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Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Muffins


These muffins are laced deliciously with shredded sharp cheddar and slivered jalapeños. The flavor combination is a perfect match.

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  • 1 large jalapeño
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated


Servings 12
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 35mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin tin — but 9 cups for large muffins or all the cups for smaller muffins.

Cut jalapeño in half and scrape out seeds. Then thinly slice the pepper into half-round slivers.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Fold in cheese and the jalapeño, reserving a few slivers of pepper to garnish the tops.

Divide batter between 9 or 12 muffin tins. Fill any empty muffin tins half-full with water for even baking. Top the muffins with a sliver or two of jalapeño.

Bake the muffins until golden brown, 20 to 24 minutes. A tester should come out clean from one of the center muffins.

Let the muffins cool briefly before removing from the tin and serving.

Recipe Notes:
For high altitude, reduce baking powder by 1/4 teaspoon.
To reheat leftover muffins, microwave for 20 seconds on high.

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