Buttermilk Syrup


Buttermilk Syrup ohsweetbasil.com pancakes, waffles, breakfast, brunch


Yes, I never ended up capturing what the buttermilk syrup ends up looking like once the foamy deliciousness has all settled down, but not only do I love all of that foam but we all love this syrup so much we just couldn’t wait to dive in and devour it on pancakes.


Buttermilk Syrup ohsweetbasil.com pancakes, waffles, breakfast, brunch


Buttermilk Syrup ohsweetbasil.com pancakes, waffles, breakfast, brunch


This is one of those recipes that I grew up with and I don’t know why, but it took me years to remember it and bring it back with my family. It’s absolutely the best syrup around and trust me, you have to try it yourself to understand. It’s not at all buttermilky in taste, but creamy, light, sweet, and oh so amazing. I can barely stand to not lick my plate when breakfast is over just to get ever last bit.

Buttermilk Syrup ohsweetbasil.com pancakes, waffles, breakfast, brunch


Is Buttermilk Sour Milk?

Sour milk and buttermilk are different.

Buttermilk is made by adding a lactic acid bacteria to regular pasteurized milk.

Sour milk is made by adding vinegar and lemon juice to regular milk to make it sour.


Can You Substitute Sour Milk For Buttermilk in Recipes?

Yes, you can substitute sour milk for buttermilk in most recipes.

Make sour milk by adding 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and stir.


How Long Will Buttermilk Syrup Last?

Store it in a jar or airtight container, and place in the fridge.

Buttermilk syrup will stay good, for about 1-2 weeks in the fridge.


Buttermilk Syrup

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Buttermilk Syrup

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: 50+ Homemade Condiment Recipes
Keyword: breakfast, buttermilk, syrup
Servings: 1 large Mason Jar of syrup
Calories: 1761kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Light karo syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • In a large pot or saucepan over medium heat add the butter, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and karo syrup.
  • Heat until everything is well combined and bring to a boil.
  • Quickly remove the pot from the heat and add the baking soda, place back over the heat, stirring constantly. The syrup will grow large and threaten to boil over which is why a large pot is essential. If it gets too close to the edge remove from the burner and continue stirring to bring it down.
  • Stir for 30 seconds over the heat (I often just take mine off so I don't risk boiling over) and serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1761kcal | Carbohydrates: 226.2g | Protein: 9.1g | Cholesterol: 253.8mg | Sugar: 224.6g
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83 comments on “Buttermilk Syrup”

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  2. My mother has been making peanut butter mixed with maple syrup in about a 50/50 ratio as a spread and has been doing so ever since I was a kid (I’m 50 now) She would just spread it on toast usually. But I never knew if it actually had a name as she said it was just something she experimented with one day. It’s so good! Anyway, so after Googling it, I never found a name, but I did stumble upon your website…..and I’m sooo glad I did! Oh those syrups! I’m particularly drawn to your Buttermilk syrup. If it tastes anything like it looks, I bet it’s hard not to just throw a drinking straw in that mason jar and go to town! I have to try it! Thank you for sharing and for giving me the Red Pill and setting my mind free from the syrup disease CSM-the shackles that are Confined Syrup Minimality! :-d

  3. Love every recipe of yours thst I have made!


  4. Absolutely amazing! I’ve shared with several people and plan on using this for things other than pancakes. 

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  6. I can’t WAIT to try this syrup with your Buttermilk Pancake recipe tonight!! We’re having a breakfast dinner tonight with all of your amazing recipes. Thank you much for sharing… I’m a BIG fan of everything buttermilk. 😍

  7. This was sooooo good on top of your buttermilk pancakes:) Turned out a little thinner than I was expecting but the flavor was amazing! 

  8. Made this to go with your buttermilk pancakes this morning since we were out of syrup. DELICIOUS! I’ve been using your buttermilk pancake recipe for a couple years. They are the best. I dread when my husband makes pancakes because he uses a box. Ugh. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go back to store-bought syrup.
    I bet this would be really good with sweet potatoes.

  9. Can I make this without corn syrup?

  10. This looks so amazing I cannot wait to make this and your Meyer lemon 

  11. Carrion,
    I made this syrup yesterday because it sounded unusual and I love buttermilk in any glaze on cakes. Well, I have to tell you that we all LOVED it! This syrup has a wonder full flavor. Amazing. In addition, I sampled spoonful after spoonful, and more. All by it self. Like I do with lemon curd. I am anxious to try it on bread pudding to contrast with the puddings usual sweetness. Thank you for this forever recipe!

  12. In the pix of the Buttermilk Syrup, it looks like it does some settling. When it’s reheated do we shake, stir, or leave it? Sounds awesome !!

  13. Your buttermilk pancake and syrup recipe are fabulous. I made then this morning for my daughter and her friend and – they said that the were the best ever. I don’t usually like pancakes and I tried them and thought that it was all delicious. Thank you for posting and sharing and adding loviness and happiness to the world.

    • Leslie, What a sweet comment to leave me today. Thank you so much for the reminder that what we are trying to do with this blog matters and there are real people out there trying our recipes and caring about the blog. Sometimes I wish I could meet everyone. Seriously, your comment made my day. Thank you.

  14. I’ve seen a few of these syrup recipes posted on blogs that come out as this pale, thin syrup. Buttermilk syrup should be thicker and amber in color. I think what cooks are doing wrong is not cooking it long enough for the sugar to caramelize.

    • I take it back…after doing some research, it appears that, when cooked longer, it essentially turns into caramel sauce. If you cook it for a shorter period, finishing while it’s still pale in color, then it is a buttery syrup that’s popular on pancakes. So it’s preference/usage that should affect length of cooking.

  15. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I hadn’t even heard of Buttermilk Syrup before. It was surprisingly light and not overly sweet. It was a great addition to your Buttermilk Pancakes recipe. To quote my husband, “amazing”.

  16. How long can you keep syrup. I imagine refrigeration is neccessary after use.

  17. Have been making this for awhile. Decided to get creative and replace the Karo with MAPLE SYRUP!


  18. I haven’t made this but would like to use my raw honey from my hives in place of the corn syrup. I bet it would be so delish with the honey! I am gonna give it a try! Oh, I just subbed to you, too!

  19. Oh my goodness. I’d never heard of buttermilk syrup and just happened on this via Pinterest. I guess it’s waffles for dinner tonight!

    • I made this with waffles and fresh berries for dinner tonight. Who’s a rockstar mom? ME! Thank you, this is going in my recipe book. What a delicious change of pace.

      Just a note – I used powdered buttermilk mixed with water and it was excellent.

  20. Have you ever tried substituting sour milk?

  21. Is it just good on pancakes or can it be used on other foods. Sounds delicious though.

  22. I was wondering if you knew why you use baking soda. I used to have to make a similiar recipe and the only things I can think of is maybe it affects consistency or Ph by reacting with the buttermilk. If it is ph then why are we neutralizing it? I see sights boasting baking soda maple syrup cancer cure so is this just for alternative medicine reasons?

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  24. Is that dark Karo syrup?

  25. If there is extra:) How do you store? In the refrigerator? And if yes, do you just heat it up when ready to serve?

  26. This sounds DELICIOUS! I don’t think I’ve tried anything like it!

  27. This looks amazing! And has me craving pancakes!!!

  28. I have been daydreaming about this all day ever since I saw you post it on Twitter. It sounds amazing. And if I haven’t told you before, your blog is gorgeous. I love the color scheme and design.

  29. I have never heard of buttermilk syrup! So original!

  30. I’ve never even heard of buttermilk syrup, but now that I’ve heard of it I must try it!

  31. Hmm this is a new one to me! But we make pancakes every Saturday because Kellan is obsessed. Maybe I’ll give this dressing a go this weekend 🙂

  32. Love buttermilk syrup!! It’s perfect for a Sunday morning pancake fest!

  33. I’ve never even heard of this! I have been missing something wonderful on my pancakes my entire life and didn’t know it! Pinning this now!

  34. oooooOOOOooooohhh! I’ve never had buttermilk syrup, this looks great!

  35. I’ve talked to so many people that love this syrup. I really need to try it.

  36. I can’t wait to try this, Carrian! It looks so flavorful and rich! I’m sure it would quickly become a requested staple at my breakfast table!

  37. This sounds so good! I have never heard of buttermilk syrup, but I cannot wait to try it!

  38. I am so curious I have to to try this!!

    • My dear, please try it. I’m not kidding, it’s the best. I mean if you hate liquid gold, syrup, or general happiness, yeah for sure avoid it, but otherwise get on this thang!

  39. Wow that looks too yummy. I love the idea of this, so unique!

  40. Can I be honest…I’ve never heard of buttermilk syrup. But I’m willing to whip up a bath of flap jacks to give this a try!

  41. I love how many breakfast recipes I’m seeing today! Can’t wait to try this 🙂