Prize Winning Sweet Cornmeal Muffins

Lately, my mouth has been on the sore side.  I’ve spent more time in the dentist chair than in the kitchen. If you’ve ever had an implant, then you know what I’m talking about. Soon, it’s coming to an end, and I’m very happy about that. Oh the price of trying to look pretty. Trust me, for a couple of weeks I could have tried out for Swamp . . . something! Tomorrow, is the big day. Five months of waiting is over. I finally get the final tooth. Oh so happy!

I’m celebrating my excitement with Soft. Sweet. Fluffy. muffins.


by the way . . .

I’m changing, re-arranging, shifting, everything on this blog.  Please be patient with me as I make a few changes. It’s like my house, I have to move things once in a while and dust & vacuum. Change is hard, and I’m still adapting. The side-bar on the left is messing with me, and the scrolling menu bar is messing with my head! What do you think? It the new thing you know.

As I was dusting & complaining about my mouth, I came across this recipe in the fabulous Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book.  If you like Cornmeal, these are as good as they get.


I just wanted to remind you, that I really do love your comments.  I really do appreciate them.  I really would enjoy reading a few more.  Hint. Hint. I know . . . I need to be better about it myself.

If your mouth is sore, because you’ve been to the dentist & received countless shots with no help of gas what-so-ever, a billion times in the last 5 months, please make these muffins, cuz it will make you much happier!


Prize Winning Sweet Cornmeal Muffins

Recipe from: Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book


  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl. Whisk eggs in second medium bowl until well combined and light colored, about 20 seconds. Add sugar to eggs and whisk vigorously until thick and homogeneous, about 30 seconds. Add melted butter in 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add 6 tablespoons sour cream and 1/4 cup milk and whisk to combine, then whisk in remaining 6 tablespoons sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup milk until combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix gently with rubber spatula until batter is just combined and evenly moistened. (Do not over mix) Using ice cream scoop or large spoon, divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups, dropping batter to form mounds. (Do not level or flatten batter)
  4. Bake until muffins are light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean, about 18 minutes, rotating muffin tin halfway through baking. Let muffins cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack, let cool 5 minutes longer, and serve warm.





  • Lachelle - 02/27/2014 - 12:46 am

    Haven’t ever had an implant but have had a couple gum graphs so I have had that mouth pain. So sorry you have had to go through it. Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe in the meantime.ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - 02/27/2014 - 3:12 am

    I’m off for dental work too, not implants though. Clean up of some old fillings (like me Ha!) and some bridge work 🙁 I’ll need some “soft” things too! I love the taste of cornmeal anything, but my husband says it’s like eating ball bearings. I don’t care for the crunch either. I’ve tried soaking it, tried regrinding it and nothing has worked. Even tried the cornmeal flour but it wasn’t the same texture or taste. All I’ve ever been able to find is the Purity brand which doesn’t say stone ground (where would I find this in Canada? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Hope your mouth feels better soon. Makes your brain hurt, doesn’t it!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - 02/27/2014 - 5:55 am

    Sorry to hear about your dental issues .. I have heard implants are painful and take a long time! My turn is coming tomorrow morning .. Not for an implant though, just hopefully a filling. Your cornmeal muffins sound great so I will have to try them. I was planning on baking on Friday till I lost a piece of my tooth. Hopefully I still feel like it when I am done!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - 02/27/2014 - 6:06 am

    Ohhhhhhhh those muffins look good. I’m making chili tonight, so will have to take inventory to see if I have everything here to make them. They’d be a perfect sidekick.

    Ugh on the dentist-so glad you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with your new tooth. It seems like the time in between appointments having to go to the dentist goes by SO fast-and I dread each one. It’s pretty bad when I’m saying “get me in and out of that chair with NOTHING WRONG” as I drive all the way there. People must think I’m crazy when they see me talking to myself. Hope they think I’m singing with the radio. Sheesh…….ReplyCancel

  • Noreen - 02/27/2014 - 6:44 am

    Love your recipes, and I love these corn muffins. I had lost the recipe for mine and these will be a perfect replacement. I am ordering the Cook’s Illustrated book right now. Love all their recipes and narratives. Dental work is no fun hope it is over soon.ReplyCancel

  • Carly - 02/27/2014 - 7:08 am

    I have a tooth implant too!
    I got it in high school but had a fake tooth in a retainer for years… I know how annoying it is to wait for the “real” thing. So glad you get it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Reinisch - 02/27/2014 - 8:44 am

    I’m having a hard time reading the new font and small size even with my computer glasses on. Please bigger size and less decorative font? Love all the content.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - 02/27/2014 - 8:45 am

    Me again….the recipe is very hard to read, too. Thanks for any consideration.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 02/27/2014 - 9:20 am

      Hi Jeanne,

      I agree! I will make changes as quickly as possible. Please be patient as I mess around with the new template.
      Thanks for leaving me a comment. It’s nice to receive some feedback.


  • ann - 02/28/2014 - 7:23 am

    I am off to the dentist this morning for teeth cleaning. You are going to laugh but while in the dentist’s chair, my mind wander back to your blogs and wonder which recipe I must try next! It’s a way to calm my nerves. 🙂

    Your blog is gorgeous! Although the changes are a bit confusing but I know you’ll get it together soon.ReplyCancel

  • Bran - 02/28/2014 - 9:11 pm

    Gosh I’m so glad that you FINALLY feel better. Dad said that Sam thing when I stopped in to see him today. Hooray to eat on that side and not hurt.
    Those muffins look good. I am picky with my cornbread. But those look wonderful.
    I think the blog looks great. The font is small, but that could just be my iPad. I like the change though. You are so good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - 03/01/2014 - 11:41 am

    Great new look and the muffins sound delish!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb - 03/04/2014 - 8:03 pm

    I love your blog! The quality of the pictures are my favorite thing.ReplyCancel

  • BRENDA - 03/05/2014 - 4:29 pm

    I spent the last year doing 5 implants…bone grafts etc…I am almost done too…Thank God! The results are worth it…just so time consuming 🙁

    p.s. thank you PERCOCET (SP)ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 03/05/2014 - 4:38 pm

      Hi Brenda,

      Oh gee, you’ve been much worse off than I was. Just one for me. It hasn’t been bad at all, it just takes a long time to finish.
      I’m ALL DONE now. I didn’t ever even have to take medication, other than tylenol. Good luck to you.