Recipe courtesy of Yumna Jawad

Butter Board with Cranberries and Pecans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 16 servings
This butter board is an easy and unexpected way to serve butter during the holidays. Inspired by viral boards, this seasonal version couldn't be simpler: Spread softened butter on a board of your choice, add dried cranberries, pecans, honey and thyme and serve with sourdough bread. Switch up the toppings according to your menu or your favorite ingredients and enjoy this recipe for holiday entertaining.



  1. Allow the butter to come to room temperature for at least 15 minutes, then stir in a bowl to loosen it so that it’s spreadable. Layer it in swirls on a small serving board, slowly spreading it over the entire surface. Instead of trying to spread the entire stick of butter at once, I recommend scooping 1 tablespoon at a time with a rubber spatula or small spoon and spreading each tablespoon on its own. It’s faster to spread this way and allows you to create little wells inside the butter.
  2. Sprinkle the cranberries, pecans and thyme on top of the butter swirls. Drizzle the honey over the butter and garnish with the flaky sea salt. Serve immediately with warm bread.

Cook’s Note

Don’t use melted butter. When butter melts, the solids and liquids separate and create a different consistency. Even if you allow that melted butter to cool again, it’s not the same structurally as using softened butter.