Do you ever see a recipe and know you have to make it. That is how I felt when I saw this recipe for Garlic Cheese Muffins. It was 10 pm and I was reading Southern Living Magazine and this recipe jumped off the page.
I am a huge fan of garlic, cheese, and muffins so combining all three sounded amazing! These muffins are so good!
Garlic Cheese Muffins
I will definitely be making these Cheese Muffins again really soon.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making epic Garlic Cheese Muffins! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Self-Rising Flour
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Garlic Cloves
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Kitchen Spoon/Spatula
- Muffin Pan
How to Make Garlic Cheese Muffins
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Combine self-rising flour and milk in a bowl.
- Stir in cheddar cheese, minced garlic, mayonnaise, and sugar.
- Spoon into a greased 12-cup muffin pan.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: Since this savory muffin recipe calls for self-rising flour, we don’t recommend making it beforehand and letting it rest. Fortunately, the recipe takes under half an hour from start to finish, so you’ll never be too far from a fresh batch!
Storage: These muffins are perishable since they contain cheese. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy them within three days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Freeze leftover portions in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag and enjoy them within three months. You can wrap them individually in plastic before transferring them to a larger container to grab a muffin at a time as needed.
How to Reheat: These muffins are easy to reheat in the microwave! Cook time will vary based on the power of your microwave, but you can begin with 30 seconds and increase in 15-second intervals. Take any plastic wrap off beforehand so the wrapping doesn’t melt into your food as it heats, and let any frozen muffins thaw overnight in the fridge.
Recipe Variations + Tips for the Best Garlic Cheese Muffins
This recipe uses self-rising flour because it already contains baking powder and salt. Here’s how to make self-rising flour from all-purpose flour if you don’t have self-rising flour.
We used shredded cheddar cheese because we enjoy the combination of cheddar and garlic. You can use any cheese that you’d enjoy with garlic.
Replace the mayonnaise with plain yogurt or a light mayo for a healthier take.
Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.
Vegan Option: Vegans should use plant-based milk, shredded cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise to make this recipe vegan.
Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free self-rising flour to make gluten-free Garlic Cheese Muffins.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes a dozen muffins in a standard 12-cup muffin pan. Scale it up or down to your desired yield. It doubles and triples easily!
Make it Spicy: We love preparing this recipe as is, but you can mix chili powder into the batter before baking to spice it up. Smoked paprika is a fantastic addition if you want more flavor but not necessarily spice.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 4 grams of sugar per serving. Replace the white sugar with a sugar-free substitute to make it sugar-free.
What to Serve with Garlic Cheese Muffins
These Garlic Cheese Muffins are the perfect savory complement to soups, salads, chilis, and any light or hearty meal! Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: BLT Pasta Salad, Sauerkraut Salad, CrockPot Stuffed Tomatoes, Spicy Deviled Eggs, CrockPot Bourbon Baked Beans, CrockPot Stuffed Peppers with Cheese, CrockPot Shrimp and Grits, Cracker Barrel Green Beans, Loaded Mashed Slow Cooker Cauliflower, Broccoli Slaw
Main Dishes: Crock Pot Spicy Bacon & Beef Chili, Smoked Sausage Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup, CrockPot Turkey Chili, CrockPot Camp Stew, CrockPot Gumbo, CrockPot Meatloaf, Crock Pot Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
Desserts: Strawberry Fluff Salad, Grape Salad, Orange Dreamsicle Salad, Apple and Snickers Salad, Lemon Icebox Pie, Pig Pickin' Cake, Watergate Salad, Ambrosia Salad, Butterfinger Cake, Strawberry Poke Cake, Cherry Fluff Salad, Oreo Poke Cake, Bisquick Peach Cobbler
Drinks: Kool-Aid Slushie, Red Robin Freckled Lemonade, Copycat Chick-fil-A Lemonade, Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, Sonic Ocean Water, Brazilian Lemonade, Copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea, Watermelon Agua Fresca, Copycat Sonic Cherry Limeade
When to Serve
- Easy snack
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Garlic Cheese Muffins
- Combine self-rising flour and milk in a bowl
- stir in cheddar cheese, minced garlic, mayonnaise, and sugar
- Spoon into a greased 12-cup muffin pan
- Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden
Recipe originally shared on April 11, 2013. Updated December 2020.