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Brown Butter Glaze for Cakes and More!

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Top your favorite desserts off with this sweet brown sugar glaze.  It goes so well with cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and more.

peach sheet cake drizzled with sweet brown butter glaze

This glaze will take your baked goods and give them a nice warm hug.  The nuttiness that comes out when you brown butter is really apparent when you use it for something simple like this glaze.  It makes it feel so much warmer and it is really simple!  It was a perfect finish to this brown sugar nectarine sheet cake

golden brown butter in bottom of saucepan ready to be made into glaze

It just takes about 10 minutes to get the butter to a nice golden-brown color.  Then you stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to get your desired consistency.

It really is that easy.  This is a perfect glaze for oatmeal cookies.  

saucepan of thick, rich brown butter glaze ready to be drizzled over cake

MiMi made something similar for a get together we had a few years ago.  She brought a three or four dozen cookies to a get together with probably 15 people in attendance.

She didn’t leave with any.  People could not help themselves.  The cookies were good, but the glaze put them over the top!

A couple of more icing favorites

Fudgy sweetened condensed milk icing is made quickly in a saucepan and with only three ingredients, this icing is hard to beat! It is so fudgy and has a nice sheen. 

 Maple brown butter glaze combines the depth of flavor of brown butter with the warmth of maple syrup. It’s perfect for topping cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, bundt cakes and more!

Smooth, sweet and creamy, this caramel frosting is easy to make and is a perfect topper to butter cake, chocolate cake, banana cake and more!

Yield: 24 Servings

Brown Butter Glaze

brown sugar peach sheet cake topped with brown butter glaze

Top your favorite desserts off with this sweet brown sugar glaze.  It goes so well with cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and more.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-4 Tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  1. In thick bottomed sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 Tablespoons of milk. Continue to add milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Drizzle over cake or cookies and allow to set before stacking. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Top your favorite desserts off with this sweet brown sugar glaze.  It goes so well with cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and more.

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