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Brown Butter Frosting

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Brown butter frosting is an 'old' recipe that is not commonly used anymore; however it is delicious. It is easy to make as long as you are careful to not burn the butter. This frosting is great on top of brownies."
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15 m servings 165
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Heat butter, stirring constantly, in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it browns and becomes very aromatic, 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk confectioners' sugar into butter until dissolved and remove saucepan from heat; stir in milk and vanilla extract.
  2. Beat butter mixture using an electric mixer until frosting is smooth; add more milk if frosting is too thick.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make sure to stir butter continuously while heating and be very careful to not burn the butter - if you do, start over again with new butter.
  • If you are not using the frosting immediately, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate so it does not dry out.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 165 calories; 4.7 31.4 0.1 12 34 Full nutrition

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This is delicious frosting, but the recipe is not enough to frost a whole cake, only a pan of brownies maybe. Double the recipe if you want to do a whole cake.

I like very view icing, but this one is good. Tastes like maple fudge.

This was good and really easy to make. I used a bit more butter (about 1/3 cup) and 1/4 cup milk. It was really sweet to taste by itself but worked really well on the butter pecan cake I made.

Perfect as is! I used this as frosting on my banana bread.

Awesome! Great on cinnamon rolls