Monday, September 6, 2021

Honey Butter Recipe

Creamy honey butter is whipped to perfection in minutes. Slather it on everything from rolls and pancakes to sweet potatoes and squash!

For such a simple recipe, this has a truly exceptional flavor. All you need are four simple ingredients to create a sweet, creamy spread that you’ll be tempted to eat by the spoonful!

Condiments and spreads are so easy to make yourself, and I love that I can control what goes in each of them.

This homemade honey butter is especially delicious on my Texas Roadhouse rolls or mashed sweet potatoes.

You could even spread some on buttermilk cornbread or melt and drizzle it over fried chicken!

honey butter recipe

What Is Honey Butter?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Softened butter is whipped and sweetened with honey for a sweet, dreamy spread.

I like to add a touch of powdered sugar to help it firm up and become extra creamy - the texture is almost like frosting!

honey butter recipe ingredients

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Soften the sticks. Allow them to sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes before starting this honey butter recipe or the ingredients won’t mix up properly. If you’re short on time (or forgot!), there’s a handy trick to soften them in minutes.

    Fill a tall glass with hot water and dump it out. Then, stand the stick on one end and place the glass upside down over the top. The residual heat will soften the spread without melting it completely.
  • Add a little spice. Ground cinnamon is a wonderful addition, and I have a recipe for that version here. I recommend using a high-quality version for the best flavor. Or, try pumpkin pie spice for a seasonal twist!
  • Too sweet? Add a pinch of salt or replace one of the unsalted sticks with a salted one.
honey butter ingredients in a bowl

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Does homemade honey butter need to be refrigerated?

This can be kept covered on the counter for up to 1 week, or it will last up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Once chilled, it will firm up a bit so let it rest at room temperature to soften before serving.

You can also whip up a double batch and freeze the extra portion for up to 2 months! Wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and store it in a freezer-safe ziploc.

homemade honey butter in a bowl

Can I use margarine for this honey butter recipe?

Technically yes, but it won’t whip up the same. That’s because it contains oils that cause it to soften and melt much faster than plain butter.

If you need a dairy free version, try plant-based baking sticks which are formulated to hold up better to an electric mixer.

Do I have to include powdered sugar?

No. There are plenty of recipes that don’t add this ingredient, so you’re free to leave it out if you prefer. Just keep in mind that the texture of the final product won’t be as stiff.


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honey butter on bread

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Author: Donna Elick
Honey Butter Recipe

Honey Butter Recipe

Creamy honey butter is whipped to perfection in minutes. Slather it on everything from rolls and pancakes to sweet potatoes and squash!
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Add soft butter, honey, powdered sugar, and salt to a large bowl or stand mixer and beat on high speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. The butter will look thick and wet to start but will whip up.

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Originally published September 2021

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  1. Why does it call for unsalted butter but ipe?then adds salt in the rec

    1. Because each stick of salted butter has 1/4 tsp of salt in it. By using TWO sticks and only 1/4 tsp of salt, you essentially get "half salted" butter.


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