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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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