Honey Cornbread Muffins
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Honey Cornbread Muffins — Between the sour cream, coconut oil, and butter in the batter, it’s impossible to wind up with dry honey cornbread muffins! Serve these at Thanksgiving, or alongside your favorite soups, chilis, and stews.
Honey Cornbread Muffins Recipe
Cornbread, like scones, can be horribly dry and tasteless. I promise these honey cornbread muffins are not.
I hadn’t had cornbread in ages and randomly it popped into my head. Actually, I had a craving for honey, and the muffins were the perfect excuse to satisfy my honey craving.
There’s honey in the batter to add sweetness and moisture, as well as drizzled on top. If you like sweet cornbread muffins, this is the recipe for you.
It’s an easy whisk-together recipe that follows standard muffin-making protocol. A bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet ingredients, add wet to dry, fold, and bake.
The milk I used was Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often. All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.
I combatted the dryness issue that often plagues cornbread by using a bit of coconut oil (you can’t taste it) and sour cream in addition to the melted butter in the batter. Between the oil, sour cream, and butter, there’s no excuse for dryness unless you over bake the cornbread muffins. Less is more with cornbread because it can become dried out and overdone quickly.
The muffins are soft, fluffy, light, and nicely sweetened from the honey. They’re like little sponges and soaked it right up, but you can omit the honey drizzle if you want to pair the muffins with chili, soup, or savory fare.
For me, the more honey, the merrier.
What’s in These Cornbread Muffins?
To make these sweet cornbread muffins, you’ll need:
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- Coconut oil
- Sour cream
How to Make Cornbread Muffins
To make this sweet cornbread muffin recipe, simply stir together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in another. Then, combine the two and spoon the cornbread muffin batter into your prepared muffin cups.
Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full, then top with a sprinkle of cornmeal. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350ºF and continue baking until the tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the sweet cornbread muffins to cool for roughly 10 minutes before serving them. I like to eat mine with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey on top, but enjoy these however you’d like!
Can I Make This Recipe as One Loaf of Cornbread?
I haven’t tried making these cornbread muffins as regular honey cornbread, but I’m sure you could turn the batter into a 9×13-inch pan and bake it that way. I haven’t made it like that myself though, so I’m not sure how long you’d need to bake the cornbread for.
Can I Freeze Cornbread Muffins?
Yes, but you’ll want to freeze them plain (i.e. without butter or honey on top). To freeze these sweet cornbread muffins, let them cool completely on your counter and then seal them in a freezer bag. To thaw the muffins, either reheat them in the microwave or set them on your counter.
Tips for Making Honey Cornbread Muffins
If you prefer less sweet muffins, you can scale back the amount of sugar you add to the batter. This cornbread muffin recipe calls for 3/4 cup sugar, but add 1/2 cup if you don’t want them to be as sweet.
Also, make sure your eggs and milk are room temperature before whisking them into the wet ingredients. If the milk and eggs are still fridge cold, you’ll wind up solidifying some of the butter and coconut oil when you stir them together.
Finally, this sweet cornbread muffin recipe makes about 14 muffins, but rather than dirtying another muffin pan after making 1 dozen, I used the remaining batter and made a mini cornbread loaf. I used my mini loaf pan and use my mini pans all the time for extra cupcake or muffin batter, or for mini cakes. Super handy.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal, plus more for sprinkling
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (reduce to 1/2 cup for less sweet muffins)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt, optional and to taste
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 cup milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream (plain or vanilla Greek yogurt may be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan; set aside. Recipe makes about 14 muffins but I made 12 muffins and used a mini loaf pan for the remaining batter rather than dirtying another muffin pan or discarding batter; do whatever is easiest.
- In a large bowl, add the first 6 ingredients, through optional salt, and whisk to combine; set bowl aside.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Allow butter to cool momentarily so you don’t scramble the eggs.
- Add add remaining ingredients to butter and whisk to combine and until smooth and no white streaks remain.
- Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and fold until combined; don’t overmix.
- Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or spoon, fill each muffin cavity to a solid 3/4-full. Any less and you won’t get a domed top.
- Add a generous pinch of cornmeal to the top of each muffin and loaf.
- Bake at 400F for 10 minutes.
- Reduce oven temp to 350F and bake muffins for about 5 to 7 minutes (about 15 to 17 minutes total), or until tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling, but no batter. Mini loaf will take a approximately 2 minutes longer than muffins. Be very careful not to overbake or cornbread will be dry.
- Allow muffins and loaf to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before carefully removing.
- Optionally, drizzle with honey and add a pat of butter before serving.
Cornbread is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight at room temp for up to 3 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g
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