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How to Make Browned Butter

how to make browned butter

Browned Butter is an all-star of an ingredient! It adds warmth, nuttiness, and a beautiful depth of flavor to whatever you add it to! Not only is it super easy to make, but you can sub out brown butter in any recipe!

What is Browned Butter?

Browned Butter has to be one of my favorite ingredients! It has such a sweet caramel flavor that I think improves whatever dish you add it to!

It’s essentially caramelized butter. As you melt the butter down, the milk solids in the butter begin to caramelize, turning them into a deep amber color.

How to Sub in Browned Butter

The most important step of substituting is to add 1-2 tablespoons more of butter than the recipe calls for. If the recipe calls for 1 stick of butter, add in an extra tablespoon. Since the butter is caramelizing, you can sometimes lose the amount of liquid that the recipe might need, so it’s best to add a little bit more butter!

Once you have brown the butter, you can use it just like normal butter in the recipe. If the recipe calls for the butter to be cold from the fridge, I would just pour the brown butter into a glass dish and place in the fridge until it’s solid. That could be about a few hours so keep that in mind when you’re baking!

Try it for Yourself!

Try out some of these delicious recipes that feature brown butter!

Browned Butter Cinnamon Crunch Cookies – Browned Butter Cinnamon Crunch Cookies are the cinnamon cookie of your dreams! A soft, chewy cookie filled with cinnamon and the delicious nutty flavor of brown butter, only made better with a brown sugar crumble on top! When I say I couldn’t stop eating these, that is complete truth!!

Browned Butter Cookies – The only way to make any cookie better is to make them Brown Butter Cookies instead. Soft, chewy cookies full of rich, caramel-y brown butter makes these cookies absolutely addicting.

Browned Butter Toffee Cookies – Thick, chewy cookies loaded with rich brown butter and crunchy toffee candies! These are a super easy cookie to make with the best flavors! Try them out!

How to Make it

how to make browned butter

Browned Butter

Browned Butter adds warmth, nuttiness, and a beautiful depth of flavor to whatever you add it to! Not only is it super easy to make, but you can sub out browned butter in any recipe!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter, browned butter, browned butter how to, browned butter recipes, how to make browned butter
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • Saucepan


  • 1 cup Butter Plus 1 tablespoon


  • Add butter to a saucepan and place on the stove over medium heat.
  • Let the butter melt, stirring occasionally, like every 2-3 minutes.
  • When the butter begins to boil, use a whisk to stir every minute.
  • In about 5-7 minutes, the butter will start to change color, when the butter begins to darken in color, whisk continuously for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the stove when the butter is deep golden amber color.
  • Let cool slightly and continue as the recipe requires!


If the recipe is using room temperature butter, let the butter firm up before you use it!
If the recipe requires cold butter, then place the butter in the fridge until its cold and solid. 
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