Cranberry Orange Butter

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Slathered on toast, biscuits, or cornbread, this Cranberry Orange Butter is an easy way to add a special festive flavor. Just blend together a few ingredients and store this compound butter in the fridge for breakfast or even a holiday dinner!

butter knife scraping up a curl of cranberry orange butter in a small white ramekin

Easy Cranberry Orange Butter

A slice of toast or a muffin just warm enough to melt a pat of butter so that it drips off just a bit as you take a bite might just be heaven. It’s a dreamy way to start your morning. But what might be even better is taking that butter up a notch.

Compound butters are so easy to make, but add extra flavor to anything you spread or melt them on. Herb butters are great on a steak. Garlic butter is the start of garlic bread for your spaghetti dinner. And then there are compound butter recipes on the sweeter side with honey, maple syrup, or fruit.

This Cranberry Orange Butter has elements of sweet with orange juice and zest, dried cranberries, and a bit of honey. But with just the right amount of salt a bit of sage, you get those savory, earthy elements that balance it all out.

So simple, so heavenly.

a dish of cranberry orange butter on a table with a basket of corn muffins and one on a plate

Ingredients

  • Salted butter: Let it soften to room temperature. You can use unsalted if that’s what you have, but add a bit of salt.
  • Dried cranberries: Finely chop them.
  • Orange zest: Grate it fresh.
  • Orange juice: After you get the zest, squeeze a little juice.
  • Fresh sage: Mince it fine. If you prefer to keep it more on the sweet side, just leave this out.
  • Honey: For just a hint of sweetness.
an orange being squeezed on a juicer, a bowl of chopped dried cranberries, a sprig of sage with some minced in a measuring spoon, a bottle of honey, and butter in a measuring cup

How to Make Compound Butter

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a hand mixer on medium speed until everything is combined. Then cover tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container with a lid. You can also use a piece of plastic wrap to form it into a log and wrap it tightly so you can slice off pats. Then refrigerate until ready to use.

compound butter being blended in a bowl with a hand mixer

Storing Compound Butter

As long as it is tightly wrapped or sealed, the Cranberry Orange Butter will last in the refrigerator for several days.

If frozen, you can keep it for up to 2-3 months. But if you made a log in plastic wrap, I recommend wrapping it in aluminum foil to avoid having it pick up other odors and flavors from the freezer.

Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you need more for a larger gathering, or freeze in portions if you want to just pull out smaller amounts at a time.

cranberry orange butter in a white bowl on a table surrounded by dried cranberries, fresh sage, and an orange cut in half

What to Do with Cranberry Orange Butter

You can smear this sweet and savory compound butter on all of your favorite breakfast or side dish breads. Try some of these.

corn muffin cut in half with cranberry orange butter melting on it

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HAND MIXER: So you can blend your butter nice and smooth.

RAMEKINS: I like these for storing the butter in the fridge.

PLASTIC WRAP: To wrap the butter in the ramekins or form it into logs to freeze.

MICROPLANE: THe best and easiest way to zest and orange without getting any of the bitter white pith.

butter knife in a ramekin of cranberry orange butter
5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Orange Butter

Slathered on toast, biscuits, or cornbread, this Cranberry Orange Butter is an easy way to add a special festive flavor. Just blend together a few ingredients and store this compound butter in the fridge for breakfast or even a holiday dinner!
Prep: 5 mins
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature (or use unsalted butter and add 1/8 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

Instructions

  • Combine the softened butter, dried cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, honey, and sage in a small bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat at medium speed until well mixed.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container with a lid and seal. Or use plastid wrap to shape the butter into a log and wrap tightly. Refrigerate until firm.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 287IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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