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Best Moist Honey Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe

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Honey Jalapeno Cornbread – moist golden cornbread with smooth honey sweetness blended with the piquant warmth of lively jalapenos.

honey jalapeno cornbread stacked with honey drizzled

How often have you had cornbread for a meal and had your significant other, or even yourself, ask why you don’t have it more often?

Cornbread, especially jalapeno and honey cornbread, isn’t just thought of as a Southern staple anymore. So easy to make, and this honey cornbread recipe is such a nice change from the run-of-the-mill bread.

This moist jalapeno cornbread is so flavorful and yummy, it will easily become a family favorite! Check out the section below for several delicious and creative variations.

Why You’ll Love This Honey Cornbread Recipe

  • Easy to make, moist, tasty, and incredibly versatile
  • Excellent addition to many meals and a welcome change from bread
  • Easy to find ingredients and will work with white or yellow cornmeal.
  • Pepper heat is adjustable to your family’s tastes.
  • Easily portable to take along to picnics and covered dish dinners

 Equipment Needed To Make The Best Honey Cornbread

Ingredients For Your Moist Jalapeno Cornbread

Butter (unsalted, softened)

Granulated Sugar

Cornmeal (can use yellow or white)

All-purpose flour

Baking powder



Eggs (bring to room temperature before adding)

Buttermilk (remove from the fridge a short time before baking to warm a bit)

Jalapenos (chopped, add to taste)

See exact measurements in recipe card below.

ingredients for sweet jalapeno cornbread

How To Make A Honey Jalapeno Cornbread

  • Beat butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a third bowl stir together buttermilk, honey, and eggs.
  • Add 1/2 of the milk mixture, then half of the dry mixture into the sugar/butter mixture, whisking after each addition. Repeat with the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Add in jalapenos.
  • Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake on the center rack of a preheated 400-degree oven for approximately 20-minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Remove to a cooling rack for 20-minutes before serving.

See complete instructions in recipe card below.

Variations and Additions:

  • Cheeses, especially sharp or smokey
  • Corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
    • Thawed and well-drained
  • Diced ham, green peppers, and onions
  • Green chiles, diced tomatoes, and cheddar cheese
  • Crumbled sausage or Bacon

Substitutions for Jalapeno Peppers:

  • Banana pepper rings
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Anaheim peppers
  • Green peppers

If you choose a pickled pepper instead of fresh peppers for honey jalapeno cornbread, drain, and place on a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

Substitutions for Honey:

  • Corn syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Brown Sugar

If you find you don’t have any honey on hand (you know, someone put the empty honey bear back in the cupboard and didn’t say anything). And your heart and menu are set on a honey cornbread recipe; well, there are a few substitutions that can work.  

Keep in mind, since the key ingredient is honey (so says the recipe name), the flavor will be decidedly affected; however, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Maple glazed jalapeno is sounding kind of yummy right now… 

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Honey Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe FAQs

Do I use white or yellow cornmeal for jalapeno cornbread?

You can use either white or yellow cornmeal in cornbread. It comes down to your preference and what flavor profile you prefer. In this honey jalapeno cornbread recipe, you will enhance the sweetness by choosing yellow cornmeal, as it is typically sweeter than the white variety of cornmeal.

What is the difference between white and yellow cornmeal?

One is made from a white corn kernel, and the other is from yellow corn kernels. Yellow corn is naturally sweeter and provides a sweeter meal and a fuller corn taste to recipes.

You can find both color corn meals in varying grinds: fine, medium, and coarse. Stone grind is preferred if you are looking to retain some of the natural hull and germ, which also increases the nutrient content of the meal.

Can you use pickled jalapenos instead of fresh in jalapeno cornbread?

Yes, the acidity of the pickled jalapenos brightens the cornbread and complements the sweetness of the honey. Make sure they are well-drained, and you can also place a few drained jalapeno wheels on the top of the batter for a pretty pattern.

What Dishes Should I Serve With This Sweet/Hot Cornbread Recipe

sliced jalapeno cornbread on serving board

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