Homemade Butter Spreads: A Simple And Savory Holiday Gift

As you make your holiday gift lists this year, do you find yourself drawing a blank when it comes to certain acquaintances or relatives? Your great aunt… your daughter’s dance instructor… the parents of your son’s best friend? Do you have a slew of parties to attend and nothing creative to bring? While everyone else will be bringing trays of the same old cookies and pies, why not walk into the party with something delicious and unique? We have two of the very best -super simple – homemade butter spread recipes. Compliment them with a fresh loaf of bread, and you will have the perfect gift for hard-to-shop-for friends and the tastiest snack that is sure to be the hit of the party buffet!

Roasted Garlic, Basil & Thyme Spread


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (1 cup) of room temperature, unsalted butter
  • 2 small heads of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
  • 1 T of fresh basil, minced
  • 1 T of fresh or dried thyme, minced
  • olive oil to coat
  • sea salt
How To:
  1. Place garlic cloves in a sauce pan and cover with olive oil. Simmer over low heat until cloves are golden brown (approximately 30-40 minutes).
  2. Scoop the garlic out of the pan, setting the remaining oil aside. Mash the garlic into a smooth puree. 
  3. Stir the butter until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. You can use a food processor of do this by hand. 
  4. Blend in 1/4 cup of the garlic puree, 1.5 T of your the oil you saved, thyme, basil and salt to taste. 
  5. Place in the refrigerator until just firm enough to shape.
  6. Place spread on parchment paper and roll into a log, twisting the ends like a tootsie roll. Roll the parchment paper log into a tinfoil log and place in the refrigerator or freezer. (Your butter spread can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or the freezer for up to 6 months.)
This Roasted Garlic, Basil & Thyme Butter Spread can be used to compliment many meals. Use it to add a twist to fresh-baked garlic bread, cut a pat off of your log to melt over steak or baked potatoes or use as a dipping sauce for Dungeness Crab. 

Honey, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lavender-Spice Spread


Ingredients

  • 1 pound (1 cup) of room temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 t of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t of lavender spice mix

How To:

  1. Mix butter by hand, mixer or food processor to a smooth, creamy consistency. 
  2. Blend in honey, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and lavender spice mix.
  3. Place in the refrigerator until just firm enough to shape.
  4.  Place spread on parchment paper and roll into a log, twisting the ends like a tootsie roll. Roll the parchment paper log into a tinfoil log and place in the refrigerator or freezer. (Your butter spread can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or the freezer for up to 6 months.)
This Honey, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lavender-Spice Butter Spread is the perfect topping for toast and tea on a cold, winter night! You can also place it in molds and present it with warm rolls at your holiday dinner parties. 


The great thing about either of these spreads is that you can freeze them, and cut off sections as you need them. You can also put them in pretty jars to gift them with a fresh loaf of bread. (Try our Holiday Sweet Bread recipe – perfect to pair with the Honey, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lavender-Spice Spread!)

For more great holiday recipes, check out our HOLIDAYS section!

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Danielle

Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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