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These homemade corn muffins are made from pantry staples. They are just a bit sweet and have a perfect cornbread crumb. They are so easy to make from scratch, why worry about the box?

corn muffin split in half and spread with melted butter.

These slightly sweet corn muffins are the perfect side to so many bowls of soup.  They are also great with butter and or honey. They are super easy to make and are made from scratch with just a handful of pantry staples.

Be warned, I am on a bit of a cornmeal kick.  I don’t know what has gotten into me, but everything has to have cornmeal in or on it.

I had been buying small packages of cornmeal, but we have also been on a bit of a homemade pizza bender and I like to sprinkle some cornmeal on the pan.

So I decided it was time to just but the big bag of cornmeal.  Now that I have five pounds of cornmeal in the pantry, it seems to be calling to me.

basket of golden brown corn muffins ready to eat.

First, instead of just sprinkling the pan it was begging to be used in a crust.  So I tinkered with a cornmeal pizza crust on a taco pizza.

It was good, but could be better (and I did a terrible job of writing down exactly what I put in it!) so it is not a blog recipe… yet!

That actually not the first time I have tinkered with putting cornmeal in a crust.  In fact I’ve put it in a pie crust along with some apple cider for an apple slab pie.

I’ve also made a savory tomato slab pie with a Parmesan cornmeal crust that was REALLY good and I can’t wait to make another when it is tomato season again.

All of this has nothing to do with these corn muffins other than to show that I seem to have a thing for cornmeal and it has become a pantry staple.

golden corn muffins on dark wood background.

While the little boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix do make it super easy, you have to actually have them in the pantry when you want them.  That is the part I am miserable at.

I don’t seem to be good at keeping mixes on hand and sometimes I just need to whip something up on the fly. Luckily that doesn’t have to be a roadblock.

bowl of ham and beans next to corn muffins, ready to eat.

The thing is making the corn muffins from scratch really isn’t any harder than opening the box and there isn’t a single ingredient in theses that I don’t always have.  Beside homemade is always a little better and you can adjust the sweetness to you liking.

I love mine a little sweet.  I don’t want them to be cupcake sweet, but I do like a little of that sweet and salty going on.  That way it can find itself right at home in a bowl of ham and beans but is also amazing slathered in butter and honey.

Go ahead and double the batch if you want to. They are good enough you do want to!

Store any extras in an airtight container on the counter for up to several days.  You can also freeze any you have leftover and just microwave them for a few seconds to warm them up when you are ready!

And now I’m hungry. Again.  I guess I better grab a muffin!

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corn muffin split in half and spread with melted butter.

Homemade Corn Muffins

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
These Homemade Corn Muffins are made from pantry staples. They are just a bit sweet and have a perfect cornbread crumb. They are so easy to make from scratch, why worry about the box?
4.74 from 15 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • cup milk


  • Preheat your oven to 400° F and grease a muffin tin.
  • Stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
    ⅔ cup all purpose flour, ½ cup cornmeal, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoons salt
  • Add the oil, egg and milk and stir until just combined.
    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 egg, ⅓ cup milk
  • Spoon into prepared muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 443mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 17th of April 2017

Wow, I just realized how long it's been since I have made cornbread! I tend to prefer a sweeter recipe as well, but somehow always end up with them not sweet enough! Trying your recipe... Just told husband about them, and I think it will be tonight!

Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Yum Carlee! I love cornbread muffins and these look perfect!


Thursday 13th of April 2017

Me too! Thanks!

Gentle Joy

Friday 7th of April 2017

Mmmmm.... homemade cornbread or cornbread muffins are wonderful... hot, buttery... with or without honey, jam, apple butter. Yumm..... we love it here. :)


Monday 10th of April 2017

Thank you! We love it too. I personally love a bit of butter and a drizzle of honey! (thought plain is really good too!)

Sam Monaco

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Oh!! How easy this sounds and Homemade is always the best. Thanks Carlee.


Thursday 6th of April 2017

I agree, Sam! Thanks!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

You are going to laugh, but I literally just sent this link to my husband and said I know you want these right? Big huge YES he does, he is crazy for cornbread muffins!


Thursday 6th of April 2017

ha! Well Mr. Nine deserves some corn muffins for sure! I hope he enjoys them!