Browned Butter Recipe

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As bakers, we have many different options of what ingredients we can use in our recipes. I occasionally like to use this Browned Butter Recipe as an alternative to traditional butter in my fall & winter baking. Now that the weather is starting to cool, I’ve started posting & baking many of these recipes. I recently posted my favorite Oatmeal Poppy Seed Cookie Recipe, and it uses browned butter as a primary ingredient. I thought it would be a great time to create this recipe for browned butter to help spread the word, and I hope you enjoy 🙂

If you’re looking for another quick and easy recipe, check out our simple vanilla bean frosting recipe.

recipe for browned butter baking

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter

We use Kerrygold Irish Butter because it comes from grass-fed cows that are hormone free. We are not affiliated with Kerrygold, and we are not paid sponsors for their products. We simply visited Ireland and enjoyed the quality of their dairy products. They sell their unsalted butter in two 4 oz butter sticks or one 8 oz butter block. Either option is fine, but the sticks are easier to slice.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take 2 sticks of butter and cut each stick into 8-10 slices each and place in a saucepan.
  2. Using a stovetop, heat the butter on medium heat while whisking or stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Keep whisking/stirring as the butter bubbles and foams, then it subsides. The color will transition from the characteristic yellow to light brown then darker brown. This process takes around 10 minutes, so be patient and keep stirring!
  4. When the butter turns dark brown and has a pleasant nutty aroma, it is finished. Time to remove from heat and transfer to heatproof bowl. Do not leave the butter in the pan as this will cause it to continue to cook and burn. Whether you choose to use it immediately or refrigerate for later use, browned butter adds complexity and flavor to endless recipes!

Note: If the butter turns black and has an unpleasant aroma, it is burnt and should be discarded. Time to start over (trust me, I’ve been there)

browned butter recipe featured image lone goose bakery

Browned Butter Recipe

This quick & simple Browned Butter Recipe will take your baking to the next level! Browned butter is richer & nuttier than traditional butter!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Stovetop
  • 1 Whisk – Or wooden spoon for stirring
  • 1 Heatproof Bowl – For storing

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter – 8 oz total

Instructions
 

  • Take 2 sticks of butter and cut each stick into 8-10 slices each and place in a saucepan.
  • Using a stovetop, heat the butter on medium heat while whisking or stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Keep whisking/stirring as the butter bubbles and foams, then it subsides. The color will transition from the characteristic yellow to light brown then darker brown. This process takes around 10 minutes, so be patient and keep stirring!
  • When the butter turns dark brown and has a pleasant nutty aroma, it is finished. Time to remove from heat and transfer to heatproof bowl. Do not leave the butter in the pan as this will cause it to continue to cook and burn. Whether you choose to use it immediately or refrigerate for later use, browned butter adds complexity and flavor to endless recipes!

Video

Notes

If the butter turns black and has an unpleasant aroma, it is burnt and should be discarded. Time to start over (trust me, I’ve been there)
Keyword Butter, Fall, Holiday, Ingredients, Quick

4 Comments

  1. Tricia W. on January 11, 2024 at 7:28 am

    5 stars
    The video made it simple and it turned out better than expected. Excited to try it on my next batch of brownies.

    • Lone Goose Bakery on January 11, 2024 at 11:22 pm

      Glad you tried it and liked it, Tricia!

  2. Ashleigh T on January 9, 2024 at 8:26 am

    Does it taste better than regular butter?

    • Lone Goose Bakery on January 11, 2024 at 11:22 pm

      Ashleigh – it is richer and has a different aroma compared to regular butter. Both work very well in baked goods. I usually go with regular butter, but I feel like this browned butter did add something to my oatmeal poppy seed cookies. You should try it out and see for yourself. If I can do it, you can do it!

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