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Nov 26, 2018

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffins - fabulous as an easy appetizer, and delicious with a salad or a bowl of soup or chili for lunch or dinner.

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers

These jalapeño cheddar mini muffins almost have the texture of gougères, those delicious little French poppable cheese puffs served at cocktail parties.

These muffins are easier, a little less fancy pants, and just as tasty. You may not want to take gougères to a Super Bowl party, but these mini muffins would definitely fit in. 

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffins

The flour to cheese ratio in these muffins pretty much favors cheese. How can that be wrong? 

These little cheesy muffins will also fit in at a cocktail or holiday party too. They are delicious warm and fresh from the oven and are easily reheated in the oven or toaster oven in just five minutes. 

If you are hosting your family holiday get together this year, or if you are tasked with bringing appetizers for a crowd, give these cheesy mini muffins a try. I promise, you'll be very popular. 

There's something about crispy browned cheese, right? 

Jalapeño and White Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers

These jalapeño cheddar mini muffins are more like little spicy cheese puffs than muffins. I used sharp white cheddar cheese in these, but you can use yellow cheddar cheese if you prefer. 

I also used sour cream in these muffins, but you can easily substitute Greek yogurt. 

One of my favorite ingredients in these muffins is canned French fried onions. You can use the French's brand, however, let me introduce you to Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions. I recently found these at my grocery store, and fell in love. If you do get them, be careful not to taste them, or you will find yourself finishing off the rest of the bag for dinner. They are compelling. 

(Note: Fresh Gourmet is not a sponsor and they have no idea I love their product, but the link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you make a purchase, I may receive a tiny commission to support my cookbook habit.)

If you have friends stopping by for cocktails or an afternoon visit, consider whipping up this recipe. These muffins take just about 15 minutes to put together, and another 20 to 15 minutes to bake. 

Or, maybe you should make them just for yourself in advance for "quality control." 

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It's the last Monday of the month, which means it's time for Muffin Monday. Here are the rest of the Muffin Monday recipes:

muffins, cheddar, cheese, jalapeño, appetizer
appetizers, breakfast
Yield: 24 mini muffins

Jalapeño Cheddar Mini Muffin Appetizers


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 3/4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pickled jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned French-fried onions
  • 1 scant cup (4 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F and spray a 24 cavity mini muffin pan with spray oil. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, cheddar, Parmesan, jalapeños, cumin, milk, eggs, and French onions. 
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix with a spatula until all of the flour is combined. Portion the batter into the 24 cavities of the muffin pan so that the batter is just below the top of each cavity. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. 
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. 
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and serve immediately. Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container for up to four days, or frozen, individually wrapped, for up to two months. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven. 
This recipe has been adapted from King Arthur Flour

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  1. I don't even know where to start. With the cheese to flour ratio (ideal!), those fried onions (divine) or the minced jalapeños? You are so right, Karen. There's just something about crispy browned cheese!

  2. These would be amazing with a big bowl of chili! I'm in!

  3. You had me at the gougeres part, then the jalapeno popped up. Yum!

  4. I am not kidding. I drooled. This is just THE most enticing food item I've seen in a long time!

  5. Hi Karen

    One of your oldies - made these tonight for a church group. Very good, very popular. Think I'll try these again with a coarse corn meal. Going through your blog tonight, continue to be amazed at the frequency and quality of your posts. Best food blog I've ever found.

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Hi, can you please confirm the flour amount (oz)- 1 cup is about 8 ounces, 4 ounces makes it extremely scant!

    1. That's 4 ounces by weight, so it's correct.

  7. Just tried this recipe. Delicious flavor but only baked for 20 minutes and over done. Too dark and a nightmare to get out of the pan. I did spray the pan as directed.

    1. I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe try Baker's Joy instead?


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