Recipe: Seasonal Cultured Compound Butters

The joy of butter is just that: JOY! When you add flavors and a bit of good bacteria, you now have butter that is transcendent!  The many dishes that they can be used for is astounding: look beyond buttering your toast and use these butters on top of vegetables, meats, and even desserts to make them shine with a complexity of flavors. Here is a listing of seasonal butters that can be used throughout the holidays; they freeze well and can be used for a pretty hostess gift or part of a food Christmas basket. Feel free to use your creativity to come up with other flavor options.

Autumn Flavor Suggestions

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • (Alternatively, use 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix)

Winter Flavor Suggestions

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup, amaretto, or triple sec

Spring Flavor Suggestions

  • Zest of one lemon or lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill

Summer Flavor Suggestions

  • 2 teaspoons each of parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme (can you hear Crosby Stills Nash and Young?)
  • Other options can be added or substituted are: marjoram, lavender, tarragon or basil.



  1. Chop your flavorings finely and combine with the butter. Add the buttermilk and combine all until well mixed.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, place butter in a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a cylinder about 6 inches long. Like a piece of candy, twist the ends of the paper and place in the freezer to firm.
  3. For a really pretty present, pour into greased muffin tins for freezing. Wrap in colored aluminum foil, with the large end down.


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