Vanilla Butter Frosting

Makes (oh, who knows how much really--it should ice a 2-layer cake for sure and maybe be enough for some graham crackers afterwards)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cost: $2.85

(sugar: 1.50, butter: 1.35) 

1 C (2 sticks) butter

2 lb confectioner's sugar

1 tsp vanilla

4-8 Tbsp milk or cream

Melt butter or get it pretty dang soft. Add sugar and mix it in. It will be stiff. Add vanilla and mix. Add milk, starting with 4 Tbsp. Mix. It will probably still be pretty thick, especially if you didn't melt your butter all the way. Add more milk in Tbsp increments. I do this by hand some of the time because I never want to get the beaters out (why that seems harder than hand-mixing, I do not know), but when you use beaters it gets especially light and creamy and nice. 

TipWant something more grown up? Brown your butter first by heating it on low or medium low for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Watch it, you don't want it burned.) If after 15 minutes or so, it's just sitting there looking melted, up the heat a bit, but watch it closely, until it's a medium caramel color. 

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