How to Brown Butter

There are so many uses for browned butter—frosting, baking, sauces, even drizzling over popcorn! Get our best tips for browning butter to perfection every time.

Browning Butter

How to Brown Butter

In a small saucepan, heat butter over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a delicate light brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and use as desired.

Browned Butter Frosting


For browned butter frosting, brown 3/4 cup butter using the method above. In a large mixing bowl, combine 6 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add browned butter and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium to high speed, adding additional milk if necessary, to reach spreading consistency.

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Browned Butter Recipes

Pecan Browned Butter Coffee Cake

From savory to sweet, these browned butter recipes are the perfect way to experiment with this easy cooking technique.

Pecan Browned-Butter Coffee Cake

Browned Butter Sauce

Apple and Browned Butter Tart

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Herbed Brown Butter

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach in Browned Butter

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