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  • Great for bakeries
  • Used in many cake and cookie recipes
UPC Code:400011731786
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Extract Base Alcohol-Based
Flavor Butter
Flavor Profile Creamy/Buttery
Gluten Free Yes
Kosher Yes
Made in America Yes
Package Size8 oz.
Type Imitation Flavorings


Add buttery, sweet flavor to your cakes, cookies, and pastries using Shank's 8 oz. imitation butter flavoring! It offers the sweet and creamy taste of butter without the fat. It's also great for making sauces and frostings! Mixing butter flavor into your baked treats is simple and quick. Add a splash of this imitation butter flavoring into the mix, and you can begin creating buttercream frostings and corn muffins. You can even pair this flavoring with any shade of food coloring to add both color and flavor to your cake batter and sweet icings! Besides baking applications, imitation butter flavoring is good for many stovetop recipes or other sweet and savory dishes. This imitation butter flavoring is gluten free, so it can be used to create mouthwatering gluten free baked goods and other flavorful menu items that all of your guests can enjoy.

The roots of Shank's Extracts, Inc. date back to 1899 when Jacob Shank created flavorings to help make medicines taste better. Expanding their company and label through the years, Shank's flavors, extracts, and food colorings are now sold to industrial and grocery customers across the country. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Shank's modern manufacturing and packaging facility produces a variety of fine flavors for cooking, baking, and confectionery applications. Enhance the flavor of any dish when you use this imitation butter flavoring!

  • Gluten-Free


    This item is gluten-free per the manufacturer.

  • Orthodox Union Kosher

    Orthodox Union Kosher

    This item is certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

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4.8 stars from 31 reviews


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Customer Reviews

1 out of 1 found this review helpful

A great clear butter flavoring. I use it in my icing for both cakes and cookies. Keeps the icing nice and white but gives it a great butter taste.

Thomas W. from TRW on 03/21/2017
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

Can't believe what a great price this butter flavoring is compared to the one I was previously using! I was concerned it wouldn't taste as good, but no one has noticed a difference.

Kerri R. on 12/26/2016
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

I love Shank's imitation Butter. It has a great flavor and is by far the best value I have found. We use it in our meal replacement shakes for that extra punch of flavor.

Melissa H. on 12/05/2016
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

This is a good butter flavoring. It definitely gets the job done, but it takes a little more than I would like for me to get that true butter flavor. For the price you definitely can't beat it!

Krystle J. from Flavor Of Life on 11/27/2016
1 out of 1 found this review helpful

Clear butter flavoring is a must when making vegan buttercream. Even the flavored vegan buttercreams can be too overpowered by shortening so this does more than help cut that without changing the snow white color of the frosting.

Tonya L. on 11/25/2016

Great flavoring for frosting and perfect size. Only complaint is that the bottles look exactly like the almond extract so you really have to pay attention.

Kaitlyn S. from Home Use on 09/23/2020

I used this in my goat milk fudge. I was concerned that it was artificial initially but the quality was great and the flavor is excellent.

Marsha C. from Frog Pond Farm & Dairy on 08/07/2020

The Shanks Imitation Butter has a nice buttery flavor for cakes, cookies and even fudge. The clear color is perfect so that it doesn't affect the color of your product.

Glenda P. on 02/17/2020

This product has been amazing for us to use at both of our locations, I only wish it was available in larger amounts , Tastee

Kathy A. from Dough-Licious on 12/05/2019

I’ve been hearing so much about this flavoring so I decided to give it a try in my sugar cookies and it is amazing and definitely brings a lot to the table

Le T. on 09/23/2019

Butter flavor can sometimes have a cheap popcorn kind of taste and smell, but not this one. I use it in icing and have had great results.

Alex S. from Alex Shelton, Cake Decorator on 03/17/2019

The quality of Shank's extracts and flavorings is very good. We use several of their flavorings, and the Butter flavor is one of our favorites.

Holly A. from Augustine's Bakery on 08/08/2018

We use this product daily for an extra burst of flavor in our shakes! Definitely has the perfect flavor for when you need the "buttery" goodness! Great product, consistent delivery!

Samantha W. from Water Street Nutrition on 06/20/2018

Imitation butter is irreplaceable for that abstract “something is missing” taste in cookies. It adds great flavor without tha water content that you would get from using pure butter. This also twice the size, but half the price, of anywhere else I’ve looked.

Stefanie C. on 04/05/2018

Did not like taste at all. Better to use nothing than this product. Use the real thing for all your efforts go for the best.

Julia P. from Red Rock River Resort on 04/02/2018

Thank you for your feedback! We’re sorry you did not prefer this product. For recommendations, please contact our Customer Solutions team.

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A great quality imitation butter that is excellent for making our butter pecan cookies. A great, richness is provided by the butter extract and we love it.

Rich M. from Round Bagel on 03/14/2018

Highly recommended for the added buttery flavor. Love to add to our simple syrups. Good size an price for the benefits it adds to our products. A must-have for the professional Baker that wants to add the flavor but not change the consistency or volume of the recipe! Can't live without it.

Lysa J. from Dessert.Net Cafe on 12/31/2017

Shank's is a great brand of flavorings and always delivers high quality products. I love the great taste and flavor of the butter flavoring and its great in frosting.

Jo P. on 10/24/2017

I am a fan of Shank's imitation butter because it is great for baking. I frequently us the imitation butter for my famous buttercream icing.

Laveta H. on 09/18/2017

This butter flavor worked great in my buttercream frosting. I would for sure recommend this brand to all my cake baking friends. Lasts a long time too

Dan L. from Absolute Supply, Inc on 09/13/2017

A great price for the imitation butter, and the quality is still there. A great flavoring to use in our baking. The flavor really enhances the quality of our cakes, and it gives them an extra depth of flavor.

Jonathan P. on 08/25/2017

This extract is nicely flavored--It doesn't taste very artificial at all! I was skeptical about using butter flavoring, but it was surprisingly tasty in my cookie dough.

S. S. on 07/27/2017

The price is great on these. However, I find this butter flavor to taste pretty artificial and the flavor is very mild. You need to add double to get decent flavor.

Verena V. on 06/24/2017

We appreciate your review, Verena! If you are looking for a different product to better suit your needs, please contact our Customer Solutions team.

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Clear butter flavoring is hard to find at a good price. This is excellent! It makes for white frosting with a good butter taste. This is always on my re-order list!

Crystal L. from Crystal Gardner on 05/04/2017

Beautiful butter flavor love using the shanks butter flavor in my cookie recipies its my secret weapon ;) i would definately recommend this flavoring if you need a rich butter flavor

Laura S. from Raynnestarr on 11/01/2016

Shank's Imitation Butter flavoring is a great addition to my buttercream recipe. I typically use pure vanilla extract to flavor the buttercream but adding a bit of this takes it to another level! Will definitely purchase again!

Laura N. from Baked Bliss By Laura on 10/10/2016

It has an artificial butter flavor smell, but in icing it has a familiar and nice taste. I don't use butter in my icing, and this gives a decent butter flavor as a replacement.

Daniele D. on 10/07/2016

As with the white vanilla. I use this equally. I wish it was in larger container tho like the white vanilla. Going to reorder more and will continue to order.

Serena K. on 05/30/2016

I love the Shank's brand of extracts, and really love this butter flavoring! I use it in my cakes and cookies all the time. It adds that bit of extra buttery deliciousness to my baked goods!

Jennie H. from Jennie's Cake Creations on 05/17/2016

I use this in a number of dishes from baking to pancakes and is a must have in a home kitchen. I can't find it locally, and certainly not in large jars like this. Great quality, and so glad to find it.

Oliver C. on 11/30/2015

I love this butter flavor. It is perfect in pie crusts, baked goods, including cookies. I add it whenever I need a butter flavor boost.

Barbara A. on 06/24/2015

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