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How to Soften Butter Quickly

Learn how to easily soften butter for all your baking needs.
Prep Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 stick butter
Calories: 814kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 3


  • ½ cup butter (1 stick - unsalted or salted)


  • Butter is softened when you can press your finger into it to make an indent but your finger doesn't push all the way through the stick.
  • Leave the butter on the counter for at least 45 minutes before baking to allow it to soften.

Quick Ways to soften butter

  • Slice your butter and allow it to sit at room temperature - it will take less time.
  • Place butter in a gallon size ziploc bag or between sheets of wax paper and pound it with a rolling pin to flatten.
  • Heat on 50% power in 5 second increments in the microwave, rotating the stick every time.
  • Place hot water in a glass then remove the water and invert it over the stick of butter and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.


The best way to soften butter is to let it sit at room temperature. My favorite quick way is the microwave method.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 814kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 92g | Saturated Fat: 58g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 2836IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.02mg