Nothing quite says holiday meal like HONEY BUTTER. Although this is such a simple recipe, it really elevates any special meal, and it will always remind me of Thanksgiving dinner at my great-aunt Ina’s house growing up.
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In this post, not only am I sharing how to make honey butter (including an easy ratio so you can make whatever quantity your next party needs), but we will also be discussing butter boards. Have you seen this trend? As an avid butter lover, I am INTERESTED.
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Ingredients for Honey Butter:
- Unsalted butter, softened
- Optional additions: cinnamon, nutmeg or other spices like cayenne
How to Make Honey Butter:
In a mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), combine all the ingredients and whip until combined. It’s truly that simple!
Honey Butter Ratio:
Honey butter is made with a 2:1 butter to honey ratio.
For example, you could use 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter to 1/4 cup honey. Or 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) to 1/2 cup of honey. You can make larger or smaller batches based on this ratio.
You will also want to adjust any other mix-in ingredients you use like cinnamon or nutmeg.
What is a Butter Board?
A butter board is a cutting board that has softened butter spread over the top with other ingredients either mixed into the butter or sprinkled over the top.
You can use a knife to remove some butter and spread over bread or crackers, or you can dip directly into the board. I like to think of it as the butter version of a cheese plate—it’s a great appetizer or accompaniment to a meal.
There are so many different ways to create a butter board! I decided to take some of the honey butter from this recipe and add a few drops of food dye to create this artist palette-inspired butter board.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best method for softening butter?
The easiest way to soften butter is to set it out of the refrigerator the night before you plan to use it so it becomes room temperature.
If you need to soften butter in a hurry, you can do so in the microwave in short increments (15 seconds on high, then check it before another 15 seconds) so it doesn’t melt.
How do you make a butter board?
Spread softened butter over the surface of a serving tray or cutting board, then sprinkle with sea salt or other ingredients (like everything bagel seasoning) for a fun party tray.
Does honey butter need to be refrigerated?
No. But if you want to store honey butter for periods longer than a day, I would refrigerate it and then bring to room temperature before serving.
Can honey butter be frozen?
Yes, honey butter can be frozen for at least two months or more. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator and then bring to room temperature before serving.
Instead of mixing all the ingredients together to make this honey butter recipe, you could instead spread the butter and then lightly drizzle it with honey and sea salt for a honey butter board option.
You can serve any kind of toasted bread or crackers with a butter board. Some items I like include: toasted bagels, naan bread, and croissants.
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- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- ½ cup honey (about 6 ounces)
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- flaky sea salt (for serving)
- In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, honey, and cinnamon.
- With an electric mixer, whip until well combined.
- Spoon into your serving bowl and top with flaky sea salt.
- You can add other spices for more seasonal or different flavors such as nutmeg or a little bit of cayenne for heat.
- Store unused honey butter in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life, and simply bring to room temperature before serving.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Made this for Thanksgiving and the flavor and consistency was perfect! Such a nice touch to take rolls from good to great!
I love honey butter!!
This is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing, Emma! I feel like this butter could really elevate a charcuterie board.
It certainly could! I love that idea. Thanks!