Sweet Caramel Frosting

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups frosting                                                                       

1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed

1/4 cup whole milk

Pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 - 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, cubed butter, milk and pinch of salt.  
  2. Place over medium heat and bring to a bubble.
  3. Let mixture boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Let mixture cool in the refrigerator until barely warm.
  6. Place caramel in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  
  7. Whisk caramel for 1 minute at high speed.  
  8. Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until just combined, then beat at high speed for an additional 1-2 minutes.

This mixture will fill 20 sandwich cookies, or frost 15-18 cupcakes.