Marion Cunningham's Cornbread Muffins

These are lovely tender-textured muffins, which should come as no surprise considering they're from Marion Cunningham's Breakfast Book. I absolutely love this cookbook! Someone referred to it as "an encyclopedia for breakfasts"...perfect description. 
I keep finding recipes I haven't tried, although I've had the book for years. I've never been disappointed with one of her recipes and you obviously love them too as Marion's recipes are always the most viewed on my blog.
You won't be disappointed with this recipe either. Because it's cornbread, don't be surprised when they don't rise as high as you'd expect with a muffin, but when you break one open, they're light as air. No butter needed here, but honey is a must.

Marion Cunningham's Cornbread Muffins
From The Breakfast Book

1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk, warmed
1 cup cake flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven too 400. Grease a muffin pan.
Whisk the egg, melted butter and vegetable oil until well mixed. Stir in the milk. 
Combine the cake flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt in another bowl. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well blended. The batter will be light and medium thick.
Spoon into muffin cups so each cup is 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Serve hot from the oven. Makes 1 dozen.


  1. They look delicious!

    Have a wonderful week.



  2. They look very tender and delicious!

  3. There's nothing like having a cookbook that's reliable, through and through. This recipe sounds like a winner!

  4. Love cookbooks!
    And I love these muffins!
    Look delicious!

  5. I have that cookbook and have never had a disappointment in any recipe! I make these at Thanksgiving and use them for turkey sandwiches the day after.


  6. I adore cornbread muffins!

  7. these look good and I really need to try making cornbread

  8. i like the fat combination of oil and butter! these would be moist AND delicious, especially since i'd probably top it with even more butter... :)

  9. This makes me want to go grab that book off the shelf! These look delicious, and there are way too many recipes in that book I haven't tried yet.

  10. Oh my gosh, I knew I shouldn't have come here, another cookbook to buy! :-) I love her cookbooks, but missed this one. And if those muffins are in there, it has to be good! I just hopped over to Amazon and bought the book, thanks, Barbara! Have a good rest of the week!

  11. I am so in the mood for cornbread. I was just thinking about it today as I was cooking. I have a couple of ears in the fridge that are dying to be tossed into a skillet... maybe muffins instead??
    Nice to visit your blog again... been a while since i've had 5 minutes to do anything.

  12. Dear Barbara, I always enjoy corn muffins. xo Catherine

  13. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, these muffins sound divine....

  14. Simply damn delicious n comforting moring booster muffin!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef



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