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Confetti Cornmeal Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


1 dozen

Pretty flecks of green and red pepper give these moist muffins a colorful look that friends will be drawn to. But after one bite of what a tester described as “the best corn muffins I’ve ever had,” they’ll be hooked on the flavor. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Confetti Cornmeal Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest


  1. In a large skillet, saute peppers and onion in 2 tablespoons butter for 3-4 minutes or until tender. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Melt the remaining butter. Whisk in the eggs and milk until combined. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pepper mixture and cheese.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine spread ingredients. Cool muffins for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm with butter.

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin with 2 teaspoons cilantro butter: 339 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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