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Creamy Homemade Butter Recipe

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  • Author: Heather Bilyeu
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Craft your own Creamy Homemade Butter Recipe with just two simple ingredients and the magic of a stand mixer. Heavy cream and salt come together, transforming it into a velvety spread to use in your favorite recipes in just 15 minutes or less!


  • 1 Pint (16 ounces) of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt


  1. To a stand mixer, add in the cold heavy whipping cream and beat on high with the whisk attachment for 5-7 minutes. Place a tea towel over the top of the mixer and bowl to prevent the cream from splattering over your counters.
  2. Over 5-7 minutes, the cream will go from a whipping cream consistency to separating and curdling.
  3. The cream will have separated into the butter and buttermilk when finished. Turn off the mixer and gently remove the whisk attachment (most of the butter will be on the whisk).
  4. Place a large fine mesh strainer over a big bowl. Remove the butter from the whisk into the strainer, then pour off the buttermilk from the bowl into the strainer.
  5. With your hands, squeeze any remaining liquid out from the butter into the strainer. Quickly run the ball of butter under cold water and lightly pat dry with a paper towel. 
  6. Place the butter in a bowl and sprinkle the salt on top. With a spatula, mix and incorporate the salt throughout the butter.
  7. From here you can either store it in a mason jar or place it on a sheet of parchment paper, spread it out into a log shape, and roll the end tightly to seal. Store in the fridge to chill until needed.


Storing: To keep your homemade butter fresh, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will maintain its flavor and texture for up to two weeks. 

Freezing: Wrap the butter tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper, then place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to six months. When you're ready to use it, thaw the butter in the refrigerator for 24 hours to preserve its quality. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dips and Spreads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 153.4 mg
  • Fat: 10.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.8 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.9 mg
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