Kids Cooking: Heart-Shaped Compound Butter

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

Every other Sunday–the Sunday that the kids come back home from being at their dad’s for the week–we have steak for dinner. We never really planned it that way, we just realized at some point that Sunday’s had become steak night.  We typically get a large top sirloin with good marbling, season it with simple salt and pepper and broil it to a juicy medium-rare.  Add a baked potato and a veggie and we’ve got a belly-filling and tasty Sunday dinner.

Now that we’ve officially made Sunday night steaks a ‘thing’, I’ve been trying to get a bit more creative.  To jazz it up a bit, I thought a compound butter would be delicious and great for the kids to help make. The first time we made it, the kids loved it. Sophia said it reminded her of Pesto and she loves pesto.

Since Valentine’s day is on its way, I wanted to add some extra love when sharing the recipe, so we made our butter heart-shaped.   Who wouldn’t want a steak dinner with a buttery heart for Valentine’s day, right? OK, I know the vegetarians are raising their hands, but compound butters work with vegetable dishes or pasta, as well 😀

Have you ever made a compound butter? What did you use in it?  We’d love to hear so we can try out your ideas!

Happy Valentines Everyone!

Heart-Shaped Compound Butter

Heart-Shaped Compound Butter


  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Stick of Butter, Softened
  • Heart-Shaped Ice Cube Trays


  • Chop about 4 Tbsp of basil
  • Mince 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • Take your softened stick of butter and place it on a cutting board
  • Place the chopped basil and minced garlic on top of the butter
  • Using a knife or a spatula, mash the herbs into the butter (this is a good job for younger kids using a spatula)
  • When the herbs are will incorporated into the butter, it's time to put the butter into the heart-shaped molds. You can use any shape of mold, but since we're going for a valentine's theme, hearts are what we're using.
  • Take the butter and press it into your molds, fill as many as you can.
  • Place your molded butter into the refrigerator or freezer to harden.
  • Once your butter is hard, remove it from the molds and voila! You've got yourself some heart-shaped compound butter to place on steak, or veggies, or whatever you can think of!

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