Copycat Famous Dave's Cornbread Muffins Recipe (2024)

Famous Dave's is famous for their food, and particularly, their Cornbread Muffins. Well, I have good new for you. Here is the recipe for the most famous and amazing Famous Dave's Cornbread Muffins. They taste better than the real deal, and you can enjoy them in the comforts of your own home.

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Give me all the cornbreads. I am a carb person. I can seriously feel myself getting angry if I don’t get my daily dose of carbs. The girl needs her carbs.

I especially need my cornbread. If you have been to Famous Dave’s BBQ, you know exactly what I am talking about. These cornbread muffins are out of this world.

If you haven’t been, that’s okay, because you are about to experience their muffins, without ever having to leave the house. Sounds like a win to me.

I am a SUCKER when it comes to cornbread with melted honey butter on top, and there is something about those yummy muffins from Famous Dave’s that make me eat at least 5 or 6 every time I go there.

We are also sharing a honey butter recipe with you today, that pairs perfectly with these delicious muffins.

Now you can make them at home with this simple recipe.

tips for baking cornbread

Cornbread can be intimidating, but don’t let it be. It’s not very often you see cornmeal come up in your ingredients list, but I promise you, you can do this, and these will turn out perfectly.

-The recipe calls for muffin tin liners (cupcake liners) which we definitely recommend for this recipe. Cornbread can be a little sticky when it cooks, no matter what pan you use, or how much pam you use.

We recommend using the liners, and not spraying each indentation with non-stick cooking spray. They still might stick to the pan, so it’s best to just play it safe and use the liners.

I have tried it multiple times without and have never really had much success when I make them without the liners.

-When cookie recipes tell me to separate the dry from the wet, I’ll be honest, I usually never listen because why dirty another bowl, when they will all be mixed together anyway?

Well for this recipe… you actually need to separate the wet from the dry for best results. The wet ingredients need to be fully incorporated. This will also lessen the chance of bumps in your batter.

This also allows the muffins to all have equal flour and cornmeal distribution.

We definitely recommend separating the wet from the dry with this recipe. (You’ll probably never hear me say that again, because I hate dirtying and extra dish).

make them whole wheat

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you could also switch out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. I prefer the taste of the all-purpose, but wheat flour would work just as well.

The texture also might be a little different. Start with less whole wheat flour, then add more as needed for desired thickness.

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Serves: 16

Copycat Famous Dave’s Cornbread Muffins Recipe

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Here is the recipe for the most famous and amazing Famous Dave's Cornbread Muffins. They taste better than the real deal, and you can enjoy them in the comforts of your own home.

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins



  • cups cornmeal
  • cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter flavored shortening
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons butter



  • We recommend using the liners, and not spraying each indentation with non-stick cooking spray. They still might stick to the pan, so it’s best to just play it safe and use the liners.


Calories: 272 kcal · Carbohydrates: 36 g · Protein: 4 g · Fat: 13 g · Saturated Fat: 7 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 30 mg · Sodium: 220 mg · Potassium: 100 mg · Fiber: 2 g · Sugar: 15 g · Vitamin A: 142 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 54 mg · Iron: 1 mg


  • Large Bowl

  • Medium Bowl

  • Muffin Tin

  • 16 cupcake liners

Recipe Details

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Slightly adapted from Eat Cake For Dinner

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  1. kevin says:

    this was the best corn bread ever! it was my first corn bread ever.

  2. Tanya Young says:

    So yummy! I threw it in a cast iron skillet and baked for 10 more minutes.

  3. Aileen says:

    Made half of your recipe and my southern husband loved it! Yummy! Made it in cast iron skillet.

  4. Cyd says:

    So awesome! We are glad you like it. Have a great week.

  5. A.Inglethorpe says:

    Has anyone tried this in a cast iron muffin pan? I’m wondering if I will still need the muffin cups?

  6. Rick says:

    I am getting ready to try this since I have taken over cooking in the house. A couple have mentioned Cast Iron skillets... What size and I also see adding 10 minutes. I will try both this weekend since I will be making some Jambalaya to go with it.

  7. Nidama says:

    This recipe is spot on, delicioso!!!!

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  8. Kim says:

    What is butter flavored shortening? Can I use butter?

  9. Momma Cyd says:

    Butter flavored Crisco.

  10. Kent E. says:

    Excellant recipe. I think this is much more moist and flavorful than what I was looking for. I will definitely be making this again.

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  11. Ron Burg says:

    Great recipe, far improvement over FD.Keep up the good work

  12. Kelly F. says:

    You mentioned below:We are also sharing a honey butter recipe with you today, that pairs perfectly with these delicious muffins.I don't see a honey butter recipe anywhere on the page? Can you please link?

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  13. Momma Cyd says:

    Honey Butter½ cup butter softened¼ teaspoon vanilla1 egg yolk1 cup honeyDirections:Whip butter, add vanilla and egg yolk. Gradually whip in honey until light and fluffy. Makes 1 ½ cups.

  14. Drina says:

    Can I make this batter a day ahead and store in the fridge?

  15. Momma Cyd says:

    No problem. Mix the batter, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning, scoop the batter and bake the muffins!

  16. Dani says:

    This recipe it was great but I wonder if you could use corn flour in place of cornmeal? Has anyone done this?

  17. Melissa says:

    I have never made an actual cornbread, but I am about to try. Can a can of creamed corn be added into this recipe? I really like having actual corn in the bread. If so, would any other ingredients need to be adjusted? Thank you.

  18. Momma Cyd says:

    We haven't made it by adding in creamed corn. You might have to experiment with that.

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Copycat Famous Dave's Cornbread Muffins Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in Famous Dave's cornbread mix? ›

Sugar, Yellow Corn Meal, Bleached Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Salt, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Dextrose, Not More than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added to Prevent Caking. Contains Wheat and Their Derivatives.

How to make Famous Dave's cornbread better? ›

Prepare the cornbread mix according to package instructions, and add two tablespoons of sour cream, stirring well to incorporate it into the batter. If your cornbread mix uses oil as a fat, substitute an equal amount of melted butter or bacon grease for the oil.

How do you doctor up Famous Dave's cornbread mix? ›

One of the simplest ways is to bring in more flavor and depth is by adding ⅓ cup of sour cream to the batter, which makes the cornbread extra moist and a little tangy. Another tangy option: Add ⅔ cup of buttermilk, which also makes the cornbread super tender.

Can I use half and half in place of milk in cornbread? ›

Cornbread FAQ

Yes, you can, but it may result in a less rich flavor. If you're out of milk, try using cream or half-and-half, evaporated or powdered milk, or even plain yogurt. If you have dietary restrictions, try soy milk or oat milk.

What are the black specks in cornbread mix? ›

The black specks are simply naturally dark pieces of the pericarp (skin) of the corn, where the tip of the kernel attaches to the cob. The color of the specks will vary by crop and year. They are the same as those commonly seen in hard taco shells, corn or tortilla chips, cornmeal, and natural whole corn products.

What is the black stuff in cornbread mix? ›

Originally Answered: What are the black spots in cornmeal? They are a dark part of the kernel that sometimes gets ground up with the rest of the corn. Nothing to be concerned about.

What does adding an extra egg to cornbread do? ›

The extra egg which is increased protein and binder makes the cornbread denser and heavier in texture.

Does Famous Dave's cornbread mix go bad? ›

Baking mixes can generally be used past their expiration date, but they may not perform as well as they would if they were fresh. Over time, the ingredients in the mix can lose their potency, leading to a change in flavor, texture, and overall quality of the baked goods.

What makes cornbread muffins rise? ›

All-purpose flour reacts with the other ingredients to give the corn muffins structure. White sugar adds subtle sweetness. Of course, you can adjust the amount depending on how sweet you like your corn muffins. Baking powder acts as a leavener and helps your corn muffins rise.

Should you let cornbread mix sit before baking? ›

Note: We recommend allowing cornbread batter to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before baking, so if you prefer, you can delay heating the oven until you make the batter. 2Melt the butter, and then set aside to cool slightly.

How to jazz up boxed cornbread mix? ›

To personalize the cornbread, the box also features this tip: Mix in 1 cup shredded Cheddar, 1 (4-ounce) drained can chopped green chiles, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne before baking for a zesty spin.

What is the difference between northern and southern cornbread? ›

In contrast to the dryer, less-sweet nature of Southern cornbread, Northern cornbread is much more cakey and sweet. Indeed, colonial Americans made their cornbread with molasses to sweeten it. Also, Northern cornbread sometimes uses milk rather than buttermilk.

Is sour cream a good substitute for milk in cornbread? ›

Sour Cream can be substituted for milk in cornbread but will need to be thinned. I recommend using 75% sour cream and 25% water. Sour Cream will also change the taste of the cornbread and will add a slight tangy flavor which can be counteracted by using a small amount of vanilla extract.

Can I use heavy whipping cream instead of milk for Jiffy cornbread? ›

Heavy cream is a great substitute for milk in a baking recipe, but it does need to be diluted slightly. Because heavy cream boasts a fat content of 36% to 40%, using a half cup of heavy cream mixed with a half cup of water will be your best bet for replacing one cup of milk.

Can I use sour cream instead of milk? ›

In fact, you can substitute sour cream for milk almost anytime the recipe calls for less than a cup of milk. One of the most common ingredients to use milk with is potatoes. Spuds love dairy, so if a recipe calls for milk, sour cream almost always works in its place.

What is cornbread mix made of? ›

The package lists out the following ingredients: yellow cornmeal, enriched wheat flour, cane sugar, corn flour, leavening agents, and sea salt. Noticeably, cornmeal is first, meaning it's the most prevalent ingredient. The instructions have you add 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil, blend, and bake.

What does Famous Dave's cornbread taste like? ›

It tastes like cake, and no surprise since sugar is the very first ingredient over flour or corn meal. It would be so-so for eating alone but it's NOT meant for any sort of savory recipe. Other cornbread mixes are much better tasting.

What is the difference between Yankee cornbread and Southern cornbread? ›

The thing that distinguishes Southern cornbread from, say Yankee cornbread, or any other cornbread one is likely to eat outside of the southern states, is that it is savory, not sweet, and it is made mostly with cornmeal.

What ingredient keeps cornbread from crumbling? ›

Adding an egg yolk to your cornbread will help hold its shape while you're cutting and serving it.


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