Honey Butter Cornbread

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Here’s how to make the perfect cornbread with my little secret: browning the butter. It makes the cornbread taste 10 times better, turning out moist with just the right balance of sweet and salty flavors!

This buttery, sweet, and salty cornbread is perfect as a side on your dinner table! It pairs amazingly with a Thanksgiving feast or a bowl of chili. The secret to its incredible flavor lies in browning the butter—it takes this cornbread to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Honey Butter Cornbread

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Servings 12


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter browned
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

**Honey Butter:**

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Optional: flaky sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Line an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper or grease it to prevent sticking.
  • Begin by browning the butter. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until it browns. Be careful not to burn it. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Add the eggs, buttermilk, heavy cream, and browned butter to the bowl. Whisk until you have a very smooth batter consistency.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cornbread bakes, make the honey butter by mixing melted butter and honey in a small bowl.
  • Once the cornbread is done, let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then slice and brush the top with honey butter. Optionally, sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  • Enjoy warm!

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