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I Made Dolly Parton’s Easy Corn Bread and It Was Delicious

I Made Dolly Parton's Easy Corn Bread and It Was Delicious

Parton’s corn-bread recipe began circulating online after it was featured in her cookbook.

Parton’s corn-bread recipe only has a few steps and ingredients.

Sebastian Smith


Parton’s cookbook, “Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food,” was released in 2016. It features 125 recipes, including dishes that Parton always loves whipping up on tour or at home. As true Dolly Parton fans know, the cookbook is no longer readily available. If you want a copy on Amazon, you’ll have to fork over more than $200. 

But Parton’s corn-bread recipe has popped up on various websites, and the official Dollywood Facebook page also shared it in 2014. Parton wrote in her cookbook that when it comes to corn bread, she loves to keep things simple. 

“Coarse cornmeal, buttermilk, bacon drippings, and salt and pepper. Mixed together and baked in a slick black skillet. Served hot. Now that’s my idea of real corn bread,” she wrote. “There’s nothin’ you can’t eat with a warm wedge of corn bread alongside it. That’s why I always take two pieces and slather them with butter while they’re still warm.” 

I’m not much of a baker, but Parton’s recipe sounded foolproof — even for me. There were still some challenges along the way, but the finished product was definitely worth it.