Honey Butter

CATEGORIES: Condiments, Sara

One of my favorite things to take to a pot-luck is a big basket of rolls or cornbread and a bowl of sweet, fluffy honey butter.  And not to get all braggy braggy, but I don’t think I’ve ever taken it without at least half of the people there asking what my “secret” is!  You’d think honey butter would be pretty self-explanatory: honey + butter, right?  Well I’m going to teach you a few tricks today that will take your honey butter from yum, to WOW.

Honey Butter

My secret actually comes from my sister, and that’s to make less of a lightly sweetened butter, and more of a honey-flavored buttercream haha. The best honey butter starts out with butter, obviously.  Not all butter is created equal.

Use good, real butter and absolutely no substitutions here.  

It’s also important that you use room temperature butter, which means you need to plan ahead a little.  Trying to soften it in the microwave will most likely result in uneven temperatures which will affect the next step, which is to

Whip your butter with an electric mixer.  Whipping your butter incorporates air, which gives it a soft, fluffy texture.

Whipped Butter

The next trick is that honey isn’t our only sweeter here.  We’re also going to add powdered sugar, and then whip whip whip some more.

Powdered Sugar

Then you’ll add honey and continue whipping.

honey in honey butter

The result is a soft and smooth, light and fluffy butter that’s insanely good and you’ll want to slather it on just about everything.

Honey Butter melting on a roll

Honey Butter stores well in the fridge, just bring to room temperature until serving.  If I’m taking this to a party or something, I usually drizzle a little honey on top so people realize what it is.

Honey Butter

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honey butter in a dish

Honey Butter

  • Author: Sara Wells
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Approx 2 cups 1x


Sweet, fluffy honey butter.  For a softer flavor, feel free to start with half the amount of powdered sugar and honey and add more to taste.



2 sticks (1 cup) real butter at room temperature
2/3 cup honey
3/4 cup powdered sugar


Place butter in a mixing bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat for another minute.  Add honey and continue beating for 1 minute until smooth and fluffy.  Taste  and add salt if necessary. Serve at room temperature, store in fridge.

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  1. YUM! My recipe has marshmallow cream in it, which I imagine does something similar to the powdered sugar. I will make it and let you know how close our awesome honey butter recipes compare!

    1. Mine does too. I used to manage a restaurant in Provo and our recipe was butter, honey and marshmallow cream. It is oh so good. I used to make it by the gallons. Talk about melt in your mouth. We served it with scones, the deep fried fluffy kind. YUM!!!

  2. oooh interesting Kate. I would never think to put marshmallow cream in honey butter! I’ll have to try that some time.

  3. This is my first time commenting. I took hot rolls and this honey butter recipe to a baby shower last night. It was a hit. My mom’s honey butter recipe calls for a raw egg so I never make it. I was excited to try this recipe and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It taste just the way I wanted it too!

    1. Would you please share your Mom’s recipe that includes the egg? I bought some Apricot Orange Pecan Honey Butter in TN and LOVE IT and would like to make it, bottle it, and sell it at the local Farmer’s Mkt in MO. I would have to find out how to make it safe for resale or canning. Might have to omit the egg, but I am curious as to the other ingredients & amounts. Thanks

  4. I made this for the fourth and loved it! The powdered sugar makes it a really nice consistency.

    Now I’m baking some bread so we can use up the leftovers…

  5. OMG! I made this exact recipe for Thanksgiving for the rolls and my pop's pumpkin bread and WOW is all I have to say. I found myself dipping my finger in the butter often for a little taste (of course washing my hands first)…

    Great recipe, I am going to share this on my recipe blog and of course crediting you and referring my readers to you! I am so glad I found your blog!!

  6. Crysale- I don't know the *exact* shelf life because honestly it's never lasted too long. But it's jut butter, sugar, and honey, so I would say if it's refrigerated it's going to be good for a few months.

  7. I'll ask anyway, even though I know the correct answer to my question is probably "As long as you can keep your head out of the bowl." How long does this keep?

    Thanks & can't wait to give it a try!

  8. That honey butter was DIVINE! I took it to my Bunco group last night with homemade rolls and everyone was loving it. Thank you!

  9. My husband is a butter fanatic and LOVES honey, so when I made this on thanksgiving to go along with my homemade rolls…he went a little crazy!! It was a hit with everyone! Thank you!

  10. I seriously post on EVERY thing I make of yours. Everything is so good! I’m glad I didn’t make a huge fancy dinner because it would have gone completely unnoticed. This is soooooo good. It makes quite a bit. I still have most of it left and we ate a ENTIRE loaf of french bread with it. I’m starting to think you ladies are my kindred (food) spirits!

  11. I cut the recipe in half (which worked beautifully) since there are only two of us here. I should have made the whole recipe because there is no restraint when it’s this good! I ate WAY more than I should have, just because I couldn’t stop with the honey butter!

  12. amazing – I had never had any verson of this before and thought, why not give it a try? Huge hit in out house! we still have plenty but my friend and I are already draming of having it on a warm toasted bagel in the morning –

  13. You say in your recipe, 2 cubes of butter, do you mean two sticks of butter?
    thank you, I look forward to trying this with some hush puppies!

  14. I must confess – I licked the beaters! I’ve always made mine with powdered sugar too. So good on banana bread when it turns out a bit dry, and on zuchinni bread, and on pancakes, and on…. oh heck the list goes on and on. Just make it – it’s oh so good!

  15. wow. I have often just added the honey and butter but never the powder suger. So much better. Thanks! That’s why I keep coming back. Yum

  16. I use to be a manager of a restaurant where we made honey butter by the gallons. The best secret to making honey butter supreme…, use marshmallow creme instead of powdered sugar. MMMMmmmm! Melt in your mouth good! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  17. Whew – I always wondered what the big deal was with honey butter. Apparently it’s the addition of powdered sugar! I am a big butter fan, but I now think I might be obsessed with this honey butter. I am finding myself making various bread things to put the butter on (because it’s just too scary to think of eating it with a spoon, which I’m pretty sure I will do if I don’t have cornbread or Parker House rolls to schmear with this divine concotion!). Thanks for one more excuse to eat more butter!!! As if I needed it.

  18. Living in a foreign country. Needed a yummy late night snack. Didn’t even have electricity to use a hand mixer so I just mixed it by hand. Turned out delicious! Yay! Thank you!

  19. I add cream style corn instead of all the milk and I throw in some canned chilies. The chilies don’t make it hot at all they just add a little to the flavor.

  20. Try honeybutter on popcorn. Oh my goodness. It is just heavenly. I just made some with just honey and butter. I’m going to try your recipe with powdered sugar. It sounds just delicious.

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