe. Is it worth buying?

  40. Nicole says:

    Wow, yum, easy. We even like them straight out of the freezer – sometimes with Nutella – my husband gets the creativity points.

  41. Marisa says:

    What a perfect side dish to all the comfort food I’ve been craving these days. I have to agree that I must be all northern because I like mine with some sweetness, too.

  42. Jan Russell says:

    This recipe is perfect timing for our family! My son made cornbread at school for part of his Thanksgiving feast and he was asking us to make some at home because he liked it so much!My boys and I made a batch of these muffins this morning and they are delicious – I got 18 out of the mixture! Happy Thanksgiving to you, and thanks for all the great recipes you share!

  43. Maria says:

    Oh how I love corn muffins…they are so great in the winter. The perfect side for soups and chili!

  44. Melanie says:

    Dandelion – I’m loving that goldtouch pan link you sent. But seriously, $30 bucks for a muffin pan?? That’s a splurge (although well worth it, I am sure).

    I’m glad you liked this recipe!

  45. Melanie says:

    Michelle – thanks for checking in and letting me know you liked these. I agree, they are so much better than from a box – glad to know they were a hit!

  46. Frieda says:

    Hi! Do you mean 3/4 c. sugar? These muffins do look good! My husband likes to take the batter and make pancakes out of them. Used to make them from Jiffy mixes, but now we grind popcorn in our wheat grinder…yum!

  47. Anonymous says:

    I made these tonight and they were great!!! I love them, and they’re such much better than coming from a box. Thanks!

  48. Melanie A. says:

    I just made these muffins to go with our Chili and they are SO good and perfectly moist. I used muffin cups which made for an easy cleanup! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  49. Sweet and Savory says:

    The sour cream is your secret weapon and makes this moist. I have always wanted to make corn muffins with sour cream. I am going into the kitchen now and do it. Thanks for the recipe.

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