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Cracked Pepper Cheddar Muffins Recipe

Cracked Pepper Cheddar Muffins Recipe

These warm, golden muffins make a great accompaniment to soup, stew or any other cold-weather entree. My family loves the cheese and pepper flavor. —Susan Kelm, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and pepper. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cheese.
  • 2. Fill muffins cups coated with cooking spray two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 155 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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asmaio75 User ID: 8928773 253786
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"These were easy to make and were light and fluffy, but pretty bland."

PadFan User ID: 636324 217157
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"These are really good with chili. I feel they're a little too sweet, so I cut the sugar to 1 t. and add a bit of salt; be sure to use extra-sharp cheddar too."

Roxane44 User ID: 7171683 71446
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"These are easy to make and cook up perfectly in the 25-30 minutes the recipe calls for. Love the finished texture of the muffins. I bake them in a non-stick muffin pan, and they slide right out even without cooking spray. They turn out moist but firm; can't rave enough about the finished texture. A bit bland though, so next time I make them I will double the pepper and also add a tsp or two of garlic or onion powder as well. HELPFUL TIP: Use a 3-Tbsp ice-cream (or other) scooper of batter to fill each muffin cup (making sure each scoop of batter is level in the scoop). This fills each of the twelve muffin cups with exactly (or pretty darn close to exactly) the right amount of batter, with none left over."

MeegiePoo User ID: 6347404 207600
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"I use a large ice cream scoop and make these as drop biscuits! You can change the cheese and herbs to whatever works best with what you're serving, and they come together in a snap. Try using a combination of any of the following: dill seed, red pepper flakes, garlic or onion powder, Italian seasoning, parsley, a little bit of sage, snipped fresh rosemary, caraway seed... The garlic and onion powder are a must, and I almost always have a bit of red pepper flakes in mine. Great customizable recipe!"

MMahala User ID: 6543116 135589
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Way too bland for my taste even though I used sharp cheddar that I shredded myself. Texture was great but the recipe is missing something to bring out the flavors."

1275 User ID: 6324211 107181
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Made these last night and they were all eaten up! Very quick and simple recipe- a nice accompiment to a meat and potatoes meal and were very fluffy and light. They take mere minutes to whip up and taste great warm from the oven. I made suggest doubling the amount of pepper but that is just my preference. Also, add some salt- maybe about 1/2 teaspoon. Also, I would not suggest baking them for the time suggested- I baked mine for only 15 minutes and they were fully cooked. Overall, a yummy and convient recipe. Will make again."

JoeRD User ID: 5760470 152269
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"loved this recipe. Kids think it tastes great!"

JoeRD User ID: 5760470 160834
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"The kids love this recipe."

meganshakes User ID: 4295286 138153
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"These were okay. I used mild cheddar, but I think they would be better with sharp, for more flavor. Tasty with cheesy potato soup, though."

FamilyCorner User ID: 3204946 160833
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2008

"I must have done something wrong as mine came out tasting bland and were spongy and chewy. Guess I'll have to try them again sometime."

janie430 User ID: 2391070 138138
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2008

"My daughter-in-law made this when we were visiting with them. These were very good and tasty. Light and airy."

CountryLovinLady User ID: 1600420 152259
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2007

"My husband really liked these and told me to be sure and save the recipe! Very light and more like a biscuit than a muffin."

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