Bacon, Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Savory Muffins

Why not change up your muffin? If you’ve ever had a savory scone or croissant, you’ll understand the delicious concept behind these muffins. Loaded with olives and sun-dried tomatoes, plus crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese, they work as well for a leisurely brunch as they do for an on-the-go mid-day snack.


10 minutes


25 minutes


12 muffins




  • 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter, melted
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 strips of cooked bacon, chopped
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅓ cup kalmata olives, chopped


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  • 2

    Melt butter in a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

  • 3

    Generously butter a 12-cup muffin tin, reserving some butter to brush muffin tops.

  • 4

    Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix together.

  • 5

    Combine egg, milk, sour cream, vegetable oil, and garlic in a separate bowl and whisk together.

  • 6

    Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl. Lightly mix together before adding cheese, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalmata olives. Stir together all of the ingredients as few times as possible, just enough to incorporate flour.

  • 7

    Divide muffin batter between muffin cups, filling batter to rim of muffin tin.

  • 8

    Brush tops with butter and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown.

  • 9

    Let muffins cool slightly, then remove from muffin tin and place on cooling rack. Serve warm. (Muffins can also be stored in the refrigerator for several days or frozen for a couple of months.)


  • !

    Cheese, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, or kalamata olives can be substituted for other ingredients. Swiss, feta, diced ham, or cooked vegetables such as spinach and mushrooms are all great options.

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