Did you forget to take the butter out of the refrigerator before starting a recipe? See how to quickly soften butter for baking.
Did you just get everything you need out to start baking your favorite cookies and then read the words, softened butter and die a little inside? Those are some terrible words for a baker who keeps her butter in the fridge. Don’t you worry, I’m here to show you how to soften butter for baking and it’s easy and super quick!
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Why recipes call for softened butter
The instructions for most baked recipes begin with creaming room temperature or softened butter with sugar.
Creaming the softened butter and sugar together forms the base of your baked goods. Blending combines the ingredients, and adds a bit of air is incorporated into the mixture. The air helps make your cookies and cakes light and fluffy.
If the butter is too soft, it can’t hold air while creaming. It may even dissolve the sugar, which will change the texture of your cookies. If the butter is too hard, it isn’t pliable enough to blend or retain air.
The easiest way to soften butter is to remove it from the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before beginning your recipe. Of course, this depends on your climate. We keep our house cooler in the winter, so it can take longer. Ideal creaming temperature is between 65˚F and 70˚F.
I’m a firm believer that no one should have to wait to eat cookies just because their butter is all hard. Never fear! I’m here to save the day!
I’m going to teach you my trick to quickly soften butter, and trust me, I’ve forgotten to take the butter out early practically every time I’ve ever baked anything, so I’m a bit of an expert. I even forgot to take it out when I showed you all how to make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!
Don’t you dare turn to that microwave, it’s not your friend today. Softening butter in a microwave heats it unevenly and you’ll get some bits that are rock hard and some bits that are liquefied. Your cookies will be very sad if you do this to them. Just say no.
Instead, follow these simple instructions to soften butter for baking:
How to Soften Butter
Don’t you just hate it when you’re dying to make some cookies but all your butter is rock hard?! These tips will show you how to soften butter quickly for all your baking needs!
What you’ll need to soften your butter:
Your rock hard butter (learn how to make butter in your mixer here!)
A zipper bag that your rock hard butter will fit into
A rolling pin (I use a French Rolling Pin, it’s amazing, no more popped out handles!)
Steps to soften butter:
Step 1: Take wrapping off butter
Step 2: Place butter in bag and seal it shut, make an effort to get any air out before sealing it.
Step 3: Proceed to beat the bloody hell out of it with your rolling pin.
Step 4: Smash it! Roll it! Jab it! Pinch it! Smush it! Pull its hair! Wait…no.
When you’ve managed to beat your butter into oblivion, it should be nice and soft and pliable. Rip open that plastic bag and dump your butter into your baking vessel. Congratulate yourself on a job well done and finish those cookies! I’m hungry!
What tricks to you use to soften butter before baking?