Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

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Easy Caramel Sauce--The Peaceful Mom


Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

Okay, I have a confession to make. Until a couple of months ago, I thought caramel was a square candy in a plastic wrapper that you melted to use in recipes–true story. My world has been expanded by my 16 year old who loves to bake and cook, and who introduced me to HOMEMADE caramel.

After tasting this amazingness, I will never go back!



2/3 cup salted butter (or 1/3 c. unsalted & 1/3 c. salted to make it less salty)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)



Combine butter and sugar in a heavy saucepan.

Cook over medium heat, whisking gently until mixture comes to a full boil (about 10 minutes).

Add whipping cream and vanilla if using.

Cook 1 additional minute.

Remove pan from heat and cool 5 minutes.

Serve caramel sauce warm or pour into a glass jar, cool 15 minutes, cover and store in the refrigerator.


Yield: approximately 1 cup


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Corinne September 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

This also works with honey. So yummy :)


karen b September 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Oh my goodness, this would be awesome on ice cream & oh so much cheaper than the stuff in a jar which my family loves on their ice cream!!!!!!!!


Kimberlee September 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Mmm! Yes!!!!


Les September 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

Will this harden for caramel apples? I’ve wanted to try little bite size caramel apples and I’d love to make my own caramel.


Kimberlee September 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

Great question, and I am not sure because we ate it all! I believe that if you place it in the refrigerator, it does harden.


Karen September 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

just made some of this – we’ll be dipping apples for dessert tonight. Delicious, and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!


Kimberlee September 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Glad you liked it! :)


Amber October 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

LOL. I actually just had the caramel conversation a couple weeks ago…well now I know too! This looks super easy, why haven’t I tried this yet! Thanks for sharing!


Kimberlee October 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Once you try it, you will never go back! :)


Keturah November 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Does this make about a cup? I need caramel for a recipe and I would prefer to make it all at once. Thanks.


Kimberlee November 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

You know, we didn’t actually measure, but I think it was a little over a cup. So much for professional journalism — haha!


Keturah November 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I am guessing about a cup based on the volume of ingredients so I will go with that and try to post back here later this week.


Keturah November 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

It does make about a cup. Also, for anyone at high altitude, you may have to cook it longer to get it to solidify (more than just liquid that is really runny.) Next time I am going to try half salted butter and half unsalted as this batch tasted too salty to me. But it is still yummy!


Kimberlee November 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

Thanks for those tips Keturah and taking the time to post them. I’ll update the post.

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