I used to microwave butter before using it in baked goods. I sometimes still do because I get seriously lazy or want soft butter RIGHT NOW. You can leave butter out (in a butter dish) for a while and it won’t go bad, contrary to popular belief. Really, it’s better to just take out sticks of butter the day before you plan to make something and let it soften on it’s own. Mostly cuz the baked goods [COOKIES] will be fluffier, but also this:
Seriously, this will happen:
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