Print 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! Get Started 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 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.