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Soda Bread Muffins with Cheddar

These Soda Bread Muffins are airy and light with crisp edges, the perfect muffin top and delicious Irish cheddar in every bite. 

Soda Bread is a classic quick bread that we tend to enjoy around this time of year, specifically for St. Patrick’s Day. While I love the classic bread I thought it was time to give it an update and decided on muffins which have a lighter texture but all the flavor you already love (plus more!).

For this recipe you will need: Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg, buttermilk, butter and Irish cheddar. 

Soda Bread Muffins on cutting board with Irish Cheddar chunks

soda bread muffins make SENSE

While I can’t argue that a traditional soda bread loaf is delicious, I do have to say that I favor mine in this muffin form! I can’t wait to enjoy them with my corned beef in just a couple of weeks.

I think I am a pretty fair judge of the Irish flavors if I do say so myself… after all, my families roots date back to Irish blood for decades. I even have the porcelain skin, freckles and auburn hair to prove it 🙂

Anyways, back to these scrumptious muffins! No kneading, half the cook time, shredded Irish cheddar, and individual portions are just a few of the reasons why they make more sense than the traditional soda bread.

Soda Bread ingredients laid out on wooden cutting board

Irish Soda Bread muffins faq

There are a few simple questions you might have before getting started so I wanted to address them quickly before we dive into the recipe.

Do you serve irish soda bread warm?

Yes, yes, yes! When you make these muffins they are best served warm from the pan (let them cool for 5 minutes so you don’t burn yourself). The cheese is ooey and the edges of the muffin are crisp. Every bite takes your taste buds to another universe…Irish legend says if you close your eyes while enjoying one of these muffins you may just find yourself in the countryside with sheep running along side you…okay I made that up, but we can imagine right?!

*Side note, you can totally make them ahead of time. Wrap them in a towel and put in your microwave for 30 seconds before serving.

What do you eat soda bread with?

This my friends is totally up to your tastes but I have a few of my favorite suggestions for you below:

  • Corned Beef – a must have for us on St. Patrick’s Day! Slice it thin and you can make little beef-muffin sandwiches.
  • Slice up some of your leftover cheddar and put on your warm muffin with a spread of butter for a delicious treat.
  • Sauteed cabbage – ooooh trust me,  the butter from your cabbage will soak into these muffins perfectly.
  • Along side a big bowl of Guinness Stew.

How long does soda bread last?

These muffins do well if packed in a sealed container for up to 1 week. They will get a little denser as they sit so keep that in mind and be sure to give them a quick heat before eating to get that just baked flavor.

You can easily freeze them so you have them for later as well, just be sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then place within a container to keep them fresh.

Soda Bread Batter for muffins in muffin tin

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To ensure my muffins came out uniform in size I used my cookie scoop, it also really helped since it is such a thick and sticky batter. You can get them in a variety of sizes and they are great for making muffins, cookies, scooping ice cream and more! 

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Yield: 12 muffins

Soda Bread Muffins with Cheddar

Soda Bread Muffins with Cheddar

A delicious muffin version of traditional Irish Soda Bread made better with cheese!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsp Sugar granulated
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Irish Cheddar shredded


Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a muffin tin, set aside. 

In a medium bowl sift together your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and sugar). 
In stand mixer (or using hand mixer) mix together wet ingredients until fully combined. It may look a little lumpy and that’s okay! 
Add dry mixture to your wet mixture along with cheese and stir until just combined. 
Using a cookie scoop add the batter to your muffin tin, make sure you fill them evenly. Gently push the batter down with the back of the scoop. 

Bake for 15-17 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then enjoy! 


If you don’t have buttermilk don’t worry!! Simply use 1 cup regular milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to the milk and allow to sit for 5 minutes before stirring. Then use as you would the buttermilk. 

Nutrition Information:


12 muffins

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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Friday 15th of March 2024

Do you think these would work out/hold their shape, as drop biscuits? I don't have a muffin tin at the moment, but they look lovely and I wondered if they'd do alright if I scoop dollops onto a baking sheet. Thanks so much!

Oliv Blogger

Friday 15th of March 2024

Hmmm it is hard to say, they may spread a bit but overall I think would be ok. Do you have a loaf pan - you could even try it that way (just be sure to increase the baking time). Let me know how they turn out!


Thursday 6th of April 2023

These are thee fluffiest muffins I have ever made. They are buttery, light and cheesy. Highly recommend!!!

Oliv Blogger

Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

Thank you so much for sharing Mack - these are a fave muffin in our house any time of year!


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

This recipe is so good! Thank you! They were so tender and light. The cheese is such a great addition! Definitely easier for me to get a good bake as muffins instead of a free standing loaf. I did add some caraway seed, since that is a flavor we love in soda bread. It blended really nicely with the cheese flavor. Thank you again. Will definitely keep this in our St. Patrick’s Day tradition!🍀💚

Oliv Blogger

Friday 24th of March 2023

Thank you so much Cinda for sharing. What a great idea to add the caraway seed to the soda bread muffins, yummy!


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Made these this evening. These muffins are simple to make, tender and delicious. Keeping this recipe for sure.

Oliv Blogger

Monday 20th of March 2023

So happy you like the Soda Bread Muffins Beth!! They are such an easy and delicious way to enjoy with some stew!


Thursday 16th of March 2023

Can you make them ahead of time? How long is the shelf life? Thank you

Oliv Blogger

Friday 17th of March 2023

Hi Matt, yes you can definitely make them ahead! I like to keep them in an airtight container on the counter for freshness and reheat them in the microwave for 10 seconds before enjoying again. I would keep them for 3 days.

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