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Flavored Honey Butter Recipe

Updated on May 26, 2016
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VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips and reviews.

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Honey Butter
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Homemade Butters Taste Better

Love honey butter? Buying flavored butter can be expensive. In fact, I saw a rather small jar of honey pecan butter for $12 yesterday in our local supermarket. Since it was packaged attractively, it made my mouth start to water. However, I resisted the temptation to buy and I ran home and made the same butter at home for less than $3. You can too!

In fact, it is very quick and easy to make a variety of types of flavored butter. You are only limited by your imagination.My step by step photo directions show you how to make your own honey butter. Moreover, I tell you how you can make different types:

  • Honey butter
  • Orange honey butter
  • Lemon honey butter
  • Cinnamon honey butter
  • Pecan honey butter

My favorite restaurant meal is Sweet Cornbread and Navy Bean and Ham Soup from Marie Calendars. Over the years, I've developed my own recipes for this wonderful meal. Honey butter is what makes that cornbread taste so fabulous. I also love to use Pecan honey butter or Orange Honey butter on my daughter's favorite Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins.

Gift Ideas

Flavored butters made great gifts for teachers, friends and hostess gifts. Package them in a mason jar with a ribbon on top and a cute label. Add some muffins, cornbread or other quick bread and you have an elegant and personal gift. Another idea is to give some Honey Butter with a Butter Crock. Even better, enjoy making some flavored butter for your next luncheon, brunch, holiday party or maybe even to spice up your regular breakfast. Enjoy!

Step by Step Honey Butter

Honey Butter ingredients.  I made orange honey butter.
Honey Butter ingredients. I made orange honey butter. | Source
Step One: Unwrap butter and put in bowl.  If hard, put in microwave for 5 second.  Pour on 2 TB honey.
Step One: Unwrap butter and put in bowl. If hard, put in microwave for 5 second. Pour on 2 TB honey. | Source
Step 2: Grate orange peel (or lemon peel).
Step 2: Grate orange peel (or lemon peel). | Source
Step 3: Add peel to butter and honey.
Step 3: Add peel to butter and honey. | Source
Step 4: Mix with a fork until well blended.
Step 4: Mix with a fork until well blended. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: 1/2 cup of honey butter

Ingredients for Honey Butter and Variations

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 Tb Honey
  • 1 tea. grated lemon or orange rind, or cinnamon, (optional)
  • 1/4 cup ground pecans, (optional)
  • 1 tea. vanilla, (optional)

How to Make Honey Butter

  1. Unwrap the butter or margarine and put in a bowl. If butter is hard, put in microwave for 5 seconds to soften, or leave on the counter for a while.
  2. Pour on honey. Mix with a fork or wire whisk until well blended. Add any of the additional ingredients and stir again. Store in butter crock or covered container. You can sprinkle with a little of the additional ingredient on top. Serve with Cornbread, muffins, toast, waffles or other bread.
  3. Orange Honey Butter: Use a small grater to grate fresh orange rind. Add 1 tea. of rind to honey butter and mix.
  4. Lemon Honey Butter: Use a small grater or zester to grate fresh lemon rind. Add 1 tea. of rind to honey butter and mix.
  5. Cinnamon Honey Butter: Add 1 tea. of cinnamon to the honey butter and mix.
  6. Pecan Honey Butter: Add 1/4 cup of finely chopped or ground pecans to honey butter and mix (you can also add lemon, orange or cinnamon).

Butter or Margarine?

Butter tastes the best and I have used it in my pictures to illustrate this recipe. However, margarine works just as well and is actually easier to mix (you don't need to soften it in the microwave). You can also try this recipe with reduced fat margarine, or a mixture of regular and whipped. In fact, the taste of the honey and other ingredients can make these lower calorie butters better. You may need to make sure those stay in the refrigerator to keep a bit firm.

What is your favorite way to use honey butter? Share your own variations in the comments below!

Butter Crock keeps honey butter fresh!

Butter Crock
Butter Crock | Source

Butter Crock for Freshness

Years ago, my dear friend Katie, who loves old fashioned things, showed me her antique butter crock and I've wanted one ever since. Finally, I found it listed as a butter keeper on Amazon. How does the Butter Crock work?

  • You store 1/2 cup butter in the bell shaped lid.
  • You fill the crock with 1/3 cup water.
  • You put the lid back down and the butter is immersed completely in water so it stays fresh.
  • You change the water every 3 days or so.
  • Don't keep the butter uncovered a long time, and push butter back down as it gets used so there are not air pockets.

You can leave the crock on the counter top, or on your kitchen table so that your butter is always ready to eat and spreadable. One recipe fits into the crock perfectly.

Honey Butter

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 TB
Calories 58
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Regan--I love that idea about using honey butter on meat.

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      Regan Houser 3 years ago

      I have also used honey butter to add flavor to steaks and pork chops in the past. It adds a lot of flavor.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Kissayer--glad to know I can help you with some cooking tips! I love Louisiana cooking, which I actually learned when I was in California because I lived in an area that had a lot of transplants from New Orleans. Every place has their own unique foods. I have friends from Australia who love that veggie stuff on crackers--I've tried it and can't quite like it yet! Maybe I need a recipe!

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      Kristy Sayer 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      With my fiancé and his family being from Louisiana and me from Australia, I never knew what the fuss was about honey butter - until I went to Louisiana. I'm always preferring to make things myself so this recipe will definitely come in handy when he gets back here!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Carol--your comment made me realize that I probably can figure out a way to make one of my favorite products--cream cheese with strawberries. Isn't it funny how we get used to buying something we can make ourselves?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love honey butter and used to buy it. I think the brand was Downey. So now I have my own recipe here on hubpages. I am so glad to have found this. Cannot wait to make it. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Oh yum--I absolutely love scones. I need to make some now. Or, maybe I shouldn't!

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Oh love honey butter - I seem to be fixating on food this afternoon so must mean I need to go eat a piece of fruit or something~!

      We have a restaurant in Bend that sells scones (the soft kind) with honey butter - we usually buy a bag just for "home use." ~Yummy

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