Halloween Cornbread Skulls

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Cornmeal, pepper bacon, grated cheese, buttery rich batter cornbread recipe to love in the Autumn and particularly Halloween!

Halloween Pepper Bacon Cornbread

Halloween Culinary Treats

Who said Halloween couldn’t be fun for adults too! This corn bread is loaded with crispy bacon, plenty cracked black pepper, in a buttery rich, whole milk cornmeal batter.

I created this delicious cornbread recipe to go in my Halloween Skull Mold but they are so darn delicious you will want to make these all year, in a muffin tin, loaf pan or sheet tray.

These will be served on Halloween night for our family, with a huge cauldron of Squid Ink Pasta, slimy black noodles!


Bacon, for me, is a great way to add both fat and saltiness to foods. We all know how delicious corn is with salt and melted butter, so bacon was the perfect marriage with corn in this cornmeal batter.

The bacon gets baked in the oven in about 10-minutes while mixing the batter, crumbled and added to the batter just before baking.


Pepper. While I could have chosen fresh chili peppers from my garden for this recipe, still producing in October, I wanted to be mindful of the little ones who will definitely want to eat this cornbread. For this reason, freshly cracked black pepper is both spicy yet kind to a young palate.


Corn. Cornbread is so easy to prepare but if you really want to elevate these corn muffins, toss some whole corn kernels in the batter as well. The sweetness from the corn is perfect with the salty bacon bits.

Skeletons And Skulls: Boo!

Skull Muffin Tins are just too darn fun not to own, even if you only pull it out for Halloween to use. This particular skull muffin tin was fabulous to work with.

It is metal, so it got really hot fast, when I popped these in the oven. I thought for sure, the details in the face wouldn’t come out in the cornbread once it was baked but I was wrong.

I sprayed a little non-stick in the crevices, dusted a little cornmeal inside, then tapped  the extra out, and they were perfect!

Halloween Food

Halloween Food should be just as much fun as the day itself. A large cauldron of chili and these muffins will become a traditional meal you will look forward to every Halloween, whether adult or kid, or simply a big kid at heart!

Ingredients Needed

  • Pepper Bacon
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Grated cheese

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Skull baking tins or Muffin tins
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Sauté pan – for precooking bacon and to melt butter
  • Oven

My Muffin Madness Cookbook

Now that I’ve got you thinking outside the box about muffins, are you ready to try other creative and delicious muffin recipes you won’t find anywhere else?

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Halloween Pepper Bacon Cornbread Skulls

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread Muffins u0026amp; CrackersCuisine: American



Cornmeal, pepper bacon, grated cheese, buttery rich batter cornbread recipe to love in the Autumn and particularly Halloween!


  • Pepper Bacon – 12 oz package, cooked and crumbled

  • Whole Milk – 2 cups

  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

  • Eggs – 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk

  • Butter – 2 sticks (16 oz), melted and cooled

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Cornmeal – 2 cups

  • Flour – 2 cups

  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons

  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Grated Cheese – 3/4 cup (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375. Non-stick spray in molds/tins and lightly dusted with cornmeal.
  • In a small bowl, whisk milk and lemon juice and let sit 5 minutes to sour.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and soured milk.
  • While whisking, slowly pour in melted butter.
  • Whisk in remaining dry ingredients.
  • Fold in bacon and cheese (if using).
  • Fill tins 3/4 full and bake for about 25 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.
  • Cool and pop out of cooking molds.


  • While these are baked in a jumbo tin, a regular 12 muffin tin can be used, perhaps a little less baking time.
Pepper Bacon Cornbread Skulls

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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