The Best Cornbread


This IS the best cornbread recipe!  It’s everything you’d want easy homemade cornbread to be, and then some when you eat it warm with the whipped honey butter recipe included.

The Best Cornbread squares piled high on a plate

Tried and True Best Cornbread Recipe

This homemade cornbread is an old tried and true recipe. Yes I’ve already shared it before but that was years ago so most all of you probably missed it, plus that was for a smaller pan. Here I made 1 1/2 times my original recipe so you could have enough for a 13 by 9 pan, or in other words enough for Thanksgiving.

The title of this easy cornbread may seem so braggy (let’s pretend that’s a word), but really it is my all time favorite cornbread! It not like some of the dry, lifeless cornbread you may find elsewhere. This homemade cornbread is incredibly moist, and soft and basically just perfect. 


The best homemade Cornbread in pan, cut, ready to serve

I can’t count how many times I’ve made this easy cornbread recipe and every time people are always fighting for the last piece. Try it and you’ll see why! Oh and did I mention it’s unbelievable easy to make? No electric mixer required, just a few bowls and a whisk and some seriously easy prep.

The Best Cornbread with honey drizzled on top

I’m not the only one who thinks this is the best cornbread recipe, you can head to my old post to read the feedback and reviews here.


The Best Cornbread

4.34 from 6 votes

Yield: About 15 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter , melted (I just used salted)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup granulated sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 large eggs


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal and buttermilk until well blended, allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during last 5 minutes of mixture resting. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, set aside
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Add melted butter, applesauce, sugar, honey and eggs to cornmeal mixture and whisk until well combine. Stir in dry ingredients and whisk just until combine and no longer lumpy. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, spread into an even layer and bake 25 - 35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 - 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with honey or whipped honey butter (recipe in notes below). Store in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

For the whipped honey butter: In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together 1/2 cup softened salted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar until mixture becomes light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

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  • Mad: Just made this for super bowl to go with chili and it was a big hit. It is delicious and I will definitely be making again. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. February 5, 2018 at 7:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you like it! February 8, 2018 at 5:49pm Reply

  • Carrie: Just love this recipe so much. Make it all the time, along with the butter, and everyone — including people who usually hate cornbread — loves it. Very easy to make, as well. I also eat it for dessert. :) February 3, 2018 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Carrie! February 5, 2018 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Juju: no, No, NO!!! Adding sugar makes it cornCAKE, not cornBREAD! Really, to each his own but, I don’t like sweet cornbread. ☺☺ January 29, 2018 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Hevinlee: Excellent recipe! I made it a few days ago and it is all gone!! Tonight I decided to experiment and I added 2 mashed bananas and you would not believe how delicious this tasted ! I just had to share that with you! Thank you for a recipe I had been looking for all my life ! :) January 11, 2018 at 8:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I need to go try this! Thanks for your feedback Hevinlee! January 17, 2018 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Luv2cook222: Tried many corn bread recipes, but we feel this one is the best. So tasty and sweet without using cake mix. Yum!!! November 14, 2017 at 11:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you love it! Thanks for the review. November 15, 2017 at 2:23pm Reply

  • Hanna: Hi! Do you use powdered buttermilk or the liquid form and does it matter which one I use? November 14, 2017 at 10:55am Reply

  • Kristen D.: This truly is the best cornbread! I found this over a year ago and it is my go to recipe now. Tried and true! Thank you for sharing this with us and making me look good at Thanksgiving every year :) January 22, 2017 at 10:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment Kristen – I’m glad you love it! January 25, 2017 at 10:15am Reply

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