Spicy Bacon Cheddar Muffins

Savory muffins with cheddar cheese, bacon, and cayenne pepper.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour.

Spicy Bacon Cheddar Muffins

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 14 muffins
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
This recipe appears in: Wake and Bake: Spicy Bacon Cheddar Muffins


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups packed, grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 pieces thick cut bacon, cooked and diced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 425° F. Butter or line 12 muffin cups or paper muffin liners.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cayenne, pepper, and paprika. Add 1 cup cheese and bacon and stir until well combined.

  3. 3

    In a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Let cool one minute then whisk in milk. Add egg and beat lightly until combined.

  4. 4

    Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Stir until evenly combined.

  5. 5

    Pour batter 3/4 way up muffin cups. Sprinkle cups with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake muffins until golden on top and a cake tester comes out clean, about 15 minutes.


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