This easy whipped cinnamon honey butter recipe adds gorgeous flavor to biscuits, rolls, toast, sweet potatoes, and so much more!
One of the things I always admired about my grandma was her attention to the little details. Even if we were just eating takeout pizza in the backyard, she had a way of presenting things that made them feel special or elevated without being fussy.
Sometimes that was simple things like serving syrup in a pitcher instead of the container on a Saturday morning for pancakes, or mini salt and pepper shakers on every table at Thanksgiving.
Adding a few special touches at holidays or a special occasion makes me feel like I’m channeling my grandma, and one of my favorite EASY special touches is whipped cinnamon honey butter. It’s easy enough for weekdays, but can also be dressed up for a Thanksgiving or holiday table.
Our gorgeous whipped cinnamon butter adds gorgeous flavor to all sorts of breads and baked goods, and it only takes a few ingredients to make.
Here’s all you need to get started…
Ingredients To Make This Whipped Cinnamon Butter Recipe:
- Softened Butter. Butter is the most important ingredient here, and it’s REALLY important that you get the temperature just right. You want softened butter–cool to the touch but softened slightly.
- Powdered Sugar. This is kind of a secret ingredient most restaurants use when they make cinnamon honey butter/cinnamon butter. Adding a little powdered sugar gives stability to the butter and adds sweetness. Trust!
- Honey. Next up is honey. You don’t need too much when you’re making honey butter–about 3 Tbsp. will do the trick!
- Cinnamon. The star of cinnamon butter! I like my cinnamon butter to be plenty cinnamony, so 1 tsp. cinnamon is usually what I prefer. If you want the cinnamon more subtle, you can start with 1/2 tsp. instead. The warm cinnamon flavor is so good!
- Vanilla. Another “secret” ingredient that adds a soft sweet flavor that really pulls things together.
- Salt (If You Need It). If you’re using salted butter, you won’t need any additional salt. If you’re using unsalted butter, I recommend a generous pinch of salt.
Important Tip: Watch Your Butter Temperature!
Using butter that is too cold (hard!) or too warm (way too soft) can throw off the texture of your honey butter. You want butter that is softened but still cool to the touch–if you pressed down into the butter, it should indent slightly, but your finger shouldn’t easily pass all the way through, and the butter shouldn’t look greasy or shiny.
How To Make Cinnamon Honey Butter, Step-By-Step:
- Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes, until the butter is lighter in color and fluffier. (Pause to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times, as needed) You can also use a stand mixer and paddle attachment or whisk attachment, if you prefer.
- Scrape down the edges of the bowl and add powdered sugar, honey, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and vanilla. (If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt as well.)
- Whip the butter another 2-3 minutes, until it’s lightened in color, and it’s smooth and creamy. Taste and add more cinnamon as desired. Smooth and stir through with a spatula to make sure everything is evenly combined.
- Transfer whipped cinnamon butter to a jar with a lid or an airtight container to store at room temperature 3-4 days. Or, make it look pretty…
How To Make Cinnamon Butter Look Pretty
Sure, it’s totally just aesthetics, but sometimes for a holiday or special occasion, it’s fun to add a special touch to the table by making your cinnamon butter look extra pretty. For a pretty presentation, you can add the butter to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip (like a Wilton 2D or 1M star tip) and pipe it into a bowl. I used the 2D for these photos, since I like the soft ruffle it adds.
10 Yummy Ways To Use Cinnamon Butter
This is the best part! So now that you have this delicious spread at the ready, what goes well with cinnamon butter? EVERYTHING. Kidding/not kidding? But here are some of our favorite things to serve with cinnamon butter:
- Dinner Rolls. Think Texas Roadhouse cinnamon butter + warm rolls! For gluten-free, we’ve had good success with this gluten-free dinner roll recipe. Or, you can try these gluten-free Texas Roadhouse style rolls! (Any homemade rolls or store bought rolls you love!)
- Fresh Baked Cornbread. A good batch of gluten-free cornbread or gluten-free cornbread muffins tastes amazing with whipped cinnamon honey butter!
- Biscuits! Try this cinnamon butter with our Quick & Easy Gluten-Free Biscuits.
- Toast. Warm, crispy morning toast smothered with honey cinnamon butter is one of the best tasting things on this planet. (Tell me I’m wrong!)
- English Muffins or Bagels. Same as with toast! The contrast of toasty crisp English muffins or bagels + melty cinnamon butter is *chef’s kiss*
- Pancakes or Waffles. Level up your pancake game by pairing these fluffy gluten-free blueberry pancakes with this yummy butter. Or add a pat to a stack of our gluten-free Belgian waffles. It’s incredible.
- Baked Sweet Potatoes. It might sound a little crazy, but a local BBQ place convinced me that this combination is unbelievable. Try a baked sweet potato with delicious cinnamon honey butter inside and your life may never be the same.
- Banana Bread. You think this gluten-free brown butter banana bread is cozy? Try adding a little cinnamon butter on a warm slice! (It’s the BEST banana bread!)
- Scones. Add a little homemade honey butter to your favorite scones. It feels fun, fancy, and a little next level!
FAQ + Tricks For THe Best Cinnamon Butter:
What’s The Trick For Light Cinnamon Honey Butter? Honestly, I know I’m a broken record, but make sure you use SOFTENED butter (not hard or warm) and be sure to whip the full amount of time–2 minutes with just the butter at first and 2-3 minutes once you’ve added the other ingredients. This will allow enough time to incorporate more air into the cinnamon butter which gives it its light, fluffy texture.
Try It With Maple! I’ve made this as cinnamon honey butter, but this recipe also absolutely works as cinnamon maple butter! Simply swap out the 3 Tbsp. of honey for 3 Tbsp. of pure maple syrup. It’s gorgeous with breakfast goodies, like pancakes, waffles, or muffins.
How To Store Cinnamon Butter. For easiest use, I recommend storing cinnamon butter at room temperature in an airtight jar or container. It will keep 3-4 days (but be at its best within the first 1-2 days) when stored at room temperature. To store up to a week, you can pop it in the fridge, though you’ll need to let it soften somewhat to use it.
How Long Does Cinnamon Honey Butter Stay Fresh? For best results, you’ll want to use it within 1-2 days, but it will keep 3-4 days covered at room temperature. To prolong its shelf-life, you can refrigerate it up to 1 week, though you’ll want to thaw at room temperature before using.
Do You Use Salted Or Unsalted Butter For Honey Butter? Either one works, so it’s your preference! I almost always use salted butter to keep things easy, but you can use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt, to taste if you prefer.
A Trick To Soften Butter Quickly:
If you accidentally forgot to pull out your butter in advance, you can soften the butter faster by dicing it into small cubes. Spread the cubes out the best you can to allow maximum airflow, and they’ll soften MUCH faster! (Again, you’re going for cool to the touch not warm + your finger should make a slight indent in the butter rather than passing all the way through or sinking in easily)