How To Soften Butter Video
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4 Quick Ways How to Soften Butter



'Tis the season once again and you know what that means: lots of baking. From homemade sugar cookies to chocolate orange snaps to your favorite holiday cookie, chances are you're going to be needing a lot of softened butter in the coming weeks.

It can beyond frustrating to be in the midst of a recipe only to realize that you forgot to take your butter out of the fridge beforehand to soften. Well, you'll never have to wait around again since today's Quick Tip video will show you how to soften your butter in four simple ways -- and get your kids involved too. Watch and see why it may be the most fun they've ever had in the kitchen. And it doesn't even involve chocolate.

It's buttah, baby!

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  1. Gail

    January 6, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Neat ideas.

  2. Virgie

    June 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Disappointed that the video is not closed captioned for us.

  3. Holly

    March 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Great ideas for softening butter. – Thanks!

  4. Joh

    December 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What happened to the microwave? No mention of that as a quick fix.

  5. Heather

    December 6, 2014 at 6:28 am


  6. Bryan

    December 29, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Great tips. Another idea is to use a hair-dryer. Works great for melting butter in about a half-minute!

  7. Magie

    December 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips.

  8. Veronica Hoenecke

    November 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Brilliant! I always get so excited about baking, but when I realize that I need soften butter I stay away from it. By the time the butter is soften I am busy doing other stuff or just forgot about it. Love these tips, Thanks!!!

  9. Sandra

    November 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Great tips! With a newborn in the house, anything to make my life easier is great! I usually want to bake something now and don’t want to wait for butter to soften. Thanks!

  10. VikyLee

    November 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This was great. Thank you. These simple ideas never occurred to me.
    I will definitely put this new info to work.

  11. Amanda

    November 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’m forever forgetting to take butter out for those recipes that call for it to be softened!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for these tips!! I’m sure my 5 y/o will love the first one! 😛

  12. Anthony Alexander

    October 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    great recipes my nieces and nephews would love them

  13. Anthony Alexander

    October 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I love your recipes I always wondered how to make weathermy nieces nephews would love these recipes

  14. Emily

    October 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Great tip…

  15. null

    October 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Great tips! I often forget to take the butter out early.

  16. Dibby McClure

    October 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I was not able to see the video, but it was helpful.

  17. Beverly Bruner

    October 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Great video Now I can soften butter quickly

  18. Mea

    October 16, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Great tips, I’m always not having soft butter when I need it. Thanks so much!

  19. Latina Hildreth

    October 16, 2013 at 4:12 am

    These are great tips. I’m sure I will have to resort to using one or more of them in the very near future. Thanks so much. (I agree with BarbaraRose, you really should put that butter in a zip lock bag before you put it in you pocket. Just sayin.)

  20. BarbaraRose Farber

    October 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great ideas, but I think I would put the butter in a zip lock bag, BEFORE I put it in my pocket!!

  21. Sandra

    October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    YIKES! Someone has anger issues! I hope you have a better day tomorrow :) Kill em with kindness is what I always say!

  22. Carol Katsarelas

    October 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Very interesting,

  23. Sheri

    October 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I’m one of those who decides to bake and then I’m frustrated because I have to wait for the butter to warm up. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Mary Ann Colvin

    October 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Great ideas.

  25. Susan Gray

    October 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Great site. Great ideas I never thought of to soften butter. Look forward to trying these next time I am baking.

  26. Jackie Woodworth

    October 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    what a neat site!!!!

  27. Jerry

    October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Please note, that quality butter (real butter, NOT margarine, ‘almost’/just-like butter) can last for weeks, at room temperature, and COVERED, for weeks, on end, without spoiling!

    My first dinner guests informed me of this while I was preparing & serving 2 couples a formal dinner.

    I am a bachelor, 69 y.o. and I learn something new in the kitchen every time I prepare meals in my own home for my guests, here in Overland Park, KS (Kansas City).

  28. Jerry

    October 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Melt butter….

    Boil water in a Tea Pot…
    Slice into 8 – 10 chips, then place into measuring cup
    As steam starts spewing out of tea pot, hold the measuring cup above the spout (to increase the melt time.


  29. Sally

    October 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This is great! It is so easy to microwave the butter, but I avoid using it as much as I can. So I appreciate the alternates, thank you!

  30. Trudy

    October 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Love it!

  31. John

    October 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    You should also put the butter in a plastic bag before putting the butter in your pocket. Love your video,
    Thanks, John

  32. zt

    October 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    It is better to say nothing, than to be this cruel to people. Is this the way you would like for someone to talk to you? Think before you say something or wright it.
    the logo is in the house

  33. Mark

    October 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I cut my sticks in half (into cubes), put them in a small bowl one at a time and microwave on low power (power level 2 out of 10), checking every 5 seconds. It only takes about 10-15 seconds total per cube. Any longer than that and you’ll have melted butter!

  34. Amy Hassett

    October 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    fun tips! Thanks!! I often forget to soften the butter!

  35. Nola

    October 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I am glad of this video because I always need a way to soften butter. I forget to take butter out to soften. Thank you for the tips.

  36. Marcella Halloran

    October 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Good to know.

  37. Eileen

    October 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Thanks – I think I would put it in a zip lock baggie before I put it in my pocket. I know me it could get ugly.

  38. Robyn

    October 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ll have to try them.

  39. Robyn

    October 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve never tried any but will make sure I do when needed.

  40. Kristin

    September 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Alternately, Martha Stewart recommends beating cold butter in the mixer with the paddle attachment to soften, before adding additional ingredients. I can’t wait to try your warm water idea, though.! The same can be done for eggs that need to be at room temp. 10 minutes in a hot water bath will do it.

  41. Suzanne

    September 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Great tips! I’ve done the rolling pin idea, but not the others. Thanks!

  42. ashley

    March 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Well I gotta say it never occurred to me to stick butter in my pocket to soften it. But I like the on the go attitude. Cheers and thanks for the cute videos.

  43. Nicole

    January 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing:) Now I’m going to make your vanilla cupcake recipe!

  44. Jennifer

    December 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Great tips!!

  45. Molly

    December 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks! I NEVER remember to take the butter out early!

  46. Summer Verhoeven

    December 1, 2012 at 9:55 am


  47. Hollie Garcia

    November 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Love it :) I’ll use the cut in up in cubes version. Thanks for saving me time!!

  48. Kristen

    November 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great idea!!! Thank you!

  49. Natalia

    November 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Brilliant!! Thank you!!!!

  50. Stacy

    November 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

    This is me, all the time. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Karen

    November 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Cute video! I just found your website and already asked for your cookbook for Christmas. Pinterest taught me to microwave the butter for 4 seconds on each side, although I do 5 seconds on three sides and 3 seconds on the last side….I’m different like that. It works like a charm but your ideas are much more fun.

  52. KGreen

    November 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Love your tips – great post and video! Your daughter is adorable!

  53. Heather Nowak

    November 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Love your tip!! I always use the microwave and then it melts too much.

  54. Shayla

    November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thank you Chole, I giggled each time you said “whack” as you did your job. It’s been a joy watching you grow into a big girl. Thanks for helping your mommy, as she is helping other mommies cook yummy healthy food. Tell Kenya thank for being a helper too I hope to see you in a video again 😉

  55. Teresa h

    November 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Love your ideas! Will share w my sister who always uses the microwave.

  56. Dorothy

    November 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I never have soft butter when I need it. Agree with Lora and Liz much better then mircowave.

  57. LuAnn

    November 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Love your cooking tips, but really love watching your parenting even more. Wish you did videos when my kid was little, maybe I would have been more fun!

  58. Susan Taylor

    November 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Needed this on Tuesday!! Great tips I didn’t know.

  59. Lora

    November 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    These are all way better than the microwave. Thanks! I love the pocket idea. That’s how I thaw frozen chocolate too. I never thought about doing it with butter.

  60. Liz

    November 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Greast ideas! I do that all the time!!! Much better than the microwave!

  61. connie

    November 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Thank you! Much easier then putting it in oven and wasting electricity. (or, so I have heard :) )

  62. Kristyn

    November 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Loved this! Thanks for the fun tips! And your little helper is adorable. (Whack, whack, whack)