Cornbread Muffins (Lightened Up But the Best Ever)


I’m a huge fan of anything that is able to be lightened up that can actually outdo its less healthy, original opponent. This muffin is just that! It is my favorite cornbread, EVER! I adapted it from my Lightened Up Cornbread Recipe. I made these because I needed a shorter cooking time than that of the 8×8 pan version since dinner was close to being done, so I thought muffins would be perfect. Any version of this, muffin or cornbread will disappear in a flash.

I say these are lightened up because your average cornbread uses a whole stick of butter, with this recipe I use some applesauce as a source of moisture therefore requiring less butter. These are my idea of the most moist and tasty cornbread muffins ever! Then when they are topped off with freshly whipped honey butter, awww my mouth is watering. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover after dinner they make an excellent breakfast the next morning. That’s one thing I love about these muffins, they are a perfect side dish to dinner, a great breakfast and even an amazing dessert. They have just the right amount of sweetness. They are making me crave a good Southern Ham meal with some of my Mom’s perfect mashed potatoes with ham gravy, mmmm. Good luck stopping at just one muffin, I never can =).

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Cornbread Muffins (Lightened Up But the Best Ever)

Soft and tender cornbread in muffin form. Perfect for breakfast or a dinner side dish.

Servings: 18
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 recipe Whipped Honey Butter , recipe follows

Whipped Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  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. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. 
  2. Add applesauce, melted butter, honey and sugar to cornmeal mixture and whisk until well combine. Mix in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and whisk just until combine and no longer lumpy. Divide mixture evenly among 18-19 paper lined muffin cups filling each one 2/3 full. 
  3. Bake in preheat oven for 13-16 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool completely if "frosting" with whipped honey butter, or serve warm slathered with whipped honey butter (melty and drippy delicious mmm).

Whipped Honey Butter

  1. In a mixing bowl, with an electric hand mixer, whip together all ingredients until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
Course: breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornbread Muffins
Author: Jaclyn


  • Miriam: Does it matter if the applesauce is unsweetened vs. sweetened? Has anyone experimented? February 14, 2013 at 5:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Mariam – I would recommend unsweetened, but if you were to use sweetened you could just reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe slightly and likely end with the same result. Hope that helps =). February 14, 2013 at 7:34pm Reply

  • Julia: Cornbread with whipped honey butter, that’s a total weakness of mine! And how great that they’re lightened up. June 21, 2012 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Ally: These look incredible divine… I could easily eat a dozen!!
    xo June 16, 2012 at 11:55am Reply

  • Patricia @ ButterYum: We’re a honey butter loving family. What’s even better is the way you decorated those corn muffins – so cute! Will remember that one. June 15, 2012 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Angie’s Recipes: I hope it doesn’t sound too greedy that I want a couple of those muffins for the breakfast! They look so good! June 13, 2012 at 9:31pm Reply

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