20 Recipes Made Even Better by Adding Rich Brown Butter

As we all know, butter makes everything better, but brown butter, well that makes everything even better. We have collected 20 recipes that are worthy of the addition of browned butter. From moist blondies to date-night worthy seared scallops, these recipes are sure to impress with the addition of browned butter.

So, go to your nearest grocery store and stock up on as many sticks of butter as you can carry and get your frying pan ready, because we are about to put brown butter in everything!

1. Brown Butter Blondies

Wide Open Eats

Rich, moist, and full of caramel-y notes, these blondies are made better with the addition of browned butter.

Topped with walnuts, this recipe exudes decadence and pleads with you to put some vanilla ice cream on top if it.

2. Brown Butter Fettuccine Alfredo

Spoon Fork Bacon

What could possibly make that bowl of creamy fettuccine any better? Well, if the sauce was based in the rich notes of browned butter, of course.

This recipe oozes parmesan cheese and is dotted with green peas for an extra pop of a sweet, and is sure to be a hit at your next family dinner.

3. Brown Butter Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wide Open Eats

Fudge-y chocolate meets the rich mysteriousness of brown butter in this delicious recipe.

These cookies add an additional kick with one of my favorite spices, cinnamon, for an extra flavor packed punch. Just try and keep these in your cookie jar. I dare you.

4. Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto

Pinch of Yum

There is nothing more worthy of brown butter than fresh sea scallops. This recipe highlights one of the classic flavor combinations of sweet sea scallops and rich browned butter.

Seafood was made for such things as browned butter and getting in my mouth quickly.

5. Black Plum Tarts with Brown Butter and Sea Salt

How Sweet Eats

This recipe is easy and will make you look like Martha Stewart.

Just start with thawed puff pastry dough and build these petite delights with fresh black plums, savory sea salt, and, of course, decadent browned butter.

6. Swiss Onion Sage Tart

Cherry Tea Cakes

This recipe utilizes the richness of the browned butter to make an extra flaky, extra flavorful pie crust.

This savory pie hits all the right umami notes with fresh sage, silky balsamic vinegar, and good swiss cheese. Bring this pie to your next potluck and watch it become the star of the show.

7. Spiced Pear Cake with Browned Butter Fudge Dribble

Dinner with Julie

This cake is dotted with fresh, very juicy pears and topped with a lush browned butter drizzle to make the perfect dessert to conclude any meal.

Utilizing the comforting spices of nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves, this recipe will be like eating Christmas any time of the year.

8. Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes


The best side kick to any main course has been laced with the luxurious flavors of browned butter to make the ultimate mashed potato recipe.

Topped with scallions, this recipe also doubles as the perfect plate to devour on a Netflix-and-chill night.

9. Brown Butter Fudge Cake

Yammie's Noshery

This flourless, gluten-free chocolate cake is dense and velvety with the bold flavors of browned butter and smooth chocolate.

Be careful, because once you pop a forkful of this dessert into your mouth, you might not be able to control yourself, you just might eat the whole cake--you've been warned.

10. Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steaks

Serious Eats

Get out your well-seasoned cast iron skillet, because there is no better tool to use when searing a perfectly cooked steak.

This recipe sears off the steak to seal in the juices then bastes them in rich browned butter and fresh herbs for an ultra-chic, ultra delicious recipe that is perfect to impress that special someone in your life.

11. Brown Butter Ice Cream

The Kitchn

There is no better way to eat anything as rich as browned butter than by ice creaming it.

With notes of toasted vanilla, savory sea salt, and caramel-y browned butter, the only thing this recipe is missing is a spoon.

12. Lemon-Browned Butter Cod with Hazelnut Pilaf

My Recipes

Zesty lemon and toasty hazelnut team up with browned butter in this recipe that will turn any typical Monday into a Monday Funday.

Thick, flaky cod fillets are the main star of this dish, but everything is elevated by the richness of the browned butter and the traditional rice pilaf.

13. Fudge Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting


The deep velvet notes of this dense chocolate cupcake recipe combined with the silky, caramel-y flavors of the browned butter-infused vanilla icing are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

These cupcakes will steal center stage at your next bake sale and are sure to have every one asking for the recipe.

14. Green Beans with Browned Butter

Betty Crocker

Fragrant lemon zest, chopped, toasted pecans, and decadent browned butter team up to liven up fresh green beans in this side dish recipe that is sure to get our kids eating their veggies.

Pair with anything from steak to roasted chicken, this recipe could even double as a main course when served over rice.

15. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Sauce

The Chunky Chef

This recipe makes the perfect gift when served in a decorative jar or an excellent addition to any creamy vanilla ice cream when you need to indulge a little.

Flakes of sea salt add the perfect crunch and savory note to this sticky, sweet caramel sauce.

16. Moist and Tender Brown Butter Cornbread

Serious Eats

Cornbread is the best side kick to a big bowl of pippin' hot chili and this cornbread just might be the best recipe yet.

The addition of the browned butter adds a savory richness, while keeping this cornbread extra dense and decadent.

17. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

Two Peas and Their Pod

This recipe is the ultimate take on a snickerdoodle cookie. Laced with chewy caramel candies, browned butter, cinnamon, and good vanilla extract, these cookies won't stay in the cook jar too long.

Pack up these cookies and take them to your next potluck for an indulgent treat that everyone will want to sink their teeth into.

18. Brown Butter Fennel Gratin

Key Ingredient

The perfect vegetarian main dish or a great accompaniment to any steak dinner, this recipe utilizes the richness of browned butter in combination with the sweetness of Vidalia onions.

Layered with creamy Gruyere cheese and crispy bread crumbs, this gratin will quickly become your family's favorite dish.

19. Brown Butter Fudge

I Am Baker

This easy recipe is the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Made with only five ingredients and laced with delicious browned butter, this fudge recipe is like a cross between caramel and vanilla fudge.

Whip up a batch of this delicious fudge for you next party and watch as all your guests indulge in this yummy treat.

20. Brown Butter Chicken Pot Pie

Quite the Season

Starting with a tube of store-bought crescent rolls, this recipe is an easy meal to whip up on any busy week night.

With a base of brown butter, assorted fresh berries, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, this classic comfort food will fill your family's tummies and leave them ready for a goodnight's slumber.

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