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Compound Butter

A general recipe for creating compound butter - use your favorite combination of ingredients!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep 10 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Total 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup of compound butter
Calories 611 kcal
Author Michelle


  • ½ cup unsalted butter very soft
  • Pinch of salt

For Herbed Butter:

  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme
  • Or, 3 tablespoons of your favorite herbs

For Honey Butter:

  • 1 tablespoon honey

For Vanilla-Cinnamon Butter:

  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and added to the butter, pod discarded
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place the softened butter in a medium bowl, cut into pieces and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Add your herbs or flavorings and use a rubber spatula to fold and mix until the add-ins are completely incorporated and evenly distributed throughout the butter.
  3. Transfer the butter to a piece of plastic wrap. Shape and roll it into a log about 6 inches in length. Twist the plastic wrap at the ends to seal. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld. (Alternatively, you can transfer the butter to a small bowl or ramekin and cover with plastic wrap.)

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on the whole recipe

Nutrition Facts
Compound Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Fat 62g95%
Saturated Fat 39g244%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2155IU43%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.