Massachusetts Corn Muffins

December 6th, 2012


I had no idea that Massachusetts has an official State muffin.  The corn muffin was chosen by the school children of Massachusetts to have that honor.  It is a staple of New England cookery.  I could not find a state muffin for North Carolina or Florida so if anyone knows if there is such a thing, I would like to be informed.

I was simply looking for a good corn muffin to go with some split pea soup that I had simmering.  I found one on Martha Stewart’s website and was curious as to why she called it a Massachusetts corn muffin.  The addition of honey is characteristic of all of the recipes I viewed for that designation.



This is a pleasantly sweet muffin.  I enjoyed it with the split pea soup.  I am enjoying it in the morning with a cup of coffee.  It is large and not at all crumbly so it is easy to smear with butter and /or additional honey.  It will be a regular component of soup dinners in our house.



You might want to check to see if your state or region has a designated muffin.  Massachusetts certainly has a good one.



1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
coarse salt
1/4 cup safflower oil (I used regular canola oil)
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with oil or smear with butter.

In a large bowl combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt.  In another bowl combine the oil, butter and honey.  Add the eggs and milk and beat to combine.  Add the wet ingredients to the cornmeal mixture and stir together.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.  They will be almost full.  Bake until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 18 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Printable recipe


13 responses to “Massachusetts Corn Muffins”

  1. Lynda says:

    Beautiful looking muffins Penny….I love the addition of honey too.
    I also love the new look on your blog!

  2. Sam Hoffer says:

    My husband’s family is from the north and his dad always made a sweet cornbread.. He said he always ate it for breakfast with syrup. Coming from the south, I found that so different from what I grew up with. There seems to be a great divide along the Mason Dixon line when it comes to cornbread.

  3. Eileen says:

    Sounds delicious. I prefer sweeter corn muffins myself. I’ll going to pin this so I can find it. I could really go for some split pea soup after reading this as well. 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    Love a good corn muffin, and I think you have found it. I will do some research myself….

  5. bellini says:

    These do sound moist and delicious and perfect for stew, chili or anything else you want to pair them with.

  6. Gretchen says:

    Penny, You must have ESP because I’ve been looking for a sweet Corn Muffin recipe and couldn’t find one. Thank you.

  7. Lisa says:

    I am so happy to see a cornbread recipe with some sugar in it! I like it on the sweet side and my favorite was from a restaurant in Michigan that served the best cornbread and it was sweet. I have not found anything close to it quite yet. This might be it! Can’t wait to give it try! Thanks!

  8. Marcia Smith says:

    Since I am originally a Massachusetts girl I should know about this!!! We always had sweet corn muffins growing up and in true Massachusetts “know it all” fashion we thought everyone did 🙂 Never knew we had an official muffin in my home state!!! Glad to hear it !!!

  9. Kate Zeller says:

    A state muffin, eh? I had no idea. My mother made cornbread a lot when I was growing up and I love it, but kind of forget about it. These look yummy. I wonder if Wisconsin has a muffin lol

  10. L.A. Brown says:

    Now doesn’t that sound good. Split pea soup and corn muffins. Really nice photo Penny.

  11. Linderhof says:

    I made a Dorie Greenspan corn muffin to go with soup! Your recipe sounds good and I’ll try it next time. I don’t have the PERFECT corn muffin — yet!

  12. Gloria says:

    Greetings, Penny! Lord, it’s been a long time since I visited. I saw this on Pinterest and came over. I then mistakenly closed out and so I lost the pin to re-pin it! I will have to go on your Pinterest to find it to repin. 🙂 Your blog looks great also! Hope you had nice holidays and are having a great new year too. Take care.
    Gloria (the little red house with the white porch.blogspot)

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