Do you have room for some honey butter on your holiday table? Let’s make some! Honey butter is creamy and utterly irresistible. It’s sweet and a little bit salty, which always sends me back for more. It looks dazzling on the table, and it makes everyone’s eyes light up.
In fact, honey butter is so easy to make that you can whip it up for a special dinner any time of year. Start with softened butter and it’s ready in five minutes or less.
This recipe tastes extra-special thanks to a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Finish it with a little drizzle of honey and a light sprinkle of salt for bonus points in flavor and visual appeal.
I’m telling you, if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday meal menu item, definitely bring honey butter. It’s not a cop-out contribution; it’s a revelation!
Honey Butter Tips
Honey butter is super simple to make. You’ll find the recipe below, but here are some quick tips before you get started.
Softened butter is key
Start with softened butter and your honey butter will be ready in 5 minutes! Softened butter is key to your honey butter’s success because hard butter won’t blend and melted butter won’t whip. Leave a stick of butter on the counter to warm up to room temperature for a half hour or longer.
How to soften butter in a hurry
If you need your cold butter softened now, take advantage of your microwave—place a stick of butter, still in its wrapper, on a plate. Microwave for 10 seconds, turn it over, microwave another 10 seconds. Repeat if necessary, turning each time, just until your thumb leaves an impression on the butter. Then it’s ready! (I wouldn’t suggest this method for a baked good, but honey butter is forgiving enough.)
If you have salted butter…
This recipe is designed for unsalted butter. If you have salted butter, no problem, just don’t whip additional salt into the butter. Finishing the honey butter with a light sprinkle of salt is still a good idea.
Watch How to Make Honey Butter
Honey Butter Serving Suggestions
Honey butter makes these treats taste extra special:
- Dinner rolls or crusty bread
- Flour tortillas (warmed + spread with honey butter + rolled up)
- Muffins or biscuits
You can also serve sweet roasted vegetables with a dollop of honey butter, like acorn squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.
More Honey Butter-Flavored Goodness
If you love honey butter like I do (and who doesn’t, really?), try these recipes on Cookie and Kate:
- Honey Butter Cornbread
- Roasted Carrots (variation #3)
- Stovetop Popcorn (honey butter option provided under recommended seasonings list)
- Toasted Oatmeal (top with butter and honey)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: ¾ cup 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Whipped
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
This honey butter is so easy to whip together! A final drizzle of honey and sprinkle of salt make it utterly irresistible. Recipe yields about ¾ cup—double it for a crowd.
- One stick of unsalted butter (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons), softened
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- For garnish: Drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt or kosher salt
- In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup (or other small, shatter-proof mixing bowl with tall sides), combine the softened butter, honey, cinnamon and salt.
- Using a hand mixer, whip the ingredients together until the butter is light and fluffy.
- Transfer the mixture to a small serving bowl. Lightly drizzle honey on top, followed by a little sprinkle of flaky salt or kosher salt.
- Serve promptly, or refrigerate for later (let the mixture come back to room temperature before serving). Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days.
Change it up: The cinnamon is technically optional but quite nice. You might enjoy other warming spices, like pumpkin spice blend, a dash of nutmeg or even some freshly ground black pepper. Maple syrup will work in place of the honey.
Love the honey butter especially on warm toast or buns!! Easy to keep on hand. Thank you. Linda K.
Yum, yes! Thanks Linda!
Can you use ghee better?
Hi Diana! I haven’t ever tried whipping ghee, but I believe it will likely work. Please report back if you try it!
Love your blog Kate. I think this honey butter sounds delicious but why would you say that honey butter only keeps for 5 days in the refrigerator? I would have thought for weeks!
Thank you, Ann
Hi Ann, that’s a good question. It probably does keep longer than 5 days—that might just have been how long it kept in my fridge before we polished it off, to be honest! Use your best judgment!
I saw this recipe an hour before our Easter lunch and whipped up the honey butter exactly as written. It was fantastic and simple. Elevated the meal. Thanks, Kate!
Perfect! Glad to hear it, Jo Jo!
Whipped up a double batch of Honey Butter to serve with rolls for Easter today. Delicious! The subtle sweetness was a special addition; a lovely and delicate spread! Thank you!
Hooray! Glad to hear it, Beth!
Great addition to any breakfast! We love it. As a child, my grandmother would fluff together molasses and fresh butter..it is yummy, too.
Thank you for your review, Charlotte!
Made for Easter dinner, and it was yum!
I made this with salted butter , 3tbs. Honey too much, also accidentally added too much cinnamon. It was pretty good but very heavy. I usually apply cinnamon sugar to buttered toast, which to me is delicious ( too much honey in the honey butter for me I think.
Next time I’m going to use unsalted butter( mine was too salty) , and use cinnamon sugar with just a little honey.
I thought it was a great recipe as I love butter and cinnamon together , maybe I don’t like honey too much-it seems to make the butter very heavy – I would probably like just the cinnamon sugar and the butter together without the honey.
Thanks so much for the idea of blending butter with a cinnamon sweetener . The use of the hand mixer with softened butter is magic!
This might be a silly question but… I don’t have a hand mixer, would this work in with a regular stand mixer?
Hey Merc! Not a silly question. Yes it should work. You may need to double the recipe, though, to have enough for the mixer to work with. Please report back if you give it a go!
I doubled it in the stand mixer and it turned out perfect. So yummy on freshly toasted sourdough. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Merc! Thank you for your review.
So easy and delicious! I just added a touch of vanilla.
will this harden in the refrig? I’d like to pipe it into decorative shapes and would not like to see it melt into a puddle on the butter platter
It will get harder once refrigerated.
Barbara Hallett Wegner
Just made this for cornbread. SO GOOD because it was cornbread put half the amount of cinnamon.
Love it! Thank you for your review, Barbara.
The easiest honey butter recipe
that I’ve found in blogs
Your recipes are awesome easy
Thank you so much for sharing
Thank you, Aeil!
Can I make this with ghee?
I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. Let me know if you try it!