Sweet Cornbread

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Sweet Cornbread-the perfect moist cornbread!

Sweet Cornbread-the perfect moist cornbread!

Cornbread is probably my favorite quick bread. It’s easy to make and goes well with so many dishes. A casserole, beef stew, chili. Or even by itself as a light snack.

Sweet Cornbread

There’s always been a feud in my house whether cornbread should be sweet or not. I grew up on sweet cornbread. Not from scratch, it was out of the box, but still good. Still warm with lots of butter just starting to melt.

My sister and I were talking about it the other night and she always made sweet cornbread muffins in college as a nice alternative to cupcakes or other treats.

Sweet Cornbread

I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I last made sweet cornbread until I made this and the kids all devoured it. Saying things like “why haven’t you ever made this for us before?” I have, it’s just apparently been a really long time. Sorry kids, I won’t ever deprive you again.

Sweet Cornbread

Still warm from the oven or leftover from the night before, this cornbread is the best. And since this is a “bread” and not cake, you don’t have to feel guilty having more than one slice.

Sweet Cornbread

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Sweet Cornbread

Sweet Cornbread


  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together vegetable oil, butter, eggs, milk and honey.
  3. Make a well in the center of your flour mixture and pour in your wet ingredients. Stir just until all moistened.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until top is golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.



Sweet Cornbread

For a real treat, split a slice of cornbread, butter the sliced side and fry it for about 2 minutes. Absolutely the best!

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  1. YUM. I make cornbread often too, such an easy side dish!!!

  2. I personally prefer sweet cornbread looks delicious!

  3. LOVE cornbread, especially toasted with butter. Looks good enough to pin!

  4. Finally a recipe for sweet cornbread…just the way I like it! Every time I try to make cornbread it just doesn’t do it for me in the sweetness department. This looks perfect!

  5. My mom never made sweet corn bread, but I secretly loved it when I had it at friends homes. I’d love it if you linked this to WhYd You Do This Weekend.

    Have an awesome week,

  6. Nice recipe! I have tried a few cornbread recipes before but wasn’t happy with the result. I’m going to try your version, Joan! Looks good!


  7. I looooove sweet cornbread!! Yours look so tender and wonderful!

  8. I love cornbread! It’s a rare treat in my house since we only get it around Thanksgiving. I love the flavors and texture, but it’s really uncommon to find anywhere unless you make it yourself. This recipe looks amazing and I love the idea for frying it in butter :).

  9. Jim E King says:

    That isn’t cornbread, as soon as you added sugar/honey, it became ‘Johnny Cake’. So you are eating ‘Cake’ rather than ‘Bread’. LOL Feel Guilty !! Most people that live north of Tennessee don’t know the difference.

  10. Jim E King says:

    I make ‘JohnnyCake’ quite regularly. My recipe for it is:
    1 cup yellow corn meal
    1 cup unbleached flour (sometimes 1/2 cup unbleached + 1/2 cup wholewheat)
    1 tblspn baking powder
    1/2 tspn salt
    rounded 1/4 cup sugar
    1/3 cup veg oil
    1 cup milk (or buttermilk)
    1 large egg – beaten
    mix & pour into greased 9X9 pan – bake at 350 for 25 to 28 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    For a change I @ times also add chia or poppy seeds, hemp hearts, flax, or other ingredients to give a slightly different taste.
    I like to eat it hot with butter and syrup or honey. Also, sometimes add a little more milk to thin the batter & make cornmeal pancakes rather than baking it.

  11. Try it with chocolate frosting!!! It’s a super good treat and perfect with a glass of warm milk!!

  12. Yum!! I love cornbread! My mom made it all the time to go with our beans and chili, but I’ve never had fried cornbread. That is a definite must-try!

  13. I want to make this cornbread but I dont no what is yellow cornmeal . I live in Saudi Arabia

  14. Made this today. It is AMAZING!! Thank you!!

  15. I’ve been making this exact recipe for years ~ it’s delicious!

  16. Virginia M says:

    I made this last night and while it was good, it was dry. I’m going to try making it again but going to add some applesauce to sweeten just a touch more and hopefully add some moisture.

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