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bacon and cheese muffins

These savory muffins are stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese and crispy bacon. They blow their blueberry cousins straight out of the oven and put bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches to shame.

Well that is, unless you decide to make a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich out of a split bacon and cheese muffin. Now that’s a little dirty.

And I like it.

Pretty much everything about these muffins make me want to do a happy dance. While they were baking, I was literally sitting cross-legged in front of the oven praying they would turn out as delicious as they smelled.

And they did! Oh, did they ever.

They’d be great for breakfasts on the run or for a fun addition to the Easter brunch table. I would even serve these instead of rolls at my dinner table!

Bacon really works anytime, anywhere. Would you judge me if I told you I ate one of these for a pre-yoga snack the other day? What kind of yogi does that make me?

Don’t answer that.

These are worth waking up early for.

Bacon and Cheese Muffins

makes 1 dozen muffins

Print this recipe!


3 slices bacon

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry bacon until crispy then chop into small pieces. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and melted butter. Add bacon bits and cheese to milk mixture then add wet ingredients to dry.

Scoop batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 30 minutes, or until bottoms are golden.

Serve warm.


45 minutes

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  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    April 15, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Wow. Those would definitly be a savory treat to enjoy! You always give the most delectible recipes! Thanks for that!!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    April 15, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I found a recipe the other day for Goat Cheese Muffins! So now they MUST be made – but bacon is a good addition 🙂

    And Yogi? Hah – when I did a training course (feels like a different life-time) – the hard-core serious yogis were not all your stereotypical “hippie” granola people – they drank ubiquitous amounts of coffee, ate Reese’s and baked chocolate cupcakes with butter.

    Smart people.

  • a farmer in the dell
    April 15, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Delicious! These sound AMAZING!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 15, 2011 at 4:59 am

    don’t need to twist my arm to eat (ten of) these.

    • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
      April 15, 2011 at 5:06 am

      Thought of you as soon as I saw the word ‘bacon’! 🙂

    • McKella
      April 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

      This has your name written all over it!

  • Molly
    April 15, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Perfect brunch addition! This is like those gross egg mcmuffin things suped up into something made of real food!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    April 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I need more bacon in my life.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Though I know it’s a sin, I think I’ll make these without bacon. They look SOOOOOOOO good!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    April 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Oh myyyy…
    I think eating one of these bad boys before yoga makes you a smart yogi. Its best to fuel your body with what it responds best to and if cheese and bacon muffins make your body happy, then you should embrace – ahem, eat – them 🙂

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    April 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Is it bad that I instantly thought “I wonder what it’d be like to use some bacon grease in lieu of butter”? I don’t even eat bacon, yet that intrigues me.

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    April 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

    That’s one heck of a breakfast! 😉

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    April 15, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Oh heavens–there is no better combination than bacon and cheddar!

  • kristine
    April 15, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Think im going to have to make this for my boyfriend 🙂

  • Amy
    April 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

    *Ahhhh* (<- angels singing).
    Perfection 🙂 No further words needed.

  • Ruth
    April 15, 2011 at 5:23 am

    These look amazing. I need them in my life. Right now. Or preferably sooner!

  • Ruth
    April 15, 2011 at 5:24 am

    By the way, I also have a habit of sitting cross-legged in front of the oven just waiting. Glad it’s not just me.

  • Jackie
    April 15, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Sounds stupendous!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    April 15, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Oohh, they look fantastic!!!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    April 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I just made a new cheese bread recipe last weekend…now I’m thinking I should have put bacon in it! These look great!

  • Liz
    April 15, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Oh my gosh! These look incredible!! My boyfriend’s birthday is next weekend and I think these are going to make an appearance!

  • Lia
    April 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

    WOW. Those look ridiculously amazing! I never used to be a huge bacon fan but I love it these days.

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    April 15, 2011 at 5:58 am

    They WOULD be a great addition to an Easter Brunch. I’m in charge of breakfast for the family this Easter and these are going on the table. Thanks so much for helping me get that figured out!

  • Lia
    April 15, 2011 at 5:58 am

    WOW. Those look ridiculously amazing! I never used to be a huge bacon fan but I love it these days

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    April 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I want these now. A whole stick of butter in the recipe? Yes please!

  • brandi
    April 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

    i love bacon and cheese in cornbread, so I’m sure I would love these muffins!

  • Kelly
    April 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Savory muffins sound a lot better than a sweet muffin to me! I am definitely going to have to try this!

  • Elizabeth @ the good life
    April 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Well, yum!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 15, 2011 at 6:37 am

    you had me at bacon, cheese, and muffin 😉

    awesome! 🙂

  • Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life
    April 15, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Holy hell. That is all.

  • Urban Wife
    April 15, 2011 at 6:42 am

    These would be amazing with jalapenos. Holy yum!!

    • Urban Wife
      April 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

      To clarify, not straight up jalapenos as a side – that would burn too much. 😉 I meant diced up in the batter itself…in case anyone wondered if I was cuhrazy!

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    April 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Bacon + Cheese + muffin = bliss! I want one right now!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    April 15, 2011 at 6:55 am

    my husband would do anything for me if i made these for him. oh man, must do!

  • Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl
    April 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Those look deeeelicious, and so perfect for Sunday brunch!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Yummy 😉 These look sooooo good !

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    April 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Now I think THESE are the way to a man’s heart. At least in the morning 😉

  • kristina@beancakes
    April 15, 2011 at 7:25 am

    noooo, i would NOT judge you for eating one of these! i love the sound of this recipe.

  • Tasha @ Voracious
    April 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

    These look PERFECT. And yes, I do believe I would eat one (or 5) before yoga.

    Here in Saudi Arabia, pork products are illegal, but the next time I leave the country I’m going to have to find some bacon and a kitchen and get cooking, because there is no way I can skip this recipe.

    This might be the best thing I’ve seen all week…

  • Jessica
    April 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Oooo boy… these may have to be on my weekend brunch-at-home menu. 🙂 How can I turn down bacon and cheese?

  • christina
    April 15, 2011 at 7:41 am

    i know you can’t change it, but i totally think your blog should be called “eat, live, fun” …bc you are! 🙂

  • Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition
    April 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Ummm Hello tomorrow’s breakfast! What a fab recipe!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    April 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I am not a huge bacon person (I know, I know), yet even I can see the appeal in these muffins.

  • Jessie
    April 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

    This is exactly the kind of breakfast I have been looking for!

  • Caitlin
    April 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Wow those look delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast before hitting the slopes. Easter is on closing day of my local ski resort, so we are having an on-mountain Easter brunch. These will be a great addition. Thanks!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy
    April 15, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I would definitely enjoy waking up to these. 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals
    April 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, good golly!

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free
    April 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I just made a g-free version of these! Thank you for providing a good breakfast solution for hungover boys 🙂

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    April 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Hubby is going to love this. Once I get around to buying the bacon that is 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  • Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)
    April 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’ve never had a cheese and bacon muffin before but I don’t see how it wouldn’t be amazing lol

  • Lauren
    April 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    These look heavenly!!! My mom makes a bacon and cheese biscuit that I love, these look very similar!

  • jenna{frombostonwithlove}
    April 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Bacon makes EVERTYHING better!

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    April 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I miss bacon! “Bacon” in france is lame!

  • Tina @My Life as a Mrs
    April 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

    YUM! Love that you can say, “Oh I had a ‘muffin’ for breakfast…” hah No one needs to know 😉

  • Courtney T.
    April 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Wow! These look AH-mazing!! Can’t wait to try them out 🙂

  • katie
    April 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I dont eat bacon, but my son and fiance would LOVE these!!!!

  • Emily @ Life On Food
    April 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Beyond deliciousness. Perfect for an Easter brunch!

  • Kristin Eats
    April 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Oh man, Jenna, these look so great. Adding them to the Easter brunch menu. Happy Friday!!

  • Alyssa
    April 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    AHHHH! I have to make these ASAP! I made bacon cheddar biscuits for my sweetie last Saturday and he said they were (gasp) DRY! After shooting daggers at him with my eyes, I decided to forgive and just try again another time. These look like they might just be an improvement on my first attempt. Thanks- loving the savory recipes!

  • Amelia
    April 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Oh yeah, bacon and cheese. What’s not to love? These would be great after an early morning Body Pump.

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    April 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Those muffins looked amazing! If I could be trusted with having an entire package of bacon in the house, I would be making them immediately 🙂

  • Katy
    April 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Um…YES! Is there anything better than bacon, cheese and baked goods?! Love.

  • Maria
    April 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Bacon and cheese? What a special muffin!

  • Allie
    April 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

    These remind me of the bacon cheddar popcorn I had the movies a few weeks ago. Yes, it was as good as it sounds!

  • Katrina
    April 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Cool idea! My boy would love these!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    This is my husband’s dream food: bacon, cheese, white bread. Really, he would be in heaven if I would make these 🙂

  • kirbie
    April 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    These look delicious! i’ve been making a lot of savory biscuit type dishes lately and using a lot of bacon. This is a perfect recipe for me to try next!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    April 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Wow! These look incredible.

    “Bacon is the fairy dust of the culinary world”

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    April 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I love your savory recipes!

  • Margaret
    April 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I love so many of your recipes, and this looks amazing too. Maybe this is a dumb question, but when your recipe says “butter” is the default salted or unsalted? I’m planning on making several for Easter and I want them to turn out as delicious as possible. Thanks so much!

    • Liz
      April 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

      I was actually tolling the comments to see if any one had asked this because I made these last night with unsalted and they seemed to be lacking something. I’d definitely recommend salted butter and I absolutely plan on making these again.

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    April 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love your food philosophy Jenna! You never deprive your self. You eat what ya crave and love what ya eat! Wonderful.

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    The pictures are stunning, as is the recipe. I’m not even a bacon girl (I know, I KNOW! Horrible!) but I would totally make these. 😀

  • Sonny
    April 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I LOVE your blog!!! Bacon is also amazing and I seriously can’t wait to try this recipe. Bacon, cheese AND bread?!?!? YUM!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    April 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I totally made some savory scones like this a while back, and they were delicious!!

  • Nancy in Naples
    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I actually heard today they will be marketing a perfume that smells like bacon 🙂

  • ingrid
    April 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    oh sweeet lordy! i happen to have all ingredients needed for these babies. and tomorrow is sunday. what better day for cheddar bacon muffins? nom nom nom!

  • Jenny D.
    April 16, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I made these this morning for a group meeting – I’ve already eaten two! YUUUUMMMMMM! 🙂

  • Samantha
    April 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I have these in the oven now! My muffin tins must be a bit bigger because it only filled 6. I rarely bake so who knows if mine will turn out how yours look, haha. At least my house smells like yummy bacon now! 🙂

    • Samantha
      April 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

      I can’t count.. it made 9, not 6 🙂 They look beautiful, smell wonderful, but mine turned out a bit dry 🙁 Still yummy though!

  • liz
    April 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Is there a source for this recipe?

    • jenna
      April 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Me throwing things together like a mad woman in my kitchen 😉

  • Matthew Kadey
    April 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Being a Canuck, I’m going to try these with Canadian bacon!

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    April 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Your beautiful pictures made me want to make these! I made some this morning for my father’s birthday, and he loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Cali
    April 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

    These are wonderful!! Just made a batch to have as breakfast on the go. The only thing I did differently was add some chopped scallions. Delish!

  • Heather
    April 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I just tried these out 🙂 They were good, but I think they could use a little more flavor. Maybe more bacon. I will definitely try them again!

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    April 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Just made these – fabulous, thank you! I used 1/2 wholemeal 1/2 regular flour. & added a touch of cayenne. My man loves them 🙂
    Heidi xo

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    February 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    can I use bisquick heartsmart instead of the AP flour do you think?

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      You can try!

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    July 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

    In the oven!!!!!!!!!!!! My house smells like cheese and bacon heaven!

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  • Julia
    April 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I made these today while my husband was at work. He got out of the elevator on our floor and walked in our apartment to tell me the whole floor smelled like cheddar and bacon. He really liked them, but mine turned out much more buttery than yours (which was actually not what I wanted). I used a block of cheese shredded (rather than the shredded cheese from the bag) and I wonder if that might have been the culprit. I also think I might have over-greased the muffin tin. I can’t wait to try them again and I hope they’ll come out a little more dry.

  • Rachel
    April 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Is it better to use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe?

  • Laura
    August 9, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Hello! I made these today, but they were a wee bit dry and bland even though I reduced the baking time. So I topped them with more cheese before baking them and they were better! Pairing them with butter spread would be fabulous. I would perhaps add a little spice in them in the future. But thanks for the very easy recipe! 🙂 x

  • Lisa
    September 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I made these tonight for my son to have for breakfast or as a snack this week. I made a couple of tweaks, like replacing half the a/p flour with whole wheat, American cheese because that’s what my son likes and unsalted butter since the recipe called for salt and they turned out yummy! In fact, they are better than the bisquick recipe I was using which always came out dry and crumbly. Thanks so much for sharing, we are definitely going to be making these again!