Baking Recipes That Use A Lot Of Butter 

10 Baking Recipes That Use A Lot Of Butter (Updated)

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Lori Walker

Following a decade of negative publicity and poor scientific understanding, real butter has made its long-awaited comeback. Its incorporation produces a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and enhances the taste of every dish.

So whether you are looking for a quick buttery breakfast or a sweet butter cake, here are some baking recipes that use a lot of butter.

Top 10 Baking Recipes With Lots of Butter 

1. Butter Cookies

butter ccokies on a board

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g of icing sugar
  • 250g of plain flour


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use an electric whisk and beat butter, vanilla, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift over the flour, then continue beating until it combines.

Spoon the dough into a cookie press fitted with your preferred shape. Then, press the dough on baking trays lined with baking parchment, ensuring enough space.

Bake for 20 minutes or until it turns pale golden. Leave the butter cookies on wire racks to cool.

Serving: 24

2. Old-Time Butter Crunch Candy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp of light corn syrup
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups finely chopped toasted almonds
  • Eight milk chocolate candy bars


For this recipe, melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Remove it from heat to add water, corn syrup, and sugar. Then, cook and stir occasionally until the mixture’s temperature reads 300 degrees.

Stir in almonds, then pour them into the prepared pan with foil. Cool the butter crunch until it is firm enough, and invert the pan to remove the foil.

Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, spread half of it over butter crunch, cool it, and then repeat the process on the other side using the remaining chocolate. Let it cool before breaking the butter crunch into 2-inch pieces. Finally, store the candy in an airtight container.

Serving: 24

Find out how you can make Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix better here.

3. Pecan Butter Tarts

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Three large eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp of icing sugar


Prepare the shortbread crust by combining butter, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl. Then, spread it evenly in a 13×9 inches cake pan and press. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a prepared oven and set it aside on a cooling rack.

Whisk together eggs and sugar in a medium bowl to start with the filling. Add the butter, vanilla, and vinegar, then stir. Add the pecans before filling the crust. Then, bake the mixture for 20 to 25 minutes, cool it on a rack for at least 2 hours, and divide them. 

Serving: 35

Also Read: What Flavor Does Butter Pecan Have?

4. Shortbread

Delicious Scottish Shortbread on a white plate

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar


Cream unsalted butter and sugar until soft and fluffy before gradually mixing in flour. Press into an ungreased baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until it turns light brown. While it’s still warm, cut it into squares before cooling it completely.

The classic recipe calls for four simple ingredients, but modern kinds can have a ginger royal and chocolate chip cookie as extras [1].

Serving: 16

5. Buttery Brioche

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 450g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 7g dried active yeast
  • 100g warm water
  • Four beaten eggs plus one egg wash


Pour in water and yeast in a stand mixer. Mix it well, then add the remaining ingredients except for the butter. Stir on low for 3 to 4 minutes with the dough hook attachment until the dough comes together. 

Gradually add one butter while the mixer continues at a low speed. After putting all the butter, increase the speed of the mixer for 15 minutes. Pause to scrape down the sides and continue until the gluten develops. 

Transfer the dough to a large bowl and cover it for an hour. Once risen, place it in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours. Shape the dough after and brush it with egg wash, then start baking in a preheated oven.

Serving: 8

Also Read: Can I Use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter In Baking?

6. Oatmeal Scotchies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup softened butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Two large eggs
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugar to aerate butter and develop the right texture and structure of the dough [2]. Add and beat the eggs and vanilla well, then pour in the rest of the ingredients, but stir the butterscotch chips and oats last.

Drop dough by two tablespoon sizes onto the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly before baking for 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Leave on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes to cool before transferring them to the cookie rack.

Serving: 24

Find out the distinction between butter rum and butterscotch here.

7. Salted Caramel Butter Bars

top view shot of Salted Caramel Butter Bars on a white plate

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups softened butter, unsalted
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11 oz jar salted caramel sauce
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


Set aside a 13×9 inches baking pan lined with foil and cooking spray. Beat butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and the powdered sugar, then pour in flour until a soft dough has formed.

Bake half the crust for 15 minutes in a preheated oven and refrigerate the other half. Remove from the oven and pour caramel into it. Crumble the other half of the dough on top of the caramel, then lightly sprinkle sea salt.

Continue baking for another 25 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Cool completely, then place it in the refrigerator. 

Serving: 24

8. Butter Crumb Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


Crumb Topping

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour


  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • Two large eggs


For the toppings, whisk together all ingredients until they fully combine. Then start the cake recipe by creaming the cream cheese and butter until it turns light and fluffy. Put together the remaining ingredients and blend at low speed. 

After the mixture blends well, spread it into a prepared cake pan with a greased bottom. Add the toppings over the rich cake and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

You can also use cake mix for a faster process.

Serving: 12

Read: 4 Simple Steps To Salt Unsalted Butter

9. Kentucky Butter Cake

Prep Time:

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Four eggs


  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Mix the salt, flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Blend the remaining ingredients for 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour the mixture into the jelly roll pan, then bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes.

“With enough butter, anything is good.”

– Julia Child, Cooking Teacher

For the sauce, mix all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook the mixture at medium heat until the ingredients are fully blended.

Check the center of the butter cake using a toothpick. Finally, pour the sauce over the cake and let it cool in the pan. 

Serving: 12

Read: What’s The Difference Between Whipped Butter & Regular Butter?

10. Apple Buttermilk Scones

cose up shot of Apple Buttermilk Scones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 6 tbsp frozen butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • One large egg
  • 1 ¼ cups tart apples (cored and peeled)


  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tap grated nutmeg


Make the cone by whisking together all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Work the butter into the flour using a fork until it reaches a coarse crumbs consistency. 

Gently fold in the apples. Mix buttermilk and egg, then pour it over the flour mixture until the dough comes together. Add a little buttermilk at a time until the mixture is moist to avoid over-mixing the dough. 

Transfer and divide the dough to a lightly floured surface. Place the scones on the prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Then start baking in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until it turns light golden brown. 

Make the glaze by mixing the maple syrup, cinnamon, and confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle the scones with the glaze and garnish them with grated nutmeg. 

Serving: 12



How does butter affect baking?

Butter affects the structure, flavor, and texture of your final result when baking. It is an element that gives a depth of flavor to desserts and pastries you eat [3].

But how long will buttercream last in the fridge?

What are the advantages of using a lot of butter in baking?

Using a lot of butter in baking imparts a flavorful layer to the baked goods. It also contains small amounts of niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients [4].

Too much butter in the recipe makes your cake moist, but you can balance it by increasing the amount of other ingredients. 

But what’s the difference between cooking and baking?

In Summary

These delicious melt-in-your-mouth sweet treats come with rich buttery flavors that suit your taste on any occasion. You can start with buttery sugar cookies, shortbread, or buttery cake.

You can also experiment with nuts, chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate, caramel frosting, sour cream, spice cake, or any cake mix in your buttery recipes. Or you can incorporate a delicate lemon flavor and make a delicious buttermilk pound cake.


Lori Walker

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