Quick Tip: Quickly Softening Butter

Heather says:

While it is easiest to just let butter soften at room temperature, sometimes you just don’t have time. Such as when a child “suddenly remembers” they were supposed to bring cookies to class the next day.

I do not recommend using a microwave, as it is way too easy to skip softening and go straight to melting.

The trick is to grate it.  Grating, even frozen butter, gives it a lot more surface area causing it to warm to room temperature quite quickly.  If you are concerned about the amount of butter sticking to the grater, just grate in a tiny bit extra.


  1. DaniGirl on December 3, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Oh, as we enter into the shortbread-making season I am THRILLED with this tip – thanks!!!

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  3. Melissa on December 2, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    What a fabulous tip!

  4. Pam on December 2, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    This is a GREAT tip!!!! I always use the micro…just sort of hoving and watching. I will absolutely try grating. Pam, South Bend

  5. Matt on December 2, 2007 at 10:35 am

    That’s actually a really good tip…I don’t like microwaving it as well, and I think I do this subconsciously but definitely makes sense

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