Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix Copycat Recipe


Our copycat recipe for Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix is one of the best recipes for cornbread. It does a good job of replicating the real thing. The great thing about making your own muffin mix is that you can custom make it according to your dietary needs or flavor preferences. And it’s not chock full of unnecessary chemicals or preservatives.

You can mix the dry ingredients of this recipe and measure out how much you need later when you’re ready to use it, adding the wet ingredients at that time. There’s nothing like steaming fresh cornbread that melts in your mouth, with a pat of soft butter.

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Bisquick Baking Mix
baking powder


Mixing Bowl
Baking Pan

Cornbread Muffin Add-Ins

Making custom-made cornbread muffins, bread or cake can be a lot of fun. And the flavors are limitless. Here are some ideas for add-ins:

bacon and cheddar
sour cream and chives
sausage and mozzarella
maple and bacon
cinnamon and sugar
honey and butter
jalapeño and cheddar
garlic and rosemary
parmesan and green onions

Marie Callendar’s Original Cornbread Mix

We have tested and tried a lot of cornbread mixes over the years since cornbread is a family favorite for us. If you like cornbread, we think you’ll like this recipe too. It’s delicious, moist and the kind that melts in your mouth.

Marie Callender’s Cornbread Mix Original Low Fat

To make a lower fat version, consider adapting our recipe and substituting items such as butter, milk and eggs for lower fat versions. You might choose to use a butter substitute or low fat butter option. You might also choose to use an egg substitute for health or dietary reasons. And as far as the milk is concerned, you can use a low fat milk or milk substitute for similar results.

Copycat Marie Callendar’s Cornbread

What is a copycat recipe? It’s one that we’ve come up with to replicate the real thing.  And we believe this Copycat Marie Callendar’s cornbread mix does a good job of replicating the real thing. 

How To Make Cornmeal!

Did you know that it’s possible to make your own cornmeal? Research shows that it can be done using a heavy-duty electric household wheat grinder. You can grind un-popped popcorn fine and use that the same as cornmeal. Before you begin, confirm that your grinder is indeed a heavy-duty version, because popcorn is much tougher than wheat. You don’t want to burn up your machine by making it do work it’s not cut out to do.

What Goes With Cornbread?

Me like to eat literally anything with cornbread. My kids have been known to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack. It goes great with a fresh batch of chili, soup or stew. It helps to promote that comfort food feeling. It also pairs well with anything grilled, such as meats, vegetables, or pastas. And we can’t forget salads. Cornbread is a nice filler and addition of texture to eat with a salad.

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Cornbread with Honey Butter

Eating cornbread with honey and butter is often a very popular way to consume this delicious dish. Some people have been known to even mix honey and butter to make homemade honey butter.  Here is a recipe for whipped honey butter:

2 sticks butter, softened at room temperature
2/3 cup honey
¾ cup powdered sugar

Using an electric mixer, beat together the ingredients until thoroughly mixed and whipped butter forms.

How To Store Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix

Marie Callendar’s cornbread mix can be stored 2 ways. The first way to store it is in its dry form as a mix, before the egg and milk are added. This would be like what you would purchase in a box or package if you were to buy it from the grocery store. To store it in its dry form, once mixed, place it in an airtight container such as a jar with a lid or plastic food storage container. It can also be stored in a zipped storage bag. Place it in the refrigerator or freezer for added length and freshness.

To store already baked cornbread, place it in an airtight container or zipped storage bag. It can be stored on the countertop at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to three days. It can also be stored in the freezer for up to three months.  

Can I Freeze Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix?

Yes, it can be frozen in dry form as well as in an already baked cornbread form. Either way, it should be placed in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Can I Make Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix Gluten Free?

Yes, this recipe works really well with an all-purpose gluten free flour that uses a 1:1 exchange. Just substitute the gluten free flour for the all-purpose flour and the other items can remain the same.

What To Do With Leftover Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix

There are several things that can be made with leftover Marie Callendar’s cornbread mix. You can make cornmeal pancakes, cornmeal muffins, cornbread pudding, cornbread fritters, cornbread stuffing and more.

Marie Callendar’s Hush Puppies

Use your leftover cornbread batter to make hush puppies. Just heat some cooking oil in a saucepan on the stovetop until it reaches 350 F degrees. Do not allow it to exceed 350F degrees or you can end up with a grease fire. Drop cornmeal batter into the heated grease by the tablespoon full and cook the balls until they begin to turn brown. Remove them from the grease and allow them to cool on a paper towel before serving.

Marie Callender's cornbread mix

How Can I Know if My Cornbread is Done?

The best way to tell if cornbread is done is to insert a toothpick in the center of the baking pan once the cornbread reaches the specified baking time. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cornbread is finished baking. If it comes out with dough still on the toothpick, it needs to bake longer.

How To Make The Cornbread

Making the cornbread involves mixing the dry ingredients together first, then adding the wet ingredients and mixing thoroughly. Bake it in a greased baking pan. You can use a round or square baking pan or even put them into cupcake tins to enjoy already divided individual servings.


3 eggs
1 ½ cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
3 cups Bisquick
½ cup cornmeal
1 cup sugar
¾ tsp baking powder

Time To Bake The Cornbread

Use the specified baking time if you’re cooking the batter all in one pan. If you’re splitting the dough into smaller pans such as cupcake tins, consider cutting the bake time in half and then adding baking time in few minute increments as needed.


1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients.
3. Add remaining wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Pour into greased baking pan.
5. Bake for 35 minutes or until center is done.

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