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Kitchen HACK: Soften Hard Butter Without Melting It


This is the best way to do this... without turning it into a greasy pool in the microwave.

There's something magically delicious about simple bread with butter.

But if you keep your butter in the fridge, even simple bread and butter might be a challenge. Anyone who's ever tried to spread cold, hard butter across soft bread knows it will tear right through that slice. And don't even try softening your butter in the microwave — cook it for a few seconds too long and you'll end up with a melty, greasy lump. 

So what should you do? 

It's easy: 

  1. Put your butter on a plate. 
  2. Take a glass and run it under very hot water, until the glass itself is quite hot. Dry it off.
  3. Place the glass over the butter, and leave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Remove the glass.
  5. Enjoy your gently-softened, spreadable butter!


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VIDEO: Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are easy to make and super delicious!


  • 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
  • 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
  • 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup / 150g of flour
  • 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
  • Salted caramel
  • Melted dark chocolate


  1. In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.

  2. Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.

  6. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.

  7. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool.

  9. Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.

  10. Enjoy!

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