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Bacon-Peanut Butter Cornbread Muffins

My family just can't get enough bacon and peanut butter, so I created these quick and easy cornbread muffins using ingredients I regularly keep stocked in my pantry and fridge. The streusel topping adds a delicious sweet-salty crunch! No peanut butter baking chips on hand? For a different flavor twist, swap in chocolate chips, then drizzle the warm muffins with chocolate syrup instead of caramel topping. —Shannon Kohn, Summerville, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 muffins


  • 6 tablespoons softened butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 package (2.1 ounces) ready-to-serve fully cooked bacon, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • Caramel ice cream topping, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Grease six 6-oz. ramekins or jumbo muffin cups with 2 tablespoons butter. For topping, in a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons butter, peanuts, 3 tablespoons bacon and brown sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat muffin mix, buttermilk and eggs. Microwave peanut butter and remaining 2 tablespoons butter until melted; stir into batter. Fold in peanut butter chips and remaining 2/3 cup bacon. Pour into prepared ramekins; sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from ramekins to a wire rack. Serve warm. If desired, drizzle with caramel ice cream topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 muffin: 590 calories, 38g fat (15g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 818mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Allison
    Sep 25, 2020

    It is... strange. I made some of these muffins for my roommate and she looked at me, confused, and said "what is happening?" And "dogs would love this." These muffins put me into an existential crisis.

  • Adventuregirl78
    May 16, 2020

    This recipe is fabulous!! Prepared it as is. Great mix of flavors, the topping was yummy along with the caramel drizzle. I fried up my own bacon though. Definitely a keeper! I served this with scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh strawberries.

  • SColson132
    Apr 7, 2020

    Excellent recipe! Prepared this as cornbread (instead of muffins). Left out the peanuts, and used low-fat milk and chocolate chips. Turned out really well!

  • grandmascooking22
    Mar 2, 2020

    Too busy in that there is just too much going on...too many flavors. Not crazy about it.

  • Amanda
    Feb 14, 2020

    Made these for a bake sale at my work. They were easy to make and very tasty! ***I had to use Quaker Oats Oatmeal Muffin Mix instead of cornbread because the store I went to didn't have cornbread mix.

  • ejshellabarger
    Feb 7, 2020

    While it was nice to try such a different recipe, we weren't fans of these muffins. Won't be repeating this recipe.