I’ll get straight to the point: Cornbread is delicious. Soups, salads, stews, fried foods, grilled meats…you name it, cornbread is the perfect complement to many styles of food.

For Christmas, my Mom, the creative lady that she is, put together a bunch of “recipes in a jar” and handed them out to family and friends. I was so excited when my box of goodies arrived. It was filled with jars full of ingredients to make soups, cookies and best of all…cornbread!

On Memorial Day I was invited to a fantastic BBQ down the street. I knew that grilled meats were going to be served so I decided to prepare the cornbread in a jar that my Mom gave me. By adding just a few extra ingredients, this cornbread was so easy to prepare and the end result was, as cornbread usually is, absolutely delicious.



  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees; grease 8-inch square pan, 8-inch cast iron skillet or cast iron cornbread mold.
  2. Mix corn meal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add egg, milk and shortening and beat until smooth. Be sure not to overbeat.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

*For an extra special gift, place the italicized ingredients in a 2-cup canning jar and seal with fabric and a lid. Print the extra ingredients and directions on decorative paper and attach to the jar for a gift that your family and friends will love!

*Recipe for Cornbread Mix in a Jar adapted from Organized Christmas


  • Reply Maria June 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Great recipe and I love the big sunflower too!

  • Reply Jenny June 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    One of my favorite things to eat ever!! Looks great!

  • Reply Maggy June 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love cornbread – always have. Reminds me of my grandparents :) Also, what a gorgeous photo. I'm glad you made the photos bigger on your site.

  • Reply Tracy June 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    My mouth is watering! I love cornbread. I also love that you included instructions for turning cornbread into a gift! Thanks! :-)

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck June 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    What a pretty photo! I agree that cornbread is a wonderful side to soups and stews. I also love to enjoy it as a snack with a drizzle of honey on it.

  • Reply ivoryhut June 5, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I can almost taste that. What a gorgeous photo! I do enjoy a sweet cornbread, and I definitely want to try this!

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 7, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I absolutely love cornbread! YUM!

  • Reply Fuji Mama June 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I'm a huge fan of good cornbread! Oh darn, an excuse to try a new recipe! :)

  • Reply Michelle June 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Love cornbread any which way! When adding sugar we always called in Johnny Cake.

  • Reply Maggie August 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I hate to say it, but this cornbread did not turn out well for me at all. I followed the recipe exactly, so I'm not sure what could have gone wrong. It was very dry and crumbly.

  • Reply How To: Simplify August 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Maggie: I'm sorry to hear that! The only thing I could think of would be that the oven temperature was a little too hot which caused it to be extra dry. It tastes great to me whenever I make it!

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