Homemade Butter

homemade butter on bread

When my son was in 2nd grade he came home one day and, in a very excited tone, said “Mom, guess what!  Today we made butter!”   Ever since he has asked if we could make butter at home.  I’m not sure why it took so long, but we finally did.  And, yowza!  It was so easy and tastes so good!

This is a great thing to do this summer with your kids.  It gets them moving and you can explain the process along the way (and they’ll be totally impressed that you know about this kind of stuff.)

Pour the heavy whipping cream into a jar (that has a tight lid) and start shaking.  Don’t overfill the jar.  You’ll need “shaking room” so only fill it about half way.  You can add as much whipping cream as you would like (as long as you leave room.)  1 cup of whipping cream will give you 1/2 cup of butter and about 1/2 cup of buttermilk.

kids making butter

After about 3 minutes of shaking the cream will look like this.

making homemade butter

My kids were amazed at how quickly it changed.  I talked to them about how whipping cream is made (by lots of stirring) but that there is a point where you have to stop mixing.  Otherwise, it starts looking like this.

homemade butter

Look at that!  That’s butter and butter milk.  So don’t toss out the liquid.  You can use that in recipes.

My kids were amazed!  They made butter!

homemade butter

One of our favorite things to put on toast is cinnamon and sugar butter.  They sell it at the store but it kind of costs a lot.  So I wondered if we could make out own.  I took about 1/2 cup of our butter and added cinnamon and sugar to it.  Viola!  And it was even better than the kind we buy at the store.

cinnamon and sugar butter

My son inhaled it!  Who could blame him.  It was awesome!

cinnamon and sugar butter

Have you ever made butter?  We’re definitely making this again.

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  1. What a great learning project and you had something delicious to enjoy when you were finished. Cinnamon toast is one of my breakfast favorites.

  2. Theresa says:

    Any all you need is the whipping cream?

  3. Awesome….thanks!

  4. YUMMY! Stopping by from the Family Dinner link party! Would love to have you also link this up at the Ladies Only Blog Share link party! Our theme this week is Red, White & BBQ. 🙂


  5. How much whipping cream do you use and how much would you say it makes? Thanks!

    • Use as much whipping cream as you would like. Just make sure to leave room to shake in the jar. And it makes half the amount in butter. So 1 cup whipping cream makes about 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup buttermilk.

  6. Karen Beckett says:

    This is amazing! Sounds like loads of fun and sharing the process is a good way to spend some one on one time. Plus you have a really yummy home made butter to enjoy! I am going to try this with my daughter!

  7. It is so much fun to make butter with the little ones, and there is no other flavor like it! Have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I remember making butter with my daughter when she was a Girl Scout. It was so much fun. Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. So glad you are here!

    • Thanks Cynthia. Such an easy thing to do with kids but so much fun. And tasty =o) Thanks for hosting!

  9. Oh my, this reminds me of when I was in second grade and we made butter this exact way. I remember shaking it and handing it over as it made it’s rounds with all of us. And then we got to have it on fresh bread that our teacher had baked and brought in. So glad you made some; there’s nothing like it!

  10. Just wanted to let you know that this post was the most clicked post at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! You will be featured at next weeks party and in the Top 10 Favorites of the In and Out of the Kitchen post!

    Thanks for sharing! I am pinning and tweeting about this!


  11. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to make this with my girls! So easy and I know they are going to love it! Also just wanted to say thank you for all the ideas. I’ve been following you since last fall and I have made lots of memories with my girls thanks to you 🙂

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! SO glad you are following and liking our ideas. That means a lot to me. Your girls will love making this butter. It’s delicious!