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Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Delicious buttermilk cornbread muffins with a hint of sweetness. They’re perfect with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey and are a great addition to any meal. Can be made in just 25 minutes!

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins in a basket.

Easy Cornbread Muffin Recipe

Cornbread made as muffins is one of the easiest ways to add bread to a meal. All you need are a few simple ingredients, a few bowls, and a muffin pan and you can have piping hot cornbread in a matter of minutes.

This recipe makes a large batch- 24 muffins, but the leftovers will freeze well.

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Amount Of Sweetness

People always debate whether cornbread should be sweet or not sweet. These are somewhere in between. There’s  1/4 cup of sugar added to the batter, which divided between 24 muffins really isn’t that much. If you have a big sweet tooth, drizzle a little honey on them for some added sweetness.

Or, if you really want a sweet corn muffin, try this Boston Market-style Cornbread. It’s more like cake passed off as cornbread!

This Buttermilk Cornbread recipe is from the cookbook Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings: Tasty eats and delicious stories from the South’s less-traveled trails which is one of my favorite cookbooks. (I have a lot of favorite cookbooks :). It just makes me want to jump in the car and do a road trip. The recipe is from Weaver D’s in Athens, GA. Except for dropping my son off at tennis camp at University of Georgia, I haven’t spent any time in Athens. Hopefully I can get back there sometime and go to Weaver D’s for some home cooking.

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Have you ever thought about planning a road trip solely based on a road trip?

Sustitute For Buttermilk

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by placing 2 teaspoons of white vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Add whole milk to the 2 cups line. Let sit 5 minutes before using.

Recipe Tips

Don’t overmix the batter and bake it right after mixing.

Use either white self-rising cornmeal or yellow. They have slightly different flavors, the white being more mild, but they add the same texture to the muffins.

How To Serve

These cornbread muffins go great with so many things. You can serve them on their own with jam of honey butter or alongside a bowl of chili, southern cabbage, Brunswick Stew, or Collard Greens.


Best eaten the day they are made but can be kept in an airtight container for 2 days. Reheat in the microwave for 10 seconds to freshen them up. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

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Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

These Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins get nicely browned on the outside and are delicious served with lots of butter. Ready in just 25 minutes!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 12 (2 per serving)



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil into each of 24 standard-size muffin cups. Place muffin pans in oven and heat for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine cornmeal and sugar.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and remaining ingredients.
  • Make a well in center of cornmeal mixture and pour in buttermilk mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Spoon batter into hot muffin tins, filling 2/3’s full.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


You can use yellow self-rising cornmeal in place of white.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: buttermilk, cornmeal

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Originally posted June 11, 2014.

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25 thoughts on “Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins”

  1. I have been looking for a cornbread recipe close to my mom’s, she passed away about 15 years ago. Made this today to go with our New Year’s Day meal and my little brother said it was the best cornbread he’s had in 15 years! Followed the recipe, no changes. It will be the recipe I follow from now on!

  2. Gerene Schuster

    Did anyone actually make the muffin? Were they too busy taking road trips? Made the muffins and cut the sugar in half. Next time will follow the recipe but will add some fresh corn. Great recipe.

  3. Catherine Florence Hannon

    All of this has made me so hungry I love cornbread best I have had was in a b&b near in Massachusetts no longer in business but had whole corn kernels in it so moist and with melted butter. Yum ok have to have

  4. Laura Dembowski

    I just had the best cornbread muffin at a restaurant last night and now I’m craving more. I need these asap!

  5. Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com

    I’ve just started really cooking with buttermilk and I think it’s my new favorite ingredient. I’ll be giving these a try!

  6. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    I have been trying to plan for this big BBQ we are hosting and have been trying to get the menu together. These would be perfect!

  7. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These cornbread muffins look perfect Christin! I like mine medium sweet, so these would be just the way I like them. I love adding butter and honey to these. Delicious!

  8. If your question is about road trips based on food, yes, yes, yes! In fact, I am in Nashville right now! We came for the food and have not regretted a single meal. There is so much info online, why not plan your meals and activities? We have been doing this for years. We love to travel in state and out. We often plan in state day trips to try different restaurants we read about. We live in NC. We also travel with an iPad and iPhones. So easy and fun to check out new places you see on the way.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I need to get to Nashville sometime! We are not very far away from you if you are in NC. My daughter and I took a road trip down to Alabama last summer and she researched nearby restaurants on her iPhone while I drove. Modern technology has so changed how we travel!

  9. Love cornbread and this big batch sounds awesome to keep on hand in the freezer for busy nights. We used to love spur of the moment road trips – haven’t done that in a while but sounds so fun 🙂

  10. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    A road trip based on food – why that’s just brilliant! Have you been to jittery joes when you were in Athens? My daughter and I so love their coffee!
    Btw these not too sweet cornbread-buttermilk muffins sound so good!

  11. Aimee / WallflowerGirl.co.uk

    Never been on a road trip and I’m afraid I’m one of those boring homebodies that probably never will as it just doesn’t appeal to me. But I do really like seeing and reading about other people’s travels. That’s one of the things I love most about flicking through cookbooks and watching certain cookery shows, seeing the food and culture around the world. Anyway, cornbread muffins are something I’ve always wanted to try (they’re basically unheard of overhear in the UK) Quick question: is self-rising white cornmeal mix just cornmeal mixed with baking powder?

  12. I love making cornbread to go with a meal! I haven’t made in in a bit now … time to make me some muffins!

    I had a friend who once planned her route for a road trip just so she could stop at a bunch of places on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! She cracked me up : )

  13. ela@GrayApron

    I haven’t made cornbread forever! I agree, I remember cornbread being between savory and sweet. Your muffins look perfect!

    ela h.

    1. Great recipe!! I made these today, the edges were crispy and the muffin was moist and delicious!! Saving this recipe!

  14. I’m a huge fan of cornbread, and love making muffins as a side dish. I love that this is a huge recipe so that I can pop some in the freezer for busy nights. These look delicious, and the Boston Market recipe is one I need to checkout too!

  15. Amy (Savory Moments)

    I’ve definitely thought of planning a road trip based on food. New Orleans comes to mind 🙂

    I love cornbread and you can’t beat a delicious cornbread muffin!

  16. Roadtrip.. sometimes I feel I am so boring.. I don’t do any roadtrips.. or at least not enough 🙂
    I have never made corn bread..I am not even talking about corn muffins 🙂

  17. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I am so envious of your road trips! Unfortunately, England is not really large enough for any major road-trip activity. I did once drive from the UK to Greece, though, and took a week to do the journey – does that count? I’m also envious of all the amazing variety of food you have over there in the US – cornbread included. Can you believe I’ve never actually tried making any cornbread? Got to put that right! Love these little cutie muffins!

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