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Browned Butter Glaze is one of my easiest and most flavorful glazes. Nutty browned butter pairs so well with the powdered sugar yielding a fast, soft, flavorful and rich glaze delicious on so many baked goods!

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The creaminess of the butter enhances the glaze as compared to just using water or milk; while browning the butter adds incredible depth and lends a “nutty” rich flavor to anything! Definitely a recipe to whip out when trying to dress up just about any baked good.

Start by browning your butter, not a difficult process, just hang around it so you don’t burn it!

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HOW TO BROWN BUTTER 

Place your butter in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat melt butter; it will snapsizzle and pop, swirl it around every once in a while, when it starts foaming up let it sit on low until foaming subsides, swirling occasionally.

By then your butter should have a nutty aroma and a caramel color. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.

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In a small mixing bowl, measure powdered sugar and pour in browned butter and water, add a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth and pipeable or spreadable. If it seizes up on you or is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time until thin enough to pipe or spread. Whisking well to combine.

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TIP | If desired, replace a tablespoon of water with vanilla, maple syrup or vanilla bean paste!

BAKING HACK | When scooping frosting or in this case pouring your glaze into a piping bag, simply place the bag in a tall, heavy glass (plastic won’t work as it’s too light), roll down the edges of your piping bag to enlarge the opening and pour or scoop the frosting/glaze inside.

Pouring Browned Butter Glaze into a piping bag, sitting with top folded down in a tall glass. thefreshcooky.com

Drizzle on your baked goods with a spoon, or pour your glaze into a piping bag (baggies work great too) for piping. Simply snip the end (or corner from a baggie). Be sure to snip a tiny bit initially and see how the stream comes out, if too tight, snip a bit more off until you get the desired amount.

That’s it! Told you it was as easy as pie, er glaze!

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Drizzle Browned Butter Glaze on top of these yummies!

Yield: 1 cup

Browned Butter Glaze

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Browned butter glaze is so simple and easy to make adding amazing, complex flavor to any baked good!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water*
  • pinch of salt
  • *replace one tablespoon of water with vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste or maple syrup if desired)

Instructions

  1. Place your butter in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat melt butter; it will snapsizzle and pop, swirl it around every once in a while, when it starts foaming up let it sit on low until foaming subsides, by then your butter should have a nutty aroma and a caramel color. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, measure powdered sugar and pour in browned butter and water, add a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth and pipeable or spreadable. If it seizes up on you or is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time until thin enough to pipe or spread. Whisking well to combine.
  3. Drizzle on your baked goods with a spoon, or pour your glaze into a piping bag (baggies work great too) for piping. Simply snip the end (or corner from a baggie). Be sure to snip a tiny bit initially and see how the stream comes out, if too tight, snip a bit more off until you get the desired amount.

Notes

TIP | If desired, replace a tablespoon of water with vanilla extract or maple syrup!
BAKING HACK | When scooping frosting or in this case pouring your glaze into a piping bag, simply place the bag in a tall, heavy glass (plastic won't work as it's too light), roll down the edges of your piping bag to enlarge the opening and pour or scoop the frosting/glaze inside.

Try it on my Banana Bread, Pumpkin Bread (using maple), Banana Graham Streusel Muffins, Maple Pumpkin Scones (maple or vanilla is delicious) or Cinnamon Crunch Scones or drizzle as I did on these amazing, crisp edged-chewy centered Pan Banging Sugar Cookies!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate.

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