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Brown-Butter Glaze

Use this delicious Brown-Butter Glaze with our Brown-Sugar Pound Cupcakes.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup
Brown-Butter Glaze

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009


  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour butter into a bowl, leaving sediment behind.

  2. Add sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk to butter, and stir until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. Use immediately.

Reviews (7)

  • StarGaiz 18 Apr, 2010

    Made these the other night (comments on the cupcake recipe). I actually like the glaze better than the cake recipe.
    And I couldn't find any vanilla bean to add (for the pretty little speckles in the glaze), but I realized that since I didn't leave the sediment behind as directed, and I used all of what was in the melted butter, that actually gave it the same appearance as the glaze pictured above, and it wans't gross or anything.

  • StarGaiz 13 Apr, 2010

    Is one cup of this glaze enough for the 29 cupcakes the recipe makes, if I like things sweet?
    Can I use the buttermilk from the cupcake recipe isntead of buying wholemilk just for the glaze?
    And I've heard others mention thickening this glaze for sending the cupcakes in lunches, etc. What's the right tweaking method thickening it?

    Thank you for the help with all my questions!
    -Krystal :)

  • avalonmd 20 Mar, 2010

    This is a great recipe! I've made it several times: it's easy and gets rave reviews!

  • tanea crawford 24 Feb, 2010

    Made for a bake sale. Yummy

  • jessicablich 27 Mar, 2009

    This glaze is AMAZING!! I used it like frosting and doubled the powdered sugar color = pink!! It was perfect and delicious. I also browned the butter with a split vanilla bean in the butter which made it amazingly tasty. You MUST use this warm though - "use immediately" should not be overlooked!

  • kerenuk 17 Mar, 2009

    you have to try these- really different and VERY moreish! everyone asks me for the recipe and partucularly the glaze-; it's yummy!!

  • JillBartlett 18 Feb, 2009

    Yummy the cupcakes have a carmel taste and are great!

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