5 Yummy Takes on Traditional Cornbread

5 Yummy Takes on Traditional Cornbread

Use our basic recipe (or the one on the box) and embellish in 5 yummy ways.

Between football parties and holiday gatherings, it’s time to round up some of your favorite comfort food recipes. Baked in a pan or made into muffins, cornbread is easy to whip up last-minute and make your own!

Just start with your favorite cornbread mix or use our basic recipe, and add any number of sweet and savory ingredients to make 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 (if baking cornbread muffins, reduce heat to 375 F)
  2. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in one bowl
  3. Whisk sugar, milk or buttermilk, vegetable oil or butter, and egg in a separate bowl
  4. Mix together until just combined
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (15 minutes for muffins) until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  6. Cool slightly and serve

Tip: Don’t forget to serve up your cornbread alongside Bounty Quilted Napkins. One napkin will last the whole meal!

Add-in Ideas
Try one of these 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!


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2. Cheesy Bacon Cornbread
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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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