Once a year, we tie on our aprons, unleash our wildest baking dreams, and hit the test kitchen to create a whole-new batch of butter recipe ideas. Completely original, wildly delicious, utterly craveable. This yearly butter-inspired pilgrimage is all part of the annual Challenge Butter Real Summer, Real Flavor contest–a celebration of delicious, homecooked dishes plus a chance to spin and win $100,000 in cash!
Throughout the years, we’ve conjured nearly a dozen tender, flaky, deliciously buttery recipes. Breakfasts, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, dishes so incredible, we didn’t want to keep them to ourselves. So, we decided to round up our all-time favorites and share them with you.
These 8 recipes, inspired by the Challenge Butter Real Summer, Real Flavor contest are total must-try’s! Scroll on down, find a favorite, then come back here and tell us what you thought! We love knowing our recipes aren’t just being made, but that they’re making you feel like a truly good cook.
1. Quick 3-Ingredient Kouing Aman
The Kouing Aman is cherished for layers and layers…and layers…of intensely buttery layers of sweet, flaky pastry. Incredibly complex and requiring a high degree of skill, it’s been said that this pastry is made in only 6 U.S. bakeries. But our 3-ingredient version makes it possible to make it in your kitchen quick. A gotta-dry treat that’s ideal with a cup of coffee. Get the recipe for Kouing Aman here.
Baked until tender and bursting with fresh berries, these colorful scones are an incredible brunch or breakfast offering. Simple to mix together, easy to bake to golden brown perfection, these buttery scones are a great addition to any treat table. Get the recipe here.
Grab a baguette, some colorful peppers, and a stick of butter and you’ll have an easy, irresistible appetizer! This recipe combines both sweet and savory flavors by caramelizing peppers and onions in a buttery, brown sugar sauce until tender. Then, tops crispy golden-brown baguette slices spread with goat cheese. The flavor combination of this recipe is positively delicious! Grab the recipe here.
Just like risotto but so much simpler! Orzo pasta cooks up like rice. Mixed together with a simple, creamy sauce and vibrant spring flavors—asparagus, mushrooms, lemon, and peas—this recipe is a quick and easy side dish, perfect for pairing with chicken, fish, shrimp, and grilling. Get the recipe here.
This recipe is quick, simple, and so good it rivals even the best Chinese take-out, but you’ll have it hot in your table in less than 15 minutes! Grab the recipe here.
Turn a traditional skillet of succotash into an incredible meal! This buttery mix of fresh summer squash, zucchini, bacon, and shrimp is to-die delish! Better yet, it’s quick and doesn’t require use of the oven, so keeps your summertime kitchen cool! Grab the recipe here.
A crunchy sweet crust, cool and whippy no-bake cheesecake, and a warm topping of homemade butter-roasted strawberries. There may not be anything more delicious than this scrumptious dish! Get the recipe here.
8. Cream-Cheese Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
This year’s all-new recipe! What happens when layers of peanut-buttery chocolate-chippy cookie dough is stuffed with cream cheese and baked until golden brown? Our exclusive Peanut Butter Bars, that’s what! A recipe you are going to love! Try topping squares of these delicious dessert bars with ice cream and caramel sauce for a totally irresistible, over-the-top treat.