Be still, my beating heart. What’s this, a savory muffin? No chocolate? No fruit? No cinnamon??

No, I haven’t lost my mind, I’m just going through a bit of a quarter life crisis. A baking rut. Muffin ennui, if you will. Even though I still have precisely 713 recipes left to make, I’ve gotten a little bored of the typical sweet breakfast muffin. So this month, I’m giving my sweet tooth a break and focusing on the savory, starting off with these chipotle cheddar cornmeal muffins.

Now that’s a good-looking bowl

Chipotle Cheddar Muffins (38 of 750)

Adapted from  750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury

Makes 40 mini muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir in cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, egg, and butter until well blended. Whisk in milk until blended.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  5. Divide the batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and add a pinch of chipotle pepper to the tops.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

Cheesy muffins. It doesn’t get much better than that.

These muffins are in the Lunch and Supper category, but they’re perfect for breakfast too. They’re not so cheesy that they’d weigh you down first thing in the morning and the spices are a nice kick to wake up (but not obliterate) your taste buds. They’ve got a really tender, delicate crumb and it’s almost like you’re eating cheesy little biscuits.

Fresh out of the oven, they melt in your mouth, but once they’ve cooled to room temperature, the sharp cheddar and the heat from the spices really get a chance to meld. I bet these would also be great toasted, with a little pat of butter and a spoonful of jalapeno jelly. Or as a full-sized muffin sandwich, with scrambled eggs and some more cheese in the middle. Sweet tooth, I’ve forgotten all about you.

Chipotle Cheddar Muffins

Can’t forget the cheese on top!

Chipotle cheddar muffins

Chipotle cheddar muffins