Honey butter is the perfect topping for turning your pancake or waffle breakfast into a delicious feast fit for a king. Serve it over crepes or alongside a delicious french toast casserole for the perfect brunch! And of course no hush puppies are complete without a big smear of honey butter!

This honey butter recipe makes a perfect spread for slathering on toast, dabbing it on biscuits, or scooping up with apple slices. Pure bliss in a jar!

Honey Butter in a jar with Hush Puppies in background

What is Honey Butter?

Honey butter is simple spread containing – you guessed it – honey and butter! Mixing these two simple ingredients with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon into a spreadable consistency is super easy. All you need is an electric mixer and a few minutes!

How to Make Honey Butter

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make honey butter. Here’s all you do:

  1. Place softened butter in a bowl with honey (and vanilla/cinnamon).
  2. Whip on medium speed with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  3. Store in glass jars or ceramic pot.

You’ll love how versatile this honey butter recipe is. You can vary the ingredients, depending on your taste and how you intend to use it. I love to make cinnamon honey butter with vanilla for use on breakfast pancakes, biscuits or hush puppies.

Honey Butter in a bowl

Sweet or Savory

Honey is great for sweet dishes but it’s also used in a lot of savory dishes as well like Honey Mustard Chicken or Honey Garlic Chicken Wings.

Baked honey butter chicken is a great way to enjoy this butter recipe creating a yummy sticky glaze (skip the cinnamon in the recipe if using it for chicken).

Honey Butter Chicken

  • Use a paper towel to thoroughly dry skinless breasts or thighs. (Bone in baked chicken thighs give a more moist meat)
  • Spread honey butter over each piece.
  • Place on a baking sheet or uncovered shallow baking pan, with a coating of oil. (The oil will help prevent the butter from burning.)
  • Sprinkle with a generous amount of seasoned salt, herbs or curry spices, depending on your preference.
  • Bake until juices run clear or the breasts or thighs register 165°F on your meat thermometer.

Honey Butter in a jar

How Long Does Honey Butter Last?

Honey butter should keep for however long you are accustomed to keeping butter in your household. It will last at room temperature for a few days – depending on your climate or the season.

For greatest longevity, a general rule-of-thumb is to store it in the fridge for about two weeks.  Be aware that honey butter will harden up in the refrigerator just like butter, so it will have to be softened to restore it to easy spread-ability.

You can freeze honey butter to keep it longer.

Here’s another bonus: Homemade honey butter make a great gift! Place it in canning jars, wrap a bit of ribbon or jute around the screw top, add a pretty label and voila! You have an easy, inexpensive and special gift that anyone would love to receive.

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Honey Butter

There’s nothing better than honey butter for turning your pancake or waffle breakfast into a super scrumptious feast fit for a king. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
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  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon optional


  • Mix butter with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy.
  • Add honey and vanilla (and cinnamon if using).
  • Mix until combined.
  • Serve over toast, muffins or with hush puppies.
  • Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.


Nutrition information is based on 1 tablespoon of honey butter.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 92 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Question the Vanilla in this recipe, is that extract or the bean, I’m thinking extract I just want to be sure

  2. I saw a recipe on pinterest for raspberry honey butter hut it seems to have disappeared, it was your recipe, and I was wondering if you could tell me the correct way to make this honey butter, the raspberry honey butter I originally found. Thanks, you have fantastic recipes

    1. Hi Christian, we don’t have a raspberry honey butter recipe but that’s so delicious! But I would try adding about ¼ cup of raspberry jam to this recipe or if using fresh strawberries try mashing them first and adding them into the recipe. You will have to let us know how it turns out!

  3. This recipe is very good with cornbread! Can you leave the Honey Butter recipe in a jar on the counter at room temperature?5 stars

    1. Hi Lanette, It will last at room temperature for a few days – depending on your climate or the season. We recommend storing in the fridge, where it should last for about 2 weeks.

    1. Hi Shirley, your honey needs to be liquid enough to mix into the butter. If it’s too solid you can heat it slightly to help liquify it.

  4. Holly, what are those tasty looking little bread balls posing in front of the honey jar? May I have the recip, or could you post it please?