Speedy softening of butter for creaming w/sugar = how long in microwave?

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ichibanbrianne
ichibanbrianne January 1, 2011

Depending on the strength of the microwave, I'd start out at 20 seconds and check the butter. Normally the butter will start to melt before completely soft, so I opt for underdone rather than too melted, using the heat from creaming to melt the rest.

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chrissyb
chrissyb January 1, 2011

About 17 seconds but that's my microwave.

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spiffypaws
spiffypaws January 1, 2011

I run my microwave at med heat in 10 second intervals.

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nutcakes
nutcakes January 1, 2011

I do 5 second intervals and touch it each time. I stop early, when it can be lightly squeezed. The melting point comes soon.

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jane_grenier
jane_grenier January 1, 2011

Thanks, all...20 seconds did the trick and cookies are in the oven!

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour January 1, 2011

I don't like to use the microwave for softening butter, because it doesn't seem to soften evenly. I take my refrigerated butter and grate it with the large holes on a box grater. It softens pretty quickly this way.

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