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Aug 27, 2018

Beer and Cheese Muffins

These beer and cheese muffins are a cheesy and savory treat. They are filled with Fontina cheese, but you can use any good melty cheese you like, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or gruyère. For an extra kick, you could also use pepper Jack.

Beer and Cheese Muffins in a basket

These beer and cheese muffins get most of their liquid from a bottle of beer. The beer also may add a little bit of leavening to the batter.

I used Modelo, a medium bodied Mexican beer for these muffins. You can use your favorite beer for these muffins to make them your own. You could even use hard cider to make them even more interesting.

These are about the easiest muffins in the world to make. They pretty much capture the "muffin method," dry ingredients in one bowl, and wet ingredients in the other.... combine, stir, and bake. Twenty minutes later, you have warm cheesy muffins to go with your breakfast or salad.

Beer, cheese, and Dijon muffins

You could also get really creative and add some chopped ham or chopped cooked bacon to these and have a portable lunch right here.

See how cool muffins are?

Hints for making these muffins:

  1. Make sure the beer is at room temperature so that it doesn't make the butter in the batter harden. 
  2. Be sure that your cheese is coarsely grated so that you can taste it in the muffins, and especially on top. 
  3. These muffins can be individually wrapped and frozen. Just take one out each evening to enjoy the next morning. A 15 second turn in the microwave will also revive the muffins. 
  4. These are great as is, or warm with butter. 
After the recipe, be sure to visit the links from the rest of the Muffin Monday bakers, hosted by my friend Stacy of Food Lust People Love

muffins, cheese, beer
Breakfast, lunch, muffins
Yield: 12 servings

Beer and Cheese Muffins


  • 2 1/4 cups (12 1/5 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 cup (10 ounces) beer
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely shredded Fontina cheese (or cheese of your choice) (5 ounces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners. 
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, butter, and mustard. Slowly add the beer while whisking, until the foaming dies down. Add the cheese and stir. Add the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until all of the flour has been absorbed. 
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the 12 cavities of the muffin tin, about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan to a wire rack and cool for an additional 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 
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These beer and cheese muffins are a cheesy and savory treat. They are filled with Fontina cheese, but you can use any good melty cheese you like, such as mozzarella, cheddar, or gruyère.

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  1. I've always enjoyed beer bread- never thought to make it into muffins but this shows how perfect that would be. I'd love this with a bowl of chili.

    1. Oooh, that sounds like a good combo. Thanks Sue.

  2. I don't make savory muffins often enough, these look fantastic!

  3. I love beer bread and I am happy you shared a savory muffin. They are my preference.

  4. Beer and cheese! These are pretty much my ideal muffin, Karen. You came through big time!

  5. Did I miss something? How much beer?

  6. You got me at Fontina! I don't always find Italian Fontina where we live, but when I do, I pounce on it like Buck on a snake (quite the image!)


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