Corn Muffins with Maple Bacon Butter

These corn muffins are sweet, salty, and savory all in one. Bursting with real corn and topped with a maple bacon butter, they're sure to be a hit with anyone!

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corn muffins with maple bacon butter

corn muffins with maple bacon butterOne of my favorite baked goods is the corn muffin. I know, it’s an odd flex, but I have a soft spot for them. My mom used to get a 4 pack of the big ones from the grocery store, and we’d heat them up and eat them with butter for breakfast and I LOVED it. They’re sweet, but have a savoriness to them, and lots of corn flavor which I adore. Every now and again, we’d make our own, but the box mix always left something to be desired.

So I started experimenting. What could I put in corn muffin mix to make it even better? After some trials and tribulations, I struck a balance between delicious and not requiring an entire stick of butter. I also add fresh corn, because I love the textural change and additional corn flavor (truuuust me).

In keeping with the sweet and savory combo, I thought – why not doctor up the butter too? Making flavored butter is super easy, and I found that with a few ingredients and a mixer, I could create the perfect sweet and savory butter for these corn muffins. Somewhere, those grocery store muffins are shaking.

Doctoring it up

The base of these muffins is still store-bought corn muffin mix, so they’re super easy to make, I like to doctor mine up by adding canned corn, so you have whole corn pieces throughout (+moisture!), sour cream (or greek yogurt) to add to the texture, eggs to bind, oil and milk for moisture. This is different than the ‘on the box’ directions, which usually just call for some milk, butter, and maybe eggs. my version is a tad healthier too!

Maple Bacon Butter

corn muffins with maple bacon butterThree words you didn’t know needed to go together until now. I love a good flavored butter. Cornbread is often served with honey butter, salted butter, or something of the like. But I wanted more. I wanted sweet, savory, salty, and rich all in one. Like a frosting for a corn cupcake – but better. So I got to experimenting.

Some trial, error, and splattered butter later – I had it. The perfect combination of flavors to create a sweet, salty butter that you’ll want to eat with a spoon (but really, save some because it takes these corn muffins over the TOP!).

corn muffins with maple bacon butterTo make this butter, you want to start with good quality butter at room temp so it’s soft. I used the whisk attachment for my KitchenAid mixer, but you could use a hand mixer to beat the butter together. First, beat the butter itself so it’s creamy. Next, add maple syrup, maple extract, and salt, and combine. Now, you’ll want to cook the bacon separately (I like to air fry it at 375 for 14 minutes for perfectly crisp bacon) and let it cool before finely chopping it and adding it to the butter. Just 1-2 strips should do it. Then, let you butter harden in the fridge (it’s best eaten at room temp, so I like to pull it out of the fridge 30 min before I plan to eat it). Then, it’s as easy as slathering it on a corn muffin and taking your tastebuds on a delicious, delicious journey.

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corn muffins with maple bacon butter

Corn Muffins with Maple Bacon Butter

Jacklin Altman
These corn muffins are sweet, salty, and savory all in one. Bursting with real corn and topped with a maple bacon butter, they’re sure to be a hit with anyone!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 255 kcal


  • Muffin Pan
  • Oven
  • Mixing Bowls


Corn Muffins:
  • 15 oz corn bread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 can corn drained
Maple Bacon Butter:
  • 5 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract
  • 2 strips bacon cooked and chopped finely


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine corn muffin mix, eggs, milk, sour cream, oil, and one can of corn. Stir to fully combine.
  • Pour batter (roughly 1/4 cup) into lined or sprayed muffin pan. Fill roughly 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake at 350 for 20-22 min, until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  • Cook bacon for your maple bacon butter. I like to cook it in my air fryer at 375 for 14-15 min until it's nice and crispy. Then drain the fat, let cool, and chop finely.
  • In a stand mixer or bowl, beat softened butter until creamy, then add salt, maple syrup, and maple extract. Beat to combine.
  • Add finely chopped, cooled bacon to the butter and fold in by hand. Allow butter to set in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to eat, let butter come to room temp for 15-20 minutes so it’s nice and soft. I love to warm my corn muffins up in the microwave for 20 seconds before eating as well.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy!


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 393mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 188IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword corn, muffins, muffin, maple, bacon, butter, thanksgiving
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7 thoughts on “Corn Muffins with Maple Bacon Butter”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this as a side for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit! The butter was the perfect mix of sweet and salty and the muffins were moist and perfect.

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  3. 5 stars
    A crowd pleaser! Maple bacon butter was a hit. These were easy to make and tasted delicious. Good as a side but around here we’ve been having them for breakfast too. Great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    These were so moist and delicious! Made them as a Thanksgiving side dish for a potluck at work and received so many compliments on how tasty they were. Also, the maple bacon butter was so easy to make and compliments the cornbread so well.

5 from 3 votes

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