Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is the best in the history of pancake and waffle syrups! It’s buttery, delicious, and so easy to make.

It costs approximately $2.09 per serving to make this Buttermilk Syrup. The recipe makes four servings for about $0.13 for the entire recipe. 

The finished Buttermilk Syrup in a syrup jar.

Buttermilk Syrup

Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is beyond good! I’m still determining if I’ll ever go back to maple syrup again. It’s buttery, slightly creamy, and simply out of this world! I love whipping up a quick batch of this syrup to have on hand, especially when the holidays roll around! 

I also recommend my Easy Strawberry Syrup. Both are delicious on top of these Buttermilk Pancakes that Melt in Your Mouth. Or try this syrup with my Gingerbread Waffles. The two together are out of this world!

This creamy, rich, and buttery Buttermilk Syrup feels like a special treat when you make it. My kids practically lick their plates clean after eating their waffles or pancakes because they can’t get enough.

I feel the same way and indulge in it every once in a while, especially around the holidays. However, because this Buttermilk Syrup recipe is made with basic ingredients, I make this throughout the year for Sunday brunch or a lazy Saturday morning.

The finished Buttermilk Syrup recipe being poured over a stack of pancakes.

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.13

Recipe Cost: $2.09

  • 8 Tablespoons butter – $1.12
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar – $0.12
  • ½ cup buttermilk – $0.25
  • 1 Tablespoon dark corn syrup – $0.09
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla – $0.50
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. The pricing was last updated on November 2022.

An overhead picture of all of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Make Buttermilk Syrup

  1. First, add all the ingredients except for the vanilla and baking soda to the pan, 
  2. Then, bring the mixture to a boil, whisk for three minutes and then remove the mixture from the heat. 
  3. Next, stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
  4. Finally, transfer to a mason jar or syrup jar and serve warm or place in the fridge to store. 

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe doubles, triples, and quadruples nicely. Make sure you use a large enough saucepan or pot because the liquid will bubble up to about twice its volume once the baking soda is added.

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep the syrup out for about two hours before it needs to be covered and refrigerated. 

STORE: The buttermilk syrup will keep for about two weeks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. 

REHEAT: Place the syrup in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until heated through. OR Heat it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between intervals until heated through. 

FREEZE: The syrup does not freeze and defrost well, so I do not recommend freezing it.

Recipe FAQs

How do you make homemade buttermilk?

See my post on How to Make Buttermilk Substitute with Vinegar or Lemon Juice for detailed instructions on making your own Buttermilk and avoiding a trip to the store.

What is butter syrup made of?

The ingredients include butter, sugar, dark corn syrup, vanilla, and baking soda.

What happens if you use milk instead of buttermilk?

I would not recommend substituting milk for buttermilk. Buttermilk is an acidic liquid, and milk is not. Therefore, when the buttermilk combines with the other ingredients, the magic that is Buttermilk Syrup is created. This magic will not occur when regular milk is used instead of Buttermilk. 

The Homemade Buttermilk Syrup dripping over the sides of a stack of pancakes that have been cut into.

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The finished Buttermilk Syrup in a syrup jar.
5 from 8 votes

Buttermilk Syrup

Recipe Cost $ $2.09
Serving Cost $ $0.13
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
16 servings
Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is the best in the history of pancake and waffle syrups! It's buttery, delicious, and so easy to make.


  • medium saucepan OR large pan
  • wooden spoon
  • whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • mason jar OR syrup container


  • 8 Tablespoons butter cut into 8 pieces
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, sugar, buttermilk, and corn syrup.
  • Stir occasionally while the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Once a boil is reached, whisk constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the vanilla and baking soda and whisk constantly until incorporated (the mixture will bubble up a bit when the baking soda is added).
  • Serve warm.
  • Place leftover Buttermilk Syrup in a mason jar or syrup container in the refrigerator.


Makes about 2 cups of syrup. 


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.75g | Protein: 0.31g | Fat: 5.83g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 10.73g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Calcium: 10mg

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  1. Helen of Fuss Free Flavours says:

    This buttermilk syrup would be delicious with pancakes, blueberries and banana. I sometimes find maple syrup is a little over powering, so this sounds like a deliciousalternative.

  2. I love this idea! I have never heard of buttermilk syrup before. Such a cool idea to use buttermilk instead of cream. I bet the sourness adds a nice dimension.

    1. It really does, you should give it a try!

  3. Kate | Veggie Desserts says:

    Buttermilk syrup is new to me – and I’m desperate now to make some to try!

  4. Oh I just want to make a big stack of pancakes and pour these all over them. That’s my plan for Sunday.

  5. kathryn clayton says:

    I suddenly want waffles or pancakes, this sounds so yummy. Would be great for weekend breakfast.

  6. I tried the recipe ..can’t believe how good it tastes.

    1. I know, right?!? SO addicting!

  7. How long does this last?

    1. It will keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  8. This buttermilk syrup is straight up addictive. So delicious and the instructions were so easy to follow. Thanks!

  9. I am glad I found a homemade buttermilk syrup. I can tell it taste way better than those found in the grocery stores.

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s luxury right there!

  11. Damn! Never heard of this and I feel like my life is changed!! This was so so delectable. The whole family was like, why have you not DONE this before??