Chocolate Butter Recipe



alright, alright.

I know what you were thinking when you saw the title of this post. Chocolate and butter. Gee. I wonder if that tastes good?

Truly though, one of my favorite, simple things to toss into a picnic basket is a blended or infused butter. All the recipes for these are so simple, they are all about the ingredients, and they are the perfect thing to spread on a fresh baked baguette or flakey fresh croissant.

So, I know I probably don’t need to do any heavy convincing to get you to try chocolate butter, but really, this recipe is over the top, scrape out of the bowl good. And perfect for the simplest or dressiest of picnics.

Mmm. It takes just a couple steps to make a smooth chocolate butter with the tiniest bits  of bittersweet chocolate that taste heavenly as they melt away on your tongue.

Chocolate Butter

1 stick unsalted butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar
2 squares (.5 oz or so) of your favorite chocolate, chopped
pinch of sea salt

Pile all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. That’s it.

Good chocolate and good butter. That is the only key. I used a Valrhona 85% bar for the chocolate. And if anyone has a great recommendation for butter, I’d love to hear. Ever since trying French butter I am very self conscious about our American versions. (UPDATE: Thank you Lindsay, for pointing me to this post about butter, I am now on a mission to hunt down Beurre D’Isigny or an Echire butter.)

I prefer to use natural cocoa powder. A well-made brand keeps the fruitier flavor of the original cacao. If you prefer the more typical brownie flavor of cocoa, go for Dutch processed cocoa powder.

If you’d like to create molded butter, which is kind of fun, sprinkle additional cocoa over any mold you like, press chocolate butter inside, refrigerate until firm and remove. I like this to be room temp before serving it though, especially so the chocolate bits melt easily as soon as they hit your tongue.

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SamanthaLee March 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Actually, when I saw the title of the post, I thought it was love at first sight! You are a chocolate godess!


Miranda March 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Nuh-uh! This looks amazing! I am definitely in a lot of trouble here. And how exactly is it that I’ve lived almost 30 years without having a picnic that included chocolate butter? Absolutely absurd. Thanks for sharing!


Danee Davis March 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

seriously – you picnic like no other that I know. You are amazing. I am lucky if my family get KFC on a blanket. chocolate butter is so on my list of things to try.


AmberLee March 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

Danee! I have to say that I love a good KFC picnic. And I’m pretty sure you could out picnic me any day of the week if you wanted to : )


Content in a Cottage March 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

That would be delicious spread on homemade pound cake. Thanks for the fabulous recipe.


Lilianna Grace March 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Ahhh, AmberLee, you’ve given the phrase “death by chocolate” a whole new meaning! Haha! I could definately see myself enjoying this as you show it with bread, add a hot cup o joe, and the Sunday paper. Bliss.


Betty Bake March 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

hahaha :) it is divine isn’t it !!! this is how we make choc sandwich spread :)
My grand father used to make it for us when we were little – We used to love it when he made it for us :)

it is DELICIOUS!!!

great post

Betty Bake


AmberLee March 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

Betty, Thanks for the sweet note! and you’re right, what better way to win over your grandkids than with chocolate butter. I just love that.


Sherry Cartwright March 11, 2011 at 9:08 am



bit of green March 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

AmberLee, you make me want to go picnic, like, NOW!
Wonderful idea for us chocoholics.

PS: I’d never thought one could photograph a food processor and take such a pretty and yummy shot!


anna March 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

this looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it, of course a picnic outdoors seems soo fabulous right now!


EG March 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Oh dear God. Chocolate butter?! My head just exploded. In a good way.


Michelle March 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Love the idea!


Michelle March 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Also, love the blog remodel!!!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Followed from the link on Everyday Celebrating…love this idea! I made a whipped strawberry butter this weekend…this butter would partner with that PERFECTLY for a nice brunch!


Ihilani April 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

chocolate butter!!??? YES PLEASE!


domestikate April 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

Oh wow, this looks and sounds incredible!

(arrived via say yes to hoboken)


Cindy A. April 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. You have no idea just how happy your post has made me. My grandmother used to make chocolate butter. She was the only one in the family who made it and after she passed away I thought it would be lost forever.


AmberLee April 12, 2011 at 4:22 am

Thanks for taking a moment to stop by and leave me this note about your grandmother! That is such a sweet thing. You made my day with this story. Grandmothers are the best.


Sofya @ Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter April 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

My goodness, I must make this today! I just didn’t catch if the butter must be room temp?


AmberLee April 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Hi Sofya!
Thanks for the note. And that is a great point about the butter! I make mine when the butter is just out of the fridge. I think it works better in the food processer that way. I’m glad you had me clarify! Love you blog name, btw!


Sofya @ Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter April 17, 2011 at 5:43 am

Great, thanks! Love your site! I don’t have a gift for crafts but love all the food ideas.


Lisa April 26, 2011 at 7:16 am

I hadn’t thought about Chocolate Butter in years. It is the ONLY snack my dad knew how to make for us when I was a kid. He made it using Hershey’s cocoa and we would spread it on saltine crackers. It was wonderful.
I’m definitely making this for my kids. Thanks!


AmberLee April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Lisa! This is such a fun thing. I love when dad’s have their one or two signature recipes. Thanks for the sweet note!


Nickie June 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I made this last night and it was so delicious! I used dark chocolate and the result was divine. Thanks so much for the recipe!


AmberLee July 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hooray, I’m so happy it turned out. Thanks for taking a moment to stop back and let me know!


Jamie August 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

How long does this store for? Can you e-mail me the answer?


AmberLee August 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hi Jamie,
Thanks so much for stopping by. Chocolate usually has a shelf life of 6-12 months, so as long as the butter is good, the chocolate butter will be good. I hope this helps!


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