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Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup

Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup-the most amazing syrup ever! Pour it over your pancakes, waffles, French toast…or drink it by the gallon! 

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I love the movie Elf. We watch it every holiday season. Buddy is hilarious! I just love him. I know it isn’t the holiday season yet, but this Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup reminds me of Buddy. If you’ve seen the movie, I really hope you have, then you know Buddy is obsessed with syrup. He puts it on anything and everything. He poured it on his spaghetti and considers syrup one of the four main food groups.  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

I thought Buddy’s syrup obsession was an elf thing, until I made this Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup. I am now with Buddy! I believe Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup needs to be one of the four main good groups!

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If you’ve had buttermilk syrup, you know it’s heavenly. It is the queen of all syrups. Well, let me introduce you to the KING of all syrups. Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup is the cream of the crop! It is the the best syrup I have ever had. The brown butter takes it’s goodness to a whole new level. It is good poured on waffles, pancakes, French toast…and maybe even spaghetti. I haven’t tried it yet, but I now can relate to Buddy. This syrup would be good on anything!

The next time you make a special breakfast with pancakes, waffles, and French toast, include Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup. It is life changing! It will bring out your inner elf. Don’t be surprised if you start drinking it straight from the jar!

And come back on Wednesday for a delicious waffle recipe! The waffles and syrup are a match made in heaven:)

Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup Recipe on! Our favorite syrup! Great on pancakes, waffles or French toast!

Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup is our family's favorite syrup. It goes great with pancakes, waffles, or French toast!


1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown, Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind.

2. Combine browned butter, sugar, and buttermilk in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat and whisk together until sugar dissolves. When butter mixture starts to boil, carefully whisk in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will bubble up, so make sure you use a large saucepan. Serve with waffles, pancakes, or French toast.

Note-syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Reheat before serving.


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65 Responses to “Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 16, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    Ive always wanted to make this stuff! I think I’ve seen it on Nikki’s site (chef in training) and also Ree? I dunno – somewhere I’ve seen it and have almost made it but just never have and you I think just convinced me. Pinned!

  2. Channing — September 16, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    Can I use clarified butter in this recipe? Would it improve the syrup or would it just not work at all?

  3. Yum!! I have never heard of brown butter buttermilk syrup. It sounds fantastic!!! Have to bookmark and make this weekend!

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 16, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Or, drink it by the gallon…indeed! Hahaha! This syrup looks super-delish and I love your twist on the classic. (First saw it on Officially, we are BFFs now…I just adore the film, Elf! Buddy rules. Love this film reference with your recipe, Maria! xo

  5. Jamie @lifelovelemons — September 16, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Browned butter syrup??? I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

  6. Judith - Texas — September 16, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Oh, my Yummy….got to make this. Have made regular buttermilk syrup and thought it was to die for – this must be over the top Good.

  7. Tieghan — September 16, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    This syrup is AWESOME! Brown butter and buttermilk! Yeah, I could drink that!

  8. Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 16, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    This is amazing. I have never seen recipe like this before. Brown butter and butter cream, this must be the syrup of gods. I need to make this!

  9. Jenny Flake — September 16, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Yes Yes and Yes :)

  10. Ashley — September 16, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I have never ever heard of buttermilk syrup but I am totally on board with you!! Especially since you added brown butter. Awesome!

  11. Kara — September 16, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  12. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 16, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Oh, my gosh, Maria! This has got to be the most tempting and delicious waffle/pancake/sundae topping ever!! Totally want some now. :)

  13. kelley — September 16, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I’ve never had buttermilk syrup- I think I’ll skip the original and go straight to the brown butter version!

  14. Julie @ Table for Two — September 16, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    wow, i’d be wanting to pour this on everything!!

  15. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — September 16, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I am seeing brown butter recipes everywhere and keep meaning to try them. I am totally late to the party on that, but breakfast happens to be my favorite meal….and no good breakfast is complete without syrup. Looks yum!

  16. Christine Mayfield — September 16, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I just made homemade choc chip waffles this morning. I think I need to make this syrup. Do you think it would work with homemade buttermilk (milk with lemon or vinegar)?

  17. Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 16, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Brown butter makes everything better. It’s true. And I would totally jump onto a waffle that had this dripping all over it.

  18. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 16, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    I know buttermilk syrup is amazing. But your addition of brown butter will make it totally irresistible! Pinning!

  19. Aimee @ Simple Bites — September 16, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    No, no spaghetti! :)

    Looks like the perfect topping for our morning pancakes.

  20. Lauren — September 16, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    This looks absolutely divine! I love the nuttiness of browned butter and the tang of buttermilk, but I would have never thought to put them together. Ohh I bet this would be great over a panna cotta!

  21. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 16, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I love Elf, too!! It’s hilarious. And I would definitely drink this by the gallon!

  22. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 16, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    This is simply brilliant! I would have never thought to marry these two fellows together. Can’t wait to get my pour on!

  23. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — September 16, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I want to drink this

  24. Cookbook Queen — September 16, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I want to dip everything I own in this!!!

  25. marla — September 16, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Sounds so decadent + FUN!

  26. naomi — September 16, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    I didnt’ realize this was real either! I have to make this.– especially for Cole, he and I, LOVE ELF!

  27. Gaby — September 16, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    I’m waiting for Wednesday to see what i can pour this over!!!

  28. Marian (Sweetopia) — September 16, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Oh wow! YES, please!

  29. Joanne — September 16, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I don’t know if I would pour this over spaghetti…but I definitely see myself pouring it over pumpkin pancakes this fall!

  30. HeatherChristo — September 16, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    Nothing better on earth than butter and syrup on waffles!!!

  31. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 16, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    I LOVE Elf too – funniest move ever, and I’m not even a Will Ferrell fan! I’m sure I’ll be a syrup lover after I make this too!

  32. Sues — September 17, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    Elf is the best! I have a feeling Buddy would love this… And so would I :)

  33. Karen — September 17, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    I made this with honey instead of sugar, because I’m one of those people :), and it was delicious! Drinkable, with a straw, is an excellent description. Thanks for posting.

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  35. Deborah — September 17, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure all I’d need is a straw!

  36. Olena@iFOODreal — September 17, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I totally have to watch Elf. Awesome shots!

  37. Nicole — September 17, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I love this idea!

  38. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — September 17, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    haha I remember that scene where he pours syrup on his spaghetti. I’d prefer this syrup on my pancakes though! This syrup looks heavenly!

  39. Kirsten — September 17, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    I loved that part of Elf–thanks for that memory.
    I’m frequently getting buttermilk marked down at the grocery store (I stalk sell by dates, I admit it) and this is an excellent idea when I’ve scored several jugs.

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