5 Genius Butter Hacks Everyone Should Know Get a (better) grip with these tricks. By Heath Goldman Facebook Pinterest Twitter Print Mail Save 1 Cutting Photo by Melinda Josie To chop butter into small pieces quickly (for pie dough or dotting on vegetables), place about 4 tablespoons of cold butter in an egg cutter. Slice, rotate a quarter turn, and slice again. 2 Measuring When you unwrap a new stick, cut the entire thing into tablespoons. That way, you’ll know exactly how many tablespoons you have left for cookies and cakes. 3 Spreading To make cold butter spreadable for toast, sliver pieces off the stick with a Y-shape vegetable peeler. 4 Greasing For mess-free greased pans, rub a butter wrapper around the inside. (Save your empty wrappers folded in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.) 5 Softening To soften cold butter quickly, place it in a plastic bag and smack it with a rolling pin until it’s malleable.