10 Yummy Ways to Use Cornbread Mix

10 Yummy Ways to Use Cornbread Mix

Use our basic recipe (or the one on the box) and embellish in 10 yummy ways.

Baked in a pan or made into muffins, cornbread is utter comfort food. Plus, it’s easy to personalize. Just start with your favorite cornbread mix or use our basic recipe, and then add any number of sweet and savory ingredients to make 10 flavorsome variations.

Basic Cornbread Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 15-25 minutes
Serves: 6
Difficulty: Easy

Butter or cooking spray, to grease pan
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or 5 tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and grease an 8-by-8-inch baking pan or muffin tin
  2. If baking cornbread muffins, reduce heat to 375 F
  3. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in one bowl
  4. Whisk sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil and egg in a separate bowl
  5. Mix together until just combined
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or 15 minutes for muffins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  7. Cool slightly and serve

10 Cornbread Add-In Ideas
Add our ideas as a starting point for your own signature cornbread. Just beware of adding too many ingredients — more than two or three may ruin the wonderful texture. That said, add as many herbs and spices as you please!

1. Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Cornbread
Add 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 cup pumpkin puree and 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans.

2. Cheesy Bacon Cornbread
Fold in 4-6 strips cooked, crumbled bacon and 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese. For bolder flavor, substitute 1 1/2 ounces crumbled blue cheese.


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3. Cranberry Orange Cornbread
Add the zest of 1 orange and 1 cup chopped fresh (or frozen and thawed) cranberries that have been picked over, washed and chopped.

4. Honey Sage Cornbread
Substitute 1/3 cup honey for the granulated sugar, increase salt to 1 1/4 teaspoons and fold in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage (or more to taste).

5. Sundried Tomato & Mozzarella Cornbread
Reduce granulated sugar to 2 tablespoons, and fold in 1 cup grated fresh mozzarella and 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

6. Whole Corn & Chipotle Cornbread
Fold in 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels and 2 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

7. Maple Sausage Cornbread
Substitute 1/3 cup pure maple syrup for the granulated sugar and fold in 1/2 pound cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage.

8. Rosemary Asiago Cornbread
Add 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to dry ingredients, and fold in 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese, 1 minced garlic clove and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary.

9. Apple Cheddar Cornbread
Peel, core and dice 1 green apple, then sauté in 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat until just tender, about 3 minutes. Fold into batter, along with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

10. Berry Cornbread
Gently fold in 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or mixed berries. For an even brighter bite, add the zest of 1 lemon, too.

Southern-style or northern-style cornbread? Tell us which is your favorite and share your go-to recipe in the comments.

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