Don’t you hate it when you want to make cookies RIGHT NOW, but your butter is too cold and you have to let it sit at room temperature until it’s JUST RIGHT, at which point you don’t want cookies anymore?
Lucky for you, you read my blog. I have perfected the art of softening butter. Keep in mind, this is an ART, not a science. You will have to tweak the time based on your own microwave, but the following should be a good guide.
For two sticks of butter in my 1100-watt microwave: 9 seconds at Power Level 2. Flip butter over 180 degrees. 8 seconds at Power Level 2.
After I followed that little “recipe” tonight, my butter was the PERFECT consistency for making cookies. Awesome.
PS: You can do this with frozen butter, too. Just heat it longer, but it should still be at Power Level 2.
PS #2: Power Level 2 should be consistent for everyone, no matter what microwave you have.