Homemade Creamy Brown Sugar Butter

Brown Sugar Butter
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  • Total: 8 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
121 Calories
13g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1/2 cup (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 7mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Butter seems like such a simple ingredient, yet it can be improved and enhanced to create custom butter flavors. This recipe is for a sweet, whipped butter with brown sugar and it is a pure delight for many types of bread.

Flavored butters are known as compound butters in the culinary world and they're extremely easy to make. The trick is to allow your butter to reach room temperature so it becomes nice and soft. From there, it's as simple as whipping the ingredients with your electric mixer until the butter is creamy.

This brown sugar butter recipe adds more cream to the butter. It can be heavy cream, milk, or anything in between. Because it's just a couple of tablespoons, feel free to use the dairy option you have in the fridge. There's no need to buy a specific cream just for this recipe if you're not going to use the rest of it. 


  • 1 stick butter (1/4 pound or 1/2 cup, softened)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. After butter has softened to room temperature, place it in a small mixing bowl.

  3. Add the cream or milk and the brown sugar.

  4. Begin beating the butter with your mixer on a slow speed and build up to a faster speed. Whip the butter until it is nice and creamy.

  5. Keep the butter in a covered bowl or plastic container. Store in the refrigerator when not in use.

Using Your Brown Sugar Butter

The finished brown sugar butter is light and sweet and once you taste it, you'll want to add it to almost everything. It tastes great on white breads as well as heavy grain breads and works well with dinner. Sweetbreads, muffins, pancakes, and waffles can also be enhanced with it.

Pair it with other bread spreads as well. It's fantastic with raspberry jam, orange marmalade, and many other fruit spreads.

More Compound Butter Recipes

If you find that you enjoy sweet compound butter with some of your favorite breads, don't stop with this recipe. There are many fun flavors to play around with and each has its own uses.

  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter - A perfect breakfast butter, this easy recipe combines brown sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg for a pleasantly spiced spread.

  • Cinnamon Butter - A slightly different recipe, this one uses cinnamon as the lone spice and opts for powdered sugar to sweeten it. The recipe's sweet potato suggestion is a delicious idea for brown sugar butters as well.

  • Maple Butter - If this idea doesn't have you in the kitchen whipping up pancakes right now, check your taste buds.

  • Matcha Butter - Tea drinkers will recognize this flavor and it is one of our more interesting compound butters. It has a savory, semi-sweet flavor and it is fantastic on muffins and bagels.