Easy Buttermilk Syrup

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 3 cups 1x


Simple buttermilk syrup made with butter, sugar, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla to make a simple sweet syrup that is perfect with waffles or pancakes.



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cream, or homemade buttermilk (see notes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large saucepan heat butter, milk, and sugar over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and boil for 5-8 minutes, stirring often. The syrup should be a light golden yellow and slightly thicker.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in soda and vanilla. The mixture will get big and foamy. The foam will go down as it cools and when you pour it, it will also thicken when it cools.
  4. Serve hot over your favorite homemade waffles or pancakes.
  5. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving again.


  • You can use store-bought buttermilk, cream, or homemade buttermilk. To make homemade buttermilk add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill the rest of the measuring cup up with milk. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes before using.
  • You can change up the flavor of the buttermilk syrup by adding 1/4 teaspoon of both almond and coconut extract in addition to the vanilla. It’s delicious this way.
  • Be sure to use a large or medium pan for this recipe. Do not use a small saucepan. When you add the baking soda, the mixture foams a lot and at least triples in size for a few minutes. Overflowing syrup is the worst.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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