Everyone needs 4 Quick Ways How to Soften Butter? I thought a post like this was necessary after watching my husband get annoyed every time he decided to bake something at the last minute and then realizing once he had already started making it that the recipe called for the butter to be at room temperature.

If baking is not something you do on a daily or weekly basis, discoverin that you forgot to take your butter out of the fridge beforehand to soften is one of those frustrating little details that can make the whole experience a little less enjoyable.

That’s especially not fun when the holiday season rolls around, a time that is filled with 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 on hand.

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!

About the Author

Catherine is a 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. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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! 😛

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

  7. 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.)

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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).

  13. 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.


  14. 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!

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

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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 😉

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

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

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