Chocolate butter is a delicious creamy spread that combines butter, cocoa and sugar for a delightful twist to classic butter.

It’s elegant, fun, and flavorful, and only takes a couple of minutes to make.

A small white bowl full of chocolate butter, on a marble surface.
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The name chocolate butter says it all – two of the world’s greatest flavors united at last. If you have a love affair with butter and chocolate then you have to try this super easy recipe that will take your breads and pastries from ordinary to extraordinary!

It comes together so quickly with ingredients you have on hand right now! Chocolate butter will make your mornings – or any time of day – so much more enjoyable.

Spread it on toast, pancakes, croissants, bagels, and anything else you think chocolate butter would taste great on – let your imagination and taste buds be your guide!

Other great flavored butters to have on hand are a basic Sweet Butter, Honey Butter, Orange Butter and Strawberry Butter. All of these compound butters make breakfasts and brunches extra special.

A small white bowl with a scoop of chocolate butter, strawberry butter and orange butter.

Chocolate Butter

Chocolate butter is a compound butter, which is basically butter mixed with another ingredient. In this case, it is mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar.

Butter is still the main ingredient, but there is just enough cocoa and sugar to add a slightly sweet and chocolaty flavor.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Minimal Prep – Made with staple ingredients
  • Make Ahead – Quick and easy
  • Great for Special Occasions – Tastes great on so many baked goods

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Butter – salted or unsalted; salted creates a nice contrast to the sweet. Learn How to Make Homemade Butter here.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – use a quality product for best flavor
  • Granulated Sugar – this adds just the right amount of sweetness

How to Make

An overview, visit the printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  1. Soften Butter – learn how to soften butter quickly
  2. Combine ingredients. Mix until combined.
  3. Enjoy on anything you would normally spread butter on!

Variations

  • Use powdered sugar instead of granulated for a smoother texture.
  • Add a drop or two of vanilla for another layer of flavor.
  • Fold in one cup of marshmallow cream for a fluffy chocolate flavored butter.

Tips

  • Use softened butter so it will mix easily.
  • Soften chocolate butter before use for easy spreading.
  • Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!
 
A small white bowl full of chocolate butter, on a marble surface.

Serving Suggestions

A small white bowl full of chocolate butter, on a marble surface.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Let sit out for a few minutes before using to soften. It can sit at room temperature for a couple of days, just like plain butter. But if the weather is hot or it is longer than a couple of days, store in refrigerator so butter doesn’t go bad.
  • Refrigerator – Cover and store in the refrigerator for as long as the butter will stay fresh. But its flavor will be the freshest if eaten within 2 weeks.
  • Freezer – Store in a freezer safe container for up to 4 months. Let thaw in the fridge when ready to use.
A small white bowl with a scoop of chocolate butter, strawberry butter and orange butter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use melted chocolate chips to make chocolate butter?

This recipe is really quick and easy because it uses cocoa powder.

Is chocolate butter like Nutella?

Since chocolate butter is made of mostly butter, it spreads with the consistency of butter and should be consumed per butter’s dietary guidelines. Nutella is a nut spread made with hazelnuts, oil, sugar. It is sweeter and has a thicker consistency.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free (be sure to use a pure cocoa powder to ensure gluten free)
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
A small white bowl full of chocolate butter, on a marble surface.

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Chocolate Butter

Chocolate Butter is a delicious creamy spread that combines butter, cocoa and sugar for a delightful twist to classic butter. It's elegant, fun, and flavorful, and only takes a couple of minutes to make.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl or stand mixer, combine butter, cocoa, and sugar.
  • Mix until smooth and well combined.

Tips

Substitutions and Tips

  • White Granulated Sugar – For a smoother, luxurious texture substitute with powdered sugar.
  • Use softened butter so it will mix easily.
  • Soften chocolate butter before serving for easy spreading.
Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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