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Best way to soften butter?

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Best way to soften butter?

pharmnerd | Apr 18, 2008 09:32 PM

I'm a relative newbie to cooking/baking. Many recipes call for softened butter (salted and unsalted). I'm impatient, so I always toss fridged or even frozen sticks on low power in the microwave & it's almost guaranteed to partially melt. Any tips to do this better/faster? What effect does using partially melted butter when baking (e.g. cookies)? Thanks.

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