How to Make Homemade Butter with Herbs & Fruit

Learn how to make homemade butter using fresh herbs and fruit. It’s easy and is the perfect topping for breads, bagels, and biscuits.

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Even though bread is just about the perfect food all by itself, there is one thing that can make it even better, and that one thing is butter. Add herbs or fruit to the butter and you pretty much have a little slice of heaven. (At least in my opinion!) Today I’m sharing three homemade butter recipes that are delicious toppings for bread, bagels, or biscuits. I’m working on a recipe for herb puff pastry turnovers so stay tuned for that as well. There is a printable recipe at the end that includes all three versions, along with printable tags for giving the butter as a gift. 

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Lemon Basil Homemade Butter

1/2 cup salted butter (soft)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove finely chopped

lemon basil homemade butter ingredients

The first variation of homemade butter combines two of my favorite things…basil and lemon. The lemon tempers the strong taste of the basil and the garlic adds a little zing. 

Rosemary Honey Homemade Butter

1/2 cup salted butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons honey (this is my favorite)

rosemary honey homemade butter ingredients

The flavors of the rosemary and honey really compliment each other in this butter. This is a basic base recipe that can be adjusted to your own taste. One variation of this butter that would be delicious is to add orange zest and a tiny bit of fresh orange juice (about a teaspoon.) If you use orange blossom honey, by adding the orange flavor, the honey would become even sweeter. 

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Strawberry Homemade Butter

1/2 cup soft salted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 – 6 fresh strawberries pureed or finely chopped

strawberry homemade butter ingredients

I was introduced to strawberry butter during our trip to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. It’s served with their homemade biscuits and is truly amazing. There are a lot of variations of strawberry butter, but I like this recipe because the powdered sugar adds a fluffy texture. Whipping the butter first also helps to lighten the taste and makes the butter super spreadable. (I looked for Joanna Gaines’ strawberry butter recipe online but couldn’t find it. I know it’s in her cookbook, Magnolia Table, if you are interested.) 

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How to Make Homemade Butter with Fruit & Herbs

Learn how to make homemade butter using fresh herbs and fruit. It's easy and is the perfect topping for breads, bagels, and biscuits.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Butter
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 8 oz. jar (each recipe)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter very soft

Instructions

Lemon Basil Butter

  • 1/2 cup soft salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.

Rosemary Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup soft salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.

Strawberry Butter

  • 1/2 cup soft salted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 - 6 fresh strawberries finely chopped
  • With a standing mixer or hand mixer, whip the butter for 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and strawberries. Whip for 2 - 3 minutes more.

Notes

Butters can be stored in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
All the butter recipes can be easily doubled. 
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How to Make Homemade Butter: Tips

  • Make sure to chop the herbs as fine as possible. Use a sharp knife and take passes in all directions over the herbs.
  • All the ingredient amounts can be adjusted to your taste.
  • Store the homemade butter in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months. Remove from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before using. 
  • The butter can also be shaped into a log and wrapped in wax paper. Make sure to twist the ends tight. The log can then be sliced and served.

You don’t need homegrown herbs to make these butters. They take such a small amount that herbs from the grocery store would work great. I’ve never tried dried herbs, so if anyone knows how they taste in butter, please leave a comment!

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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love the butter recipes!!!
    Was trying to access the oven roasted rosemary potatoes, but all that comes up is a picture of honey Dijon and a mason jar with flowers. Caption reads Easy Grilled Chicken

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you Ann for getting back to me promptly. I plan on making the rosemary potatoes as part of my breakfast for dinner!
      Thanks again!!
      Barbara

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    These butters sound so good. Your post reminded me of a humorous thing that happened one Christmas when I visited my brother. I was living in Phoenix and rosemary grew so prolifically there that it was used in planters everywhere. I decided I would take some rosemary to make into wreaths as a host gift only to be told when I made my holiday offering that my brother hated both the smell and taste of rosemary! I recalled then that he had always had an aversion to sausage because of the sage. Every time I now cook with rosemary, and I love it on pork steaks, I recall this house guest faux pas.

  3. Renae Frey says:

    I love this idea, especially to make as gifts. I love the jars and tags that you used. Blessings to you.

  4. Love your rosemary projects. I think you might live close enough to Perrysburg,OH to visit Angel 101. They have wonderful rosemary plants. I always have one or two on my kitchen island. You will love downtown Perrysburg- great little shops and restaurants, and a wonderful stroll along the Maumee River!

  5. Yum! Can’t wait to try! Thanks, Ann!

  6. I tried your lemon basil butter and strawberry butter. Both delicious!! Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  7. I am making the lemon basil butter, and the rosemary honey today – it’s a good way to use the last of the summer herbs in our garden. Thanks!

  8. I love to give homemade bread away and the addition of one of these butters
    will be like ‘icing on the cake’!

  9. How kind of your to share the butter recipes. Am able to harvest some fresh basil and it will be a nice change from using it for pesto.
    Happy summer.

  10. I love herb butter. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making these often.

  11. Ann , I just love your posts .
    in our area the strawberries are in season . will definitely be making the strawberry butter for our family this weekend .
    the other butters sound yummy too and thank you for the print out tags .
    Enjoy your Saturday .

  12. Doreen @ Hymns and Verses says:

    Your IG story stopped me in my tracks!!! I had to come over to see how to make the strawberry butter! It was sooooo good at Magnolia Table and now I can’t wait to try yours! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  13. S. Rohtenburger says:

    These look lovely Ann.
    Think I will give a few of them a go since i grow my own herbs. Strawberry season is upon us in my neck of the woods.
    Really lovely. Thanks for sharing

    S. Rohtenburger

  14. Love ! Will diffidently make all three and can’t wait to try. The fact that they can be frozen make them a win-win! Thank you, Ann.

  15. Carina Simeon says:

    Absolutely delicious!!! But ….. I cannot get fresh herbs here so I will try your rosemary and honey butter with dried herbs – maybe it will work.

  16. Love your Butter recipes, Thank you for sharing them. your how to grow basil was super helpful ,and your white flowers for the front porch look so pretty.

  17. Jemney Fontana says:

    Love these, sounds Delish.

  18. Nana Diana says:

    I have made rosemary butter but never thought to add honey to it. Perfect!!!
    I was finally able to get your blog to “take” on my sidebar. I don’t know what happened but I have tried to load it on numerous times…and THIS TIME…it took! I read from my sidebar so I am always thrilled when I can get a blog I love to register.
    I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful week. xo Diana

  19. Yes Ann,I agree bread is one of the perfect foods and your butters are the best toppings.They look yummy and the photos are beautiful, nice job !

  20. Terri Herman says:

    Oh. My. Goodness! These look wonderful! Can’t wait to try them all. I’m hosting my Grace ladies from church next week and you just made it amazing! Can always count on you for some delicious goodness! Thanks!