DIY Dairy

Compound Butter 3 Ways

Compound butter packs a punch of flavour with fresh herbs and spices. Perfect for steaks, bread, corn on the cob and anything else you can imagine! Whether you like the savoury or sweet versions, it's so handy to make ahead of time to keep in your fridge. Both store-bought or homemade butter work great in this recipe.

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

Rest: 8 hrs or overnight

Total Time

1 day


  • spatula
  • medium bowl
  • parchment paper or plastic wrap
  • butterknife


Rosemary Thyme Compound Butter

  • ½ cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp (0.6 to 1.25 ml) salt  (to taste)
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5ml) fresh thyme, finely chopped

Cheddar Herb Compound Butter

  • ½ cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic*
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ tsp (12.5 ml) fresh chives
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp (0.6 to 1.25 ml) salt (to taste)

Honey Cinnamon Compound Butter

  • ½ cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tbsp (59 ml) honey
  • ¾ tsp (3.7 ml) cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp (0.6 ml) salt


  1. Combine all ingredients using a spatula in a medium bowl until evenly mixed.
  2. Transfer the mixed butter onto parchment (or plastic wrap) and use a butter knife to form a log shape. Roll the butter up with the parchment and twist the ends to seal.
  3. Store in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight to allow flavours to combine and enhance fully.
  4. Enjoy cold or allow it to come to room temperature.

*To roast garlic: Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Cut ¼ inch (0.6 cm) off the top of a head of garlic, exposing the individual cloves. Peel off as much of the outer papery layer as you can. Place the garlic in a piece of aluminum foil, then drizzle 1 tsp (5 mL) of olive oil over the top of each.  Wrap loosely in the foil. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden and cloves are soft. Allow time for the garlic to cool before handling. 


  • You can make your compound butter with store-bought butter or try our recipe for homemade butter.
  • Make sure your butter is completely softened to room temperature to allow you to combine all ingredients with a spatula more easily.