Honey Butter

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

honey butter in a dish

Honey Butter

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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.
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 sticks 1 cup real butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Salt


  • 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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Author: Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Yum! The best honey butter I’ve ever made uses marshmallow cream and it is to die for! I bet this is just as delicious and creamy and more convenient because while I don’t always have marshmallow cream in my pantry, I always have powdered sugar.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. Wow! The simple pleasures… with the holidays approaching, this will be a sure delight!

  10. I served this with warm cornbread. Soooo good, everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!!

  11. 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!

  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. 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!