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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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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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61 comments

  • Kristyn

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

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  • Connie

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

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  • Liz

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

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  • Lora

    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.

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  • Susan Taylor

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

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  • LuAnn

    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!

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  • Dorothy

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

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  • Teresa H

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

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  • Shayla

    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 ;)

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  • Heather Nowak

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

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  • KGreen

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

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  • Karen

    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.

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  • Stacy

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

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  • Natalia

    Brilliant!! Thank you!!!!

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  • Kristen

    Great idea!!! Thank you!

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  • Hollie Garcia

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

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  • Summer Verhoeven

    Thanks

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  • Molly

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

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  • Jennifer

    Great tips!!

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  • Nicole

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

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  • Suzanne

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

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  • Kristin

    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.

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  • Robyn

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

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  • Robyn

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

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  • Eileen

    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.

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  • Marcella Halloran

    Good to know.

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  • Nola

    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.

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  • Amy Hassett

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

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  • Mark

    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!

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  • ZT

    jr
    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

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  • John

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

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  • Trudy

    Love it!

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  • Sally

    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!

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  • Jerry

    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.

    Jerry

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  • Jerry

    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).

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  • Jackie Woodworth

    what a neat site!!!!

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  • Susan Gray

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

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  • Mary Ann Colvin

    Great ideas.

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  • Sheri

    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.

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  • Carol Katsarelas

    Very interesting,

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  • Sandra

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

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  • BarbaraRose Farber

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

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  • Latina Hildreth

    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.)

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  • Mea

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

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  • Beverly Bruner

    Great video Now I can soften butter quickly

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  • Dibby McClure

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

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  • Null

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

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  • Emily

    Great tip...

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  • Anthony Alexander

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

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  • Anthony Alexander

    great recipes my nieces and nephews would love them

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  • Amanda

    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! :-P

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  • VikyLee

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

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  • Sandra

    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!

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  • Veronica Hoenecke

    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!!!

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  • Magie

    Thanks for the tips.

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  • Bryan

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

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  • Heather

    Nice!

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  • Joh

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

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  • Holly

    Great ideas for softening butter. - Thanks!

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  • Virgie

    Disappointed that the video is not closed captioned for us.

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  • Gail

    Neat ideas.

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