Brown Butter Honey Child Cornbread

Brown Butter Honey Cornbread is here Honey Child! Cornbread has been a staple in my household for as long as I can remember.  With a corporate working mom, I grew up on Jiffy being the quick bread of choice for weeknight dinners.  I would enjoy a homemade batch whenever we visited my big mama in Mississippi or whenever my auntie was making cornbread dressing.  Whether your preference is Southern style cornbread (savory with no sugar added, thank you very much) or Northern style (a nice sweet cake like kick is mighty fine indeed), there is no denying that cornbread is quite the comfort food.
brown butter cornbread
I set out to create a brown butter honey recipe that would kick the traditional kind up a notch.  I started with adding brown butter to the mix, which is a big fixation for me nowadays if you haven’t quite noticed yet.  It just adds so much depth of flavor!  Then I threw in some honey to sweeten the deal.  By creating a more cake-like texture with the addition of flour, this brown butter cornbread with honey had me singing with delight after adding a pat of butter.  I loved how it melted down the sides as I took a nice warm slice from my cast iron skillet to partake in.  
This winter, try making a skillet of this to pair with your chili or crockpot stew.  I hope to serve it to my big mama and do her proud.
brown butter cornbread

Brown Butter Honey Child Cornbread

Brown Butter Honey Child Cornbread


  • Brown Butter Honey Child Cornbread
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used coconut milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice to sour it)
  • 1/2-1/3 cup honey (This comes down to preference- add less or more depending on how sweet you like your cornbread!)
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • Shortening
  • Cast Iron Skillet


  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a saute' pan, melt butter over medium heat and wait until butter begins to brown. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, corn meal, baking powder and sugar until well mixed. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together buttermilk, honey, cooled browned butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil.
  4. Slowly add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix together until well combined.
  5. Coat cast iron skillet with shortening until fully covered. Place cast iron skillet in preheated oven for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove cast iron skillet from oven and add cornbread mixture to skillet. Place back in oven for 22-25 minutes until cornbread is done. Remove from oven and serve. Happy Baking!
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  1. O-my-goodness… Jocelyn that cornbread looks so yummy! You’re reminding me I need to make it more often, and I’m definitely on the sweeter side :) I poor more honey… over my honey cornbread… haha

  2. i will definitely make an adapted version of this!!!!! I like your coconutmilk/lemon juice to sub the buttermilk. I will adapt to use whole wheat or spelt flour, no eggs and brown sugar. But I sure the results will be just as delicious as yours looks… Thanks!!!

  3. Brown butter, honey and cornbread- sounds irresistible!! I’m loving that texture too!

  4. I can’t wait to make this, but have no idea what size skillet you used. I got a 5 qt cast iron Dutch oven for Christmas, and it’s lid doubles as a skillet. It measures 9 1/2″ X 1 1/2″, so will it do?

    • You can totally use that size skillet. Your lid would be nice to try for this skillet. It’s about the size of a regular cake pan so it should do fine. I hope you enjoy!

  5. How quick can I put the ingredients in a bowl to make this?!?! Sounds absolutely scrumptious, Jocelyn!!!

  6. This cornbread looks delicious! I loved the look of it…so moist and perfect!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious!! I will have to try this out. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I will definitely be following you on bloglovin. xx. McKenna Lou

  8. Mmmmm, mmmmm! Cannot wait to try. My kids love love cornbread! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’m a southern-style girl myself (my momma raised me right), but I do love honey and brown butter…so I bet I would like this!

  10. I am now seriously craving cornbread. That looks awesome to this northerner. :)

  11. Looks like a great cornbread recipe, I’ve been craving cornbread so the timing is right for me.

  12. WOW! I made this cornbread to go with my Hoppin’ John, Collard Greens, and Fried Chicken for the New Year! Let me tell you, THIS CORNBREAD WAS/IS AWESOME! My husband loved it, and so did I! Thank you so much for sharing this one, as well as the Caramel Cake (we made that one for Christmas..OMG!!) May this New Year bring you peace, and eternal blessings!

    • Hooray! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the cornbread and caramel cake! I hope you have an amazing new year!!

  13. oh my gawd, girl. . I LOVE this!!! gimme gimme. . I love cornbread!!


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