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How to Make Compound Butter

A little butter makes everything taste better. Mix in sweet or savory ingredients and you've got yourself a compound butter. They are great when used on meat, potatoes, bread, and vegetables. Compound butters are so simple to make and a delicious addition to almost any food. You can even package them up nicely into small mason jars and give them as gifts!

Compound Butter

I am going to share three of my favorite compound butter recipes: Cilantro Lime, Honey Cinnamon, and Garlic Herb. The instructions are the same for all, just change up the ingredients. I make them all with two sticks of butter because that will make plenty to serve for a meal as well as fill a small jar to use later or give as a gift.


1. Once butter is soft, add it and other ingredients into mixing bowl.

2. Using a hand mixer, blend together the ingredients.

3. Transfer to parchment paper and form into log. Chill for a couple hours before serving. Alternatively, you can store in a jar.

Cilantro Lime

Cilantro Lime Butter can be used on vegetables and meat, but its best use is specifically on corn. This compound butter was made for corn. Try it. You will see.

2 sticks Unsalted Butter

1/4 cup fresh Cilantro (chopped)

1 Lime (juiced)

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Honey Cinnamon Butter

This can be used on bread, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, pancakes, and so much more. It's so good. You have been warned.

2 sticks Unsalted Butter

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

2 tablespoons Honey

4 tablespoons Powdered Sugar

Garlic Herb Butter

This is great on vegetables, bread, potatoes, and meat. It's especially delicious on steak.

2 sticks Unsalted Butter

4 cloves Garlic finely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh Chives chopped

1 tablespoon fresh Parsley chopped

1 teaspoon fresh Thyme chopped

1 teaspoon fresh Rosemary chopped

**Basil, cilantro, or other fresh herbs can be used as well or instead of the ones mentioned above. Make it your own!

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