In Basics by The BakerMama: How to Soften Butter, I give you a handy guide to softening butter so your cookies, cakes, breads and more come out perfect every time!
- Set chilled butter out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. If the butter is frozen, it will take a few hours.
- Cut the cold butter into small cubes. This helps soften the butter in about 15 minutes. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they’ll soften.
- Grate the butter while it’s cold. This will help soften the butter in a matter of minutes. Partially unwrap the butter stick and use the wrapped half to hold the butter while you shred it using the largest holes of your box grater.
- Pound or roll the butter out between two sheets of parchment paper with a rolling pin. This method requires a bit of work on your part, but should only take about 5 minutes.
- Beat the butter at low speed in a stand mixer until softened. This method is great if you’re already going to be using your mixer with the softened butter for the recipe. You can also use a hand mixer.
- Softened butter should still feel cold. It should be solid, but hold a fingerprint when pressed. It should also bend without breaking.
- I do not recommend microwaving the butter to soften it, but if you insist, be sure to have the microwave on the defrost setting (30% power) and microwave the whole stick in 5-second increments, rotating the stick after each increment, until just softened.