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Maple Butter

Updated on August 29, 2016
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VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips, and reviews.



Butter vs. Cream

Maple Butter: Made by mixing pure maple syrup with butter.

Maple Cream: Made by cooking pure maple syrup, to a softball stage, cooling it and beating it until it is thick and creamy like peanut butter.

Why Use Instead of Syrup?

Do you love the wonderful taste of pure 100% maple syrup? Because it is spreadable and thick, Maple Butter is actually preferred by many people to the syrup because:

  • You can use it on more than just pancakes.
  • It doesn't make the pancakes soggy like syrup can.
  • You can mold it into beautiful shapes.
  • It makes your syrup go further, so it is less expensive.


Molded butter.
Molded butter. | Source

Advantages and Disadvantages

Maple butter is quick and easy to make and looks terrific for a party if you either mold it in silicone ice cube molds or use a melon baller to make it into butter balls. The taste is buttery and lightly sweet. I think that butter is best on baked goods and as a substitute for syrup.

Maple cream made using my recipe is thicker and much sweeter and tastes terrific on ice cream. If you've ever read the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, The Little House in the Big Woods, you might remember the party where Laura's family boils the maple syrup and then they cool it in the snow and eat it like candy. I've tried pouring maple syrup on snow with my kids and it never really worked, just tasted like maple flavored water. After making Maple Cream, I'm pretty sure that is what Laura's grandmother was making. So if you make some with your kids, you may want to pull out that story and read it.

My kids loved it. As a matter of fact, they grabbed some of it and started having a mini-maple taffy pull when I was stirring it. I ended up having to hide it away. After sitting overnight, it turned a bit softer and really looks and spreads just like peanut butter, but tastes like thick and creamy maple syrup. It is really wonderful!

To tell you the truth, making the homemade cream is a bit of a chore and since it boils down to about half the original amount of syrup, it can be expensive if you don't have a way of getting pure maple syrup inexpensively. We had a great time, but I think I wouldn't do it too often since it is so much easier to purchase it ready made, and is probably about the same price.

Step by Step Maple Butter

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Pour 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup on 1/2 cup softened butter.Mix butter and maple syrup with fork until smooth.Mold butter in silicone ice trays.  Put in refrigerator or freezer to set.
Pour 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup on 1/2 cup softened butter.
Pour 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup on 1/2 cup softened butter. | Source
Mix butter and maple syrup with fork until smooth.
Mix butter and maple syrup with fork until smooth. | Source
Mold butter in silicone ice trays.  Put in refrigerator or freezer to set.
Mold butter in silicone ice trays. Put in refrigerator or freezer to set. | Source

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4.2 stars from 6 ratings of Maple Butter

Very Easy Recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter (salted)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  1. Let butter stand at room temperature until soft, or soften in microwave for 10 seconds.
  2. Mix in the syrup with a fork until well blended. Keep on mixing until the maple butter is very smooth and pulls together.
  3. Put in butter crock, a serving dish, or mold in silicone ice cube molds and chill until ready to use.
  4. To mold into shapes, put the butter into silicone ice cube molds and press across the back with a knife. Put in refrigerator until firm. Right before unmolding, it helps to put the tray in the freezer for a few minutes. Pop the silicone ice tray shapes and these unmold beautifully. You can put on a plate for serving.
  5. Makes 3/4 cup of butter or about 12 servings of 1 TB each.

Other Flavors

There are many variations. You can add any sort of flavor you would like to either butter or cream.

Pumpkin Flavored: add 1/4 tea. pumpkin pie spice to recipe and mix thoroughly.

Coffee Flavored: mix 1 tea. instant coffee with just enough hot water to melt it. Add to the mixture and stir.

Cinnamon Flavored: add 1/2 tea. cinnamon to the recipe and mix.

20 Ideas for Using

Maple Butter tastes great on baked goods and anything that you might ordinarily spread with butter. Here are some ideas:

  1. Use on pancakes and waffles instead of syrup. It doesn't make them soggy and gives a great flavor.
  2. Great on toast, bagels, and English muffins.
  3. Use for topping homemade donuts.
  4. Spread on crepes and then fill with fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, blackberries or raspberries.
  5. Use instead of frosting for cupcakes or muffins.
  6. Try as a sweetener for coffee or tea.
  7. Serve as a topping for sweet potatoes, yams or baked acorn squash.
  8. Use as a topping for barbecue chicken or as a dipping sauce for wings.
  9. Mix in some pecans and use to fill sandwich cookies.
  10. Heat a little and use as a topping on vanilla ice cream.
  11. Put on roasted carrots.
  12. Serve on top of baked potatoes instead of regular butter.
  13. Heat it up for 10 seconds in the microwave, and use as a dip for sliced apples or other fruit.
  14. Drizzle cream on top of a vanilla cake for flavor and decoration.
  15. Maple cream is great as a fruit topping and is especially good drizzled over bananas.
  16. Use as a topping for Ham or as a final glaze for a rack of ribs.
  17. Make a maple cream, banana and peanut butter sandwich.
  18. Use for maple flavoring in icing recipes.
  19. Serve at a shower or wedding breakfast.
  20. Eat a spoonful straight out of the jar, especially after a hard day!

Topping for Ice Cream!


Step-by-Step Maple Cream

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Put pure maple syrup in saucepan with candy thermometer. Prepare ice in heat resistant bowl (I used a pie plate).Boil over medium heat without stirring until it reaches soft boil stage at 260 degrees (about 10-15 minutes)Put pan  on ice until it cools to 125 degrees. Beat with fork or spoon until mixture is lighter and opaque.  This takes about 10-15 minutes.
Put pure maple syrup in saucepan with candy thermometer. Prepare ice in heat resistant bowl (I used a pie plate).
Put pure maple syrup in saucepan with candy thermometer. Prepare ice in heat resistant bowl (I used a pie plate). | Source
Boil over medium heat without stirring until it reaches soft boil stage at 260 degrees (about 10-15 minutes)
Boil over medium heat without stirring until it reaches soft boil stage at 260 degrees (about 10-15 minutes) | Source
Put pan  on ice until it cools to 125 degrees. Beat with fork or spoon until mixture is lighter and opaque.  This takes about 10-15 minutes.
Put pan on ice until it cools to 125 degrees. Beat with fork or spoon until mixture is lighter and opaque. This takes about 10-15 minutes. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 1 cup, or about 26 servings of 1 TB


  • 2 cups 100% pure maple syrup, Grade A works best
  • pinch salt
  • pinch vegetable oil


  1. Put pure Maple Syrup in a pot on low to medium heat on stove. You can add the pinch of salt and vegetable oil to keep it from boiling over. Put a candy thermometer in to keep track of the temperature. Heat the mixture until it reaches soft boil, or 235 degrees. You can test this by putting a small bit of the mixture into a cup of ice water. When this makes a soft ball which holds together it is ready.
  2. Put pan with mixture in it into a large bowl filled with ice and let it cool to 125 degrees. Stir mixture until it gets light and fluffy. It will change from being shiny and glossy into being opaque and creamy. Stirring takes a while, anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. It gets easy to stir as it gets ready.
  3. When finished, it should look like peanut butter and it will run off the spoon when you pull it up. Store in an air tight jar. To serve, you may want to heat it up in microwave for 5 to 10 seconds if it gets too firm.

Who Makes and Uses Maple Syrup?

Quebec, Canada

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Quebec makes 75% of the world's supply of Maple Syrup. Over 7,000 individual producers tap the trees to make the syrup.

Vermont, USA

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The state of Vermont is the largest producer of Maple Syrup in the United States. New York and Maine also produce Maple Syrup.


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Japan is the largest importer of Maple Syrup from Canada, importing 10% in 2010. Japan and Korea also make small amounts of syrup.


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    • newbizmau profile image

      Maurice Glaude 

      5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I only use 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup now. The taste is so much better than the artificial stuff we were brought up on. No more. I'm so glad that common grocery stores are beginning to sell it now.

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      6 years ago

      On snow... it makes TAFFY!!! NOT CREAM!

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      6 years ago

      All the answers I got from Googling "How to make maple butter/creme" talked about how much effort is involved (stirring). Am I really the only one to utilize ye olde electric mixer? I just made this stuff in 20 minutes and it's awesome. I am the most intelligent man on the planet.

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      7 years ago from USA

      This made me hungry reading it. I love to make homemade stuff and this would be a great addition to my cooking. My mother (mljdgulley354) often makes pumpkin butter and gives them as gifts. This would be a terrific idea for that too. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Nice idea and it looks so pretty and so good! This is just the kind of thing I like to try. Have to get some of those silicone molds first!

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      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This sounds SO good. I love maple syrup and butter. What a great combination...and moldable. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. This one is being pinned on my blog's pinterest page, too!

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      Fierce Manson 

      7 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Virginia, Can I just say I am in L-O-V-E with your H-U-B! Oh my gosh all these delicious recipes for maple butter! And loving the maple butter shapes you have here on your hub, oh I forget to mention the maple butter on the ice cream...can I mention it again I am in Love with your hub. voted up, and bookmarked!

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Wow, my stomach is rumbling after reading your post. Looks so delicious. the photos are delicious. I am looking forward to trying you butter recipes and sharing them with my family.


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      Night Magic 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Congrats on the well deserved Hub of the Day. The first one I'm trying is the Coffee Maple Butter. Definitely have to vote this hub up & awesome.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Boy does this look fantastic. I love maple butter, but only get it when we visit the Northeast. I am definitely going to try this soon! Congrats on your HOTD!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice hub! I love the first photo--yummy! Well done hub with beautiful photos and lots of great capsules!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks everyone! Maple syrup brings back fond memories of going to New England with my family. My dad was a Type 1 diabetic so he could never eat more than a little maple syrup but he really did love it. I really enjoyed writing this hub and learning more about the process of making syrup, and maple cream which I recently found for sale at my local Texas grocery store!

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      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I'm drooling...this was such a great hub. Some I have to try the morning before and after thanksgiving!

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      J. Biaza 

      7 years ago from USA

      Yummy. I love waffles and these butter treats look fantastic - just in time for Holidays.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Do you think it would do serious damage if I ate about two pounds of this! Looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Congrats on the Hub of the Day award! Voted up and useful.

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      7 years ago

      Great presentation! Congrats on your hub of the day!

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Wow! This is something new I've learned. Good to know. Thanks for sharing and congrats on winning the HOTD award!

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      Karen Silverman 

      7 years ago

      congratulations, my friend! Your hub made my mouth water! Where's the DELICIOUS button??? lol

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      Looks inviting...

      Never tasted anything maple.

      may be someday I can make it..

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      Nurul Afsar 

      7 years ago

      nice info there

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      I just love maple cream! Actually, I love anything maple. This is a beautiful hub and very well written. Congrats on HOTD! Now I just need to go find a maple tree! : )

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Beautifully put together hub. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I have to try this. It sounds easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful. And..........Congratulations on the hub of the day!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      I have never made maple butter before but may have to try it. It looks so easy to do and I love how you shape it with the silicone mold. What a terrific idea. I do recall that part in Little House in the Big Woods where they make maple cream. How nice that you were able to figure out how they probably did that. I can see how that can be expensive though if you have to store buy the pure maple syrup. Congrats on HOTD; this was full of useful and interesting information.

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      Junaid Ghani Durrani 

      7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Congratulations Virginia for your Hub selected as 'Hub of the Day' :)

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Sounds fantastic, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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      Klavdija Frahm 

      7 years ago

      Oh god, this looks yummy :) Great hub (voted up :)

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      This look delicious! I have never heard of maple butter before. The recipes you provide look so good I must try them. Great hub and congrats on your Hub of the Day!

      Up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from Oregon

      I love the maple butter idea, looks awesome and I want t0 give it a try.

      Congrats on getting the hub of the day honors.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Seeker--I can definitely become addicted to this stuff, especially the maple cream. I actually just saw a jar of this at my local grocery store. It was about the same price as it is from Amazon and in the Honey section. Yum!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      8 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very beautiful hub and the end results look delicious! I have a very sweet tooth and I could almost taste these delicacies just by looking at the photographs!!!

      Voted up + shared!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Wow Virginia---awesome pictures and I can almost taste that melting on the waffle....oh my gosh that would be delicious! Definitely I'm trying this!!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      8 years ago from United States

      Yum! I'm going to have to try that. I also have a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that would be good.

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      8 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for the idea I bet this would be grate on my pumpkin pancakes :)

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      8 years ago

      I'm always trying to figure out how to get better lighting in my photos - I appreciate the challenge of background colors for sure!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much Heather. Since I actually have bright yellow Mexican tile in my kitchen, those clean white background photos are taken on a white cloth! My kids always know when I'm "Hub" cooking when they see it!

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      Heather Adams 

      8 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      VirginiaLynne - you've packed so much good info in here! I especially like the flavored maple butter ideas. And I always enjoy looking at your photos. Great job!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Carol. I don't think either of these will last the rest of the day in my house. The maple cream really does spread like peanut butter after sitting overnight. I need a peanut butter, banana and maple cream sandwich for lunch!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      I gotta tell you my sweet tooth is screaming. This sounds so good and pictures are outstanding..enough for me to head to the store to buy some maple syrup. Great hub and vote up.


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