Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe

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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
5 from 1 vote

Maple Bourbon Cornbread Recipe

Servings: 1 loaf
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
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
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 large egg
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch cast iron skillet.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until thouroughly combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, maple syrup, melted butter, bourbon, and egg.
  • 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!
  • Pour the batter into the skillet and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with soft butter and honey.


Can also use an 8x8 square or 9-inch round baking pan.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 15.1gProtein: 2.5gFat: 3.9gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 125mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 2.1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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