(Blueberry Cheddar Bacon) Honey Cornbread Muffins

honey cornbread muffins
When I was a kid, my mom would make the Jiffy box muffins* and we all loved them.  We were always excited when she made them, they were special. 

My dad and I would pour maple syrup over those warm cornbread muffins and shovel ‘em in.  What?!, maple syrup, that’s weird and/or gross, you’re thinking.  Really, try it before you knock it, it’s quite delicious!  Ugh, now I really want those!

Sadly I can’t eat any cornbread muffins.  Or corn.

honey cornbread muffin ingredients prepped
Get yourself all set up and this will be a quick mix.
A life-long allergy sufferer, mmmph mmph years ago I went in for yet another allergy test, this instance being a blood test unbeknownst to me ahead of time.  I am needle-no-thanks person but I somehow choked through it.  Good thing I did.

Along with the myriad of usual suspects, corn came back a ringer.  Huh, ok, I remember thinking, whatever, and kept eating corn things.

honey cornbread muffin wet ingredients prepped
Really, you only need a single fork to mix this whole recipe up.  Seriously.
I don’t react immediately, it’s not an emergency situation; it’s a series of delayed onset reactions.  Definitely by the next morning I’m a giant cramp and then by the day after I have an allergy-cold thing going on, I’m sick.

They also said a mild milk and/or peanut, or both or one I can’t remember but I brushed that off, pfft c’mon, no thanks.  Although I’m thinking it may be peanut because ooof, dinner had peanut butter in it and ouch, my insides hurt today.  That sucks too, jeez louise!

adding frozen corn kernels to batter
Keep the corn kernels frozen, totally fine, then toss ’em in the pool.
As years went on, I was sick more and more often so one day I decided to eliminate everything corn completely.  I have hardly been sick since.

Talk about a sucky allergy to have though.  Think about it — how many things have corn in them?  Aaaaa lot.  A lot.  And sneaky corn too, like soluble corn fiber or corn oil or corn treasure or corn surprise, some such corn travesty.  It’s freakin’ everywhere.

Tortilla chips.  Tacos, if served only on corn tortillas.  Corn on the cob.  Certain pizzas.  Cornmeal breading.  Corn soups.  Popcorn.  A vast majority of cereals.  Cereal bars (aforementioned soluble corn fiber).  English muffins (cornmeal on bottoms).  Cornbread….Out.  Sigh.

honey cornbread muffins cooling on rack
I split the recipe, just in case, half regular, half fancy.  Aren’t they pretty?!
It sucks.  Sucks.  So many things have corn.

Corn syrup I can manage though I’m finding cornstarch (an ingredient in powdered sugar) is a small spot of trouble.

Despite the needle-no-thanks, I’m back on allergy shots for the usual stuff.  I’m contemplating getting another blood test for corn so they can add it to the roster.  The allergy nurses are dubious of my claim.  We’ll see.  Needles, ack, willies.  But corn, I love corn.  arrrgggg

Anyway, I totally did not mean to make this corn thing a big huge deal but I guess I did.

cornbread muffin cooling on rack close up
There are times I’m soooo tempted to stuff one a’ these in my mouth but knowing I’m gonna really pay for it, always stops me.
Before I gave it up, I’d make these honey cornbread muffins by the Food Network Neely’s and ooooh!, holy cats and dogs people, are these tasty.  Oh, man, tasty.  I still make them for Mike and stare longingly at him as he eats them, he taunts me, drool peeking out of the corner of my mouth.

What makes these such the blog-worthy hit?  The honey, it’s the honey, oh and the butter that give these muffins a big boost of moisture and their supreme deliciousness.  They’re pretty near a one bowl wonder too, no mixer required.  They’re zippy quick to whip up.  And if you have that USA Muffin Pan,* no liners needed!  But most of all they are just super yummy.  Man, I’m drooling, ugh…

Then one day, truly out of nowhere, Mr. Fancy Pants Mike says “oh, hey, babe, I’ve got an idea!  How about cornbread muffins but with like uh, bacon, cheese and uh blueberries, yeah.  Yeah.  Can you get on that?”

bacon on cooling rack on baking sheet ready to bake
Gratuitous bacon shot.  First time baking the bacon, thought I’d give it a whirl and it works surprisingly well.
So one day I finally attempted his whack-a-doo fanci-fied version.  Mike rings me up on his way home from work and queries, hey, what’s for dinner.  I mention his muffin bonanza and there’s a pause, another pause, so I say, “babe, don’t you remember asking me to make these?”

adding blueberries cheese and bacon to batter
Here we go with Mike’s mix-in’s!  I had some frozen blueberries and they worked perfectly, toss ’em in frozen.
“Um, no?  I bet they’ll be delicious though.  [ pause ]  Waaaait a minute here, this is going to be some kind of blog post now isn’t it, ‘Mike asked for these and now we’re gonna see what his reaction is.’”

“Uhhhhh, um, maybe?  How did you know?”  It seems he knows me quite well.

honey cornbread muffin with bacon blueberries and cheddar cheese on plate
There it is, all baked up.  Man, it weighs a ton too, heavy muffin!
Staring at him at dinner, a different kind of stare though heh, waiting for the big bite and the subsequent response…..

“Oh.  Oh.  Ok.  Huh, wow.  Ok.  Yeah, these are good.  Huh.  Yeah.  I like that.”

So they’re great, he said, an unexpected twist, one you’re not anticipating when you think cornbread.  He wanted me to make sure you knew, to qualify, he’s easy to please when it comes to baked goods.  I beg to differ though; he can be quite picky actually.  If he doesn’t like something, he absolutely will not eat it. 

Yes, for real, uneaten baked goods.

inside of cornbread muffin with blueberry bacon and cheddar cheese
Wow.  That’s a lotta stuff!
Mike, tearing into his second muffin, “I’m not gonna finish this but I want a little more…” when his face flashes.  “What’s for dessert?”

( aka the sound of half a muffin dropping from his hand onto the plate. 

I’m overcome with laughter, “guess the muffins don’t win out over that, huh?”

“I need to leave room for dessert!!”

So go ahead and give these simple yet scrumptious corn muffins a go, I’m quite sure you’ll agree they’re pretty amazing.  Then feel free to take on Mike’s dressed up version; let me know your thoughts on those!

honey cornbread muffin interior
Yuuuuuummm-eee.  Yes, they truly are that light and fluffy.  And golden.
Note:  This content originally appeared on Flaky Bakers.

Honey Cornbread Muffins

Honey Cornbread Muffins

12-16 muffins
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
15 Min
Total time
25 Min
Fluffy and super moist, bursting with buttery corn flavor, these Honey Cornbread Muffins will be your go-to recipe!


  • 1 cup (156 g) yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (237 ml) whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons, 57 g) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (82 g) frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup (83 g) shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) chopped bacon
  • 1 cup (190 g) fresh or frozen blueberries


  1. Begin preheating the oven to 400° F (205° C) and line a 12 well muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and with a fork, stir to combine evenly.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, add the remaining wet ingredients except for the corn and whisk to combine with the same fork.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry along with the frozen corn and stir gently with the fork, being sure to not over-mix. Leave some lumps behind.
  5. If adding the optional ingredients of cheddar cheese, bacon, and blueberries, add them at this time too.
  6. Split the batter between the 12 wells of the muffin tin. Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven, let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove the muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely. Served warm is best.


Adapted from Food Network.

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