Red Pepper-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins


One food you rarely have to twist a kid's arm to eat are muffins. No matter if they're sweet or savory, Kenya will down one in seconds. I used to think it was because the shape of them reminded him of cupcakes, but now he is a real muffin aficionado.

I normally love making Tiny Corn Muffins, but when I want something special, especially around the holidays, I make this red pepper-cheddar version. They're not the kind of muffin your used to seeing every day, so the "unique factor" tends to make them an even bigger draw in my house. In fact, as soon as I took a batch out of the oven last week, Kenya looked at them and said simply, "they're beautiful". I love how genuine kids can be -- especially when they LIKE what you make them!

We used these to make this recipe_


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Red Pepper-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins (Makes 12 Muffins)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

nut free


  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar OR 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Corn Kernels, thawed
  • 2 oz Diced Pimentos, drained (about 2 tbsp)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Sift the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg and whisk to combine.
4. Add the butter and agave to the buttermilk and egg mixture and whisk throughly.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients incorporating a little at a time until throughly combined (make sure not to over-mix the batter).
6. Stir in the cheddar cheese, corn kernels and pimentos.
7. Pour into greased or lined muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes.
8. Cool on a rack and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Joan

    Hi Catherine, I made these cornbread muffins today, it came out dry and bland. any suggestions? I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks.

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  • Sonia

    very tempting!Will certainly try this recipe

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  • Lizzy

    Can I make this without having a flour sifter?

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    • Catherine

      yes you can :)

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  • Sky

    hi there! can you make this with a substitute for buttermilk? What would you use if so ?

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  • Dahlia

    I would do anything to get my corn muffins to turn out like the picture above... I have been experimenting for a week now to find the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving. I've tried this one twice, following the recipe above exactly. Mine keep turning out dense and dry. Am wondering if there is not enough liquid in the measurements above? more milk? more eggs? thanks!

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