Pumpkin Cornbread

Fluffy homemade Pumpkin Cornbread kissed with a tasty blend of brown butter, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice.

Homemade Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

I’ve been making my classic cornbread recipe for ages now. It’s SO GOOD and never let’s me down!

With Fall temps on the horizon (HURRY UP FLORIDA!) I decided to play mad scientist in the kitchen and add pumpkin to my cornbread.

Since it’s a lightly sweet cornbread recipe to begin with, a little pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice blend were all I needed to give some fall flavor to this fluffy cornbread!

Of course I didn’t stop there! Browning the butter first gave this cornbread a fragrant nuttiness that totally sets it over the top.

The moment we pulled it out of the oven it. was. ON.

My husband, daughter, and I could not stop shoving this pumpkin cornbread in our faces!

Pumpkin Cornbread

Saving a few slices to pair with chili the following day took every ounce of self-control we had.

I can’t wait to make it again!

Pumpkin Cornbread

I’m so super excited for you to try this recipe! Leave me a comment or tag me on social media if you get a chance!

Homemade Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Cornbread

Fluffy homemade Pumpkin Cornbread kissed with a tasty blend of brown butter, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cornbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 291 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prep an 8×8 inch square pan by rubbing with butter or coconut oil.

  2. Combine milk and vinegar. Mix and set aside.

  3. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice blend, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

  4. In a large pan or skillet over medium heat, brown your butter. Let your butter melt untouched, then once it starts to simmer with little brown flecks at the bottom, whisk constantly until butter is lightly golden and fragrant.

  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for about 2 minutes.

  6. Stir in sugar. Whisk until well blended.

  7. Add in milk mixture and pumpkin puree and stir.

  8. Next, add your eggs and beat with a whisk until well incorporated.

  9. Lastly, add your cornmeal mixture and whisk until very few lumps remain.

  10. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. (Mine is always done in 30) Insert a toothpick in the center to test for doneness. If it comes out clean the cornbread is ready! Place on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Serve with honey or butter, if desired. You can even get extra with it and add a little pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar to salted butter and whip it all together for an easy peasy flavored butter.

I typically use an 8×8 foil pan for my cornbread. Cook times will vary if a very dark or glass pan is used so adjust bake times as needed! xo

BAKING TIP: For best results allow ingredients to come to room temperature first. This includes eggs, milk, and pumpkin puree if storing in fridge.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 222mg10%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2512IU50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

Cornbread Freezer Instructions

Need to save some of this pumpkin spice cornbread for later? It’s totally freezer friendly!

Once bread has cooled to room temperature, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and cover with foil. I like to protect mine even further by popping it in a zipped freezer bag, writing the name and date on the front.

To defrost, allow bread (still wrapped) to come to room temperature for about 6 hours left out or thaw in the fridge overnight. Next remove the plastic wrap and return the foil to the bread. Bake in oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

If you get a chance to try this tasty pumpkin cornbread, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!

pumpkin all the things!

I want to try Izzy’s Pumpkin Quesadillas next – so fun!

I miiiiight have been bitten by the pumpkin spice bug this season, so keep an eye our for more pumpkin-kissed goodies here on the blog!


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  • Ashley

    5 stars
    My new favorite cornbread. The pumpkin flavor is just perfect!

  • Natalie

    5 stars
    Oh wow, the texture of this cornbread is amazing. It sounds incredibly delicious. I’m going to make this cornbread, for sure.

    • Sooooo stoked for you to try it! One of my favs this time of year and it’s beyond amazing with regular or veggie chili!

  • Karen Becker

    5 stars
    Wow this cornbread is amazing! I will be making it again for sure.

  • Ruth

    Could a boxed cornbread be used. I don’t think we could use up a whole bag of cornmeal. and I am not much of a baker!!

    • Hi Ruth! I bet you can! I wouldn’t know how much pumpkin to add to boxed cornbread since I haven’t measured it out with a mix but you can totally experiment with it as a shortcut recipe. Maybe swap half the milk the boxed mix requires with pumpkin and take it from there based on the look/taste/consistency of the batter? I’m actually experimenting with boxed cake mix right now haha

  • Colleen Nelson

    5 stars
    Hi Jenn! Do you think this would work well baked as mini-muffins? Can’t wait to try it with my chili this weekend.

    • Absolutely Colleen! I made minis yesterday and it worked great! Make sure you spray the pan with oil (I used an avocado oil spray) or grease with butter first. For easy filling of the muffin tin, add the batter to a spouted measuring cup and simply pour into each mini muffin hole til about 3/4 full. xoxo

      • Ooh! One more tip! To prevent the bottoms from getting too brown you can put a baking sheet under the mini muffin tray *or* use paper liners. I did that on half my muffins.

  • 5 stars
    I made this early this morning and it’s everything you said about it.
    Just changed sugar to brown sugar and a little less butter…gave a couple of pieces to a friend because I can’t stop eating it

  • Kim

    5 stars
    This was over the TOP good! Thank you!!!

  • hey !
    I can’t wait to make this recipe, although can I replace the pumpkin pie spice blend (I live in france) with a combination of spices myself ? Or is it a typical american flavour ^^ And thank you for your recipies !

    • Hi Carine! Yes 100% make the blend at home! I am actually going to be making my own soon as my blend has run out and I only need a few extra spices to make it from scratch.

      Here is the ratio I’m going to use: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon ground clove. I plan on making it into a bigger batch and keeping it in a repurposed spice jar. For this recipe you’ll mix it all together and then just scoop out 1/2 tsp to season the cornbread.

      Let me know if you get a chance to make the recipe. I’m in love with this cornbread! xoxo

      • Thank you very much Jenn, I’ll try to find pumpkin soon and I’ll try your recipe for sure (I have already all the spices I love them)

        • Hope you adore the cornbread, Carine! xoxo

  • Beth

    This looks delish! Is it gluten free?

    • Thank you Beth! It’s made with all-purpose flour in addition to the corn meal so it isn’t gluten free. If you get a chance to experiment using a GF cup-for-cup all-purpose flour blend let me know – I feel like it may work!

      • Beth

        Omg I totally missed the flour in the ingredient list! Thanks for your response

  • Jen C.

    5 stars
    The Pumpkin Cornbread is absolutely delicious and totally screams FALL! It is incredibly light and fluffy. Adding pumpkin to cornbread is definitely a fun twist. This is going to grace my table this Thanksgiving. Thank you, Jenn! <3!

    • Yay!!! So stoked you enjoyed it and I’d be honored to make Thanksgiving table status!

  • Absolutely love corn bread!! Great addition of pumpkin. Gotta try this recipe super soon!!!

    • Thanks Sheenam! Let me know if you get a chance to try the pumpkin cornbread — we’re crazy obsessed with it!

  • Kathy Kunik

    Your recipe looks delish & I would love to make it. 🙂 The recipe does not say how many eggs are needed, nor the size of pan that you used to bake the Pumpkin Cornbread in, unless you were referring to use the skillet. 🙂 Please advise. 🙂 Thank you, so very much for your recipe, Jenn! 🙂

    • Ohmygosh this new recipe card is driving me bonkers!!! I’m terrible at using it – let me fix everything ASAP for you! Thanks boo!

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