How To Soften Butter

Many recipes call for softened butter, but there's more than one way to bring your butter to room temperature. Learn a few methods to soften butter easily!
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Beating It

Use a mixer to beat butter until softened, about 3-5 minutes.

Cut It Up

Cut sticks of butter into cubes to soften in 20-30 minutes.


Grating butter is a quick way to soften it. It takes 5-10 minutes to soften butter using a grater.

Pounding It Out

Flatten butter between two sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin. In just 3-5 minutes, your butter will be softened.

Room Temperature

Place a stick of butter on the counter for 30-60 minutes until it's just soft enough to place a fingerprint into.