Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Recipe

Gina Matsoukas | Running to the Kitchen

Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread has a beautiful crunch and delicious flavor. A must have for your Thanksgiving table.

Editor's Note: This author was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for their time in developing this recipe. All opinions are their own.

When it comes to the perfect seasonal addition to the tried and true Thanksgiving menu, I love playing with classic flavors in new ways.

Thie vanilla pumpkin skillet cornbread recipe is just that! A crowd pleasing dish wrapped up in all the delightful tastes of fall.

Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Photo

I have some basic rules in life…

  1. Never go to bed without washing my face - shockingly, I follow this one religiously even if I’m far too many drinks past the acceptable point!
  2. Always say “I love you” to my husband before he goes to work. As the wife of a police officer, I’m unwavering on this one too.
  3. Never do anything work related before having at least 1 cup of coffee.
  4. Do not, I repeat, do not give into the pumpkin craze before October 1 on any given year.

You’d think the first few would be the hardest to follow given laziness and typical marital arguments but let me tell you, the internet makes the pumpkin rule the absolute hardest of them all.

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With pumpkin spice lattes showing up in August, bloggers shouting “pumpkin everything!” from the rooftops and Pinterest feeds turning into a sea of orange, the struggle is real when it comes to setting seasonal pumpkin boundaries.

If nothing else though, I’m strong willed, but once October 1st came rolling around, however, this vanilla pumpkin skillet cornbread made its debut.

I feel like the saying “good things come to those who wait” couldn’t be more applicable than this cornbread recipe that's about to become your new favorite.

To be clear, I don’t want pumpkin in August when I’m way too busy with peaches and tomatoes to be able to fully enjoy pumpkin.

I don’t even want it in September - that’s apple’s month.

But October? October’s got the market on pumpkin and it tastes all the more delicious when it’s eaten with leaves just starting to turn and fall, crisp breezes blowing through the house and mums in every garden bed.

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Why I Love This Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Recipe

This cornbread is somewhere right smack in the middle of sweet and savory.

It could accompany your favorite chili easily (and deliciously) or it could be drizzled in maple syrup as part of your breakfast or at your next brunch.

I used Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar bourbon pure vanilla paste for the perfect hint of vanilla undertone to this skillet cornbread.

Vanilla bean paste is actually my favorite type of vanilla product to use in baked goods because you can see the real vanilla bean seeds without having to deal with cutting a whole bean open and scraping the seeds out yourself.

It blends right into the wet ingredients and has the same potency as extract.

The best part of this bread is the crispy bottom and sides. Skillet cornbread is my favorite for this very reason

A hot skillet and a pat of butter swirled around the pan before the batter gets poured in does wonders for the exterior.

A crunchy bite that reveals a moist, textured pumpkin inside is pretty much everything I could ever want in a slice of vanilla pumpkin cornbread.

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Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Recipe

To make this epic cornbread recipe, you will need:


  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Oat flour
  • Baking powder 
  • Kosher salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Buttermilk
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Maple syrup
  • Eggs
  • Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Coconut oil
  • Butter


  • Mixing bowls
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Wooden spoon

This pumpkin cornbread recipe is going to quickly become a new favorite - it's perfect for all fall long but especially so for Thanksgiving.

Basically, you should make it any time you are craving a unique infusion of pumpkin into your life - as long as it’s after October 1, of course.

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Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and place a 10 inch skillet inside to heat up.
  2. Combine cornmeal, oat flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl and mix together.
  3. Whisk the buttermilk, pumpkin, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil and vanilla bean paste together in a small bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until just incorporated.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven. Place the butter in the skillet and swirl around so that it coats the entire pan and sides.
  6. Add the cornbread batter to the skillet and bake for about 25 minutes until starting to turn golden brown on top.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional butter and/or maple syrup.


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Author: Gina Matsoukas
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 41
Calories 192

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 70mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Gina Matsoukas

About Gina

We love the spirit you find on Gina's blog, Running to the Kitchen. Fun, fresh, seasonal, and whole food ingredients - gotta love that! She's having fun experimenting with us as our Paleo Dessert fanatic!

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