I found this tip on themamasgirls.com. It really does work perfectly every time. I am not much of one that plans ahead, or if I am on top if it and I know i’m going to be baking, I always forget to leave the butter out for a few hours. So when it comes to baking I end up with hard butter to use. So this quick tip has saved me so much agony and time. And it has helped my kids enjoy many more treats. Just remember 5 seconds on each side in the microwave. A perfectly usable soft butter every time.
We have done this several times over the past few months and the butter is perfectly soft and ready to use. No more planning ahead. I can just bake when I want to and when I have time.