Corn Cake Muffins
These muffins are part of my ‘cheater’ repertoire. This title refers to any recipe I make that includes some kind of convenience item, like a cake mix. As you know, I usually bake from scratch but sometimes, the ease of these cheater recipes is exactly what I need and am looking for. I mean, lets face it! No matter how much I may want to, spending several hours to make a meal is not always an option. Especially after baby number three is set to arrive in just a few short weeks! If the recipe happens to be particularly scrumptious I keep it around for another day. These muffins are one of those special gems.
Several years ago I ended up with a tiny little Jiffy pamphlet cookbook. I don’t remember if I ordered it free online or if it was sent as a promotional thing or how I even ended up with it. But my recipe for Corn Casserole that I had been making for forever had introduced me to the cute little boxes of cornbread mix and all its possibilities. Little did I know that the Jiffy company had a huge line of different kinds of mixes, all of them used in various ways in this little book. And while I never warmed up to using mixes on a regular basis, there is one recipe from them that I do love to make. I tried these muffins and kind of fell in love. They taste exactly like their name: Corn Cake. Half cake and half cornbread makes for the perfect balance between muffin and cupcake. I made a double batch of these once for a huge BBQ we were having and-Let. Me. Tell. You! They were inhaled! I think they kind of reminded people of the sweet corn muffins you get at a certain BBQ restaurant that serves its food on trash can lids. Now I am not saying these are exactly like those, but I will say that they go fantastic with anything grilled, covered in sauce, or just spicy. Mmmm. They also happen to be great for brunch. Add a little whipped honey butter and forgetaboutit! Drool worthy. Bake them in a mini-muffin tin and they will go even farther to feed a group (although this makes it easier to snitch). And since the ingredient list is short, as is the time it takes to throw them together, they truly are a valuable little recipe to have in your kitchen arsenal!
Corn Cake Muffins
1 pkg Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 pkg Jiffy Yellow or White cake mix
1/3 c milk
1/2 c water
Combine all ingredients just until blended. Pour into greased or paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until just lightly browned.