Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Cornbread is so moist and addicting. This sweet cornbread recipe is an easy side dish for chili, pulled pork or a holiday ham dinner! So versatile, it can be served as a side dish to dinner, for breakfast or even dessert!

As delicious as this cornbread is on its own, we love serving it with everything from our Favorite Chili Recipe to our holiday Glazed Ham.

thick slices of cornbread stacked on plate with butter

Why You’ll Love Our Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Not only are we excited to share this Sweet Cornbread recipe with you, we have lots of helpful tips and details to make this recipe look and taste it’s best!

However, if you’re ready to dive right into making this cornbread, just scroll down to the recipe card or click the “jump to recipe” button above the first photo.

  • Easy To Make: All you need is about 10 minutes to get the batter made and get this cornbread recipe into the oven.
  • Customizable: Scroll down a little further in the post for some ideas on what you can add to this cornbread recipe.
  • Versatile: This sweet cornbread recipe can be served as a side dish to dinner, for breakfast or even dessert.

How To Make Sweet Cornbread

Homemade cornbread is very easy to make. Start to finish it should take you less than 10 minutes to get this into the oven, and just another 30 minutes to bake. Make sure to start with plain cornmeal, not a boxed mix or a self rising cornmeal that has baking soda already added to it.

There are also different types of cornmeal to think about. A finely ground cornmeal or a more coarse ground cornmeal. We prefer the finely ground cornmeal, but if you like a little bite and texture in your cornbread then you can opt for coarse ground.

batter in white bowl for cornbread
  • STEP 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 9″ baking pan with butter and set aside. Add the cornmeal, flour, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and whisk together to combine.
  • STEP 2 – To another bowl, add melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar, honey, egg and buttermilk. Whisk together until smooth and then pour over the dry ingredients in the first bowl. Whisk together, making sure all the dry ingredients are combined.
cornbread in a baking dish with a square cute out
  • STEP 3 – Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the center of the cornbread to see if it comes out clean, then remove from the oven.

What Can I Serve Cornbread With?

Like we mentioned before, chili is a favorite dinner recipe to serve with cornbread but there’s so many more options! We’ll list a few here including some everyday dinner options and also holiday meals.

squares of cornbread on a black plate with butter knife

Can You Freeze Cornbread?

Yes, you can freeze cornbread. Cut any leftover cornbread into squares, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze in a container or a plastic freezer bag. Thaw the cornbread at room temperature and eat as is or warm in the oven.

Sometimes we even warm a few pieces up in a skillet with butter to get those crispy, brown edges. This Sweet Cornbread Recipe is also a great gift to give around the holidays. Bake up a few batches, freeze and thaw when needed.

cornbread stacked on black plate with butter on top

Variations

Although this cornbread is pretty perfect on its own, you can add lots of different ingredients to make it your own!

  • Cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • One can of diced green chilis
  • Diced green pepper or jalapeño
  • Cooked, chopped bacon
  • 1 cup canned corn, or defrosted frozen corn

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cornbread stacked on black plate with butter on top

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Sweet Cornbread is so moist and addicting. This sweet cornbread recipe is a perfect side dish for chili, pulled pork or a holiday ham dinner!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 9″ baking pan with butter and set aside.
  2. Add the cornmeal, flour, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and whisk together to combine. To another bowl, add the melted butter, both brown and white sugars, the honey, egg and buttermilk. Whisk together until smooth and then pour over the dry ingredients in the first bowl. Whisk together, making sure all the dry and wet ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the center of the cornbread to see if it comes out clean, then remove from the oven.
  4. Let the cornbread cool and then cut into squares. Top with butter and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use an 8″ x 8″ pan, too. The cooking time might vary a few minutes, just check the center with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

If you find that the top of the cornbread is getting too dark before the center is cooked through, just cover the dish with aluminum foil until the end of the cooking time.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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