Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe

Maple bourbon cornbread is sweetened with maple syrup and boozed up with a splash of bourbon.

Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe

Cornbread is the best excuse to eat cake alongside your dinner. Maple bourbon cornbread is sweetened with maple syrup and boozed up with a splash of bourbon! This cornbread recipe has subtle maple and bourbon flavor. Think of your typical cornbread recipe with a little more caramel and richer flavor.

I love making skillet cornbread because it’s very easy to make and absolutely delicious. Making cornbread in a cast iron skillet is even better in terms of presentation and delivers classic southern vibes.


  • Buttermilk makes for better cornbread. It tastes better and it’s moister than using whole or skim milk.
  • You can use butter or oil for the fat. Oil tends to make the cornbread more tender and cakey. Butter yields a solid result that was moist enough without being sticky or too crumbly. I probably prefer oil.
  • Do not overmix the dry and wet ingredients together. Do not whisk out the lumps. This adds a nice texture.
  • I used 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. For me, this is the sweet spot for tasty cornbread with a nice balance of sweetness.
  • I usually use 1.5-2 tablespoons of bourbon. This adds a subtle bourbon essence, I wouldn’t use more than 3 tablespoons unless you want to breathe pure gasoline. A dark spiced rum would be really interesting too.
  • Topping cornbread with honey and butter turns it into dessert. Seriously.
Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe
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Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Maple bourbon cornbread is sweetened with maple syrup and boozed up with a splash of bourbon


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable/canola oil
  • 1.52 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until thouroughly combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, maple syrup, melted butter, bourbon, and egg.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined/moistened, do not over-mix, and do not whisk out the lumps!
  5. Pour the batter into the skillet and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm with soft butter and honey.


Can also use an 8×8 square or 9-inch round baking pan.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 108
  • Sugar: 2.1g
  • Sodium: 125mg
  • Fat: 3.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.1g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg

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