Nana’s Buttermilk Syrup

Mar 29, 2019 | Food, Recipes

If you're looking for a go-to homemade syrup that is perfect for pretty much everything, this is it! Nana's Buttermilk Syrup is a house secret!

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Because I love you guys I'm gonna share this recipe with you. This is a family recipe for buttermilk syrup. We seriously have this stuff on tap at my house. It is my husbands absolute favorite. Once you try this you won't ever settle for that “other stuff” unless you have to!

Ok, maybe you will have to have maple syrup every once and awhile just to remind yourself what you are not missing out on.

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Drum roll please….

Ta da!


Truth is, this syrup is pretty versatile. You can make this syrup on the stovetop or in the microwave! You can serve this syrup on waffles, pancakes, german pancakes, french toast, ice cream… you get the picture!

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Money saving tip: Buttermilk can be expensive and sometimes hard to find, so here is a tip. For every cup of buttermilk you need, take a cup of regular milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir the lemon juice into the milk and let it sit on the counter for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Let's make some delicious buttermilk syrup, already!

Nana's Buttermilk Syrup

A family recipe for the best buttermilk syrup you can use on almost anything.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add sugar and buttermilk. Stirring often, let come to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add vanilla and baking soda, stir. Syrup will become foamy.
  • Let it rest for a few minutes. Serve warm, store leftovers in the fridge.


You can also make this in the microwave! Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish. Add sugar and buttermilk. Microwave another 45 seconds until sugar dissolves. Add baking soda. Heat for 15 seconds. Stir (expect some foam!). Add vanilla and stir. Serve hot and enjoy!
Keyword pancakes, topping, waffles

Microwave Tip: If you want to make this syrup in the microwave – it's super easy! Melt butter in microwave. Add sugar and buttermilk. Heat another 45 seconds until sugar dissolves. Add baking soda. Heat 15 seconds. Stir (it will foam). Add vanilla. Serve hot.

Now go make yo'self some waffles… or just dish up a giant bowl of ice cream and smother it in syrup. You can thank me later!

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But for real, here are a few of our breakfast favorites that will go well with some of Nana's Buttermilk Syrup:

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  1. Jordan Page

    So glad you like it! Pretty simple and easy, huh? I’m glad Lauralee posted it!

  2. kay

    I love this blog!!! Can I put some of these on Pinterestt??. Love love love all the easy recipes…

  3. Candace Leake

    5 stars
    I just made this to our over French toast and it’s really delicious. It’s a bit sweet so next time I may pull back on the sugar amount but it’s quite nice.

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      So glad to hear you loved it! Definitely feel free to cut back on the sugar, it’ll still taste just as good! 🙂

  4. Julie

    4 stars
    Love the original – typically make it with half the sugar for our taste. I just tried it tonight and swapped half the milk for pumpkin puree and then added a few more spoonfuls of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to make it a pumpkin syrup… divine!!! ❤

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      Yum! That sounds amazing!!

  5. Lisa Smith

    Can you please give me a suggestion of what to store a large amount if
    in, if I am planning on making it a few days before a wedding reception? I would like to make it a head of reception and then warm it up at reception.

  6. Grace M

    5 stars
    Ran out of maple, so I tried this. Even my stubborn husband enjoyed it!

    • Kenzie Baney

      Yay! So glad to hear!


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