Dutch Honey (Vanilla Butter Syrup)

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  • Dutch Honey Syrup is a family tradition on my maternal side. An easy homemade syrup recipe, that we’ve always referred to as Dutch Honey, but is more commonly called Vanilla Butter Syrup, blonde butter syrup, vanilla butter syrup, buttermilk syrup, cream syrup and sometimes just vanilla syrup. It’s funny because it doesn’t contain honey or buttermilk…

    close up of honeycomb with vanilla butter syrup

    The only thing I can tell you with 100% certainty is that you and your family will soon start to crave it. It is that good. It is an an easy sweet syrup for fluffy pancakes, waffles, French toast, German pancakes, biscuits or even vanilla ice cream! I also use it as a simple syrup between cake layers or for poke cakes.

    While I generally reserve it for special occassions, it is a great option when real maple syrup isn’t available (or you just ran out!) for your favorite pancakes.

    vanilla butter syrup pouring over stuffed french toast

    What You’ll Need

    Basic ingredients combine to make the ultimate of sweet sauces.

    • White sugar– We use white in our version, but another fun variation is to use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar and get molasses undertones.
    • Heavy cream- On the actual handwritten recipe card, it states to use table cream. Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream (there is a slight difference in fat content) can be used.
    • Salted butter – Salt in this case helps brighten the other flavors. If using unsalted butter, add just a dash of coarse Kosher salt.
    • Vanilla extract– Provides flavor. The higher quality the extract, the more robust flavor. If you want a really intense, next level vanilla flavor, try using a small amount of vanilla bean paste.
    • Baking Soda– This is something I’ve started to add over the years, but isn’t in the original recipe. The reaction between the acid and the baking soda creates tiny air pockets resulting in a soft velvety syrup that won’t get too dense when cooled. A small quality won’t impact the flavor.

    Some recipes use light corn syrup, but ours just melts white sugar.

    glass jar of homemade syrup with fresh strawberries

    How to Make Vanilla Butter Syrup

    1. Use a heavy bottom saucepan for best consistent and controlled heat. Combine the sugar, cream, butter and vanilla extract.
    2. Heat to medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Using a wooden spoon prevents sticking. Keep an eye on it- dairy and sugar based sauces have the tendency to boil over fast if not kept at a low, steady heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves.
    3. Reduce a simmer and continue to stir until it thickens, 5-10 minutes. The mixture will thicken further when cool, so just make sure it coats the back of your wooden spoon.
    4. Right before removing from the heat, stir in the baking soda, making sure it incorporates well.
    5. Pour hot syrup over your favorite sweet breakfast foods.
    homemade blond syrup in a jar


    Vanilla butter syrup can be served warm right off the stove or made ahead. Store any syrup you intend to eat that week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    It can also be frozen in an airtight container, jarred or canned. Although I am not an expert canning, so I will not pretend to give you those instructions. Fine Cooking has this lovely tutorial.

    close up of a honeycomb with dutch honey syrup


    Combine with fresh fruits or use any extract in place of vanilla to give it your own edge. Almond extract, lemon or even maple extract make for fun customizations.

    A couple of my other favorite homemade syrup recipes are Homemade Blueberry Syrup, Apple Cider and also Cranberry Syrup.

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    What to Serve with Vanilla Butter Syrup

    Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Recipe
    close up of stuffed french toast slices
    Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with mascarpone, vanilla syrup, fresh strawberries, and buttery brioche, for a delicious breakfast or brunch.
    Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
    close up of vanilla ice cream
    Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from scratch using whole vanilla beans and real cream. Homemade Ice Cream in an ice cream maker for the win! 
    Funfetti Pancakes
    angle view of a stack of funfetti pancakes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles
    Perfect for breakfast or brinner, this light and fluffy Funfetti Pancake recipe is perfect for birthday pancakes or Sunday brunch!

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    Dutch Honey Syrup (Vanilla Butter Syrup)

    Dutch Honey Syrup Recipe is an easy homemade syrup for pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits or even vanilla ice cream!
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time15 mins
    Course: Breakfast, Condiment, Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cream syrup, dutch honey, homemade syrup, vanilla syrup
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 201kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • In a heavy bottom saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, butter and vanilla extract.
    • Heat to a low boil, stirring with a wooden spoon.
    • Reduce a simmer and continue to stir until it thickens (about 5-10 minutes). Right before removing from the heat, stir in the baking soda until dissolved.
    • Serve immediately or allow to cool and refrigerate.
    • Did you try it? Let us know how it went in the comments section or star ratings!


    It will stay refrigerated for about a week. It also freezes well.


    Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg
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