Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

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Here’s a fun twist on traditional cornbread: sweet and spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread! The combination of cheddar and jalapeños adds a burst of flavor that’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or alongside a warm bowl of chili. Get ready for the softest, moistest cornbread you’ve ever tasted!

Jalapeño Cheddar 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 teaspoons 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 melted and browned
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 jalapeños diced and seeds removed

**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 smooth.
  • Fold in the cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños using a rubber spatula.
  • 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!


  • If using a skillet, preheat it in the oven, add butter, then pour in the batter and bake.
  • Adjust jalapeño seeds for desired spice level.
  • For extra kick, try using hot honey in the honey butter—it’s delicious!

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