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Orange Honey Compound Butter

4.50 from 8 votes
With just 3 ingredients, you too can make this lovely Orange Honey Compound Butter recipe right at home in no time at all.
Honey Orange Compound Butter sliced and ready to use.

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WHAT YOU GET: A delicious compound butter recipe that is the easiest way to amplify other treats with its unique orange & honey flavor.

My homemade orange honey compound butter is the perfect addition to goodies like Irish Scones or my Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes — and it’s super simple to make. This recipe takes unsalted butter and delicately sweetens it with honey, with orange zest adding a lovely perfume of citrus. It takes your classic diner-style pancake up to a gourmet 10-week-wait-for-reservation brunch. 

This compound butter is definitely one to keep around in the kitchen. Say goodbye to bland, boring toast! It’s a quick recipe that has unlimited potential. 

What Is Compound Butter?

Compound butter, which is also called flavored butter, is butter that has been whipped together with other ingredients like herbs, spices, fruit zest, etc. In this case, we’re making a citrusy-sweet compound butter using just three ingredients: unsalted butter, honey, and orange zest. 

Compound butter can bring a lot of flavor to a number of dishes. This sweet compound butter is great for baked goods such as muffins, biscuits, or bread. You’ve probably spotted savory compound butter, likely with rosemary or garlic, on top of your steak from a classic steakhouse. The possibilities of compound butter are endless! 

Salted Or Unsalted Butter For Compound Butter

While I’m a big fan of using salted butter to give my recipes a little flavor boost, I prefer to use unsalted butter when I make compound butter. This helps me keep all of the flavors in check. 

Since this recipe only calls for three ingredients, you want to be sure to buy the best quality butter you can find for the best end product! 

A log of orange honey compound butter.

Can You Bake With Compound Butter?

Absolutely! Keep in mind that measuring your compound butter may be a bit more difficult than when just using a stick. (Whoever pitched the idea of marking the tablespoons on the paper of the butter? I think I love you.) Try replacing your regular butter in a Shortbread Cookie recipe or even a simple Banana Bread recipe. 

Tools You Need To Make Orange Honey Compound Butter

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer
  • Plastic wrap

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Orange Honey Compound Butter

  • Use the best quality ingredients you can find. Since this recipe has only three, be sure to use high-quality butter, honey, and fresh oranges. 
  • Use unsalted butter instead of salted butter for sweet compound butter.
  • This recipe makes a lot of butter, but feel free to halve the recipe! 
  • You can freeze compound butter for up to 2 months.
  • Serve this with my Irish Scones or Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

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Orange Honey Compound Butter Recipe

4.50 from 8 votes
With just 3 ingredients, you too can make this lovely Orange Honey Compound Butter recipe right at home in no time at all.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup of butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill for 1 hour
With just 3 ingredients, you too can make this lovely Orange Honey Compound Butter recipe right at home in no time at all.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup of butter


  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup (5oz/142g) honey
  • Zest of 2 oranges


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or with a handheld mixer), beat the butter, honey, and orange zest on medium speed until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap. Roll into a log, using the plastic wrap to help guide the butter.
  • Wrap well and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. It can also be sliced and frozen for up to 8 weeks.
  • Serve with warm scones, muffins, toast, or pancakes.
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2 years ago

Absolutely delicious and could not be easier to make! I made the Orange/honey and the maple/pecan. Both are equally scrumptious!! I halved each recipe by using 1 stick of butter (salted, as that is all I ever have on hand) and of course halving the other ingredients in each batch and that will be enough for me and my husband to enjoy for a couple of weeks. And it is so easy to make I’m happy keeping the batches small each time. Thanks for another fantastic recipe!!

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