Our easy recipe for homemade caramel sauce only takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes much better than store-bought.

Homemade caramel sauce in a clear jar with spoon, lid, wooden spoon, stick of butter and sugar in the background.

If you’ve never made caramel sauce at home you should give it a try. It’s a really easy process and not only is the flavor far superior to store-bought, it has no artificial flavors or nasty ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.

It will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator too, so it’s nice to have on hand to drizzle over ice cream or fresh fruits like apples and pears.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Our easy recipe for homemade caramel sauce only takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes much better than store-bought.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place the sugar and water into a 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat (375°F).
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking until the sugar has dissolved. It’s important that you don’t leave the sugar unattended as it can burn very easily.
  • Continue cooking the sugar, stirring occasionally, until it turns from deep gold to light brown, then immediately remove the pan from the heat.
  • Quickly add the butter, whisk until melted, then slowly whisk in the cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Transfer the warm caramel sauce to a glass jar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Tips for Making This Recipe

To serve:

The sauce does harden slightly in the refrigerator, so be sure to take it out 30 to 45 minutes before serving, or spoon a little into a separate bowl and microwave for a few seconds to bring it back to a pourable consistency.
Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 3mg, Sugar: 13g
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