Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

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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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  • http://www.doctorcorinne.com Corinne

    This also works with honey. So yummy :)

  • karen b

    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!!!!!!!!

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Mmm! Yes!!!!

  • Les

    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.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      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.

  • http://kbeeps.blogspot.com Karen

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

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      Glad you liked it! :)

  • http://www.easygreenmama.com Amber

    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!

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

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

  • Keturah

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

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

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

      • Keturah

        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

          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!

          • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

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