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No More Waiting for Butter

Have you ever decided to make a batch of cookies only to realize that the butter is cold or frozen? Waiting for butter to come to room temperature can take forever (and ever and ever and ever... believe me I've timed it). If you don't have the time to wait forever, you might want to try this trick: grate the butter into a large mixing bowl. This way you'll increase the surface area and the individual pieces will come to room temperature faster.

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ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
Gosh if I had only known this as a kid, my brother and I wouldn't have had to wait for the butter to soften, so mom could bake homemade cookies!!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
good idea, but i still prefer putting in the microwave for 10 seconds.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
What a life-saving trick!
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I use the microwave to soften it for cookies, but this grater idea is perfect for something like pie crust where you need the butter to stay cold. Great tip!
xdorkieex xdorkieex 10 years
Thats really obvious but really good!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Or you can just stick in the microwave for a few seconds...you have to be careful but it's easier than cleaning butter off your grater.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Thanks for the tip!
quietriott quietriott 10 years
that's crazy!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Good trick. Thanks!
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