Jalapeno Sweet Corn Muffins*

These days it’s all the rage to “Cook like your grandmother”. Meaning, cook everything you eat from scratch…without any preservatives, boxed goods or canned crap. The thought behind it is, we will all live a much longer life. I have no idea if this is true — and I am not sure I can give up Oreos and Cap’n Crunch — but if it is, I sure want to be like my grandparents when I hopefully get to be their age!

My Papa is 84 this year and my Granny is in her 70’s –a lady never tells another ladies age– and they are both still full of life. My Granny still grows a beautiful garden each year and she recently got an iPad. She is getting really good at using it and she now actively reads my blog (Hi, Granny!). My Papa continues to be one of the most quick witted people I have ever known. Earlier this year he had a health scare and was in the hospital for a little over a week. In spite of the dreary hospital and long days, he kept the jokes coming and had all the nurses laughing.

The cast iron muffin tin holding these darling Jalapeno Sweet Corn Muffins was my grandmothers. Last time I was visiting, she asked if I wanted it. Of course, I take anything she sends my way…I love having things that have a story behind them. I love the reminder of her when I am cooking dinner…plus I am pretty sure the muffins just taste better when they are baked in her muffin tin. :)


Check out my Cilantro Corn Confetti for more fun ways to use up some of that fresh summer corn and to learn more about Duda Farm Fresh Foods!


Jalapeno Sweet Corn Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins


1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup fine ground cornmeal
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk (or buttermilk)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup Duda Farm Fresh Foods fresh corn kernels
2 green onions, chopped
2 jalapenos, 1 chopped and 1 sliced


Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a cast iron muffin tin or cast iron cornbread pan with butter. (You may also use a regular muffin tin with cupcake liners.) Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butter, egg and milk. Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture, scrapping down to the bottom as needed. Do not over mix.

Gently stir in shredded cheese, corn, green onions and the chopped jalapeno. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and top each muffin with a jalapeno slice.

Bake for 18-20 minutes if using cast iron, or 14-16 minutes if using a regular muffin tin. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes back clean.

Serve warm with a slab of butter, or store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Duda Farm Fresh Foods supplied the gorgeous corn for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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48 Responses to “Jalapeno Sweet Corn Muffins”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 3, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    A cast iron muffin tin? Now THAT is worth it’s weight in gold! Love the pic of you and your super young looking grandma!

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    Kathryn — July 3, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    I love that tin, what a great family heirloom!

  3. 3

    Katrina — July 3, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    So cute! And tasty looking too – love it!!

  4. 4

    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 3, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Love, love, love the sweet pics of you all together! And these look absolutely delicious. Love recipes (and muffin tins) with family stories! :)

  5. 5

    Katie from Katie's Cucina — July 3, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Love the cast iron muffin tin. Never thought to put fresh corn in cornbread! Love the idea!

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    Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey — July 3, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Your grandparents look so sweet :) I am totally jealous of your cast iron muffin tin.

  7. 7

    Eva @ Eva Bakes — July 3, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Love the pics of you with your grandparents. That cast iron muffin pan looks awesome – I want one too!

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — July 3, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Your grandparents are adorable! I love my grandparents and miss them a lot – they live across the country. Cornbread is a classic favorite, usually paired with chili in my house. love the jalapeno twist!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 3, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I am a jalapeno FIEND! These look SO GOOD!

  10. 10

    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 3, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Oh dear God. You know how I like my head to rain. ALL-OVER-THIS.

  11. 11

    Lauren — July 3, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    That first photo is so awesome!!

  12. 12

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 3, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    These are beautiful and sound amazing!

  13. 13

    Veronica — July 3, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Awww, so sweet! They are lovely. Your post left me in tears. I was so close to my grandparents, but, sadly, my grandad passed away last year and I live 1500miles away of my grandma…missed them so much!!!
    PS: I’m loving your recipe, I will definitely give it a try!

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — July 3, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I’m always trying to make as much from scratch like my nana did. However, I’m with you, certain things (in moderation) I just can’t give up. And that’s A-OK… I’m sure our grandparents took a few shortcuts/liberties as well! :-)

  15. 15

    Cassie — July 3, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    What a sweet family, so nice to spend time with those that we love, and to cook like them too. These muffins look and sound amazing!

  16. 16

    Lindsay {life and kitchen} — July 3, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I love how active your grandparents are! Mine have iPads too, which officially makes them cooler than me. These muffins look great :)

  17. 17

    Juan (Grocerize) — July 3, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    These muffins look great – didn’t expect the jalapenos! Thanks for sharing, Jessica.

  18. 18

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 3, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    So much love in this post and dish!

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    Construction Supplies San Diego — July 3, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    these muffins look great… I love the spiciness of the jalapeño and the savory of the cheese and the sweetness of the corn… I am saving this one for chili season :)

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    Chelsea — July 3, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

  21. 21

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 3, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Awww cute pictures! And man, I need to get my hands on a cast iron muffin tin too!

  22. 22

    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 3, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    Yummy! Love the jalapenos on top :) I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cast iron muffin tin before but that is awesome!

  23. 23

    Joanne — July 3, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Your grandparents are SO adorable! I want to eat whatever they ate for the past 70+ years of their lives! It obviously did them good.

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    Loulou — July 4, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    These look delicious and I’ll be trying them for sure! How lucky to have been handed down a treasure like that cast iron muffin pan from your grandmother. There is nothing like well seasoned cast iron and there are no shortcuts to getting it … Only usage and time will work!


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    Katie — July 4, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I love jalapeno cornbread!

  26. 26

    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — July 4, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Oooh, love these! Remind me of a favorite jalapeno cheddar cornbread recipe I make. Can’t wait to give these a try. Also very jealous of your cast iron muffin pan! Getting kitchen goodies from grandma is the best!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 4, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    I love cast iron. My skillet came from my great-grandma! That stuff is everlasting! Great job on the muffins too. They sound amazing!

  28. 28

    Jessica — July 4, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Your grandpa is adorable! And your grams sounds amazing!

  29. 29

    ErinsFoodFiles — July 5, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Your grandparents are incredibly adorable.

  30. 30

    Jessica M. — July 5, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi! I love your blog! I made these muffins yesterday for 4th of July…they were AMAZING. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is now my go-to cornbread recipe.

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 6, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    I love seeing those big jalapenos on top, so many times I’m left looking for the jalapenos, I like it spicy. I would crumble these up on top of my chilli…

  32. 32

    Joy — July 6, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I love love corn muffings. The jalapeno is a great add.

  33. 33

    Christina @ Oven Adventures — July 7, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    Beautiful family! And those are some great lookin’ muffins

  34. 34

    marla — July 7, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    You are darling as are your grandparents!! These muffins sound splendid ~ with that little pop of heat :)

  35. 35

    Stephanie — July 7, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Your grandparents are adorable! And these muffins look so fantastic!

  36. 36

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — July 8, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    What great muffins! Your grandparents are too cute!

  37. 37

    Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep — July 9, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I love this post. I talk about my grandma a lot on my blog because she has a lot to do with my passion for being in the kitchen. She will be celebrating her 89th birthday in 2 weeks! It really is true that things taste better when they have a little bit of grandma’s touch to them. :)

  38. 38

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    Shauna E! — July 19, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    These are in my oven right now! Can’t wait to taste them :)

    • Jessica replied: — July 19th, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

      You have to come back and let me know what you thought! ;-)

  40. 40

    Shauna E! — July 20, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    The corn muffins turned out FANTASTIC! I seriously could have eaten the whole pan before my husband came home! Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  41. 41

    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 21, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Aww! Your grandparents are so cute! Glad to hear that they are doing well.

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    Tara Noland — August 23, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    These look fantastic. I am going to add them to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Come on over to see them at http://www.noshingwiththenolands.com Cheers, Tara

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