Easy Homemade Southern Cornbread Muffins

These homemade Southern cornbread muffins are moist, fluffy, and easy to make from scratch. This recipe yields a savory muffin with just enough sweet to complement the cornmeal! They’re best served fresh from the oven and are great with chili or as a Thanksgiving side dish!

Five golden brown cornbread muffins stacked on a white plate

When you think of classic Southern side dishes, cornbread is sure to be near the top of the list! That moist, crumbly, slightly sweet bread is the ideal companion for a hot bowl of turkey chili or a classic Southern meal of pulled pork and fried okra

And in muffin form, they’re even easier to grab for a perfectly portioned serving – essential for potlucks.

Cooking for the holidays? No Thanksgiving spread is complete without a heaping basket of cornbread muffins!

A cornbread muffin split open and buttered on a plate next to a muffin tin full of cornbread muffins

I hadn’t made these in a while but it’s only because I forgot how stinkin’ easy they are to make! While I love a box of cornbread mix, it really takes no time at all to make cornbread muffins from scratch.

The batter takes about five minutes to throw together with the simple of instructions of don’t overmix and don’t overbake. Seriously, don’t overdo or overthink these and they’ll be just fine!

A cornbread muffin split open with butter in front of a white plate of cornbread muffins

While I do love cornbread made with bacon grease, I’m much more likely to have corn oil and cooking spray in my pantry. Don’t have to cook bacon? That’s one fewer obstacle between you and a delicious golden cornbread muffin fresh from the oven.

These classic savory cornbread muffins have just enough sweetness to complement the cornmeal. They come out with super high domes, a lovely golden brown exterior, and are moist and airy when you break them open.

Hands breaking open a moist, airy cornbread muffin

One of my coworkers swears they are delicious crumbled warm into a glass of milk. Have you ever heard of or done this? Let me know!

In the meantime, I’ll continue having mine warm, with a dollop of butter or a drizzle of honey. Yum!!! 

A cornbread muffin split open with butter, next to a white plate piled with cornbread muffins

Not sure what to cook with these? Enjoy your cornbread muffins with:

 

Five golden brown cornbread muffins stacked on a white plate

Easy Homemade Cornbread Muffins

These homemade Southern cornbread muffins are moist, fluffy, and easy to make from scratch. This recipe yields a savory muffin with just enough sweet to complement the cornmeal! They’re best served fresh from the oven and are great with chili or as a Thanksgiving side dish!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cornbread, cornbread muffins, southern side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Caroline Lindsey

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup corn or vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl and whisk to break up any clumps.
  • Combine egg, milk, and oil in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Pour batter into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup about halfway. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until toothpick stuck in the center comes out mostly clean. Don't overbake!
  • Serve warm with butter and a drizzle of honey, or as a side for chili. 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlee Brady
    November 5, 2018 at 9:50 am


    I do love a good cornbread with my chili! I’ll try out your recipe the next time I make my cornbread stuffing!

  • Reply
    John Clark
    January 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm


    Corn bread also goes well with buttermilk

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      February 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Do you crumble your cornbread into the buttermilk and eat it like that?

    • Reply
      Becky
      October 19, 2019 at 3:11 am

      I eat it with milk . Great snack.

  • Reply
    Jake From State Farm
    September 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm


    I made these for some hunters that we’re staying at our camp. They loved them and so do I! Perfect touch of sweetness!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      September 26, 2019 at 9:48 am

      So glad y’all enjoyed them! Thanks for commenting!

  • Reply
    Patricia Dickens
    October 11, 2019 at 9:16 am


    It’s been a few year’s since I made cornbread muffins and your recipe was perfect I just happen to have all the ingredients in my kitchen☺ I made them and they cooked to golden perfection….yum yum😄
    My granddaughter loved the muffins, I think my daughter ate one or two when she got home last nite😀

  • Reply
    De' Anna
    October 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm


    What’s great too is that you know exactly what the ingredients are in these. If you read the corn bread muffin box mix for the ingredients most are things you have no idea what they are and it includes preservatives and food colorings.

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      November 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Isn’t it great to feel confident about what’s in your food?

  • Reply
    DAVID G PATTERSON
    October 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Turned out great first time out the chute! Perfect complement for my original navy beans!! Some sliced onion, and we chowed down!! Very easy to go with many dishes!!!!! Thank you and happy Halloween!

    • Reply
      Caroline Lindsey
      November 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

      So glad y’all liked these muffins! They do go with so many things!

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