Brown Butter Icing

(from Ryan77’s recipe box)

Source: Joanne Fluke

Categories: Icing


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Kentucky Bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Put the 1/4 cup butter into a medium-size saucepan.

  2. Place the saucepan on the stove top and heat it at MEDIUM-HIGH heat. The butter will melt and then it will brown. Continue to heat it until it has browned.

  3. When the butter is a nice caramel color, remove it from the heat and shut off the burner.

  4. Stir in the 2 cups of powered sugar.

  5. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  6. Put the 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream in a small cup and drizzle them in, stirring as you go until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.

  7. This is another one of those wonderful no-fail frostings. If it turns out to be too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar. If it turns out to be too thick and stiff, add a bit more cream. Continue to adjust these two ingredients until the frosting is the right consistency.

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