These cornbread muffins with corn are such a delightful treat. They are tender, moist, cheesy, sweet, and savory all in one. The chive honey butter takes things to a whole different level. Eat these while they're fresh out of the oven and your mind is sure to be blown. The honey chive butter melts into the hot muffins for a satisfying appetizer bread.
Making the chive honey butter is an absolute must!!! Believe me when I say that this addition takes these muffins from amazing to mind-blowing in 2.5 seconds. It adds an intense richness and creates a really satisfying sweet and savory vibe.
Pepper Jack cheese- using this cheese specifically adds a bit of savory pice to the corn muffins in a very special way. If you'd like to add more spice, see the variations section below
Creamed corn- makes these easy corn muffins very moist and tender
Chives- ⅓ of the ingredients in the decadent honey butter that accompanies the muffins. Brings out even more sweetness in the muffins
Honey- gives the honey butter a rich sweetness
Salted Butter- a little salt goes a long way in the addition of the honey butter, it's necessary for the flavor profile.
How to make Pepper Jack Cornbread Muffins with Chive Honey Butter
The very first thing you need to do is let the butter reach room temperature well before beginning this recipe. This will be essential because you will have to mix chopped chives and honey into the butter. It will be much more manageable to do this if the butter is at room temperature.
As usual, a best practice to follow when making any recipe is to start with the prep work. For this particular recipe, there are several things that need to be done beforehand but once they are complete, you'll find that this is a one-bowl recipe that comes together rather quickly. So here's what needs to be done before all of the ingredients come together: grate the cheese, measure everything out, melt the butter for the muffins, and chop the chives.
This is very much a one-bowl recipe. All of the ingredients go in first, then the wet ingredients follow. Adding grated pepper jack to these muffins creates tiny pockets of slightly spicy cheese that give each bite a little more flare.
I used a large spoon to carefully scoop out the mixture and place it in each opening in the muffin tin. A similar result can be achieved by using an ice cream scoop, specifically one with a trigger that allows you to empty the contents with control.
For specific instructions, see recipe card below.
Can you freeze cornbread muffins?
Short answer, yes! I find that bread in general freezes very well. These can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months. To thaw, leave them on the counter to defrost at room temperature.
I definitely would not recommend freezing the honey butter or the muffin batter. Due to the ingredients freezing, when they are thawed, it creates a watery and separated mess.
If you're short on time and want to make them into super quick cornbread muffins or simply don't have the ingredients to make these from scratch, there is another option..you can make cornbread muffins with creamed corn and Jiffy or other corn muffin mix.
Although it adds to the general texture and overall taste of these sweet corn muffins, if you do not have or want to use creamed corn, you can opt for fresh, frozen, or canned corn. In this case, you can use the exact same amount of corn. Bear in mind that the texture may be a little different and a tad bit drier; the creamier version is what keeps the corn muffins moist. You'll want to keep an extra eye on the bake time a perhaps remove them from the oven a few minutes early.
Buttermilk, oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, and cow's milk can be used in this recipe
If you desire to have a little added kick to your muffins, you can add in ¼ cup of chopped or sliced; jarred jalapeno peppers to turn them into jalapeno cornbread muffins!
Other cheeses would pair well with these savory cornbread muffins including cheddar and gouda. If you decide to switch out the cheese, the exact same amount can be used.
Enjoy these Pepper Jack Cornbread Muffins with Chive Honey Butter!!
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Pepperjack Cornbread Muffins with Chive Honey Butter are tender, moist, cheesy, sweet, and savory; the fragrant butter takes them over the top.
For the cornbread muffins:
½ cup creamed corn
1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
⅓ cup melted butter
¾ cup flour
¾ cup self-rise yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon +¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
For the chive honey butter:
3 tablespoons salted butter
3 tablespoons chives
3 tablespoons honey
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, yellow cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl, blend gently with a fork or whisk. Add eggs and mix just until yolks are broken, the mixture does not need to be fully incorporated at this point, slowly add in melted butter, creamed corn, milk, mixing gently until all ingredients are combined and fully incorporated. Add grated cheese and mix until cheese is just incorporated.
- Spray a muffin tin lightly with cooking spray. Spread the mixture evenly across each the entire tin.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean) then top immediately with chive butter
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes