pimento cheese muffins

Pimento Cheese Muffins

A quick muffin batter stuffed full of a traditional pimento cheese mixture. The results are some amazing savory muffins!


Pimento Cheese Muffins

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Since I did a post earlier this week that kind of dissed pimentos by replacing them in olives, I thought I’d give pimentos a chance for a rebuttal.

And rebut they did! This recipe was actually inspired by the most recent Bon Appétit which incorporated pimento cheese into a baked macaroni dish. I made that and loved it, but decided to take it one step further by adding the same flavors to a savory muffin.

The results were everything you could hope for in a savory muffin!

pimento cheese muffins

Pimento Cheese Muffins

A quick muffin batter stuffed full of a traditional pimento cheese mixture. The results are some amazing savory muffins!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breads, Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins



  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar shredded
  • ½ Cup Peppadew Peppers diced (about 10 peppers)
  • Pinch of salt


  • Mix together shredded cheese and diced peppadew peppers until well combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients for muffins together in a medium bowl.
  • Mix wet ingredients (egg, butter, milk) in a smaller bowl.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
  • Stir in Pimento cheese mixture.
  • Spoon batter into 12 buttered baking tins.
  • Bake at 350 °F for roughly 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Let muffins cool for a few minutes before serving.


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 182mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 264IUCalcium: 157mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Homemade Muffins, Pimento Cheese

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Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is a traditional southern spread that’s basically just cheddar cheese and Peppadew peppers blended together. Depending on the consistency you’re going for, you could mix in some mayo or sour cream as well.

But these are the essentials for a good pimento cheese. Extra sharp cheddar is really important actually. Don’t use a mild variety.

Pimento cheese: Deconstructed

If you wanted to make this into a spreadable thing (which it is traditionally) then you’d want to process the cheese and peppers together until they are smooth. The moisture from the peppers will soften up the cheese and make it nice and spreadable.

For our purposes though, a bit more rustic mix works better. So I just grated up my cheese and diced my peppers and mixed them together like that.

No need to over mix it.

Making the batter

This muffin batter is my standard muffin mix. Basically, just combine your milk, melted butter, and eggs in a small bowl. In a separate, larger bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.

Then just stir your wet ingredients into your dry mix.

Basic batter really.

Once that’s all stirred together, gently stir in your pimento cheese mixture.

Easy enough right?!

batter ready
All mixed up!

Baking the muffins

The only key to remember for the baking is to make sure you butter your individual muffin cups. If you don’t butter them well, the pimento cheese might stick to the tin a bit. So just get a paper towel and some soft butter and rub a light coating in each cup.

As far as filling goes, you can fill these pretty high. They don’t rise a lot due to the weight of the pimento cheese.

tins filled
You can fill these guys pretty high.

Bake these at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. When they’re done, remove them from the tin and let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes.

If you don’t have a wire rack you can just cool them on a plate.

Cool it down!

These are best when they’re still a little warm, but I had one the next day and it was still pretty solid.

The pimentos are a tiny bit spicy, but also surprisingly sweet. The extra sharp cheddar just gives a nice savory flavor to the muffin.

One more shot…

These were pretty killer muffins in my book and definitely something that you don’t see everyday!

If you’re sick of your standard blueberry or bran muffin, give these guys a shot for a new twist.

15 Responses to “Pimento Cheese Muffins” Leave a comment

  1. I can't wait to try this! They look amazing! This may be the first thing I cook once I get back into the kitchen since having my baby. I hope she loves pimento cheese as much as my husband and I do. We make our own pimento cheese occasionally and it's out of this world! We were in Asheville, NC back in November and had an appetizer at a restaurant that had pimento cheese melted over a couple of what tasted like cornbread stuffing muffins. Oh I was in heaven! Pimento cheese over scrambled eggs: also a win!

    I saw this a few weeks ago and it makes me proud to call Raleigh my home: http://obsbite.blogspot.com/2011/02/cheese-quiz-w

  2. I love your blog. I get a lot of blogs via email, but I like yours, Framed, Nibble Me This, and one other one the most. BUT I hava a ?. Why is it that when one blogger posts something like (recently) Cast Iron Pizza, every freaking post for the next week about cast iron pizza?! EVERY dam thing last fall was butternut something. Now you can't escape Nutella; for cripessakes. Nutella has been around FOREVER|!!!!!!!!!! I have unsubscribed to many blogs I used to like because they all post the same damn stuff. Thanks for listeninig. LOL

  3. Pimentos are made from the super-sweet cherry pepper, the same pepper that's harvested for paprika. I suspect a 4-oz. jar of pimentos, drained, would work perfectly. I'm certainly going to give it a try, because the recipe sounds great, and I have jar of Mario pimentos in the cupboard. : ) (Don't discard the juice, use it in a Bloody Mary.)

  4. I've got these in the oven now. I found a hunk of aged cheddar with peppadews in it! Cut down on the extra chopping I guess! :D Mine rose a TON though….. hopefully they're still delicious!

  5. I have a bed and breakfast in Cajun Country Louisiana. I've made this and served them with my shrimp eggs and boudan. Great reviews! Pimentos-I made them myself-easy. E-mail me for receipe…until…sauce on!

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  7. Oh my! Once again you’re making my Southern inner child VERY happy. Pimento Cheese (or as we say “pamenna cheese”) has been a long-loved family favorite. It’s even been a source of battle between my grandmother and mother (who makes the best). I think this receipt will allow me to one-up the both of them:)

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