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Sweet and creamy butter with honey and a pinch of sea salt. Unbelievable on just about anything.

honey butter in a colorful bowl with a knife

It really is the best thing ever.

Take butter.

sliced butter in a glass bowl

Beat it until smooth.

Add honey.

wood honey dipper with honey on it

And a little confectioners’ sugar and sea salt.

(The sugar makes it so creamy!)

honey butter in a colorful bowl

That is all.

Honey butter is one of life’s greatest experiences. Because yes, when you spread this lovely indulgence onto a piece of toast, it truly is an experience.

If toast isn’t your thing, maybe strawberry buttermilk pancakes are? Or biscuits, honey oat bread, cinnamon raisin bread, homemade English muffins, and obviously chocolate chip scones.

I’m pretty sure honey butter goes with everything. For proof, see below.

honey butter in a colorful bowl with a knife

Vehicles on Which to Eat Your Honey Butter

Really. It goes with everything.

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honey butter in a colorful bowl with a knife

Homemade Honey Butter

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: just over 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet and creamy butter with honey and a pinch of sea salt. Unbelievable on just about anything.


  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature*
  • 1/3 cup (113g) honey
  • 3 Tablespoons (23g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon sea salt*


  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining ingredients, starting with only 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat on medium speed until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Taste. Add more salt (up to 1/4 teaspoon) if desired.
  2. Serve with a drizzle of honey and/or a sprinkle of sea salt. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.


  1. Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, you can freeze the honey butter. To do so, chill the honey butter in the refrigerator and then spoon onto a piece of plastic wrap. Then wrap it up tightly with a couple layers of plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Butter: Salted butter works too– you can leave out the sea salt. Or keep it in for a more profound salty/sweet flavor.
  3. Salt: Start with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and add more as you please.
  4. Try adding a pinch of cinnamon! Mmm…

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Hey Sally! We’re moving offices at work, and I would love to surprise my co-workers with some goodies on our first day at the new location! If I pair these with your jalapeno cornbread muffins, would you add the cinnamon? Or use salted butter for a more pronounced salted flavor? I guess what I’m asking is are there any adjustments you’d make to either recipe so that they pair as perfectly as possible? 🙂 Thanks, Sally–you never steer me wrong!

    1. What a nice surprise for the new office! To pair with the jalapeño cornbread muffins, I wouldn’t add cinnamon to this honey butter. I would simply make it how it is! Seriously. If you want to pair it with a blueberry muffin, for example, I would add cinnamon.

  2. I am one of your biggest fans and pretty much bake everything that you post. I only comment once in a while though because I always forget. But once in a while I just have to comment because something is sooo good and this honey butter is one of those things!! On pancakes. Omg. Life changing. So simple yet soo good. And so easy! I only used 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. And the full 1/2 teaspoon of salt because I love sweet and salty. Sooo delicious. Make this if you’re debating it! Don’t ever eat pancakes without it! 

  3. Hi Sally, just want to let you know that your Homemade Honey Butter is.the.bomb! Everybody loved it! Thanks for all the yummy recipe. Happy New Year!

  4. I made this to pair with your cornbread and I can’t stop eating either!! Such a simple recipe but the flavor is spot on. Thank you for your great recipes!!

    1. I’m planning on making the honey butter for the strawberry buttermilk pancakes. Should I add the cinnamon or do without it? Thanks!

      1. Hi Alan, either way would be delicious with strawberry buttermilk pancakes. If you enjoy cinnamon, go for it!

      2. Thanks Lexi! I made the honey butter with cinnamon… OMG! Delish!

  5. This is so simple and easy to make I just microwave the butter for about 10 seconds so that it’s easy to stir and just add about a tablespoon of honey then I had a little bit of salt to make it pop then I make those halfway biscuits pop them in the oven take them out and it’s just delicious

  6. Hi Sally!

    I just made your honey butter and it looks delish! I added cinnamon like your suggestion, also with a pinch of nutmeg. My homemade bread also just came out of the oven, and I can’t wait to try them together!

  7. What would you think about adding some almond extract? Would that liquid have any impact on the end result?

  8. This is absolutely delicious! We love it on biscuits and cornbread. It keeps a long time in the refrigerator, too.

  9. This turned out nicely! Made little biscuit sandwiches with honey butter and fried chicken and it was a delicious breakfast 🙂

  10. I’m making sweet Hawaiian rolls and can’t wait to glaze this honey butter on top ! Yummy!

  11. You never steer me.wrong and this recipe came out perfect as always! Thanks for making my dinner rolls extra delicious.

  12. I made these for my croissants for dinner and this is the best honey butter! Love it, thank you for this recipe! :3

  13. Hey Sally.. Just wondering.. Does this recipe double or triple week for larger quantity.. Family Of 8 coming this weekend.. Want enough 🙂

    1. Definitely. Hope it’s a hit, Michelle!

  14. I made Paul Hollywood’s tea cakes and wanted something extra good to spread on them. I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon. It’s delicious. Highly recommend. It would be good on so many things.

  15. This is AMAZING!!!!!! Where I live there is a restaurant that has honey butter but lately it hasn’t been good. So we went to another restaurant and when i got home i was craving honey butter. I went online I saw your recipe. Never regret it! I will definitely use this again! Thank you!:)

  16. My goodness it tastes so delicious!!! Pair it with our Japanese milk buns <3

  17. Sally OMG absolutely delicious, I made it for my grand son and he LOVED it keep up the good recipes.

  18. Wow! I was surprised to see this recipe. I am from Bulgaria and that’s what my grandmother used to make for me. I still make it for myself and for my kids. We only use honey and butter, though. And it is just so much different and way better when combined, instead of just butter on a toast topped with honey. One of my most favorite things on Earth!

  19. This is so good – especially with your cornbread!
    On another note, I’d love to see a recipe for cinnamon butter (similar to the Great Harvest Bread Company’s cinnamon butter) !

  20. Can I put the jars in a hot water bath to seal

    1. Hi Sarah! We haven’t tested canning this honey butter. Let us know if you do!

  21. Getting ready to make this & just have a question. We don’t refrigerate our butter; never goes bad. We don’t refrigerate our honey; never goes bad. I learned that growing up on the farm. So why must the honey butter be refrigerated? Does the sugar affect the butter?

    1. Hi Belva! To err on the side of caution, we recommend storing butter in the fridge. Plus, the honey makes the butter thinner – honey butter holds a better texture if stored in the fridge. Hope you love it!