Another Secret About Butter

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

A while ago I shared one of my favorite baking tricks – using less butter. I discovered another great butter tip recently through my sister.

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When I made those homemade circus animal cookies that I posted about yesterday, I grated the butter. That’s right. Cold butter is really hard to get all blended up and mixed in with the rest of the dough. I usually microwave the butter for a few seconds to soften it up, even though “people” say that melting the butter changes the texture of the finished product. I’ve never really noticed that, but grating it works even better.

With my sugar cookies, I had a 1 lb. block of butter, so I grated it with a cheese slicer. In smaller chunks the butter softens so much faster, so by the time I was ready to mix the first few ingredients, the butter blended in perfectly.

So that’s my new secret. Shhh…don’t tell…

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Janeen August 7, 2008 at 5:46 am

That is completely genious. Seriously simple…and genious! What a great idea. I can’t believe that I’m actually thinking of using my sourdough starter just so that I can play with this nifty trick and soften the butter faster lol! Thank you, from someone who uses a rediculous amount of butter and is NOT ashamed to say so!

2 Aimee August 7, 2008 at 6:27 am

hmm, very cool idea.

3 Marne August 7, 2008 at 7:18 am

I love it! Thanks….this is great. Why didn’t I think of this before? Sheesh!

4 Marie @ Make and Takes August 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Great tip. I didn’t realize I shouldn’t melt my butter. I’ll have to try shaving it instead. Thanks.

5 Annie August 11, 2008 at 10:35 am

Excellent tip – never thought of it and will definitely use it!

6 Elizabeth M. August 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Hey, you’re kinda brilliant! I am so gonna try this method.

7 Colleen August 29, 2008 at 5:58 am

Great Idea, thanks for sharing.

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