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August 11, 2015

Browned Butter Frosting

Browned Butter Frosting

I must have seen Browned Butter Frosting mentioned hundreds of times before, and were always curious to know what is so special about this particular frosting.

Recently I made a Fall dessert (remember we are in the middle of Winter in SA), and I could not make up my mind regarding a topping.

I looked at some recipes, but kept going back to various variations of Browned Butter Frosting. Seemed easy enough, same ingredients as with a plain Butter Frosting, only with this the Butter needs to be browned .. duh...

Browned Butter Frosting

So, I gave it a go, and man oh man, was I pleasantly surprised with the almost out of this world taste ! Right, so maybe you think I am a little crazy, carrying on like this over a Frosting recipe which has to be older than I am, but IF you have never tasted it, and try it for the first time, you will get it, pinky promise.

The taste is nowhere near that of a plain Butter Frosting, only that teeny, tiny bit of browned butter makes the biggest difference ever. I must have made the Browned Butter Frosting a dozen times already, to where we have reached a point that my family almost begs me to make something else.

Really, this frosting can be used on just about anything ! From cupcakes, full size cakes, apple or pumpkin bars and so the list goes on.

Browned Butter Frosting

Recipe yields about 1 1/2 cup Frosting


1/2 cup Butter
4 cups Icing Sugar
2 TB Milk
1 t Vanilla Essence


1.) Heat the Butter in a small saucepan until brown - about 2 - 3 minutes {keep an eye on it all the time} - remove from heat and let cool slightly.
2.) Combine the Icing Sugar, Milk and Vanilla in a mixing bowl - add the browned Butter and beat until creamy - add a little more Milk if needed.

Use on cakes, cupcakes and especially good on pumpkin treats !

Browned Butter Frosting


  1. Yum! My mom puts browned butter frosting on oatmeal cookies and it is amazing!

  2. I need to try this! I love frosting anyway, but I love browned butter, too. The combo sounds addicting!

  3. For as "old" as this recipe is, I have never tried it either...and how can you go wrong really? So, perhaps you're re-starting a trend and hundreds of bloggers will head to their mixers to whip this up just because you shared it with us!

  4. I definitely need to try this...browned butter adds a nice dimension to recipes!

  5. This sounds so good and I would love to try it on a gingerbread cake! Oh YUM!! Pinning!

  6. Yummy! I just need a spoon! hahaha!! :D


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