Best Butters for Baking:
Whether you’re a fan of the European-style cultured butters or good ol’ American sweet cream, you should be baking with unsalted butters. Here’s a selection of our favorites that are available across the United States, in both styles.
Made in the United States, Plugra is probably the most widely available European-style butter and Paula’s personal go-to.
Sweet and rich, Kerrygold naturally has an intense yellow coloring thanks to cows that feast on the green, green grasses of Ireland.
Land-O-Lakes is the standard for many bakers—here you get that classic flavor with the added bonus of more butterfat.
Cabot sources their cream from family farms, and makes a rich, slightly tangy butter.
Challenge is a great organic choice, and is probably the best supermarket butter available.
And, finally, a budget option: Trader Joe’s sells one of the least expensive organic butters available, and it works great in baking.