Eat Skinny: Rosemary Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! First of all, IT’S MAY! Can you believe it? I’ve got some exciting things coming up this month, including a LAUNCH OF MY NEW SITE and a trip out to California! But other than that, I plan on doing a lot of cooking, baking, working out and crafting. Speaking of crafting, I have to share my favorite DIY to date, a working book clock!

It’s so vintage, so trendy and so fun, all at the same time. I promise I’ll link up the tutorial on She Knows when it publishes next week!

In addition to a trendy book clock, I also whipped up something I think y’all are going to like just as much [if not more, I mean, we are foodies here]…

ROSEMARY. CHEDDAR. CORNBREAD MUFFINS. Yes, it’s very necessary those be capitalized and occupy their own sentences. Each major component of these delicious muffins deserve their own shout from the rooftops.

I’m big into cornbread recently. I made an olive oil cornbread cake a few weeks ago for work and have been hooked ever since. As a born-again Southerner, this recent revelation just further showcases that I need to move back down below the Mason Dixon. I’d fit in perfectly, don’t you think?

All joking aside, these corn muffins are just good. They aren’t exactly innovative, unique or creative, per-say, but they are damn good. And you know what, sometimes that’s all that matters. Especially when you’ve been on the road, on a train and in airports all month, it’s just nice to have something simple and delicious that doesn’t come out of a plastic wrapper or paper bag.

If you hate rosemary (I’m judging you a little bit from behind this computer) you can certainly omit it from the recipe and add in your favorite herb. Rosemary is one of my favorites because it has such a soothing, strong but not overbearing, flavor. Plus, we have a little garden full of the fresh stuff so I’ve been trying to find places to put it.

Normal people put it on chicken or in sauces, I put it in a muffin. Eh. Who wants to be normal anyway? Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go inhale these muffins and play with paper mustaches.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart and Taste of Home.

Rosemary Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Yields 12 muffins
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes


  • 1 cup yellow corn meal (I swear by Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (stems removed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup fat free milk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup part-skim cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together until fully mixed. Add in rosemary and stir.
  3. In another bowl, add eggs, milk, applesauce, sugar and oil. Using a hand electric mixer, beat on low until mixture is fully combined and sugar has dissolved. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, beating between each addition.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir in cheddar cheese. Pour batter into the greased muffin cavities about 2/3 the way full.
  5. Bake muffins for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutritional information per muffin:

Calories: 137.5
Fat: 6.1 grams
Carbohydrates: 15.3 grams
Fiber: 1.2 grams
Protein: 3.75
Weight Watchers Points:  3

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  1. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    I want to eat those muffins with a big bowl of creamy soup.  Especially since it's chilly and raining in New York today.
  2. Posted by Alana on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    I just LOVE rosemary and the fact that you baked some into this bread makes me so, so happy! Your muffins look lovely.
  3. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    I am all over this Claire. Rosemary is my favorite! 
  4. Posted by Kelly on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    Oo these look delicious and that clock you made is too precious!! :)
  5. Posted by Renee @ Tortillas and Honey on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    I love that you added rosemary in these! These sound wonderful.
  6. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    These look sooooo outstanding. Love the rosemary
  7. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
  8. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    These look so good! Cornbread for me is a comfort food. It always make me feel safe and cozy
  9. Posted by healthyfoodietravels on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    Oooh, I think these must be my wife's dream! Nice!
  10. Posted by Erin on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    I love cornbread!  I have a great rosemary plant just outside my door too!
  11. Posted by Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    Oooh, I love cornbread!  I usually go pretty traditional, but I like the sound of this!  In fact, I made a cheddar, rosemary, and pumpkin muffin once that was excellent, so I'm absolutely positive that these would also be amazing!
  12. Posted by Wymberley on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    Guuuurrrlll...Im so ready to make these.
    • Posted by admin on
      Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
      Do it!!! I just ate one for breakfast, so good.
  13. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    Happy May! Your month sounds fantastic :) And I love these cornbread muffins!
    • Posted by admin on
      Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
      Thanks friend!
  14. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
     May is going to be a great month! I'm so excited to see your new site!!

    These muffins are fab! I love corn muffins!
    • Posted by admin on
      Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
      Aww thanks, I'm really excited!
  15. Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
    What a great idea to add rosemary and cheddar. I bet these are fabulous!
  16. Posted by Moo Eleven on
    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
    I am completely with you here.  At times, recipes don't need to always be innovative to be delicious...  I love well executed classic recipes!  
    Being English, cornbread isn't something I've ever tried although I've seen recipes in the past but somehow, I've never been tempted ....  UNTIL NOW!!!  These look beautiful and gorgeous pictures...thanks for sharing.  Moo x
  17. Posted by Healthy Living Val on
    Monday, May 14th, 2012
    Savory, herb-y muffins are such a unique way to go! We loved the recipe so much we included it in our Mother's Day round-up. 
  18. Posted by Cheryl on
    Thursday, July 4th, 2013
    Are these points plus or the old Weight Watchers points?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Friday, July 5th, 2013
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