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Onion Cheddar Muffin Recipe | A Vintage Family Recipe

Onion Cheddar Muffin Recipe

It has been too long since I posted to my Vintage Recipe Project.

 This Onion Cheddar Muffin recipe comes from my mother in-law. A few years ago I scanned all her old family recipes that she has saved over the years from her mother and grandmother in a recipe card box. 

I love old vintage recipes. I have a large collection of vintage cookbooks,  church booklets and recipe boxes.  Besides the recipe cards that I scanned from my mother in-laws family she also handed down to me all the recipe booklets and church cookbooks that her mother and grandmother owned.

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When I am making some of these old recipes I usually need to make some changes. This one didn’t need to be adapted at all but I did add some onion powder to it because I wanted to layer the onion flavor. It turned out great. I also added some chopped onion and a bit of cheddar cheese to the top of each muffin before it went in the oven. So I guess I did adapt it a little bit.


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Onion Cheddar Muffins


This recipe makes 12 muffins even though the original recipe states it will make 14-16 muffins. Muffin tins were much smaller back in the day. I happen to have one and the muffins wells are about 3/4 the size of muffin wells now.



Onion Cheddar Muffin Recipe | A Vintage Family Recipe

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Onion Cheddar Muffin Recipe | A Vintage Family Recipe


  • 1 cup finely chopped onion, divided
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Chop onions and drain over a bowl in a fine mess strainer.
  3. Grate cheese and mix 1 cup into the dry ingredients.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of drained onions to the bowl and mix well being sure the cheese and onions do not clump up but are evenly distributed.
  5. Mix milk, egg, butter together in a small bowl. Pour into dry ingredients and mix gently until all the flour is moistened.
  6. Fill each well of a muffin pan evenly. Sprinkle about a 1/4 teaspoon of reserved chopped onions over the top of each muffin. Sprinkle remaing cheddar cheese over each muffin top.
  7. Bake 400 for 20-22 minutes.


An updated and adapted old family recipe

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  1. Made this tonight, wrote a review and linked back to you! Thank you so much for sharing your family recipe :)


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