Brown Sugar Whipped Cream Recipe

This butterscotch-y whipped cream is lovely spooned over desserts or swirled into your morning coffee.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Why This Recipe Works

  • The mild molasses notes of light brown sugar add complexity of flavor.
  • Using vanilla bean, rather than extract, makes for a more stable whipped cream.
  • A generous pinch of salt brings out the buttery notes of cream.
  • The relatively high proportion of sugar adds stability, keeping the whipped cream fluffy for days.

This simple, butterscotch-y whipped cream is the ultimate companion to Sweet Potato Pie, but it's just as lovely spooned over brownies or swirled into your morning coffee. In this instance, vanilla bean is truly worth the splurge, as it keeps the chantilly's water to a bare minimum, allowing it to stay fluffy for days in the fridge (a handy make-ahead feature around the holidays).

November 2016

Recipe Details

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 8 servings
Makes 8 ounces

This butterscotch-y whipped cream is lovely spooned over desserts or swirled into your morning coffee.


  • 6 ounces heavy cream (3/4 cup; 170g)

  • 2 ounces light brown sugar (1/4 cup; 60g)

  • 1/8 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt; use half as much if iodized

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped (pod reserved for another use; see notes)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine cream, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla seeds. Whip on medium-high speed until fluffy and thick, about 5 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

Special Equipment

Stand mixer with whisk attachment


Save the empty vanilla pod for another baking project, such as Sweet Potato Pie.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
103 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 31mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)