Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce is one of those recipes that makes me think of fall, football, and comfort. It also makes me think of blondies, brownies, and ice cream. Caramel sauce is perfect throughout the year!


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Luckily, homemade caramel sauce is simple enough to make any time of the year and to keep on hand. And believe me, once you make it one time, you’ll find a million and one things to dip in it, pour it over, and mix it in. Caramel sauce is just a staple item, I think.

Once you make your caramel sauce, just pour it into a large airtight container. It should keep on the counter or pantry for about a week (if it lasts that long), or in the refrigerator for about a month. If kept in the refrigerator, you can easily reheat in the microwave for about 20 second intervals at 80% power until it has a sauce-y consistency (don’t you love that description?). You can also submerge it in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to loosen as well.

Here’s my quick and easy Caramel Sauce recipe. You can add the optional sea salt to the mixture for a Salted Caramel Sauce that is absolutely sublime! I think you’ll love it!

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Caramel Sauce makes a favorite addition to so many dishes. Get this fast, yet fabulous family-favorite caramel sauce recipe for ice cream, cobblers, and so much more.
Serves: 3 cups
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (optional)
  1. Add brown sugar to a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until sugar has begun to melt and begins to clump together.
  2. Lower heat to low and add butter pieces and stir constantly until melted and the sugar and butter are smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and gently stir in cream and salt, if using.
  4. Stir until caramel is smooth and glossy.
  5. Allow to cool slightly and pour into an airtight container for storing.


Robyn xo


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  1. 18

    RK says

    I am planning to make the Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast this weekend. I would like to know how much salt to add to the caramel recipe if I was to use unsalted butter. I just never buy salted butter, since I only use butter in baking. Thanks!

  2. 21

    Deina says

    Made this caramel sauce for the salted caramel blondies! I haven’t done the blondies yet but the salted caramel sauce came out great. SO delicious and my whole house smells like it now 😀 I had a hard time getting the brown sugar to completely melt with the butter though so I would recommend leaving the saucepan on the stove over low heat for longer than the recipe says.

    • 22

      Love to Experiment says

      Thank you so much for this base recipe! I wanted a quick, easy caramel that delivered big on taste, and this is perfect! I halved this recipe. I used Mexican vanilla, used regular milk less 3 T and in place of that 3 T, I used buttermilk to give it a richer flavor. I simmered it longer until it was gooey and thick, like for an ice cream sundae. Tad bit darker than your photo, but fab, fab, fab. Thank you again!


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