Sometimes cornbread needs a little sweetness, and this is the perfect Sweet Cornbread Muffin recipe. Enjoy this delicious, simple, from-scratch recipe!
I’m about to get folks riled up.
Like “we’re gonna revoke your Southern card” riled up.
Like no “true Southerner would do that” riled up.
Nevertheless here goes… Sometimes I like sugar in my cornbread. Cue the gasps. Clutch the pearls. It’s the truth. But hear me out… It depends on what’s on the menu.
If beans, greens, or other dishes that deserve sopping up with cornbread or being poured over cornbread are on the table – I want cornbread without the sugar. But sometimes, when I just have cornbread as a complement to the meal, I like it a little sweet – like Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix sweet.
I remember my mom always making Jiffy muffins when she made pork chops and yellow rice. It was like it was a required complement.
While I do love me some Jiffy, I don’t always remember to grab that little blue and white box at the grocery store. So, I make them from scratch with this copycat Jiffy recipe.
These jokers are pretty dang easy. And, they’re crazy delicious!
What is the difference between Southern cornbread and sweet cornbread?
Before I answer this question, let me put this little disclaimer out there… Southern cornbread comes in all different varieties. One such variety is a sweet version. Yes, Southern cornbread can be sweet. It really just depends on who’s cooking and what their preferences are.
Now, with that said… traditional Southern cornbread is most widely known for not being sweet. It typically has a more natural corn flavor and consists of simple ingredients, such as cornmeal, buttermilk or regular milk, eggs, and salt. This creates a crumbly, slightly coarse texture, perfect for soaking up the flavors of other dishes. Its golden-brown crust adds an enticing crunch, making it a beloved side dish across the South.
As for sweet cornbread, it includes all the basic ingredients of traditional Southern cornbread but stands out due to the sugar content. It’s most commonly sweetened with white granulated sugar or honey. The result is typically a moister and softer texture, quite different from the crumbly nature of Southern cornbread. While it still can be served as a side dish, some people even like to enjoy it as a dessert!
No matter your preferences, I think all cornbread varieties are absolutely delicious! Try a few different kinds, and you might just be surprised which you prefer!
Tips for Perfect Sweet Cornbread Muffins
- Use plain cornmeal, not cornmeal mix. Cornmeal mix and self-rising cornmeal already have the leavening and flour mixed in and since we add it in the recipe, it would be too much of each of those ingredients. I prefer yellow cornmeal for the color, but white cornmeal will work just as well. Again, just make sure it’s plain cornmeal.
- Don’t overmix the batter. You want to stir it just enough to get everything moistened and get the big lumps out. A few remaining lumps will be fine.
- Make it in the iron skillet! Don’t want muffins? Cool! Just mix the batter and pour it into an 8-inch cast iron skillet or 8-inch pan and bake for roughly the same amount of time.
Other Cornbread Recipes
Interested in taking a stab at a few other cornbread recipes? You have come to the right place! Here are a few of my favorite and most popular cornbread recipes! Give them a try and you’ll find that each one is delicious in its own special way.
Pimento Cheese Cornbread – Savor the true essence of Southern cookin’ with Pimento Cheese Cornbread, where classic, tender cornbread meets the gooey cheddar cheese and tangy zest of pimento peppers. This recipe results in a golden-brown, crispy crust for an irresistible twist on this Southern favorite.
Hot Water Cornbread – Hot Water Cornbread is a crunchy, Southern take on traditional cornbread. This simple recipe, requiring only 2 ingredients, features a pourable batter that’s fried to perfection making it the ideal side dish for a wide range of meals.
Elmer’s Cornbread – Elmer’s Cornbread is a cherished family recipe passed down through generation resulting in a delicious, moist, and slightly sweet cornbread that brings a taste of Mellow Valley, Alabama to your table.
Creamed Corn Cornbread – Enjoy a slice of this delicious Creamed Corn Cornbread, a moist and dense cornbread with a delightful twist of cream-style corn that enhances the corn flavor and adds a touch of sweetness.
Mom’s Mexican Cornbread – Mom’s Mexican Cornbread is a delicious and hearty dish that can be enjoyed as a side with soup or chili or as a satisfying meal on its own. You can adjust the jalapeños to your preferred level of spiciness.
Sweet Cornbread Muffins
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal – not cornmeal mix (white will work, too)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 400° F and grease a 6-well muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium size bowl. Add oil, egg, and milk. Stir just until lumps are gone.
- Pour evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.