You’d really like to whip up a dozen chocolate chip cookies after work, but you’re short on time and softening the butter slows your roll. Not anymore, thanks to this time-saving idea from The Kitchen.

What you need: A cheese grater and a frozen stick of butter.

What you do: Grate the butter just as you would a block of cheese. Let it sit for about 30 to 60 seconds, then proceed with the recipe.

This really works? Yep. The grated butter softens almost immediately. Not only that; it makes it super easy to combine with other dry ingredients like flour and sugar. (Yay, cookies.)

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