This recipe for homemade honey butter is incredibly easy and whips up in a flash using just 3 ingredients– honey, butter, and a bit of salt. Incredibly versatile, you can use it for rolls, cornbread, add it to savory dishes and easily make different variations like Jalapeno or Cinnamon Honey Butter with just 1 additional ingredient.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had honey butter. In college I used to make it all the time when I worked in one of the dorm cafeterias. Of course then I used to make honey butter with 2 lbs of butter and a ridiculous amount of honey.
I’ve always been partial to honey butter on biscuits or cornbread but you can use honey butter for so much more. Some friends even drizzle a bit of melted honey butter onto their fried chicken!
Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Ingredients you’ll need:
- softened unsalted butter
That’s all you need for honey butter! I prefer to use unsalted butter so I can add just a little bit for flavor. This is especially important if you are making the jalapeno version.
For other variations you will also need:
- ground cinnamon
For the jalapeno version you can use fresh or canned jalapenos. I usually prefer fresh for a spicier version while the spicy brininess of the canned jalapenos contrasts nicely with the sweet creaminess of the honey butter.
How to make this:
- In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until it is creamy.
- Add the honey and salt and beat again until well mixed.
That’s it! Easy peasy!
To add other mix ins:
It’s so simple. I just gave the jalapeños a good chop to get them into small pieces and then added them after the honey and butter were well mixed.
To make the cinnamon version, add the ground cinnamon along with the honey and salt.
Honey butter (and the cinnamon version) will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month. The jalapeno version will keep for up to 1 week refrigerated.
To use after being refrigerated, allow the butter to thaw at room temperature until softened. I would not recommend microwaving it because that can cause it to separate funny and not mix together well.
After it is thawed it may need to be beat together again briefly.
Try using the butter for more than bread or toast! Drizzle some on vanilla ice cream or oatmeal or add to roasted veggies.
The jalapeno version would be really tasty with corn or steak as well!
Top tips for cooking with kids
This is really easy to make with kids. Be careful using a hand mixer and make sure to always attach the mixer blades before plugging in the appliance. See this list of age appropriate cooking tasks for help in assigning tasks.
Other ways to make it fun:
- You could make it a competition and see who can beat butter faster- the machine or by hand!
- Make all 3 variations and talk about how they taste similar and different. Vote on which version is your favorite.
- Ask your children for suggestions on other variations to try, both sweet and savory. Or you can ask them to help you brainstorm new ways to use it.
See here for more tips on cooking with kids!
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
- 2 Tablespoons jalapenos finely chopped (optional)
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter for about a minute.
- Add honey, salt, and cinnamon (if using) and beat to combine.
For jalapeno honey butter
- Use a spatula stir in the jalapenos. Use immediately or store covered in the fridge for up to a week.