I can honestly say that this homemade cornbread recipe is one of my all time favorites.  It’s so easy to make and tastes better than any of the pre-made mixes!

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Easy homemade cornbread recipe

You are going to love this easy homemade cornbread recipe. Making cornbread from scratch isn’t as hard as you might think. This cornbread recipe is the perfect side dish to our favorite crock pot meal.

This cornbread recipe is super easy to make. We think it tastes much better than store bought cornbread and it will save you money.

I remember the first time I made this recipe.  I was surprised by how easy it was to prepare.  Trust me, you can definitely make this and your entire family will be impressed with the results!

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The best easy cornbread recipe!

We do call this the best corn bread recipe. We love the way it fills out kitchen with the aroma of fresh cornbread. With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can make this easy cornbread recipe that your entire family will love.

This cornbread recipe is slightly sweet but also buttery cornbread recipe that I know your family will love. Your family will be asking for seconds!

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Easy Cornbread from scratch:

Have you ever made cornbread from scratch? Once I started making this recipe I never made the box stuff again. I usually always have the ingredients on hand which makes it easy to serve this with our favorite soups and stews.

One the best money saving tip that I use for my family is I make homemade cornbread mixes. This makes it so much easier to have the dry ingredients already mixed together. On the day I decide to make cornbread, all I have to do is add the rest of the ingredients. It really makes my life a little easier in the kitchen.

They are easy to assemble and you get the taste of this easy homemade cornbread recipe without all the extra work.

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Let’s make some cornbread!

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Cornbread Ingredients:

The ingredients for this recipe are not complicated.  If you already love to bake, I bet you already have most of these items in your pantry!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
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Cornbread Variations:

What is great with this recipe is you can change it based on your diet or what you have on hand. Here are some variations:

  • If you are all out of milk, you can definitely use water. Just add about 1 ½ teaspoon of butter to ensure you still have soft and moist cornbread.
  • You can use melted butter instead of oil
  • You can use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour
  • Reduce the sugar if you don’t want it as sweet

Since you are making this from scratch, you adjust the ingredients as your prefer and what you have. That is why I love this easy recipe.

Favorite Toppings:

What do you top your cornbread with? You can fun toppings that make this easy cornbread recipe even more amazing. Try these toppings the next time you make cornbread:

  • A little bit of honey
  • Butter
  • Honey Butter
  • Syrup
  • Jelly

Even if you like your cornbread fresh out of the oven, you will not be disappointed.

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How to make Homemade Cornbread:

First preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Then spray a 9X9 baking pan (I love these on sale) with the non-stick spray of your choice. You can also lightly grease the pan with butter or shortening.

Simply combine the dry ingredients together then add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.  I usually use a hand mixer but you can stir it by hand as well.

Then pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until the cornbread is golden brown.  A toothpick inserted into the cornbread will be clean when removed when it’s done!

Allow to get to room temperature and then cut.

Serve this cornbread topped with a little bit of melted butter.  I also love making my own Homemade butter to serve with this delicious corn bread.

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The best baking dishes to use:

There are 3 different types of pans that can be used for this recipe.  I usually use a metal or glass 9X9 baking dish.

However, you can also use a cast iron skillet for this recipe.

When using a cast iron skillet, warm up the skillet by putting it into the oven while it is preheating.  Then follow the rest of the original recipe and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes until cutting this cornbread recipe.

Serving Ideas:

We love serving our cornbread with soups or our favorite chili recipe. I like eating it on the side of my chili with some melted butter on top.

But my husband crumbles it up puts it in his bowl of chili. How do you eat yours?

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Try making cornbread muffins:

This recipe can also be made in muffin tins to make cornbread muffins.  If making muffins, you’ll need to reduce the cooking time to 12-14 minutes.

If I am making cornbread for a party or a family get-together, I really like making cornbread muffins. It makes it so much easy to serve them. My kids prefer the muffins over the regular cornbread.

This Buttery Cornbread recipe tastes great.

I’m telling you – try making cornbread from scratch. I think you are going to love it. This slightly sweet and oh so buttery cornbread recipe is exactly what you need at your next dinner.

If you are surprised by how easy this recipe is, I hope you try some of these other great bread recipes.

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Easy Tips:

I love that this recipe is so versatile.  This easy recipe is a base cornbread recipe. It is so simple to add in your favorite ingredients to make this recipe your own!

Honey is a great addition to this recipe, if you like sweet cornbread.  All you have to do is add ¼ cup of honey to the ingredients and mix it in before baking. 

If you prefer spicy foods, I recommend that you add chopped jalapeños prior to baking.  You can easily remove as much seeds to give this homemade corn bread recipe the prefect amount of spice.

Cheese is also a great add in for this recipe.  I love making cheddar cornbread.  Mix in approximately ½ cup of your favorite cheese to all the other ingredients.

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Homemade Cornbread Recipe

4.7 from 36 votes
Looking for an easy homemade cornbread recipe? This is the best corn bread recipe where you can make cornbread from scratch easily.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 255
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray 9×9 pan (I love these on sale) with non stick spray.
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Stir well.
  • Pour into your prepared pan and baked for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, and then cut. Serve with our Homemade butter recipe.

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Recipe Notes

This is also amazing in a cast iron. Heat up the cast iron skillet in the oven. Then pour in the batter and bake according to the directions. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 255kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 4g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 279mg, Potassium 248mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 70IU, Calcium 93mg, Iron 1.4mg

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I tried it just now and my kids and hubby loved it. It tastes good, just the right amount of sweetness amd it was nice and soft.

  2. 5 stars
    I LOVE LOVE this recipe! Every time I think I’ve found the perfect cornbread recipe, I find a new one that’s even better. Your recipe is by far THE BEST Cornbread Recipe I have run across. I’ve printed it to put in my cookbook with my other treasures and have officially stopped looking for a better cornbread recipe. I always thought buttermilk was the key, but no more. Thank you Thank you!

  3. For a nice breakfast muffin, add a small can of crushed pineapple. Slightly reduce amount of liquid.

  4. I doubled the recipe and added two cups coconut grated; it is delicious and the baking time was the same. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

  5. Virginia – I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t tried coconut before but that sounds delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    It was easy and good would not change a thing made in the cast iron skillet wanted to post a picture but don’t know how

  7. 5 stars
    I made your recipe and enjoyed! The only change I made was to bake them on a cookie sheet as mini corn cakes as I love crispy edges, they came out great!!

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