Corn Bread Muffin Recipe

Breads, Muffins, Quick Breads | 17 comments

I don’t generally think of corn bread or anything that involves much baking in the summer, but I recently made these Honey Corn Bread Muffins and realized that they’re an excellent accompaniment to other things besides chili.

Eric was out of town for a few days last week, which was a bit hectic since I just returned from Evo Conference last weekend. I wasn’t up for doing a whole lot of cooking. Times like this are when I turn to simple meals that don’t require anything fancy or a lot of dishes.

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At Evo Conference we received a copy of Connie Guttersen’s new book – The New Sonoma Cookbook: Simple Recipes for a Healthy, More Delicious Way to Live – as a gift from the great folks at Bush Beans.

Since meeting Connie last fall in Napa I’ve been in love with her cooking style. Her recipes are packed with good for you ingredients, but so full of flavor that never would you would never consider her recipes to be “diet food.” Connie proves that you can eat well while eating healthy. When the weather cools off a bit, you have to try Connie’s White Beans Chicken Chile Verde.

I found a simple recipe for Ranchero Beans in Connie’s new book that was quick, easy. I’ll post that recipe another time, but for now I’ll just say they were tasty and I loved that I had a new simple recipe that came completely from my pantry. It’s always stocked with a variety of beans for easy, no-meat meals.

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The ranchero beans went great alongside a couple of these Honey Corn Bread Muffins. Perfectly comforting on a night alone! I know I wasn’t really alone – the kids were home – but when Eric is gone I usually end up sitting with the kids and talking with them while they eat and not eating my own meal until after I tucked them in bed.

What do you eat when you eat alone?

Serve Corn Bread Muffins with:

Honey Corn Bread Muffins

adapted from The New Best Recipe
yield: 1 dozen

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 - 2/3 cup honey, depending on how sweet you'd like your muffins
8 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a standard sized 12 cup muffin tin. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until sifted together.

In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten. Add the honey, melted butter, sour cream, and milk. Then, whisk until combined.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the liquids in and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined and moist. Do not beat.

Divide mixture evenly among the muffin cups (Tip: Kitchen Tip: Trick for Filling Muffin Tins). Bake at 400 degrees F for 14-18 minutes, or until golden. Cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tins, then remove and cool on a wire rack until warm.

Serve with butter and additional honey, or honey butter, if desired.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories - July 18, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I adore corn bread (and chili), and have this bookmarked for next time!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - July 18, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Corn bread is one of my favorite foods in the world. This recipe looks really fantastic – I love that the honey is in the batter!


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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions - July 18, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I am so glad you posted these! My MIL was just asking the other day if I could make her some sweet corn bread muffins! Now that I have a tasty looking recipe all I have to do is make them!


  • 4
    Mrs. Jen B - July 18, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I adore corn bread and do like it on the sweet side so this is a winner for sure!


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    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - July 18, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Love the idea of cornbread muffins for when you’ll be eating (almost) alone – I usually make a big cast-iron skillet loaf and slice, but this seems easier.


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    Aimee @ Simple Bites - July 18, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    This is definitely our kind of muffin. They boys like plain (no add-ins) and we all love cornmeal. Bookmarked!


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    Holly - July 18, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    We LOVE corn bread here too! Have I ever told you that I have such pan envy? I love those starburst pans (I think that is what the pattern is called – can’t remember for sure). I hunt for them at thrift stores, but haven’t had any luck so far.


    • Katie | GoodLife Eats replied: — July 18th, 2011 @ 7:01 PM

      Holly – I have found lots of those pans on Ebay and Etsy. Give that a try sometime. I love them too! I’ve finally gotten pretty much all the pieces that I want (muffin, mini muffin, bread, square baking, and cookie sheet).

    • Beth in OH replied: — September 23rd, 2011 @ 2:05 PM

      I’d love to know what the pattern is called for the bakeware so I know what key words to use on eBay and Etsy!

  • 8
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - July 18, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    I went through a cornbread phase a while back when I was obsessed with it and made some almost every week! This post has me craving cornbread again.


  • 9
    Katrina (gluten free gidget) - July 19, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    Corn bread and honey are like peanut butter and jelly… made for each other!


  • 10
    Michelle@OurTableof4 - July 19, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    This sounds yummy. I would not have thought of putting honey in cornbread. This will be a must to try! Thank you for sharing.


  • 11
    TidyMom - July 19, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    I don’t care for cornbread (to be honest I REALLY don’t like it, not sure why)……..but this recipe and pictures actually make me want to give it a try Katie!

    My hubby LOVES it and I never make it for him….may have to try this one!


  • 12
    Beth Moore - July 19, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    I haven’t made corn bread in, well, forever. This recipe looks so tasty. I like that this is for muffins. I can do muffins!


  • 13
    Yadi @ShopCookMake - July 19, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    They look delicious! I’ve tried making corn muffins and corn cake before, but never with good results. I’ll give this one a try.


  • 14
    Tracy - July 19, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I love corn bread and must try this version with honey. So sweet!


  • 15
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - July 20, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    These muffins look amazing, Katie! I often make muffins and soup when my hubby is out of town… Except when it’s really hot outside. Then, I tend to just snack on lots of fruit and yogurt.


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