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Savory Corn Muffins

Okay, don’t laugh, but many years ago, I received a cookbook entitled Cooking with Friends as a gift. Friends, as in Rachel, Monica, Chandler, etc. The book, however, was a pleasant surprise, containing many recipes that I’ve made repeatedly over the years. One of my favorites is a recipe for corn muffins. A little different in texture than traditional Southern corn bread, I like to serve these with soups, chili, jambalaya, and the like.

For the dry ingredients, stir together 1 cup of flour, 3/4 cup of cornmeal, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Beat together 10 tablespoons (1 & 1/4 sticks) of melted unsalted butter and 1 large egg. Stir in 1 & 1/4 cups of slightly warmed milk. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Be sure not to overmix.

Spoon the batter into a 12-cup muffin pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned, and the muffins pass the toothpick test (about 20 to 25 minutes). Cool for 5 minutes before serving. These are definitely best served warm.

If you want to spice things up, add 1 or 2 stemmed and minced jalapeno peppers. A handful of sliced scallions is a great addition, too. For some simple variations, try adding some chili flakes, a spicy seasoning blend, or some other spice to the batter.

Savory Corn Muffins


  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (103g) cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 tablespoons (141g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (296ml) milk, slightly warmed


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line or grease 12 standard muffin cups.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the butter and egg. Stir in the milk.
  4. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture. Stir, mixing just until combined.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins are slightly browned and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.


Recipe adapted from Cooking with Friends.

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    14 Comments on “Savory Corn Muffins”

  1. Hi! I *just* found your website today and was browsing your recipes when I saw that you, like me, have the Cooking with Friends cookbook. My friends make fun of me for owning it! I’ve been making the Chocolate-Peanut Butter bars for years and they always get an enthusiastic response (even though I secretly substitute applesauce for half the butter). I’ll have to try the corn muffin recipe next. I really like your blog, I’ll be back!

  2. I’m glad you found me, Liz! I’ll have to check out those chocolate-peanut butter bars. That’s one of my favorite combinations!

  3. Hi Jennifer. I think I may try these, but I have a question. My family likes corn in their cornbread (I don’t, so I’m happy with this recipe as is)…have you added corn to this recipe ever? If you haven’t, do you have any suggestions on how to go about doing that?

  4. Hilary, if it were me, I’d add in a can of creamed corn and decrease the butter to maybe 8 tablespoons and the milk to 1 cup. The consistency should be a bit different, but I think it would work. You’ll probably get more than a dozen of them, too. Of course, I’ve never tried doing this, so you might want to give it a test run.

  5. Thanks! If I have time, I’ll give it a test run.

  6. I too have the cookbook! I’ve made these corn muffins dozens of times. Another good recipe in there is Phoebe’s Oatmeal Rasin cookies.

  7. Laura, I have made those cookies many times myself. I hadn’t thought about them in years. I may have to dust off that book again!

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  10. Umm.. what’s the temperature the oven should be set at for baking these corn muffins?

  11. I guess that would be important, Wie. 375 degrees. Sorry!

  12. The Cooking With Friends book is my little secret. I love the corn muffins and several others. My favorite pancake recipe is in there. Seriously the fluffiest and tastiest around!

  13. Mike, I also like the oatmeal raisin cookies, although I haven’t made them in years.

  14. OMG!!! I had the book YEARS ago and I ALWAYS made these muffins because i preferred them to any others I had tried… I then LOST my book and thought I’d never find the recipe again! THANK YOU for posting it! 🙂 any chance I could get the easy lentil soup with turmeric that’s in it as well? 😉 I used to love that soup!!!

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