Golden Sweet Cornbread


Cornbread is a real treat with chili, ribs, or barbecued chicken. You could even use this sweet, homemade cornbread to make stuffing for your Thanksgiving feast! This easy recipe is made from scratch with no mix. My mom made this for me as a child, and now it's my family's favorite. Serve with butter, jam, honey, or your favorite spread.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 9-inch round cornbread

Skip the store-bought mix and make cornbread from scratch. This homemade cornbread recipe is perfectly moist, subtly sweet, and pairs perfectly with so many of your favorite comfort foods.

a thick square of cornbread with honey dripping down its sides on a green plate

Cornbread Ingredients

It's easy to make this cornbread recipe with basic, budget-friendly ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

· Flour: This sweet cornbread recipe starts with a cup of all-purpose flour.
· Cornmeal: Opt for yellow cornmeal for this recipe, as it's sweeter than its white counterpart.
· Sugar: Use ⅔ cup white sugar for the perfect amount of sweetness.
· Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a leavener, which means it helps the cornbread rise.
· Salt: A teaspoon of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
· Milk: Use whole milk, 2% milk, or your favorite alternative milk to add moisture and help create the perfect batter consistency.
· Oil: A neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, keeps the cornbread nice and moist.
· Egg: One egg lends moisture and acts as a binding agent.

looking into a stack of sliced golden sweet cornbread

How to Make Cornbread

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this homemade cornbread:

Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add the wet ingredients and whisk until well-combined. Pour in a prepared cake pan and bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean.

What Goes With Cornbread?

Cornbread is great with just about anything, but it pairs especially well with hearty soups, stews, and chilis. Explore these mouthwatering collections for delicious serving inspiration:

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How to Store Cornbread

Wrap the cooled cornbread in storage wrap or place it in a shallow, airtight container. Store it at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Can You Freeze Cornbread?

Yes! You can freeze cornbread for up to three months. Allow it to cool, then transfer it to a zip-top freezer bag (make sure to squeeze out the excess air) or freezer-safe container. Wrap in a layer of foil for extra protection. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

two slices of golden sweet cornbread stacked on top of each other
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How to Reheat Cornbread

The best way to reheat cornbread is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the cornbread pieces on a baking sheet. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 10 minutes. If the leftover cornbread seems dry, top it with butter to restore the moisture.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"My family loved, loved, loved this," raves Jo Ann Gantner. "This will be the only cornbread I make any more. The kids like me to make muffins and keep them on the counter in an airtight container for snacking instead of brownies or cookies. They stay 'fresh' for several days."

"I make this often," says one Allrecipes community member. "Everyone loves it. I have added jarred jalapeños for a spicy kick. It's a great recipe if you like sweet cornbread."

"This was fantastic," according to cowgirll. "Came together in a snap and was the highlight of the meal. I think I've found my favorite cornbread recipe."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • cup white sugar

  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add milk, vegetable oil, and egg; whisk until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

    a thick square of cornbread with honey dripping down its sides on a green plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
7g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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