Brown Butter Frosting

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Nutritional Information

Calories 414
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 12 g
Satfat 8 g
Cholesterol 32 mg
Sodium 8 mg
Carbohydrate 77 g
Sugars 77 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g


6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup plus one teaspoon whole milk
1 teaspoon corn syrup


Brown the butter: Melt the butter in a skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the butter with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. When the butter begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, strain through a fine sieve or coffee filter, and let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, place the confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup whole milk, and corn syrup in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk. Beat to combine. With the mixer on medium, drizzle in the brown butter a little at a time, waiting until it is absorbed before adding more. Beat in another teaspoon of milk to make the frosting creamier, if necessary. Use on cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.


Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

May 2007
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