Whipped Vanilla Butter Recipe

This Whipped Vanilla Butter recipe can be lightly sweetened or left unsweetened to your taste.


  • “Flavored Butters” provides recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. With 50 recipes, author Lucy Vaserfirer offers up ideas that are quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart.
    Cover Courtesy The Harvard Common Press
  • Blend in ground lavender flowers to make this vanilla butter extra special.
    Photo By Lucy Vaserfirer

Smear whipped vanilla butter on pancakes, scones or other baked breakfast goods for a sweet treat. This Whipped Vanilla Butter recipe is excerpted from Flavored Butters (The Harvard Common Press, 2013), a guide that features sweet and savory butter recipes as well as techniques for making delicious homemade flavored butters.

Whipped Vanilla Butter Recipe

Top your pancakes, waffles, or toast with this lightly sweetened butter, and you’ll feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast. Increase the amount of sugar if you like it sweeter. Unsweetened, it can be used for sautéing fruit and in lieu of plain butter in baked goods.

• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
• 1 vanilla bean
• 1 tablespoon sugar



1. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until light and creamy.

2. With a paring knife, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Use the tip of the knife to scrape out the seeds, reserving the pod for another use. Add the vanilla seeds and sugar to the butter and beat until blended, stopping the mixer once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl.



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