Cinnamon Honey Butter

Cinnamon Honey Butter is a fast and easy make-ahead topping for your fresh baked rolls this Thanksgiving or Christmas. Also makes for a great neighbor gift or hostess gift! Or heck even a Treat Yo Self gift. 

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

Guys, we did it…we decorated for Christmas this weekend. I know, I know, let me have it. I really want to hear your exclamations about leaving behind Thanksgiving. Someone has to defend Poor Old Thanksgiving, or he might realize that he’s just a holiday with NO FEELINGS AT ALL. 

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

I was reading an old blog post of mine and came across this (from back when only my mom read this bloggy-blog. Hi mom!) (and yes, I am about to quote myself, get ready for this):

“Doesn’t Christmas time just make you want to hug everybody? In my personal heaven, it will be Christmas all the time. And don’t give me this “if-it-was-Christmas-every-day-it-wouldn’t-be-special” crap. This is heaven, people. Vegetables will taste like brownies. I will never have to apply eyeliner and my hair will always be done. There will be free samples of everything at the grocery store. And it will ALWAYS be Christmas.”

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

I am not going to be one of those old ladies wearing red hats with purple shoes. I’m going to be the one who never takes down her Christmas tree and wears peppermint perfume everyday.

Can’t Thanksgiving and Christmas be BFF’s? Kind of like when you have a second baby and you feel really bad for your unborn child because, well, there’s no way you could love it as much as your first. But then you DO.

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

This recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving-Christmas mashup. Because nothing could be more perfect to top your rolls this Thursday, PLUS these make awesome neighbor gifts for later in December. I mean, it’s not like you’re going to get tired of Cinnamon Honey Butter. It transcends boredom. I’ve heard this is just like the Cinnamon Honey Butter they serve with the rolls at Texas Roadhouse. I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been. Report back if you think it’s the same! (Update: I tried the Texas Roadhouse kind this weekend. It pales in comparison. Like, seriously, no competition.)

Cinnamon Honey Butter from The Food Charlatan

If you are panicking about your Thanksgiving menu, check out my menu ideas round up from last week!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Cinnamon Honey Butter


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Use the whisk attachment on your mixer to beat the butter for 1 minute. (You can do this with regular beaters of course. Or a wooden spoon.)
  2. Add the powdered sugar, honey, and cinnamon. Beat on low until the powdered sugar is incorporated, then beat on medium for a bit.
  3. Scrape the sides and bottom, then beat again until it is smooth.
  4. This recipe will fit into 6 4-ounce mason jars, or 3 half-pint mason jars.
  5. Store this however you normally store butter. Put it in the fridge if you plan on keeping it for a while, or on the counter if it will be eaten within a couple days. Either way it should be served room temperature.


This will keep in the fridge for as long as butter keeps in the fridge, at least 5-6 months.

Source: This one’s all over the internets, but the first place I saw it was years ago on Fly Through Our Window

Make Cinnamon Honey Butter with:

Big Fat Crescent Rolls, yeah <<–I’m hanging onto this title from yesteryear. Mainly because when you google “Big fat charlatan,” this is the top hit. I’ve made these rolls who knows how many times, they always turn out:

big fat crescent rolls

Samoan Coconut Rolls (this would be an awesome combo):

Samoan Coconut Rolls

  7up Biscuits:

7up Biscuits from

One-Hour Yeast Rolls:

Reesy Rolls (One Hour Yeast Rolls) from The Food Charlatan

Never enough butter:

Compound Butters from I Heart Naptime
Homemade Honey Butter Ambrosia from One Good Thing by Jillee
Citrus Whipped Honey Butter from Sand and Sisal
Crockpot Cranberry Butter from The View From Great Island





  1. says

    FREE SAMPLES! I simultaneously love and hate Costco on Sundays just for this reason. If there were free samples EVERY day, you’d never have to battle the line of 5 people who all want to “grab a second for their spouse/kid/parent/made up other person.”

    Also – these photos are so beautiful, Karen! I love love love the way the light is reflecting off that cinnamon honey butter. I hope it glistens like this every time you open the jar. Mmmmmm…
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  2. Janice says

    Isn’t it awesome that I’m not the only one reading? What a great idea to give this butter as a gift to friends, I’m already making a list!

  3. Misty mi says

    We love Texas roadhouse! This looks so pretty. I will bring it to.Thanksgiving and report back! I think this should also go on pancakes or waffles!

  4. says

    You are so on top of it Karen! Good for you for already decorating for Christmas. Now you can relax all of Thanksgiving break and enjoy your pretty house. I just love cinnamon honey butter, especially on cinnamon raisin bread. This would be a great hostess gift!
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  5. says

    I love Christmas so much. The way you expressed yourself in that old blog post is exactly how I feel at this time of year. I put up my Christmas decorations in the first week of November and I ain’t apologizing for it. Now if only someone would make me a few jars of this insanely ridiculously delicious cinnamon honey butter! I’m just going to print out a dozen copies of this recipe and leave them lying around. That’ll do the trick!
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  6. Carley Stastny says

    Do you think this recipe would work with a vegan substitute for the butter like a vegan margarine or something? I was hoping to make these for my friends for the holidays and one is vegan.

    It looks delicious!

    • says

      Hi Carley! I bet it would work, though I haven’t tried it. I can’t see why it wouldn’t, it’s just mix-ins. So if the vegan margarine tastes good, then the cinnamon and honey and sugar should only add to it!

          • Larissa says

            My apologies- I misdirected my comment. It was in response to Carley’s desire to use vegan butter or margarine for her vegan friend. I just wanted to remind her that honey is not vegan.
            As for the recipe, it’s great! I made it last night and will be giving jars of this deliciousness to all of my neighbors. Thanks for sharing!

          • says

            Ah! Sorry Larissa! I was responding to this from my dashboard, so I couldn’t see that you were responding to the other vegan comment. Thanks for your input! I’m glad you liked the recipe. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. says

    Looks amazing! Just wondering…how long do you think I can keep this outside of the fridge. I want to make this for a few members of my family and Im traveling 10 hours in the car..

  8. Gilly says

    I just made this with a few modifications. I trialed the recipe before making it for Christmas gifts. In my trial I found it to be super sweet when made as written. When made for gifts I doubled it but I used just a little over half the honey, only a couple tablespoons of sugar, and the recommended cinnamon. Plenty sweet and honey flavor without the gritty taste with all the sugar. Thanks for the idea! Can’t wait to give it out!

  9. Lisa B. says

    Hi Karen. Can’t wait to make this By the way, my latr Aunt Marjorie decided when she was 70 that she would use her Christmas dishes every day and leave her Santa figurines in her China cabinet all year long. She was the Christmas Queen.

  10. Karen says

    Hi Karen! I see you’re using cute little mason jar type jars. How many jars does this recipe make?

    Can’t wait to try!

    • says

      Ooh I like the way you think! The short answer though, is no. That would be WAY too much cardamom. If you want no cinnamon, then omit it and add cardamom, but start with a small amount, we’re talking like 1/4 teaspoon. Then add more and taste as you go. Cardamom is powerful stuff. I think it would be even better though if you did some combination of cinnamon AND cardamom. Probably heavier on the cinnamon (like 1 teaspoon?) since cardamom is so strong. Measure what you put in and comment back to tell us what you ended up with, I’d love to try that next time!

    • Ann Stone says

      I think maybe using Chinese five spice powder would give the cinnamon/cardamom flavor (along with other great spices) you are wanting.

    • says

      Hey Denise! I haven’t tried this, but I bet you could make it work! It would absolutely change the flavor, but I bet it would be good. Be prepared to adjust amounts as needed. Start with the coconut oil at a solid. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  11. Patty says

    Hi Karen, one question, will using brown sugar instead of powdered one work for this recipe?

    Thanks! Xoxo

    • says

      Hey Patty! I don’t think it would work out quite the same. I’ve never tried it, so can’t be certain, but I think the texture would be quite different. Let me know how it goes!

  12. Mark says

    This is very good. Mine separated a little in the fridge though, and it was pretty runny, even when cold. I am not sure why, but it was okay, and maybe even preferred.

  13. Jill says

    Hi! Can I opt out the powdered sugar and add more honey into it instead? I wonder would this affect the texture or will it be ok to make it sans powdered sugar? And how many more honey do you think I should add if that’s the case. :)

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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