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Can I use melted butter instead of softened for baking? 

"I tried to soften the butter I am using to bake with, and it melted. What should I do?"

That butter is best set aside for other uses, like smearing on toast or melting over vegetables or adding to sauce. But it is no longer well-suited for baking. Even if re-solidified, it will not interact with flour in quite the same way, and that will affect your final result.

For some tips on softening butter, see our video: How to Soften Butter.