Brown Butter Frosting

Brown Butter Frosting

Total time: 1 hour 10 min
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This recipe, adapted from Southern Living magazine by Catherine Lamb, goes with Apple Cake with Brown Butter Frosting to accompany her story on Comfort Pie.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cook butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown.  Remove pan from heat and pour butter into a medium bowl.  Cover and chill 1 hour or until butter is cool and begins to solidify (I tried to do this in the pan and make the icing in it, but I think it overall made it more complicated).

  2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with milk, beginning and ending with powdered sugar.  Beat mixture at low speed until well blended after each addition.  Stir in vanilla. Chill until ready to use and bring to room temp for easier spreading.

Date Published: November 27, 2012

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