It’s in your pancakes, your waffles and your favorite ranch dressing. Buttermilk is behind many of our most beloved and classic recipes, adding a rich and creamy punch to batters and doughs. But buttermilk has the potential to improve so many more recipes beyond the usuals. We’ve got sweet and savory covered with these 25 stellar recipe ideas to make the most of this multi-purpose ingredient.

1. Tayberry + Rose Geranium Popsicles: These beauties are made by alternating layers of the fresh berry mixture and creamy buttermilk in the popsicle mold. (via The Bojon Gourmet)

2. Red, White + Blue Velvet Bundt Cake: This cake just missed the 4th of July, but it’s so pretty that we insist you save it for next year. You might as well make it anyway just to test it out before next year :) (via Baking A Moment)

3. Danish Buttermilk Dessert Soup: This sweet, cold soup is a favorite during summers in Denmark. Think creamy, liquid pudding topped with biscuit bits and fruity goodies. (Spice In The City)

4. Baked Donuts With Chocolate + Vanilla Glaze: If you can say no to these, then we envy your self control. They might not make our list of healthy donut recipes, but hey, we won’t tell if you indulge a little. (via Edible Perspective)

5. Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes + Syrup: These classic pancakes are made with whole wheat, so they’re a tiny bit healthier. And, surprise! The syrup has buttermilk in it, too. (via Garnish and Glaze)

6. Strawberry Basil Scones: There’s just something amazing about scones when they’re made perfectly. The flaky consistency melts away in your mouth. Perfectly-made scones of the strawberry basil variety? Yes, please. (via Cherry On My Sundae)

7. Eggplant With Buttermilk Sauce + Pomegranate: Whether you’re an eggplant fan or not, there’s a big chance this sweet buttermilk sauce and pomegranate seed topping will have you rooting on the vegetable’s side. (via Papilles + Pupilles)

8. Strawberry Ice Cream: Buttermilk: Making ice cream creamier since forever. (via Fork + Spoon)

9. Mango Stew: How do you make a delicious mango curry sauce thicker and sweeter? Buttermilk… duh. (via Aromatic Cooking)

10. BBQ Chicken Nachos With Buttermilk Onion Rings: Our deductive reasoning tells us these onion rings are highly addictive, and that’s before we even touch the nachos behind them. (via How Sweet It Is)

11. Cheddar Waffle BLTs: Your classic buttermilk waffle meets the classic American sandwich. (via Joy The Baker)

12. Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes: Blue cheese, bacon and potatoes mashed with buttermilk? This combo brings mashed potatoes from the side dish status right into the spotlight. (via How Sweet It Is)

13. Bourbon Cherry Tartlets With Bourbon Whipped Cream: We got a little creative with the whole seasonal fruit thing. And we couldn’t leave the booze or the buttermilk out of the fun. (via Brit + Co)

14. Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Muffins: We dare you to add one more ingredient to these delightful muffins. (via Pinch of Yum)

15. Overnight Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls: This totally from-scratch recipe takes a whopping five hours from start to finish. But this blogger swears the final product is worth every minute. (via Averie Cooks)

16. Best Blueberry Muffins: There are tons of blueberry muffin recipes circling the blogosphere. But we’re here to make sure you stick with the very best. And, while you’re at it, check out our favorite blueberry recipes. (via Cooking Classy)

17. Dutch Pudding: Dip your spoon into this tangy and sweet creation, close your eyes and imagine you’re enjoying it in a cafe on the bank of a Dutch canal. (via Let’s Talk Food)

18. Rhubarb Cake With Buttercream + Cardamom Cream: There’s buttermilk in the batter and the icing, so this masterpiece is extra creamy. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)

19. Zucchini Corn Cakes With Basil Sauce: This basil buttermilk sauce will add a kick to any veggie, summertime or not. (via A Cookbook Obsession)

20. Cake With Cherries and Walnuts: Snag those cherries while they’re still in season, and then put them in this delicious cake, of course. (via Oh Sweet Day)

21. Corn + Chive Popovers: This thin batter is similar to crepes’ beginnings. In this case, add corn and chives, pour into a popover tin and watch them rise into hollow muffin-y goodness. (via Smitten Kitchen)

23. Blood Orange Buttermilk Pound Cake: We love pound cake because it’s an easy dish to dress up. Doesn’t this one look great in orange? (via White On Rice Couple)

23. Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers: This sweet coating makes these nuggets appealing to kiddies and adults alike. (via How Sweet It Is)

24. Pear Upside Down Cake: Seasonal, dense and rich. This cake can be enjoyed alongside coffee with breakfast, or with whipped cream or ice cream for dessert. (via Edible Perspective)

25. Chili + Cornbread Waffles: Replace cornbread muffins with cornbread waffles and you’ll have one hearty breakfast, “blunch” or “brinner.” (via Pinch of Yum)

What else can you mix buttermilk into for a richer, creamier taste? Let us lick the spoon in the comments below!