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Buttermilk Syrup

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Maple is boring. How many times have you had (fill in the ______) smothered in maple syrup? Change things up a bit and try this buttermilk syrup. It’s a game changer, and you’ll have a hard time going back!

A rich and buttery syrup with only 5 simple ingredients! Easy to make and the perfect topping to your favorite breakfast foods.

Buttermilk Syrup

Yield: about 1 cup syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Move over maple! This buttermilk syrup tastes like caramel and is super easy to make. Tastes delicious over pancakes, french toast, waffles, ice cream, and just about anything else you can dream up.


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine butter, sugar, and buttermilk in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and mixture comes to a gentle simmer.
  3. Remove from heat and add baking soda while stirring. Mixture will bubble up quite a bit, which is why you use a large pan.
  4. Stir well and add the vanilla.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

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Joan Redeen

Friday 15th of July 2022

Hello, I am curious how you recommend to store this? Since it is made with buttermilk, does it require refrigeration? Or does the cooking resolve that issue and it is fine stored in a food pantry?

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

You will need to store in the fridge, it will keep for about a week depending on the expiration date of the buttermilk you use.

Joan Redeen

Monday 4th of July 2022

How do you recommend storing this? Does it need to be refrigerated, because of the buttermilk? Thank you.


Thursday 28th of March 2019

This is a new one for me. I've made pancakes with buttermilk in them, but never on them! It sounds like a wonderfully buttery tasting topping.

Diner Pancakes – Life After Wheat

Friday 12th of February 2016

[…] a diner, and the flavor is just as delicious. Serve with your favorite syrup (ours is this homemade Buttermilk Syrup!) and you have a real winner. This is a recipe you will be coming back to again and […]

Traci Stokes

Sunday 13th of December 2015

This is my hubby's all time favorite syrup. We love it on German pancakes and it also makes a good ice-cream topping. Yum!


Sunday 13th of December 2015

Ooh, I'm going to have to try it as ice cream topping-that sounds heavenly!

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