Browned Butter Frosting Recipe

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This old-fashioned frosting is great on an apple cake or spice cake or cupcakes.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 202 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, cook butter over low heat until lightly browned. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter, 3 tablespoons milk and vanilla until blended. Beat in enough remaining milk to achieve spreading consistency. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Browned Butter Frosting in Taste of Home Baking Book 2007, p168

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"horrible tasted too buttery and too much sugar. i used the recipe exactly it is gross!!!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Delicious over banana bread!"

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