Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar*

¼ cup water

½ cup heavy cream

6 tbsp salted butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

Heat granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon. When it begins simmer, turn heat up to high and boil until it turns amber in color, 4-5 minutes. Stir continuously and watch closely to avoid burning.

Remove from heat and slowly add cream, using caution as it may bubble up. Don’t be concerned if the caramel sauce lumps or “seizes” at this point. Just keep stirring it until it smooths out.

Stir in butter and vanilla.

Allow to cool slightly before using. Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly sealed container. Sauce will thicken when cold, so warm before using.

*Substitute brown sugar to make butterscotch sauce

Serving size: 2 tbls, 130 calories per serving

Hack: Sauce can be refrigerated for up to a month or frozen up to 3 months.H

Hack: Use this sauce over classic bread pudding or apple crisp!



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8 Replies to “Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce”

  1. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I can imagine the apples this would be great on. One question though. What does tbls mean? Is that a tablespoon (tbsp)? I’d like to try making this over this weekend and I’ll let you know how it goes for sure! Thank you for this awesome recipe!

    1. You caught me! “tbls” was a typo and should have been tbsp (tablespoon).  I’ve fixed it now so thank you for bringing it to my attention.  I look forward to hearing back from you after you tried the recipe/

  2. wow, thank you for sharing this amazing recipe on how to make caramel sauce, its really a nice thing, I had to write it in my diary so that me and my wife would prepare it later together. i really enjoy going through pages like these, I had to share this with my family and friends so they see this amazing recipe as well

  3. Hi Cynthia,

    You have no idea how much I enjoy caramel sauce, by itself or with ice cream and sometimes on cakes. It is so tasty and set. Going to have to try your receipt looks very good. Hardly wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful receipt.

    All the best,


    1. I’ve been known to sneak a spoonful of straight-up caramel sauce as well! 😉 Thanks for your comments and let me know how you like the sauce.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing an easy homemade caramel sauce recipe to make, as weather gets cooler, I like to have once in a while some caramel sauce on a piece of apple pie or cheese cake, and nothing better than making my own at home, I see your recipe is well written and it looks easy to make, be sure I will make it, but what I liked most from your article is that you share the calories on it, and it looks my nutritionist won’t be against it.

    1. I’m happy to help!  I like to include a calorie count with all my recipes so people can figure out how to eat what they want to eat while staying within their daily caloric intake.  And now I want to make a cheesecake with caramel sauce!

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