How many sticks of butter are in 1/2 a cup?
Sounds like you’re making a recipe. Or you’re standing in the dairy section of the grocery store feeling a little lost. Just how much butter is in a stick, anyway? The answer is ½ a cup. While we’re at it, here are some other common butter measurements, converted.
- 1 stick of butter = ½ cup
- 1 stick of butter = 8 Tbsp.
- 1-pound package = 4 sticks of butter
- 1-pound package of butter = 2 cups
Spoiler alert, we know.
But, here’s the deal: In the U.S., butter is typically sold in pre-wrapped sticks bundled together in 1/2-pound or 1-pound packages. And recipes usually call for cups. Isn’t that fun?
To make this easy for you, we created a few handy charts that convert butter from sticks to cups to grams to tablespoons and so on. Save the image at the bottom to your phone for the next time you go to the store. And, you know, want to make our Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
Common Butter Conversions
Convert Sticks of Butter to Cups, Tablespoons, or Pounds
|¼ Stick of Butter||1/8 cup||2 tablespoons||1/16 pound|
|½ Stick of Butter||¼ cup||4 tablespoons||1/8 pound|
|1 Stick of Butter||½ cup||8 tablespoons||¼ pound|
|2 Sticks of Butter||1 cup||16 tablespoons||½ pound|
|4 Sticks of Butter||2 cups||32 tablespoons||1 pound|
Convert Sticks of Butter to Grams, Ounces, or Cups
|¼ Stick of Butter||28g||1 oz||1/8 cup|
|½ Stick of Butter||57g||2 oz||¼ cup|
|1 Stick of Butter||113g||4 oz||½ cup|
|2 Sticks of Butter||227g||8 oz||1 cup|
|4 Sticks of Butter||454g||16 oz||2 cups|
Should I use unsalted or salted butter when baking?
Unless a recipe states otherwise, you should always use unsalted butter. This allows you to control just how much salt you want to add to a recipe.
Can I use these butter measurements for margarine?
No. Just no.
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