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Honey Cornbread (Quick and Easy)

This Quick and Easy Honey Cornbread is homemade from scratch and is the best sweet and moist treat or side dish to add to any spread. It’s made in a cast-iron skillet with buttermilk and drizzled in warm butter.

honey drizzled onto a slice of cornbread

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You can enjoy cornbread in both the sweet and savory forms. A lot of Southerners argue that true Southern cornbread is not sweet. I agree, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dabble in a totally separate recipe! And that’s what I’ve done here.

self rising cornmeal, sweetener, and salt in separate bowls on a flat surface
buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and honey on a flat surface

How to Make Honey Cornbread

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pour half of the melted butter throughout the cast iron skillet pan. Reserve 1/2 of the butter for the cornbread mix.
  3. Add the cornmeal mix, salt, and sweetener to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Next add in the eggs, remaining butter, buttermilk, and honey. Stir to combine.
  5. Be sure not to over mix the batter.
  6. Pour the mixture into the cast iron skillet, reserving about an inch from the top.
  7. Bake.
self rising cornmeal mix in a glass bowl
honey cornbread batter in a glass bowl

When Do You Add the Honey

The honey gets added when all of the wet ingredients are added. So simple!

honey poured into a glass bowl with cornbread batter

Can You Use Jiffy?

Sure, but then it wouldn’t be homemade cornbread. You can follow the instructions on the package and add honey to it.

Can You Make Them into Muffins

Yes, I love to use these silicone muffin liners. Muffins will need to bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown on 400 degrees. 

To air fry muffins, air fryer on 330 degrees for 11-15 minutes

honey butter cornbread batter in a cast iron skillet

What Kind of Cornmeal to Use

Self-rising cornmeal is used in this recipe because it is already mixed with self-rising all-purpose flour (which produces AMAZING cornbread). I recommend you purchase your own, it’s available here on Amazon.

You can make your own by combining 2 cups of cornmeal, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. You can read more about How to Make Self Rising Cornmeal here.

honey cornbread in a cast iron skillet with a slice of cornbread on a plate with butter

Do You Have to Use a Cast Iron Skillet?

It depends on what kind of taste you are going for. If you want cornread with a crispy crust, use a cast iron, especially if you plan to bake it. A cast iron will also cook the cornbread more evenly. But you can still use this recipe without a cast iron. You can use an 8×8 baking dish/cake pan.

You can also bake it in the air fryer. See the recipe card for instructions.

honey cornbread in a cast iron skillet

How to Store It

I store leftover cornbread in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Freezer Tips

To freeze the cornbread, wrap it in foil or in plastic wrap for 2-3 months.

honey drizzled onto a slice of cornbread

What to Pair With it

Keto Low Carb Beef Chili
Instant Pot Collard Greens
Instant Pot Black Beans
Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

More Cornbread and Biscuit Recipes

Homemade Southern Style Cornbread
Air Fryer Cornbread

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Keto Low Carb Cornbread
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Sweet Potato Biscuits

honey drizzled onto a slice of cornbread

More Southern Soul Food Recipes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Southern Soul Food Baked Mac and Cheese
Southern Mustard Greens
Okra and Tomatoes
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Get a full listing of Soul Food Thanksgiving Recipes here.

Quick and Easy Honey Cornbread

This Quick and Easy Honey Cornbread is homemade from scratch and is the best sweet and moist treat or side dish to add to any spread. It's made in a cast-iron skillet with buttermilk and drizzled in warm butter.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword honey butter cornbread, honey cornbread, sweet cornbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
cooling 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 slices
Calories 144kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • You can use a cast iron wedge pan or 10 inch cast iron skillet for this recipe. Pour half of the melted butter throughout the cast iron skillet pan. Reserve 1/2 of the butter for the cornbread mix. If you would like cornbread with a really crispy crust, place the skillet on the stove on medium heat while you mix the batter in the steps below. Adding the batter to a hot skillet will produce really crispy cornbread.
  • Add the cornmeal mix, salt, and sweetener to a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Next add in the eggs, remaining butter, buttermilk, and honey. Stir to combine.
  • Be sure not to over mix the batter. Over-mixing will lead to large cracks in the crust and a lot of crumble. Only mix well enough to combine the ingredients.
  • Pour the mixture into the cast iron skillet, reserving about an inch from the top. There is enough batter to prepare 2 batches using the cast iron wedge pan. Don’t over fill, the cornbread will rise. Reserve leftover batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and return clean.
  • I like to cool the cornbread completely prior to slicing and let it cool for at least 20 minutes.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Follow the instructions above for the batter.
  • Place silicone baking molds in the air fryer. Pour the batter into each of the silicone muffin molds. Fill each mold 3/4ths full. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook in batches.
  • Cook the cornbread muffins for 11-15 minutes on 330 degrees. Mine were ready at 11 minutes. Test if the cornbread has finished by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin and ensure the toothpick returns clean.

Notes

  • You can make your own buttermilk using 1 1/2 cups of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon. Read more about How to Make Buttermilk here. 
  • You can make your own self rising cornmeal by combining 2 cups of cornmeal, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. You can read more about How to Make Self Rising Cornmeal here.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g
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