How to Soften Butter Quickly

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 in Baking Tips | 0 comments

How to Soften Butter Quickly

Baking cookies for me is often pretty spontaneous.  All of my days are super packed between working, blogging, baking and commitments my I can’t say “no” syndrome has me doing….I have gotten much better… Trust me.  If I ever get an hour of open time with little to do, I always feel like baking cookies.  I know I should get checked out for it.  My husband loves to sit and do nothing to relax and I like to bake…what’s the difference? We are both doing things we like right? But the worst is when I get the sudden urge to bake and if I didn’t prepare for it earlier, I have to wait hours for butter to soften.  Softened butter is a must for most of my cookie recipes, unless it is a specific recipe that calls for melted butter in which you can just place the butter in the microwave and presto it’s ready.  Softened butter is used in the creaming method in which the butter is creamed with the sugars to create little air bubbles that makes the batter softer in consistency and larger in volume.

So what do you do if you need to soften butter quickly?  Here are my 3 favorite ways.

1.) Grating the butter through a cheese grater.  Take the hard butter sticks through a grater.  Be careful not to grate too small and grate your hands.  The last piece will be softened from the heat of your hands so there will be no need to grate it. If you don’t have a cheese grater, you can also dice the butter into small chunks. Let it sit for a couple minutes depending on how hard your butter was to begin with.

How to Soften Butter Quickly

2.) Pound the butter with a rolling pin.  Put the butter into a ziplock bag or on a piece of plastic wrap and go to town! Let it sit for a couple minutes and the butter will be softened way quicker than left as a stick.

How to Soften Butter

3.) Beat it.  You can add the butter by itself into an electric mixer and beat it before you add the sugars.  You will probably want to cut it up into smaller pieces before placing it in the mixer.  Beat on medium to soften.

You can try other methods such as a double boiler, microwave or in the oven but just be careful not to melt the butter as this will change the consistency of a cookie recipe that calls for softened butter. The microwave is super deceiving too because it will still look solid on the outside even if it’s melted on the inside.  I typically never recommend the microwave for softening butter.



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