Cheesy Cornbread Muffins |

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins are easy, cheesy buttermilk cornbread muffins that take minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with a bowl of soup! Thank you to Idahoan® for sponsoring this post.

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins |

I have never seen a batch of muffins disappear as quickly as these Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. My kids wanted them for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and I don’t blame them. I managed to sample a portion of one of these tasty muffin morsels. They are cheesy good and have the delicious taste of cornbread with a hint of sweetness. It was one of those moments that brought my mind to a familiar place…a favorite local steakhouse! …

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Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins |

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins are a simple cornbread made with pumpkin and hints of cinnamon and vanilla. {dairy free}

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins |

Football season is upon us…or so I’m told. I am not much of a football fan, but I am a football food fan! Chili, chips, dips, whatever is in the slow cooker and more…it’s all good. I usually make this Three Bean Vegetarian Chili – it is quick to make, hearty and delicious – so much so that even meat-eaters go back for seconds!  So as I was planning the menu, I got to thinking where there is chili, there better be cornbread! Inspired by football season and all things fall, are these Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins….

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins |

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins |

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Rosemary Cornbread #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cornbread made with buttermilk is given a sophisticated twist with fresh rosemary in this Rosemary CornbreadThis recipe is lightened up and always a favorite!

Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

A couple weeks ago, my family paid a visit to the local nursery to pick up some herbs to plant in a container garden on our deck.  The deck is just off the kitchen, and walking out the patio door to pick fresh herbs for my recipes is one of the many things I look forward to each spring.  I’m not the only one who looks forward to ‘herb season.’  Adam not only loves the recipes, but he loves to care for the herbs too!  Ever since he could walk, he has helped watering. Now with a few years of experience under his 4 year old belt, he has taken over (most) responsibility and really does a great job!

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Cranberry Cornbread

Cranberry Cornbread puts a fun, fall/wintery twist on traditional cornbread.  We have been making chili almost weekly these days, and of course what goes better with chili than cornbread.  I used a cornbread muffin recipe from Cooking Light for the base, making a few adjustments to accommodate the cranberries.  Fresh cranberries add just the right amount of tartness which is balanced nicely with brown sugar.  Buttermilk lends a moist crumb, and the result is a delicious tart-sweet cornbread.  Cranberry Cornbread would make a nice side dish for Thanksgiving, or any holiday, and of course pairs very well with a spicy chili!

Speaking of chili, I am working on a fabulous new chili recipe to share with you soon.  In the meantime, this Three Bean Vegetarian Chili can be made in less than 30 minutes and is our current chili of choice.

Cranberry Cornbread
Yields: 16 servings
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl (or in a liquid measuring cup) combine buttermilk, oil and egg.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, folding until just combined. Gently fold in cranberries.
  5. Pour mixture in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Adapted from Cooking Light, September, 2012

cranberry cornbread

Banana Cornbread Muffins

These  Banana Cornbread Muffins were whipped together as a result of a request from my little Adam.  For weeks, he had been asking me to make cornbread ~ specifically rosemary cornbread.   Since I did not have any fresh rosemary on hand (and let’s be honest…it’s just not the same with dried), I decided to come up with something new.  I spotted an overripe banana, got out a pen and a yellow sticky note and started jotting down what became this recipe.

The result is a muffin with a nice balance of banana and cornbread.  They are light and fluffy, like any good muffin should be (so more muffin-y than cornbread-y).  I made half with a banana slice on top and half without.  They look nicer with a slice, but the banana turns brown after a day or so.  It still tastes good, but just not as pretty.

Banana Cornbread Muffins
Yields 12 muffins

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
thin banana slices (optional, for topping)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin pan with 12 paper liners (or spray with cooking spray).  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the banana, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla until blended.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the cornmeal mixture and fold until combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.  Place a slice of banana on top of each muffin.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pumpkin Cornbread

On Monday, I shared my favorite chili recipe of all time and gave you a preview of today’s post.  What goes best with chili – cornbread!  As I am sure you have noticed, we are all about pumpkin over here these days.  So we put the two together to make Pumpkin Cornbread.

This recipe is super easy to make, and the sweet cornbread was the perfect complement to the spicy chili.  The leftovers were a great quick breakfast on the go, while Adam enjoyed it most as a snack in the car after a trip to the zoo.  Versatile and delicious, these Pumpkin Cornbread recipe is definitely a keeper.

Pumpkin Cornbread
Yields: 16 servings
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8x8" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and cornmeal; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs and then stir in the pumpkin, oil and molasses until combined.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and fold until just combined. Pour the batter into the pan (smooth the top, if needed).
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Slightly Adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Sweet Onion and Cheddar Cornbread

Chili and cornbread is such a classic combination. On Monday I shared a delicious Black Bean Chili with Roasted Butternut Squash with you. Today I am sharing with you this amazing Sweet Onion and Cheddar Cornbread that with our chili.  Of course, while I have made several cornbread recipes over the years, cornbread with sweet onions and cheddar is a version I did not have a recipe for…until now.

The first step in creating this recipe was to select a base, and for that I went to a very trusty source – the back of the cornmeal canister.  Their Easy Corn Bread was a perfect place to begin.  The rest was a little bit of guess work and crossed fingers.

Sauteed onions and cheddar cheese are the perfect additions that take this basic cornbread recipe to a whole new level. The poppy seeds sprinkled on top add a little visual appeal.  Mike has already requested I make this again.  There is no doubt this Sweet Onion and Cheddar Cornbread will be making a regular appearance at our dinner table this chili season.

Sweet Onion and Cheddar Cornbread
Yields: 16 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve 1 tablespoon for topping)
  • ¼ teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and saute until softened (about 5-7 minutes). Reserve 1 tablespoon for topping. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar and baking powder.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk milk, oil and egg until combined.
  5. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in onion and and cheese (do not over mix).
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved onion and cheese and poppy seeds on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Adapted from back of Quaker corn meal canister

Rosemary Parmesan Dipping Oil & Crisco Olive Oils

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I got the opportunity to sample three olive oils from Crisco: Light Tasting, Pure and 100% Extra Virgin.  Since I use olive oil often, I was excited to give them a try.  But then I wondered…what would I possible do with these three olive oils?  What’s the difference? 

Well, thanks to the handy little labels on each bottle, Crisco answered that very question for me and then some.  Light Tasting is best for frying, baking and as an everyday cooking oil.  Pure is best for grilling, sauteing and marinades.  100% Extra Virgin is best for dipping, dressing and sauces.  To give a true test, I decided to remake a couple of old favorite recipes using Light Tasting and Pure, and to make a new recipe for you using 100% Extra Virgin.

Light Tasting

Since Crisco’s Light Tasting olive oil is great for baked goods, I decided to remake my Rosemary Cornbread, but this time as muffins.  The oil had little to no fragrance and was otherwise very nice to use.  The result?  These muffins were fantastic!  This was the best batch of Rosemary Cornbread yet, so I’m very pleased with the Light Tasting olive oil. 


Given that Crisco’s Pure olive oil is ideal for marinating and grilling, it will definitely be popular around this house.  I decided to remake Mustard Rosemary Chicken, but this time we grilled the marinated chicken breasts (i.e. not on skewers).  The result?  Delicious!  We both remarked about how this chicken was one of the best we’ve had.  Another score using Crisco’s Pure olive oil!

100% Extra Virgin

Crisco’s 100% Extra Virgin olive oil is best for dipping, so what better way to test this than by making a dipping oil.  This recipe was inspired by a little pamphlet that came with the oils.  Rosemary Parmesan Dipping Oil is simple, quick and easy to make, and tastes incredible!  Three for three…thanks Crisco!

Rosemary Parmesan Dipping Oil
Yields 4 servings

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, such as Crisco® 100 % Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced (or grated)
Pinch salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1-2 tablespoons grated or finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Crusty French or Italian Bread

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour into serving saucer(s) and add Parmesan cheese. 
  3. Serve with crusty bread. 

Adapted from Crisco pamphlet

Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was provided with a bottle of each of the above named Crisco olive oils for free.  The details of my experience are exclusively my opinion, and I was not otherwise influenced or compensated.