Sweet Butter

LAST UPDATED: Feb 16, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Feb 24, 2012 | By:

Making your own sweet butter is an easy way to add flavor to your dishes and it’s so perfect for brunch! It’s so quick and easy to make your own flavored butter, and it’s so delicious it just might change your whole life.

Where will you use this sweet butter? A better question might be where won’t you use this sweet butter!

A small white bowl full of sweet butter on a marble counter top.

With brunch season upon us (Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner!) I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to elevate your feast!

A flavored butter will take your brunch to a fabulous new level! Just like my favorite honey butter and chocolate butter, changing the flavor profile of your butter is the easiest way to upgrade your bread display.

I’m a big fan of butter. I mean, who isn’t? Butter just makes everything better! In fact, if you’ve never tried the simple technique of browning butter, you should start now. It’s an incredible way to add more to your baking and favorite recipes.

Serve with muffins, sweet bread, ciabatta, or a slice of crusty homemade artisan bread.

A small white bowl full of flavored butter on a marble counter top.

What is Sweet Butter?

Traditionally, American grocery stores tend to sell salted and unsalted butter. Unsalted butter (also called sweet butter) tends to be the choice of bakers because it’s easier to control the salt in a recipe.

This simple method for making sweet butter at home means you can take any butter in your fridge and turn it into a more decadent, dessert style treat topping… far beyond the sweet cream butter sold at stores.

If butter makes everything better, flavored butter creates the kind of joyful experience you’ll never forget!

Sweet Butter Ingredients

  • Butter – Use salted or unsalted butter, softened. I prefer salted because I love how it balances the sweet. Learn how to soften butter quickly.
  • White Granulated Sugar – Sweetens butter adding a little crunch! You can substitute powdered sugar if you prefer a creamier texture.

Variations

  • Cinnamon Butter– add a teaspoon of cinnamon to create the ultimate cinnamon sugar butter spread.
  • Chocolate Butter – Combine with cocoa powder.
  • Strawberry Butter – In a food processor, combine large strawberries, add butter and sugar and pulse until smooth.
  • Orange Butter – Add a teaspoon Grand Marnier and one tablespoon orange zest.
A small white bowl full of sweet butter on a marble counter top.

How To Make Sweet Butter

  1. Prep – Soften butter.
  2. Combine – Combine butter and sugar until smooth in a small bowl or stand mixer.
  3. Serve – Using a melon baller for individual servings or a cookie or ice cream scoop for sharing.

Tips

  • To Store, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. By wrapping it in foil as well you will stop the butter picking up odors from your other ingredients in the fridge.
  • Ensure that all of the ingredients are well combined before chilling.
  • Use softened butter so that it is easy to combine. Follow my quick tips for softening butter.

Flavored Butter Serving Suggestions

Once you add a little something extra to your butter, you’ll never want to go back!

A small white bowl full of flavored butter on a marble counter top.
How long can butter sit out?

According to the USDA, butter safely sit out at room temperature for up to 48 hours. The salt and water in butter limits bacteria growth.

To Store

  • Room Temperature – You can safely leave this flavored butter out while serving for up to 24 hours.
  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container refrigerated up to the expiration date of the butter. Note best by date on your storage container.
  • Freeze – To freeze butter, wrap in plastic wrap to form a log. Cover tightly with foil. It will keep frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw it in the fridge or at room temperature.
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Sweet Butter

Author: Julie Blanner
Making your own sweet butter is an easy way to add flavor to your dishes and it's so perfect for brunch! It's so quick and easy to make your own flavored butter, choose from sugar, cocoa, strawberry or orange.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Chilling time 1 hr
Total Time 5 mins
Course Brunch, Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 152 kcal

Ingredients
  

Sugar Butter

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Refrigerate until use. Bring to room temperature to serve.

Notes

  • To Store, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. By wrapping it in foil as well you will stop the butter picking up odors from your other ingredients in the fridge.
  • Ensure that all of the ingredients are well combined before chilling.
  • Use softened butter so that it is easy to combine. 

Nutrition

Calories:152kcalCarbohydrates:4gProtein:1gFat:15gSaturated Fat:10gTrans Fat:1gCholesterol:41mgSodium:135mgPotassium:5mgSugar:4gVitamin A:473IUCalcium:5mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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