Super easy Honey Butter flavored with a secret ingredient to give it a little spice and a little tang. Find out what it is and how to make your flavored butter more spreadable right out of the fridge too!
I haven’t been to Lucille’s in forever but one of my favorite things about that restaurant was their soft flaky biscuits and the delicious butter they serve them with. I’d be happy with just a drink and a plate of biscuits for dinner.
I remember that distinct apple flavor in Lucille’s butter. So what’s my secret ingredient? It’s apple butter! I’ve made this recipe with both store-bought and homemade apple butter. And if you’re not into that, just skip the apple butter altogether, no sweat.
How to make Honey Butter with Apple Butter
Making this honey butter is as simple as whisking the ingredients together. The softened butter will be sweetened with honey and apple butter. If you want it a little sweeter, increase the amount of honey to your taste.
I’m not into the apple flavor, what else can I use in this honey butter recipe?
You can add anything to this honey butter to make it your own, try any of these:
- Substitute the apple butter with pear butter, pumpkin butter or any fruit butter you like.
- Just use a dash of cinnamon or a spice mix like apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice for flavoring without the fruit.
- Substitute honey with maple syrup, a flavored simple syrup for an adventurous flavor profile, or your choice of liquid sweetener.
How to make honey butter more spreadable?
If you want to make honey butter spreadable right out of the fridge, add oil to soften it. The more oil you add, the softer the butter will be. For this recipe, I added 3 tablespoons of oil and it keeps the butter from becoming rock hard in the fridge.
I recommend using a flavorless oil like vegetable or canola oil so the oil flavor doesn’t interfere with the flavor of honey, apple butter, or other spices you may be using in this recipe.
Does honey butter need to be refrigerated?
Technically, butter can be kept at room temperature if stored properly, but personally I have never done so myself, except for when I’m leaving it out to soften for baking purposes.
Same goes for this honey butter. I would recommend keeping it in the fridge, in an airtight container. This will last several months. You can take it out about half an hour before you want to serve so it has a chance to soften (if not using oil in this recipe).
Serve honey butter with
- Artisan Bread
- Buttermilk Bread
- Sweet Cornbread
- Whole Wheat Biscuits
- Purple Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, send me a photo, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!
- 4 oz unsalted butter (113 g, room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple butter
- A pinch of salt
- 3 - 4 tablespoon oil (optional, vegetable or canola)
- Add all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.
- Oil is optional to keep butter from completely solidifying in the refrigerator. Adding oil to the recipe will allow butter to be more spreadable right out of the fridge. However, if not using oil, you can just let the butter soften for 15 - 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.
- Try other flavors: pear butter, pumpkin butter, cinnamon, other spices and spice mixes, maple syrup, flavored simple syrup.