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How to Soften Butter by The BakerMama

Basics by The BakerMama: How to Soften Butter

  • Author: The BakerMama


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!


  • Butter


  1. Set chilled butter out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. If the butter is frozen, it will take a few hours.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.