Our Favorite Cornbread Recipes and Fun Ways to Cook with Them
Sweet or savory: That’s the question for cornbread, and these recipes solve the problem with delicious ideas for both. If you prefer yours sweet, you will love our Cornbread Madeleines, a Southern twist on the French sponge-cake classic. If savory is more to your taste, try Grannie’s Cracklin’ Cornbread or Skillet Cornbread. If you’d like to serve cornbread as finger food, our recipes for Cornbread Crostini and Cornbread Tartlets with Tomato-Lima Bean Relish will have guests piling their plates high. And of course one of our recipes is for good old-fashioned Buttermilk Cornbread. We couldn't have a cornbread recipes roundup without including our favorite ways to make Cornbread Dressing. There are plenty of variations of classic cornbread dressing, from our new Spicy Cornbread Dressing with Chorizo to a hands-off Slow-Cooker Cornbread Dressing for your easiest Thanksgiving ever. However you like to enjoy your cornbread, these recipes will have you devouring this mouthwatering Southern delight every day.
Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
Recipe: Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
Our Test Kitchen granted the "perfect" moniker to Ben's recipe, thanks to the extra flavor and superior texture his browned butter affords.
Cornbread Tartlets with Tomato-Lima Bean Relish
Inspired by summery succotash, these petite tarts are buttery and fresh all in one bite.
Recipe: Skillet Cornbread
Quickly incorporate the hot bacon drippings into the batter with a fork. When you pour it back into the hot skillet, listen for the sizzle. That sound means your crust will be dark golden and crisp.
Recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread
Serve this Southern staple with soups, stews, or salads. Plan to make this just before guests arrive so they can enjoy it hot.
Recipe: Cornbread Biscuits
Add your own signature spin with a few teaspoons of your favorite herb, such as thyme or rosemary.
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Recipe: Lace Cornbread
This old Southern take on cornbread is a crisp, lacy brown wafer best enjoyed a few seconds after it leaves the skillet.
Recipe: Cornbread Croutons
Our Cornbread Croutons pack a bite with two jalapeño peppers and fresh cilantro baked into them. Use them to top your favorite soup or salad.
Savory Cornbread Recipes
Recipe: Cheesy Cornbread
If you're looking for delicious, savory (and sometimes sweet) cornbread recipes, you've come to the right place. From traditional, crispy skillet cornbread to new and creative twists like tartlets and croutons—you'll love finding new ways to serve up this Southern classic.
In Cheesy Cornbread, sharp Cheddar cheese melts into a homemade buttermilk batter to create this simple and delicious cornbread.
Recipe: Cornbread Madeleines
This delicate Southern twist on the traditional French sponge cake is one of our favorite food gifts. Light and airy, and not too sweet, they'd have Proust swooning "Lawdamercy."
Sour Cream Cornbread
Recipe: Sour Cream Cornbread
Low-fat kitchen staples keep this Cheddar-topped cornbread moist and delicious. Enjoy it as a side to any meal, or use this recipe as an ingredient in our fabulous Farmhouse Eggs Benedict.
Parmesan-Pepper Cornbread Biscotti
Crispy cornbread biscotti is the perfect accompaniment to hearty soups and stews.
Recipe: Cornbread Crostini
Small, thin rounds of cornbread baked in muffin pans replace baguette slices as a tasty base for Southern-style crostini.
Recipe: Cornbread Focaccia
We love this fun, pizza-like flatbread, submitted by reader Angie Nelson of Ledbetter, Kentucky.
Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread
Recipe: Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread
This classic cracklin' cornbread is a traditional Southern cornbread and calls for just six ingredients.
Hot Water Cornbread
Recipe: Hot Water Cornbread
This old-school recipe came from Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin's grandmother, so it's vetted and tested by the best.
Recipe: Gluten-Free Cornbread
Be sure every family member can enjoy homemade cornbread on Thanksgiving with this simple seven-ingredient recipe.
Spicy Cornbread Dressing with Chorizo
Add a bit of spice to your Thanksgiving table with this kicked dressing recipe.
Southern Skillet Cornbread
Recipe: Southern Skillet Cornbread
You know a cornbread recipe is going to be good when it starts in a cast-iron skillet filled with bacon drippings.
Classic Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Classic Cornbread Dressing
Every Southern cook needs a cornbread dressing recipe in his or her back pocket, and this one is as simple as it gets.
Cornbread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel
Herby Pecan-Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Herby Pecan-Cornbread Dressing
This nutty, earthy cornbread dressing is a welcome autumn upgrade to the classic.
Cornbread Ice Cream
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
Sausage adds a hearty element to this easy dressing recipe, which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving brunch.
Recipe: Cornbread Omelets
Put cornbread on the Sunday brunch table in a unique way with this fun recipe that has a colorful filling.
Aunt Grace's Famous Cornbread Dressing
“Silky smooth and ultra-moist,” this favorite cornbread dressing recipe came from Travel Editor Valerie Luesse’s Aunt Grace, and every Southerner knows that an auntie recipe is a good one.
Stacy and Joyce's Skillet Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Chicken-and-Cornbread Casserole
For a weeknight shortcut, use store-bought rotisserie chicken in this comforting casserole recipe.
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel
Replace mild Italian sausage with spicy for an extra kick in this flavorful cornbread recipe.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
If you’re looking for a new way to get some green on the Thanksgiving table, this quick, easy recipe has few ingredients but big flavor.
Recipe: Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini
Rethink your summer squash with this light but filling dinner recipe.
Turkey Breast and Herb-Cornbread Stuffing
This entire meal comes together in the slow cooker for your most hands-off holiday ever.
Ham-and-Greens Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust
You won’t find a better Southern comfort food recipe than ham, greens, and cornbread in one dish.
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Southern Cornbread Dressing
The recipe title says it all: This recipe is our tried-and-true, no-fail cornbread dressing recipe for holidays and potlucks alike.
Dianne’s Southwestern Cornbread Salad
Remember cold layered salads of Mama’s luncheons? This fun version can be neatly packed in mini Mason jars for adorable picnic presentation.
Cornbread Dressing with Smoked Sausage and Apples
Tender, sweet apples are a delightful autumn addition to this savory sausage-and-cornbread dressing.
Damaris Phillips Cornbread & Sweet Milk Recipe
Cornbread 'n' Squash Dressing
Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Mimi's Cornbread Dressing
Blueberry Cornbread Casserole
Recipe: Blueberry Cornbread Casserole
Fresh blueberries add a welcome hint of sweetness to this cornbread casserole that you can enjoy from brunch to dinnertime.
Slow-Cooker Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Sweet Cornbread
The very words “sweet cornbread” might send some Southerners into a tizzy, but trust us: This recipe from New Orleans Chef Alex Harrell is basically a fluffy cake, and you’re going to fall in love with it.
Cornbread Crab Cakes
Recipe: Cornbread Crab Cakes
Cornbread crumbs help bind these delicious crab cakes for a light, coastal meal that’s perfect for summer nights.
Cornbread Dressing with Kale and Bacon
This updated cornbread dressing recipe has an amazing balance of flavors.
Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Recipe: Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
This one-skillet dinner is cheesy, kid-friendly, and full of Tex-Mex goodness.
Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
Recipe: Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
This summery panzanella would be delicious with fresh grilled fish, chicken, or shrimp.
Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing
Recipe: Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing
This herby cornbread dressing recipe can be prepared one day in advance to help you out the day of Thanksgiving.
Cornbread Muffin Trees
Cornbread with Lemon-Thyme Butter
This bright citrus butter is the most beautiful complement to Southern skillet cornbread.