Gingerbread butter is a taste of the holidays that’s sure to make your next gathering extra special. Spread over pancakes, pumpkin bread, or an English muffin, this delicious butter gives your favorite recipes a special holiday touch.

Overhead view of a small glass bowl of gingerbread butter.

The winter months mean extra time spent baking for many of us, and this gingerbread butter recipe offers a boost of flavor that will make your favorite recipes absolutely unforgettable.

Gingerbread butter is the finishing touch for traditional holiday baked goods like spiced rum cake or pumpkin bread.

It’s also perfectly giftable, and would be adorable packaged in a mini mason jar with a cake recipe or included with a trio of jams and butters. 

With its ginger snap cookie flavor, you just can’t beat this creamy butter spread.

About this gingerbread butter

Gingerbread butter is flavored with the warmest winter spices, like cinnamon, cloves, and of course, ginger. A touch of maple syrup means this butter is smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet.

It’s wonderful on everything from plain buttermilk pancakes to fluffy pumpkin pancakes.

This butter melts right into your breakfast waffles and pancakes, and can also be used on cookies and bars to add a touch of holiday cheer.

One of the best parts of this butter is that you can make it ahead of time and then set it out with jams, butters, syrups, and sauces so your family or guests can mix and match their favorite combinations. 

This would also be a great addition to a cookie party with friends! By packaging the butter in a small giftable jar you can add this amazing butter topping to your cookie platter mix. And don’t forget those teachers, music instructors, sports coaches, and other friends who could use a token of your appreciation.

Send them a little package with the dry ingredients and recipe for these amazing gingerbread pancakes, and include a portion of this gingerbread butter. You’ll be sharing more than your appreciation: you’ll be sharing a taste of the holidays, too.

Gingerbread butter on a knife.

What’s in this butter

  • unsalted butter, softened
  • ground ginger
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • maple syrup
Ingredients needed for a spiced compound butter.

How to make gingerbread compound butter

This recipe is so easy! First, add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

All ingredients for a spiced gingerbread compound butter in a glass mixing bowl on a white marble background.

Blend them all together using a fork or electric mixer until well combined.

Two electric mixer beaters and a light brown compound butter in a glass mixing bowl.

Place in a small serving dish.

Close up of butter spiced with gingerbread flavors.

How to make this butter your own

  • This butter can be adapted to fit your desired flavor profile. Keeping the ratio of spices to butter the same, you can adjust the amount of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. This means you can make a cinnamon butter by using only cinnamon, or a pumpkin spice butter by subbing pumpkin pie spice for some of the other spices, etc. 
  • No maple syrup on hand? Use honey instead!
  • You can roll this butter into a log in parchment paper and pop it in the fridge for a few hours if you are making butter medallions. If you freeze the butter on a flat pan on a sheet of parchment paper, you could also use shape cutters to cut out holiday shapes.
Spiced butter on pancakes.

Make Ahead Ideas

Store this gingerbread butter in the refrigerator for up to a week. If serving butter in a dish, allow the butter to come to room temperature before using.

Storage Suggestions

Store in a covered container in the fridge but soften for 1-2 hours before use.

Gingerbread pancakes with gingerbread butter.

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Gingerbread butter on a knife.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Butter

Gingerbread butter is a taste of the holidays that’s sure to make your next gathering extra special. Spread over pancakes, pumpkin bread, or an English muffin, this delicious butter gives your favorite recipes a special holiday touch.
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Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients together using fork or electric mixer until well combined. Place in small serving dish.
    Two electric mixer beaters and a light brown compound butter in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge but soften for 1-2 hours before use. Try it with pancakes, waffles, or pumpkin bread.
    Spiced butter on pancakes.

Notes

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 100mg, Potassium: 6mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg