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How to Hack a 59-Cent Mix to Make the Best Homemade Cornbread Ever

As a Northerner born and bred in the Pacific Northwest, it wasn’t until I was well into my adult years that I learned that cornbread has two very opinionated camps. Those who put sugar in their recipe and those who do not.

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Unashamedly, I belong to the former, with apologies to my Southerner readers who believe that sugar has no place in cornbread and that adding it is sacrilege!

This is my idea of to-die-for cornbread. Crispy, golden edges, soft not dry inside, slightly sweet and so moist it doesn’t even need butter (although who would skip the butter?). And possibly even more important, must be super easy to make and ready to eat start-to-delicious-finish in 30 minutes. Are you with me?

Not exactly a recipe, this is more of a cornbread hack—a brilliant way to take two $.59 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix* and then perform a little magic!

Cornbread and Cake

No matter where you line up in the cornbread controversy, I’m almost certain you will agree with me that this is the only way you’ll ever make cornbread again. It’s not dry and crumbly but not sweet like cake, either. In a word? Perfect!

Oh, and that cute honey dispenser? I got it online. So fun to use.


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The Best Cornbread Ever—Quick and Easy!

Take ordinary boxed corn muffin mix and make the best moist cornbread ever with this simple recipe hack. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time19 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 156kcal


  • 2 8.5 oz boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk whole, 2% , skim , or evaporated (see NOTES)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Prepare cast iron skillet (or 9 x 13-inch baking pan) with your favorite grease or non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Don't overmix.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan or cast iron skillet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until slightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean. Do not overbake!


If opting for evaporated milk in this hack, dilute 50:50 with water—1/4 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup water to make 1/2 cup milk.  


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Karen Mills Martin says:

    Sometimes I add grated cheddar cheese and/or minced, pickled jalapeno peppers to my slightly sweetened cornbread batter. Almost never use a mix, though, unless I’m just cooking for myself.

  2. Sharon Helsel says:

    I hope you have “extended “ suggestions for recipes-my favorite one is deli cranberry relish that’s a bit pricey but can be extended with canned whole cranberries, added nuts and orange slices which increases the servings three times. Being thrifty shouldn’t mean giving up treats.

  3. Maggie Kelley says:

    Jiffy makes two Cornbreads, one has the lard and there is a vegetarian version without the lard. Like you said it’s a tiny amount of lard in the regular box. Both are good. I will use your additions. Sounds good!

  4. Karin says:

    4 stars
    I like to add in some frozen corn if I’m going to serve it with BBQ, fried chicken or soups.
    Brings out the corn flavor.

  5. Vivian says:

    As a southern woman who has eaten and made cornbread all of my life, be sure to warm your greased cast iron skillet before putting your cornbread in or it will stick. Love the recipe, love your postings. Blessings to all

  6. Sheri B. says:

    4 stars
    My father was born and raised in Georgia and we ate backed handmade unsweetened cornbread for years. As for me, Born and raise in Southern California. I still like making it from scratch but I ad a little bit of sugar in it. I like it slightly sweetened,.
    Plus I used to use Jiffy mix until I read that they put lard in it. then I stopped. I don’t want to have a heart attach.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Reading the label, 1g animal lard; 5 servings per container. So that translates to .007 oz per serving. I’m no doctor but that sounds to me like less animal fat than in a hot dog or hamburger!

    • crabbyoldlady says:

      I just saw that yesterday when I was shopping for a cornbread mix. I ended up with Betty Crocker, always dependable.

    • crabbyoldlady says:

      Exactly what I was going to mention! I love the brand Krusteaz. It tastes great and no lard! Adding the sour cream is a great idea though.

      • Jo! says:

        I love Krusteaz. I eat gluten free and they have a cornbread option with honey. What a blessing!

  7. Kay Seiler says:

    4 stars
    I was born in WV, and my grandmother made the best cornbread ever. Still, I honestly like both regular and sweet cornbread. It’s like two different breads to me, and I like both with different foods.

    The one sacrilege in the recipe and photo is the pan used! Whether regular or sweet, it MUST be baked in a cast iron skillet to be “real” cornbread. LOL! That’s one of my three rules, the other two being made with buttermilk (which also makes it moister) and using Martha White cornmeal (when baked from scratch).

    • LINDA PRIES says:

      I love your comment but must disagree with the cast iron mandate. I love cast iron but my torn rotator cuffs (both shoulders) limit my use of cast iron. I would hate to think that my cornbread isn’t authentic because the pan is too heavy.

  8. Cally Ross says:

    We’ve been a Jiffy cornbread family for my entire 60 years, and my mom and grandma before me. this recipe looks like a delicious way to take-it-up-a-notch. Thank you; can’t wait to cook some ham and beans, and make cornbread!

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