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How to Make Boxed Cornbread Mix Better!

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How to make Jiffy cornbread better!

Take your ordinary boxed cornbread mix and make the best moist and honey sweet cornbread ever with this simple recipe hack!A tray of baked corn muffins next to a stick of butter.

If you don’t love cornbread, don’t read this post. Because I freaking love it. I love it. I love it. I could eat it with every meal and for breakfast. (I’ve totally eaten it for breakfast and no that’s not weird, it’s totally a thing. At least I think it is. )A cornbread muffin sliced with melted butter in the center.

And I really think that this recipe for how to make the best boxed mix cornbread ever is kind of magical.

Why? Because all you do is add 2 little extra ingredients to the usual stuff you put in Jiffy cornbread mix and it turns out amazing.

So moist and honey sweet, with nary a dry crumbly bite in site. Technically, I’d consider this to be more of a baking hack then a recipe. More of a secret tip.The Best Cornbread

So now I know that you’re all antsy and want to know what secret ingredients could make me so excited about cornbread, right? Sour cream and honey. Makes a lot of sense when you think about it, doesn’t it?

The sour cream works to make the cornbread moist and gives it a little bit of a tang while the honey helps the cornbread to get a nice golden crispy edge while sweetening it up a little.A muffin tin filled with cornbread batter, ready to pop into the oven.

If you’re a cornbread lover, you have to try this tip for making boxed cornbread mix better and tell me what you think. And then you can make my layered cornbread salad with your cornbread. Or try another cornbread mix recipe like my crockpot corn casserole

Layered Cornbread Salad

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The Best Boxed Mix Cornbread

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Take your ordinary boxed cornbread mix and make the best moist and honey sweet cornbread ever with this simple recipe hack! 


  • 2  (8.5 ounce) boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9 x13 pan or a muffin tin with nonstick baking spray. 
  2. Mix together the cornbread mix, milk, sour cream, honey and eggs. Pour into your prepared pan. Bake for 18- 20 minutes for corn muffins or 25-27 minutes for 9x13 pan. 

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Sunday 30th of July 2023

First, thanks for the easy recipe and all the comments. Amy you are so sweet to respond and help all us out as we try your wonderful recipe. Peeps thanks for all the tips on add-ins too. My hubby bought Dolly Parton Sweet cornbread today so that is what I used… adding 1 can creamed corn, jalapeños & 1.5 cups shredded Queso cheese to batter. It is in the oven now! Because it said it was already sweet cornbread I only used 1TBL honey.

Amy D

Monday 31st of July 2023

Hope it's wonderful Marsha! Sounds like it will be!


Sunday 8th of January 2023

I loved this recipe. Made some tweaks. A little less honey but a little more sour cream. Added some canned corn. And baked in a cast iron skillet. Delish. Loved the crusty exterior and soft interior. Mmm. Will make again. Thank you.


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

I for one like your suggestions and will give it a try next time I make cornbread. May I make a suggestion as well? My twin daughters must have mild cheddar cheese mixed into their cornbread. They will add 1 cup of finely diced mild cheddar cheese to the mix and it comes out quite good. Thanks again for the ideas!


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

I have never had good luck using boxed cornbread mixes. They are always too dry. I decided to try the internet, but most suggested adding lots of butter to the mix. I’m so glad I found your recipe. I made muffins and they came out great. They also reheated well.


Friday 14th of October 2022

I have always had problems with dry cornbread. So I started looking around on the internet for ways to improve on a mix. Most suggested adding lots of butter. I’m so glad I found your recipe. For a change, I made muffins. These were so easy to make and delicious. They also reheated well. Thanks for posting.

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