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Vanilla Bean Compound Butter

4.67 from 3 votes
Make my Vanilla Bean Compound Butter recipe, a vanilla butter that's perfect for sweeter treats like my Irish scones!
A log of vanilla bean compound butter.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

WHAT YOU GET: A simply beautiful and lightly sweetened vanilla butter flecked with vanilla beans made in minutes.

Make my Irish Scones or my Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes extra indulgent by buttering them with this perfect vanilla bean compound butter. Kids will beg for this on their morning toast! 

The creamy butter is the perfect vessel for a touch of vanilla bean paste and some honey. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness without outshining that wonderful vanilla flavor. I suggest dividing it up into serving sizes and freezing it for whenever the mood strikes or putting it into a nice jar to give as a gift to a friend.

If you’re a fan of this, be sure to try my Strawberry Compound ButterChocolate Compound Butter, and Orange Honey Compound Butter

Can I Bake With Vanilla Flavored Butter?

You can bake with vanilla butter, but it might prove difficult to measure. Beyond that, you will also have to adjust your recipe to account for the sweetness of this homemade compound butter.

Vanilla Butter sliced.

How Do I Freeze Flavored Butter?

This butter can be sliced into individual portions before freezing: lay the slices on a parchment-lined tray and let freeze completely before transferring it to a covered container.

Try these other butter flavors, too:

Tools You Need To Make Vanilla Bean Compound Butter

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Vanilla Bean Compound Butter

  • Serve this butter on Irish SconesPerfect Buttermilk Pancakes, or Perfect Buttermilk Waffles.
  • Mix ¼ cup (2oz/57g) of this butter with two teaspoons of salt, 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic, and some fresh thyme, and use this as a rub for chicken before you roast it.
  • This butter is lovely spread on a piece of toast. Try adding a pat of butter to a bowl of hot oatmeal as well! 
  • You can add other dry spices like 2 teaspoons of cinnamon or ½ teaspoon of nutmeg to this butter to create different flavors.

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Vanilla Bean Compound Butter

4.67 from 3 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill for 2 hours
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup (2 sticks/8oz/225g) butter, softened
  • cup (4oz/115g) honey
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste


  • In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, honey and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
  • Transfer to a piece of plastic wrap and use the wrap to help shape the butter into a log.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 more hours, until firm. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or slice and freeze for up to 2 months.
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5 months ago

Gemma…did I read the recipe for Vanilla Bean Compound Butter right? Something about adding garlic and rosemary to the vanilla butter? I’ll try anything once, but that sounds off to me….I can’t imagine those two flavors together…in butter!?

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liz jkb poj
2 years ago

make more ice cream video thank you

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