Christmas Butter Recipe

Christmas butter

  • Easy

Want to jazz up your turkey this Christmas? Try self-basting your turkey with our quick and easy sweet Christmas butter

Have you read our guide to cooking the perfect Christmas turkey? A good way to get more interesting and complementary flavours into your turkey is through putting a flavoured butter under the skin as it roasts. This will keep the turkey moist and make it utterly delicious. Make your Christmas butter, then, using your fingers, gently pry away the skin from the breast meat, creating a pocket for you to stuff the butter into.


  • dried cranberries 50g, finely chopped
  • orange 1, zested and juice of ½
  • brandy 1 tbsp
  • mixed spice 2 tsp
  • unsalted butter 200g, softened


  • Step 1

    Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with the soft butter and season generously with salt.

These butters can be made well in advance and kept in the fridge or even frozen. Just remember to let them soften before putting under the turkey skin, as it will be easier to get an even layer.