Cheesy Bacon Irish Soda Bread Muffins [VIDEO]

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Is there anything better than homemade, fresh out of the oven bread? What if you added tons of freshly grated imported cheese and pieces of crispy bacon? Are you drooling yet? These cheesy bacon Irish soda bread muffins are unlike anything you’ve ever tried before and they are so easy to make, you’ll want to put this recipe in your regular rotation.

I love a good Irish soda bread, but I wanted to take it a step further. We all know that bacon and cheese make everything better, right? And what’s better than individual servings? Just grab and go! The best way I can explain the taste of these cheesy bacon Irish soda bread muffins is to imagine a biscuit breakfast sandwich in a muffin form. Cut and add a little butter and OMG, as my 10 year old put it, “It’s like an explosion of flavor in your mouth.” She’s obviously wise beyond her years or maybe she just watches too many cooking shows with me.

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cheesy bacon irish soda bread muffins and ingredients on a counter

This was actually not the first time I made this cheesy bacon Irish soda bread muffin recipe. Funny story… I was creating this video for a sponsored post. I was hired by Truly Grass Fed who makes the yummiest cheese and butter ever (no, seriously). I sat down, ready to edit the video when I realized that I had forgotten to film the part where I add the cheese. Major head slap. How did I forget to film the MOST important part?

So, after a small… okay… a rather large meltdown, I sent Super Dad out to the store to purchase more butter and more cheese and he calls me to tell me that the cheese is sold out in the first store. He drove down the street to another store and again, the cheese is sold out (I told you, this cheese is REALLY good). At this point I’m freaking out because I have to reshoot the video THAT DAY.

Having run out of options, he gets home with just the butter and goes to put it into the refrigerator when he finds 2 full blocks of the cheese I needed right there, in our refrigerator. Apparently I had purchased way more than I needed and totally forgot. Or maybe it was a magical cheese fairy that heard my very loud and slightly disturbing cries for help.

Either way, I was able to shoot the video and we got a 2nd batch (which were even better than the first because I added even more cheese). As soon as the store restocks, I’m going to make a third batch and quite possibly a fourth!

Cheesy Bacon Irish Soda Bread Muffins

bowl of cheesy bacon irish soda bread muffins

Cheesy Bacon Irish Soda Bread Muffins

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


A twist on a classic, these irish soda muffins are packed with cheddar cheese and bacon.



  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz cold unsalted butter (cut into small chunks)
  • 10 oz cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 pkg bacon (chopped)
  • 1¼ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg (large)


  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a muffin pan with either butter or cooking spray. I prefer avocado oil spray.
  2. Cook bacon as you normally would and set aside on a plate with a paper towel until cooled.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  4. Add butter (make sure it's cold) and use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the dry mixture. You want the butter to wind up as small little lumps within the flour mixture.
  5. Chop bacon into small pieces.
  6. Mix in the grated cheese and bacon and set aside.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Your dough should be sticky. Make sure not to overmix.
  8. Using a scoop or spoon, fill each muffin slot with an equal amount of dough. Put a little flour on your fingers and push down the dough so that it's flat.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Internal temp should be 200° and the thermometer should come out clean when they're done.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove and let them continue to cool a bit on a cooling rack. Though they are really yummy warm!

  • Category: Breakfast, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Irish

inside of a cheesy bacon irish soda bread muffin

close up of cheesy bacon irish soda bread muffins

If you’re more of a visual learner, make sure to check out my step by step video:

Have you ever tried Irish soda bread before? Do you think you’d enjoy this cheesy bacon muffin version? If you do try it, please comment and let me know what you think! It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Don’t forget to check out our other family friendly recipes, including our cheesy enchiladas!

A twist on a classic, these muffins are packed with cheese and bacon. Cheesy Bacon Irish soda bread muffins are convenient and delicious!



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  • Norma
    March 4, 2020

    The muffins seem amazing. I have a friend that would really like them. I will recommend them to her,
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  • Yeah Lifestyle
    March 4, 2020

    I love soda bread, muffins and bacon and it is wonderful how you have combined all my favourite 3 ingredients into 1 item. Cant wait to try making these

  • Kat&Phil
    March 4, 2020

    Yummy!! Irish Soda Bread is one of our favourite recipes this time of year. We are always looking for a fun new spin on the recipe and we think we’ve just found it 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • Monica Y
    March 4, 2020

    I need to make them soon to go with my meatloaf, it seems they would pair great. Thank you for sharing this delicious and simple recipe

  • angelina
    March 4, 2020

    I love soda bread and I also love muffins. so this is perfect for me. I cant wait to bake these.

  • This looks really good and I don’t think I’ve had a soda bread muffin before. Can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon
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  • Vasu
    March 4, 2020

    Very nice recipe. It looks delicious. I am not great cook (or baker) but I am going to try to make these.

  • Rosey
    March 4, 2020

    I have had Irish Soda Bread before. It has been a long time though.

  • Melanie williams
    March 4, 2020

    Homemade is always so much better. My other half loves cheese so this would be right up his street xx

  • Natalie
    March 4, 2020

    I absolutely love this recipe. Bacon and cheese inside sounds so delicious. I just saved this recipe and can’t wait to give it a try.

  • LaTayia
    March 4, 2020

    I’ve never tried Irish soda bread before but you had me sold at bacon!! Definitely going to try this out one day.

  • Anna
    March 4, 2020

    Yes – there´s nothing better than homemade, fresh out of the oven bread!!! The recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!
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  • Ruth I
    March 4, 2020

    I will be trying this recipe this week. I am sure my niece would love this. She likes cheese and bacon so much!

  • Jay Aguirre
    March 3, 2020

    Oh wow what an amazing recipe! My mouth is watering just thinking about this. I’ll definitely have to try making this soon

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    March 3, 2020

    This is a delicious recipe idea! I would really love to try these; they look fun to make!

  • the joyous living
    March 3, 2020

    now that sounds fabulous. we were just talking about soda bread at lunch lol. i like the idea of the muffins for breakfast.
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  • Sharon
    March 3, 2020

    Oh, these look so GOOD! They would be great for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday along with corned beef and cabbage.
    Sharon recently posted Irish Soda BreadMy Profile

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    March 3, 2020

    These look absolutely amazing! My twins are obsessed with all foods that have bacon in them! I bet they’d love these!
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  • Toni
    March 3, 2020

    That looks so good! A must-make for St. Patrick’s Day!
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  • These muffins sound amazing! Who doesn’t love cheese, bacon and muffins? But put them all together, and you’ve got a winner.

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    March 3, 2020

    These look so good. I can see them being handy any time of day and not too hard to make.
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  • Maria St. Onge
    March 3, 2020

    oh my goodness! these look so delicious friend! I’m loving all the cheese!

  • Emman Damian
    March 3, 2020

    I want to make my own Cheesy Bacon Irish Soda Bread Muffins! It sounds so yummy! I hope to bake it soon!
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  • Catalina
    March 3, 2020

    These muffins must be so good! I love Irish Soda Bread and I will love these for sure!

  • Monica
    March 2, 2020

    I have only made Irish Soda Bread with raisins in it. I like that this is a savory version.

    March 2, 2020

    I am a big fan of savoury muffins! I much rather them than the sweet ones!
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  • Kathy
    March 2, 2020

    These look amazing. I love soda bread, so I’m sure I’ll love these. I’ve made soda bread like this before, but not as muffins. I’m sure they are delicious.

  • Krissy
    March 2, 2020

    I’ve never heard of Irish soda bread before. I will have to try this recipe. It looks really good.
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  • Stephen
    March 2, 2020

    These look so lovely, I’m sure to give those a go, even though I’m pretty sure I’ll fail
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  • Krista
    March 2, 2020

    I made soda bread for the first time last year and it was great. I love the addition of the cheese and bacon. I bet that would take those flavors over the top. My family would love to give it a try.
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  • Matt Taylor
    March 2, 2020

    These muffins look amazing! I mean they have bacon in them…duh, they are amazing! haha 🙂
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  • These sound amazing! My 7 year old is a bacon fanatic so she would probably love these,
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  • Tara Pittman
    March 2, 2020

    I love this twist on soda bread. I will be making this for St Patrick day

  • robin rue
    March 2, 2020

    I haven’t had Irish soda bread in forever. I love your take on it with these muffins. Yum!

  • Amber Myers
    March 2, 2020

    Oh my gosh, yes! This looks incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever tried Irish Soda Bread before, so I’m excited to make these.
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  • Jessica Collazo
    March 2, 2020

    These cheesy bacon Irish soda bread muffins look so yummy and they look like they are so easy to make too!
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