Did you forget to soften your butter for your next baking recipe?
That dreaded moment you realize you forgot to sit the butter out and now you have a fridge (or even freezer) cold hard stick of butter... now what?! Tips can be found everywhere, but here is my favorite.
Microwave or boil water, place it into a glass for a minute or two, dump the water and place your glass over your stick of butter. This creates a mini sauna.
An alternate version of this is to place that hot water into a large mixing bowl for a couple of minutes, dump that water and simply place your butter in the bowl for a few minutes.
In the meantime, measure out your dry ingredients for said recipe and soon enough, you should have softened butter!
*In the future, to soften your butter ahead of time, you can leave your butter out overnight or even up to a full day before, store in a cool area of your kitchen counter until ready to use!
** Remember, there's a difference between softened butter and melted butter and your recipe will come out differently for each.
For example, adding melted butter to your recipe will change your cookies and cakes density, texture and overall outcome. Adding melted butter instead of softened butter will result in a chewier cookie. Softened butter in cookie dough will give you a more cake-like cookie.
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