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a stick of softened butter on a small white plate with a butter knife next to it

How to Soften Butter

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 5 mins
This easy kitchen hack will ensure that you’re not stuck waiting on butter to soften on its own ever again!


  • Water to fill measuring cup
  • 1 stick butter


  • Fill a microwave-safe glass measuring cup almost all the way to the top with water.
  • Microwave the water-filled measuring cup for 2 minutes.
  • While the water is heating in the microwave, set your cold butter upright (feel free to cut the stick in half if needed) on a plate that is larger in diameter than the measuring cup.
  • Once the measuring cup is out of the microwave, carefully pour the hot water out and place the now-empty measuring cup upside down over the plate of butter so that a steamy dome is created.
  • Let the butter sit under the hot measuring cup for 3-5 minutes, until softened!