Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup

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

Easy Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup Recipe on! The BEST syrup ever!

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!

Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup Recipe on! The BEST syrup ever!

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

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

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes


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


  1. 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. 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.
  3. Note-syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Reheat before serving.


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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)?

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Maria,
    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.

    1. Baking soda is necessary- it has a chemical reaction with the buttermilk. Trust me you’ll love it.

    2. Is there anyway to make this and it Not separate, like a caramel sauce? I love the traditional buttermilk syrup & I love browned butter so this is a no brainer- I must try this.

      It’s Just that I don’t like the separation after. Wondering if anyone has successfully had it come together more harmoniously?

  8. Hi there! My name is Jessica, and I run a food blog called Floptimism. Every week, I write a Weekend Wrap-Up where I share some of my favorite blog posts, recipes, and articles from the past week. I absolutely fell in love with this recipe – what a way to spruce up breakfast! – and wanted to let you know that I featured this post this week. I also included your giveaway/crispy burrito post, but didn’t want to leave a double comment over there. If you’re interested, I’ve left the link below. Thank you for such a beautiful post, and I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!

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