I was on a quest for the perfect accompaniment to my Turkey Chili in the Slow Cooker and this is definitely it! These Cornbread Muffins with Cheddar, Scallions and Jalapenos have the perfect dense-but-light (oxymoron?) texture and the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. In the past, I’ve tried many a cornbread recipe only to be disappointed with dry and bland results. So trust me on this, you are going to love this recipe and won’t ever go back to
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The recipe works well in 12-cup regular muffin tins or a 8″ by 8″ square pan. I like to bake mine in this mini cheesecake pan (similar to a jumbo muffin pan) because everyone always asks for more and this recipe deserves an impressive presentation.
The muffins are surprisingly moist, with excellent cornbread texture. A good dose of cornmeal that’s just sweet enough thanks to the addition of a tiny bit of honey. This compliments the melted cheddar plus the mild heat of jalapenos and the bite of green onions. You can change the add-ins to your liking. I sometimes will switch out the jalapenos for diced green chiles. The recipe can be quick-stirred or mixed in one bowl, which is awesome. But more importantly, this is the most delicious cornbread ever!
- ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ Tablespoons honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup diced green onions
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (leave in the seeds for a bit of heat, if desired)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line the insides of your muffin tin or pan. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir by hand or mix on low speed, butter, sugar and honey together. Add eggs and buttermilk, stir or increase speed to medium-low until well mixed. Add cornmeal, salt and baking soda. Once this is well mixed, add the flour and then stir or mix just until the flour disappears.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the entire mixture to prevent the cheese from clumping together.
- Add the green onions and jalapeno and stir with a rubber spatula until mixed throughout.
- Divide batter equally between the cups, filling almost to the top. This batter will fill 12 regular muffin tins, or 6 jumbo muffins, or can be placed in an 8-x 8" square pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Prick the center of one muffin and make sure it comes out clean. If not clean, bake for about 3 more minutes.
- Serve with butter or honey-butter, if desired. Yes, honey-butter is a great flavor even with the onions and jalapenos.
- Cook's note: You can substitute the jalapenos and cheddar cheese with ¼ cup diced green chiles, if desired. Also very tasty!