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The Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe

The Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe! Taste just like homemade cornbread with a boxed mix and a few hacks! Pairs perfectly with a big pot of beans or chili!

The Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe

I grew up on Jiffy cornbread. The only time I would have from-scratch-homemade cornbread was when we went up the mountain to my grandmother’s house. And, y’all… It wasn’t the same!

Sweeter cornbread is what I prefer, and a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix gives the best results.

I’ve got a few extra ingredients and hacks to make it a great side dish any sweet cornbread lover will enjoy!

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How to Make the Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe

First, you’ll want to pick up two jiffy mix boxes when you’re at the store. You’ll make this in a cast iron skillet, and in order to fill the pan, you need two boxes.

Hack #1: Double the eggs. The box instructions call for 1 egg but add one more for every box you’re using. This is the key ingredient! It takes the basic recipe and makes the original recipe so much better!

This is a quick bread, so no need to bring ingredients to room temperature!

Hack #2: use buttermilk instead of milk. This helps create a moist cornbread with a tender crumb.

Most southern cornbread uses buttermilk! Buttermilk creates a tender texture and also helps make more fluffy cornbread.

If you don’t have buttermilk, just add a teaspoon or two of white vinegar to your milk and let it sit for 5 minutes. (Maybe that’s Hack #3??)

Now, when you go to mix this together, it’s okay to have lumps. Of course, it’s nice if there aren’t huge clumps of dry cornbread with the mix, don’t over-mix it either.

Hack #3/4: Let the batter sit while your oven preheats. This allows the corn meal to expand with the moisture you’ve added.

You can use any baking dish you like, but I prefer a cast iron skillet that is preheated in the oven, along with either half a stick of butter or vegetable oil.

Jiffy Cornbread Mix hacks

Baking Delicious Cornbread

Add half a stick of salted butter to a cast iron skillet.

Put in a COLD oven, and preheat the oven to 400˚. Allow the butter to melt and get screaming hot with the pan.

Give the batter a good “lift and fold” to make sure it’s all evenly mixed. But, you won’t want to deflate any of the air.

When the oven is preheated, carefully remove your preheated cast iron skillet, and pour your cornbread batter into the skillet.

Bake at 400˚ for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

Fun Tip: You can use this recipe in muffin tins and create corn muffins if you’re serving a crowd! Follow the same recipe, and replace the cast iron skillet with a muffin tin.

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Serving Corn Bread

Slice it up, and serve alongside a big pot of Pinto Beans and Ham or a slow cooker filled with Chili!

This easy jiffy cornbread recipe is perfect for a holiday meal, served alongside fired chicken, thanksgiving dinner, or used as the perfect side dish.

You can whip up some honey butter to serve alongside, by mixing one stick of butter with half a cup of honey.

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Leftover Cornbread Ideas:

Use leftover cornbread in true southerner fashion with a Cornbread Salad!

Or, make this easy recipe ahead of time and use it for cornbread and sausage dressing.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days, but I bet it won’t last that long! In our house, we just cover with aluminum foil and leave a knife in the pan to slice off a piece as you walk by!

Jiffy Cornbread Hacks

Use any of these additions to a box of jiffy cornbread mix for an easy way to take ordinary cornbread to a decadent cornbread recipe!

  1. Double the eggs. And use large eggs!
  2. Use buttermilk instead of regular milk.
  3. Add in vegetable oil or melted butter, for a very moist cornbread.
  4. Use a cup of sour cream or greek yogurt instead of milk. This helps create an amazing moist texture.
  5. Add in a can of cream-style corn or creamed corn.
  6. Zhuzh up the flavor with a can of green chiles or cheddar cheese.
  7. Add in a teaspoon of baking soda to help the boxed cornbread mix rise.

No need to copy and paste this list, it’s all in the recipe card below, ready to print out!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between Jiffy cornbread mix and Jiffy corn muffin mix?

The recipe changed! The new version uses vegetarian shortening, unlike the original 1950 recipe.

How do you keep Jiffy Corn Mix from crumbling?

Use some sour cream or oil/butter to ensure you have a moist cornbread.

What is the difference between Northern and Southern cornbread?

Northern cornbread is savory, without sugar. Southern cornbread is on the sweet or really sweet side!

Other Recipe Ideas:

Jiffy Corn Casserole – this is SO yummy! If you’re a fan of cornbread and corn pudding, this recipe is for you!

White Bean Chicken Chili with Cornbread Waffles – use this same cornbread recipe, but bake in a waffle iron!

In conclusion, home cooks can make the best cornbread recipe with boxes of jiffy corn muffin mix and a little bit of extra-ness along the way! It’s a great way to zhuzh up a simple recipe, creating the best side dish recipe for any night of the week!

Save this recipe to your favorite baked goods board on Pinterest!

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The Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: southern

Description

The Best Jiffy Cornbread Recipe! Taste just like homemade cornbread with a boxed mix and a few hacks! Pairs perfectly with a big pot of beans or chili!


Ingredients

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  • 2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick Salted Butter

Instructions

  1. Mix your cornbread mix with 4 large eggs and 2/3 cup buttermilk. Stir to combine, but not overmix. Set aside while you preheat your oven and skillet.
  2. To a cast-iron skillet, add half a stick of salted butter. Place in a cold oven, and preheat the oven and skillet to 400˚.
  3. When the oven dings letting you know it’s preheated, give your cornbread batter a gentle stir.
  4. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, and pour batter over the hot melted butter.
  5. Bake at 400˚ for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, the sides are pulling away from the skilet, and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

Notes

Jiffy Cornbread Hacks:

  1. Double the eggs. And use large eggs!
  2. Use buttermilk instead of regular milk.
  3. Add in vegetable oil or melted butter, for a very moist cornbread.
  4. Use a cup of sour cream or greek yogurt instead of milk. This helps create an amazing moist texture.
  5. Add in a can of cream-style corn or creamed corn.
  6. Zhuzh up the flavor with a can of green chiles or cheddar cheese.
  7. Add in a teaspoon of baking soda to help the boxed cornbread mix rise.

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