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Millionaire Jiffy Muffins

Recipe and photography by Bev Davis.


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                                                                                          October 31, 2017

Friends and family love these muffins.   Bursting with homemade flavor from a surprise ingredient... corn muffin mix.  Oooh yeah!   They taste like a million dollars (my opinion).  Many years ago, I stumbled upon this recipe.  I wanted to make cornbread, but I was out of flour.  I did have a box of corn muffin mix.  So, I used it instead.  DELICIOUS!!  I kept experimenting.  The next time, I used a little flour, cornmeal mix, and corn muffin mix.  Extra delicious!  Fast forward to June 2010 when I made a firm decision to hire me.  I always wanted to work for myself which explains why I was never happy working for other people.  I launched my cornbread career with local and national media attention.  It started with a local news story about my grand idea to save my home with profits from cornbread sales.  I had this website, an e-book, bumper stickers, and a proposed cornbread mix.  How BOLD was that?  I mentioned Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and corn as I prepared a recipe and shared my story.  The company heard about it.  The Mr. Howdy Holmes, the President/CEO of Chelsea Milling Company sent a financial donation, an autographed book, and a lovely t-shirt.  The money was put to very good use.  However, through a series of unpleasant events, the gifts were destroyed.  Thankfully, my story gets BETTER.  Months later, I got the courage to ask for another autographed book and t-shirt.  I was so blessed to receive that package!!!  Photos below.  As for a new house, I'm still working my plan for a debt-free purchase.  My BIG dreams match my fierce work ethic!  This winner never quit!  Remember, some dreams take longer to realize than other.  Persistence wears down resistance.  Never give up!

In late 2014 or early 2015, I decided to start an online petition to convince the company to update the recipe printed on the box. 

My intentions were sincere.  I gathered several hundred signatures and emailed Mr. Howdy Holmes.  He responded with a phone call.  From his perspective, I could see that my campaign was negative.  He explained it's a foundational product loved by millions.  Changing the recipe was NOT an option.  I apologized and discontinued the campaign.  Oops!  Won't do anything like that again.  

The experience made me wiser.   The recipe is printed here.  ENJOY!

This nice t-shirt was included with my autographed book.  I framed it.  My plan is to hang this beauty in my dream home's office (more on that later).   Right now, it's safely tucked away in my closet.   Left photo is the front of my cute t-shirt.  Middle photo is the back.  Far right is the elegant framed version.  Tap each image to enlarge.

Warm muffins drizzled with melted

butter and honey are great for breakfast

or as a light snack.


1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix

1/2 cup self-rising flour, sifted

1/4 cup corn muffin mix

2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

2 large eggs, beaten

1-1/4 cups buttermilk

3 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Gather together all ingredients. In large bowl, combine cornmeal mix, sifted flour, and sugar (if using).  Add eggs and buttermilk.  Stir until batter is almost
smooth (small lumps okay) and pourable. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil to each muffin tin's cup.  Warm in hot oven for 5 minutes.    Avoid smoking hot.    Remove from oven.  Set aside.  Stir batter until pourable.   Drop about 3 tablespoons of batter into each cup.  Carefully return muffin tin to hot oven.  Reduce temperature to 375 degrees.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Serve hot.    Makes about 18 muffins.

Vegetable oil cooking spray will work.  I like vegetable oil because it produces a thick crispy crust.