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How to make brown butter

Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, r...

Nutty and delicious!

All you need is a pot and 15 minutes to make deliciously nutty brown butter. After that, the possibilities are endless. From cookies to mashed potatoes, everything is better with browned butter!

Nutty and delicious!

Brown butter recipe

Yields about 1 cup


  • 1 cup butter



Chop the butter and place in a saucepot

Turn the heat to medium and let the butter melt.

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Start whisking

Once the butter is completely melted, start whisking. After 5 minutes (on an electric stove), it will look like the picture below, still very "yellow."

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Look for foam

Around minute 7, the butter will start to foam. This is completely normal, keep whisking!

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Color changing begins

After about 5 more minutes (around minute 12), the color will start to deepen to more "golden" yellow. It's not done yet, but this is your sign to watch carefully. Continue whisking.

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Brown butter!

By minute 15, you should have brown butter. You want the butter to look like the picture below. Once it turns this color, remove it from the heat immediately otherwise it will burn quickly and black flecks will start to develop. At this point, you can use the butter or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for future use.

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Brown butter Rolo chocolate chip cookies

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