Brandy Butter

Easy traditional brandy butter recipe

The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1/3 cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
314 Calories
15g Fat
38g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*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.)

With just three ingredients, this easy brandy butter is a classic British accompaniment for mince pies and Christmas pudding. Butter is whipped with confectioners' sugar and brandy for a rich, sweet, lightly boozy spread. It's similar to American frosting but less sweet and spiked with brandy.

Use high-quality butter for this mixture for the best results. You can adjust the amount of sugar and brandy to suit your tastes. The brandy butter can be made up to a few days in advance and stored in the fridge. Let it warm up a bit on the counter before serving.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for brandy butter
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  2. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer until light and creamy.

    Butter beaten until creamy in a bowl
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  3. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat again until it's all incorporated.

    Add confectioner's sugar
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  4. Add the brandy to taste and stir well. If you add too much brandy the mixture may curdle. If it does, don't worry, just add more confectioner's sugar until the mixture binds back together.

    Add brandy to taste
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  5. Spoon the butter into a serving dish, cover, and store in the fridge until serving.

    Brandy butter in a dish
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Brandy butter
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  • The style and quality of the brandy will affect the flavor of this brandy butter. Cognac is a nice choice, but your favorite brandy (such as an Armagnac) will do.
  • The butter can be made up to five days in advance and kept in the fridge.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Brandy butter will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for two to three weeks.
  • You can also freeze this butter for a few months for later use.