How to Make Homemade Whipped Butter

Whipped butter
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes: 1/2 cup (serves 8)
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Do you crave the creamy whipped butter they serve at your local steak house? It's very easy to make at home and enjoy on all of your homemade breads and warm dinner rolls.

The recipe for homemade whipped butter could not be easier. All you need is a stick of butter and a little milk or water. Within six minutes, you will have delicious and creamy butter that spreads easily over any bread. You can even add flavor and customize the taste to a particular bread your baking.

What You'll Need

  • 1 stick (1/4 pound or 1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water

How to Make It

  1. After butter has softened to room temperature, put it in small mixing bowl.
  2. Add either milk or water.
  3. Whip with a mixer on low speed for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Mix on high speed for 2-4 minutes until the butter is light and creamy.
  5. Store in the refrigerator when not in use.

More Tips for Making Whipped Butter

It's true that making your own whipped butter is easy, but a few tips will help you along the way.

  • Make sure that your butter is softened. Ideally, it should be removed from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you begin whipping it. This makes the task much easier because the butter will not get caught in the beaters and it will combine much quicker with the liquid.
  • Milk will make a creamier whipped butter and would be the preferred option. Don't run to the store if you're out, though, water will do just fine.
  • Whipped butter should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic container with a good lid. Recycling an old butter tub is not a bad idea as long as it's clean.
  • The whipped butter is stable and should be good for up to 10 days though it will get a little harder the longer it sets.

Add Flavor to Your Whipped Butter

Looking to add a little flavor to your butter? The possibilities are endless and here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Add Fresh or Dried Herbs - Basil, chives, oregano, and parsley make great additions to whipped butter. Simply chop fresh herbs or add small amounts of dried herbs while whipping the butter.
  • Creamy Brown Sugar Butter - A sweetened butter, this one's fantastic on heavy grain as well as white bread and it's perfect for fall and winter dinners.
  • Garlic Chive Butter - Add milk to this recipe and whip it up before spreading it on Italian bread or baguettes. 
  • Lemon Butter - Enjoy this zesty butter on white rolls and bread, English muffins, or to top off grilled fish.
  • Roasted Red Pepper - Looking for something that's a little spicy? Roast a red pepper and dice it up before folding it into your whipped butter.
  • Whipped Orange Butter - Sweet citrus comes into play with this whipped butter that can be served on quick bread, muffins, or waffles and pancakes.