Compound Butter (Flavored Recipe Ideas)

Adding flavored butter, or compound butter, is a delicious and easy way to elevate a meal, especially when you’re hosting guests. Try these butters on sweet or savory foods for a burst of flavor.

two bowls with flavored butter in each one, on marble background.

Add a flavorful addition to any meal with flavored butter recipes that range from savory to sweet. This is an easy way to upgrade a dinner party menu, a spring ladies luncheon, or a breakfast buffet.

I’m sharing 3 recipes below, plus you can add parmesan butter to round out the table.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Compound butter is a classic way to impart more flavor into meats, vegetables, and breads. Depending on the add-ins, serve if for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s delicious on steak, chicken or turkey, burgers, and bagels.
  • It’s a great way to add a special touch when entertaining. Incorporate it into Christmas dinner, an Easter brunch, or any brunch party.
  • This is a simple way to elevate casual gatherings and everyday meals.
  • Flavored butter tastes fantastic! Put some on the table along with bread and dipping oil.


Here are 3 savory and a sweet recipe options.

photo collage with ingredients to make herb flavored butter and sweet jam butter.

Herb Butter

  • Butter. I typically have unsalted butter on hand so that’s what I use, however you can also use salted butter. Make sure it’s softened to room temperature so it’s easy to combine.
  • Fresh Herbs. You’ll need to chop these very finely. You can use almost any combination. Some of my favorites are chives, rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, oregano. I would stay away from tarragon since it has a licorice taste, and lavender which has floral notes. Also, mint doesn’t have the savory flavor we’re looking for here but could be added to the sweet butter.
  • Garlic powder and Onion powder. These are pantry staples that add depth to the flavor.

Blue Cheese Butter

  • Butter.
  • Blue Cheese. I love using gorgonzola dolce cheese, or other mild blue cheese like Danish blue.
  • Optional. Kosher salt to taste, and fresh chopped chives.

Sweet Apricot Butter

This sweet alternative is excellent on biscuits, french toast, pancakes, waffles, and other pastries.

  • Butter.
  • Apricot preserves. Using a chunky preserve gives the butter better structure. This is perfect to substitute with other flavors too, like peach, strawberry, or orange marmalade.

How to Make Compound Butter

photo collage of steps to make blue cheese compound butter.
  1. Add ingredients to a medium size bowl and blend them together using a fork or electric hand mixer. Combine until smooth and everything is well integrated.
photo collage for how to roll up homemade compound butter.
  1. Form into a ball or oblong shape, and place on wax or parchment paper.
  2. Roll the paper over the butter and roll back and forth to create a log shape. Twist the ends of the paper and refrigerate overnight or until firm.
compound butter sitting on brown parchment paper and sliced into circles.
  1. Slice and serve with steak, bread, burgers, pasta, etc.

Expert Tips

  • Use a hand mixer or mini food processor to combine the butter and flavorings together easily.
  • If you don’t have a processor you can simply mix everything by hand using a fork. Make sure any herbs are finely chopped before adding them.
  • Make sure you chill the butter before using it. This will allow it to firm up as well as let the seasonings all marry together. Put in the fridge for 2 hours, or the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Use fresh, high quality butter for best flavor, however generic brands are also delicious.

Party Tip

Use cookie cutters or biscuit cutters to cut out themed shapes for holidays, showers, and parties.

toast with heart shaped pat of butter on top, with syrup.

Serving Ideas

For an alternative to the butter slices, use one of these shaping techniques.

  • Spread the butter mixture about 1/4-inch thick, on a sheet of wax paper. Top with another piece of wax paper and refrigerate until firm, or overnight. Once chilled, remove and cut out shapes using a small, shaped cookie cutter. Lift shapes off wax paper using a spatula.
  • Add soft butter mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Squeeze a dollop of butter onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper. Fill the pan with the shaped pats of butter and chill until firm.
  • Simply serve the butter from a small dish with a small knife for easy spreading.
flavored butter served in glass jars with jam on the side.

Flavorful compound butter is so good, especially the blue cheese butter. I literally had to force myself to stop eating it on slices of French bread! Give this a try next time you’re hosting a brunch party, dinner party or ladies luncheon.

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Flavored Butter Recipes

Flavored Butter Recipes

Yield: 3 sticks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Add these flavored butter recipes to meats, vegetables, or breads for a delicious flavor boost.


Savory Blue Cheese & Chive Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola dolce cheese, crumbled (or other blue cheese)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Herb Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, chives, rosemary, thyme)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder

Sweet Apricot Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves (or other fruit preserves)


Blend butter and flavoring ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Form into a log shape and roll in wax paper. Refrigerate until firm, or overnight.

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  1. Wow! flavored butters, sounds yummy and I love sweet butter. Would love to make my own for scones.

  2. I love flavored butters on steaks. I didn’t even think if sweet flavored butters.

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