Learn how to create your own whipped orange butter to top anything you’d like – it’s a fresh and fabulous flavored butter that is wonderful for entertaining. Three ingredients and a couple of minutes is all you need for this orange butter recipe!

Orange butter is the most craveable way to top your French toast, pancakes, sweet breads and more. This is a creamy, decadent option that is gorgeous for breakfast and brunch displays, adding color and vibrant flavor to anything it touches.

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One of my girls recently asked me about my all-time favorite meal of the day, and I genuinely couldn’t answer her. How can anyone choose? The more I think about it though, I can never pass up a decadent breakfast spread.

There’s just something about all those delicious breakfast foods that creates such a fun, warm atmosphere for entertaining, too. Brunch is perfect for baby showers and wedding showers, and pretty much any event you can think of!

Have you tried my chocolate butter? It’s now famous with some of my friends and family, after I served it alongside this orange butter and strawberry butter at a recent baby shower.

Honestly, how can butter ever be wrong? If some is good, more is probably better, at least that’s my take… particularly when it comes to butter! If you love flavored butters like the ones served in restaurants, don’t skip this fabulous steak butter recipe.

Adding flavored butters to your toast, pancakes, bagels, croissants and anything else you can think of – the options are truly endless! There’s a compound butter flavor to appeal to everyone on your list.

A white bowl filled with scoops of homemade whipped orange butter.

Why You’ll Love this Orange Butter

  • Quick and easy
  • Tastes great on an incredible variety of baked goods
  • Perfect for special occasions like showers, birthday parties and more

Orange Butter Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter – salted or unsalted; salted creates a nice contrast to the sweet
  • Grand Marnier – a French orange liqueur that adds a lovely depth to this recipe.
  • Orange zest – Finely grated, this adds an incredible texture and flavor to the orange butter. Learn how to zest your oranges below!

Variations

  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla or honey for another layer of flavor.
  • Adding a tablespoon of powdered sugar creates a much sweeter orange butter.
  • If you don’t have Grand Marnier on hand, substitute with an equal amount of Cointreau, or use orange juice or orange extract if you’d like to avoid the alcohol entirely.
  • Add a teaspoon of poppy seeds for additional texture and a bold color contrast.
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How to Make Orange Butter in Three Simple Steps

  1. Soften Butter – learn how to soften butter quickly
  2. Combine ingredients. Mix until combined – by hand or with an electric mixer.
  3. Enjoy on anything you would normally spread butter on!

How to Zest an Orange

The bright orange outer peel of this citrus fruit is used to add flavor to many of your favorite citrus-inspired recipes. However, keep in mind that orange zest is not equal to an orange peel.

If your recipe calls for orange zest, like this orange butter does, you’ll only want to add the orange skin of the fruit. Remember that a small amount of zest delivers a big punch of flavor.

  1. Using a paring knife or a potato peeler, gently remove the orange peel, being careful not to go too deep into the white portion. Slice or dice into smaller portions as your recipe requires.
  2. Or, if you’re zesting a larger amount of peel, use a grater. Turn your orange frequently as you grate it just as you would grate cheese, avoiding the white part of the peel.
A white bowl filled with butter with specks of orange peel visible throughout.

Serving Suggestions

A white bowl on a marble surface, filled with three scoops of flavored butters.

Tips

  • Use softened butter so it will mix easily.
  • Use Only Orange Zest – White rind is bitter in flavor.
  • Soften your orange butter before use for easy spreading.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart and my Baking Substitutions printable, too!

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This orange butter can sit out at room temperature for a couple of days, just like plain butter. However, always be mindful of hot weather and humidity, and store in refrigerator so butter doesn’t go bad on your countertops.
  • Refrigerator – Cover and store in and airtight container in the refrigerator for as long as the butter will stay fresh. Flavor will be the freshest if eaten within two weeks.
  • Freezer – Store in a freezer safe container for up to 4 months. Let thaw in the fridge when ready to use.
A white bowl filled with scoops of homemade orange butter.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

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Orange Butter

Learn how to create your own whipped orange butter to top anything you'd like. Three ingredients and a couple of minutes is all you need for this orange butter recipe!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest finely grated

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl or stand mixer, combine butter, Grand Marnier and orange zest.
  • Mix until smooth and well combined.

Julie’s Tips

  • Use softened butter so it will mix easily.
  • Use Only Orange Zest – White rind is bitter in flavor.
  • Soften your orange butter before use for easy spreading.

Substitutions

  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla or honey for another layer of flavor.
  • If you don’t have Grand Marnier on hand, substitute with an equal amount of Cointreau, or use orange juice or orange extract if you’d like to avoid the alcohol entirely.
  • Add a teaspoon of poppy seeds for additional texture and a bold color contrast.
Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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

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