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Recipe for Jiffy Cornbread (+ How to Make It Better)

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Make the original Jiffy cornbread recipe. Better.

The Jiffy cornbread recipe is the go-to for easy box cornbread mix. But how do you make Jiffy cornbread better? Here’s the original recipe for Jiffy cornbread, with 10 Jiffy cornbread mix hacks, add-ins, and tips for sweet, savory, moist cornbread. 

recipe Jiffy cornbread with jalapeno and cheddar

The Original Recipe for Jiffy Cornbread on the Box

Box Jiffy cornbread mix is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to whipping up cornbread quickly and easily. In a jiffy, if you will.

The petite, retro-looking cornbread box mix has been beloved for decades. The original Jiffy cornbread mix recipe on the box calls for the following ingredients:

  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk

These ingredients get mixed together in a bowl, then poured into  a baking dish and baked at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean from the bread or corn muffins. The result? Let’s be honest. The Jiffy cornbread box recipe is a little plain and dry.

But no worries. This is just a blank canvas. Here are 10 ways to make Jiffy cornbread better: more moist, more flavorful, more delicious — more homemade.

original Jiffy cornbread box mix recipe: eggs, milk, cornbread mix
The original Jiffy cornbread recipe on the box calls for only 1/3 cup milk and an egg.

How to Dress Up the Jiffy Boxed Cornbread Recipe

A plain Jiffy box mix is a little like a blank canvas: plain, dry, and the basis for making things more interesting and special. Luckily, Jiffy cornbread mix is perfectly amenable to becoming better: more sweet or savory, and makes a great base to add all kinds of fun mix-ins like corn, cheese, scallions or green onion, and more. In other words, we can make it more like homemade cornbread.

recipe jiffy cornbread

These Jiffy cornbread hacks are taken from one of my favorite cookbooks of 2020, the talented Kelly Fields’s Good Book of Southern Baking. Kelly Fields is the chef of award-winning Southern seasonal restaurant Willa Jean in New Orleans. A “revival of biscuits, cakes, and cornbread,” her cookbook makes essential reading for anyone who loves homey, honest, well-made desserts.

Her “Jiffy Fix” page (page 37, to be exact) covers sweet and savory baking hacks. Below are my favorites from her long, fun list–as well as a few of my own.

jiffy cornbread box mix recipe

How to Make Jiffy Cornbread More Moist

To make Jiffy cornbread mix moister:

  • Add 1/3 cup sour cream, or
  • Replace 1/3 cup milk with 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • You can also add one 8-ounce can of strained cream corn. This also makes it extra corny, too.
  • Stir in half a stick (2 ounces) of melted butter

ingredients to add to Jiffy cornbread mix to make it better like cheddar, jalapeno, and scallions

Add-Ins to Hack Jiffy Cornbread Better

Adding a few basic ingredients to the Jiffy cornbread mix can make the recipe much better and more homemade tasting, whether you’re making a loaf or cornbread muffins. Here’s how:

  • To add texture and color to Jiffy mix: Add 1 cup fresh corn kernels, 1 cup chopped roasted bell peppers or pimentos
  • To make Jiffy cornbread mix spicy: Add 1 cup chopped roasted or jarred, drained jalapeños. You can also add a teaspoon of cayenne.

To make the cornbread mix more savory:

A savory take on the Jiffy cornbread mix is a wonderful way to add tons of flavor. Fold into the Jiffy cornbread batter:

  • 4 to 6 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon or breakfast sausage
  • Add cheese: Add up to 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Mix and match the combos above
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • I also love to add some thinly-chopped scallions (green onion)

Jiffy cornbread recipe hacks to make the original mix sweet, moist, savory, and more homemade

Hacks to Make Jiffy Cornbread Sweeter

Add more sweetener! This may be the most obvious tip of all. But there are a lot of different directions to take Jiffy mix to add sweetness, from plain sugar to fruit.

Chef Fields suggests:

  • Add two tablespoons of honey, sugar, or maple syrup to the Jiffy mix batter. Sprinkle some sugar on top before baking.
  • Fold in fruit: Add a cup of blueberries or raspberries to the cornbread mix. Fields also suggests tossing 2 peeled peaches in light brown sugar and folding it into the batter.
  • Give it autumn vibes: Add one cup of puréed pumpkin with 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. Add another egg as well.
  • Brighten the cornbread with citrus: add the zest of juice of 1 orange or 2 lemons into the batter and bake.

jiffy cornbread box mix baked with butter

How do you make the original Jiffy cornbread mix better? Tell us about your recipe changes below! You’ll also like:

recipe for jiffy cornbread plus how to make it better, moister, sweeter, and more savory

Original Recipe for Jiffy Cornbread (+ How to Make Jiffy Taste Better)

Here's the original box recipe for Jiffy cornbread, plus 10 hacks to make it better: sweeter, more savory, more interesting, and more homemade. Inspired and adapted from Kelly Field's Good Book of Southern Baking.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: bread, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords:: baking hacks, cornbread, easy baking, how to make jiffy cornbread better, jiffy box mix, jiffy cornbread, jiffy cornbread recipe, side dish, thanksgiving
Servings: 6 to 8 muffins or one short 8" x 8" loaf
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Ingredients

The Original Jiffy Cornbread Recipe on the Box

  • 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk

Add-Ins to Make Jiffy Cornbread More Moist (Choose one of the following.)

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter, melted
  • 1 8-oz. can drained cream corn

Add-Ins to Make Jiffy Cornbread Sweeter (Choose one of the following.)

  • 2 tablespoons honey, sugar, or maple syrup

Add-Ins to Make Jiffy Cornbread More Savory (Use any combination of the following.)

  • 4 to 6 slices cooked, crumbled bacon or 1/2 cup cooked breakfast sausage
  • 3/4 cup shredded or cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A couple of thinly-chopped scallions or green onions
  • 1 cup (choose one, or any combo adding up to 1 cup total) corn kernels, chopped roasted bell peppers or pimentos, or chopped roasted or jarred, drained jalapeños.

Instructions

For the Original Jiffy Cornbread Box Mix

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease or line a muffin tin or baking dish such as a 8" x 8" brownie or standard loaf pan.
  • Mix together the cornbread mix, egg, and milk in a bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

To Make Jiffy Cornbread More Moist

  • Mix the box cornbread mix and egg together, but instead of the milk, use 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 stick of melted butter, or one drained 8-ounce can creamed corn.
  • Proceed with baking. Your baking time may increase slightly, so bake until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.

To Make Jiffy Cornbread Sweeter

  • Mix the box cornbread mix, egg, and liquid of choice (buttermilk, milk, or sour cream) together, along with 2 tablespoons of sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  • Proceed with baking.

To Make Jiffy Cornbread More Savory With Add-Ins

  • Mix the box cornbread mix, egg, and liquid together with your preferred combination of bacon, sausage, scallions, cheese, jalapeño, or salt.
  • Proceed with baking. Your baking time may increase slightly, so bake until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.

Notes

Cornbread will keep for up to three days in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. 

27 comments

  • 5 stars
    I love the idea of sausage. What about chunks of ham?

  • Adelle Santwire

    5 stars
    Fun! I needed to make some type of snacks for our herbal garden class to share, quick! Raiding my pantry I came up with two boxes of corn muffin Jiffy mix but needed a little extra in flavor. Google found me to your site. I Added 1/2 cup of sour cream and diced up about 1/4 cup of chives. served with cheese and olives. Delicious. Will be exploring this baking idea again. Thank you.

  • How should I strain my can of creamed corn?

    • Unpeeled

      I use a typical small mesh strainer. Just don’t use one that’s too fine!

  • When fresh corn comes in, I microwave the ears still in husks. Then I cut the kernels off the cob and using the back of my knife I scrape down the cob to get all the corn “milk” out, then freeze. When I make Jiffy cornbread, after thawing the corn I use the corn “milk” in place of regular milk and then add some of the corn to the batter, mix and bake. Sweet and moist and so good!

    • Unpeeled

      This sounds absolutely fantastic! What a good, fresh way to make it even more corny. Thanks for sharing this.

  • 5 stars
    Great tips. Thanks!

  • 5 stars
    I used 2 boxes of mix, a can of creamed corn, a can of green chiles and 2 cups cheddar cheese. My husband loves it! I also added 5 extra minutes to the baking time.

  • I like to put a drizzle of honey in the mix and then put a layer of pecan pieces over the top drizzled with more honey and then bake like normal. I will definitely be trying the extra egg and doubling the mix! Thanks for the idea

  • 5 stars
    Great tips. Made a cheddar scallion version and went great with my chili. Also added an egg and doubled the recipe.

  • Marianne

    5 stars
    Thank you! Lifesaver!! The plain mix is awful.

  • 5 stars
    Thank you for this! I just made a sweetened version with buttermilk (two boxes) and it tasted so much better.

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