Homemade Caramel Sauce

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This easy homemade caramel sauce with brown sugar is deliciously gooey and pourable so you can enjoy as a topping on everything from ice cream to apple cider cake!

Caramel sauce is super easy to whip up and it is such a great topping or dip!

Easy Caramel Sauce recipe
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All you need to make this easy recipe is 5 basic ingredients and you may already have them in your pantry! It would be amazing drizzled over these chocolate caramel cookies.

Shopping List

  • Brown Sugar
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Salt
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
Ingredients for caramel topping

You will use a saucepan on the stovetop and a spoon for stirring. To store, be sure to have a jar with a lid or other airtight container.

How to Make Homemade Caramel Sauce

Over medium heat add brown sugar, butter, salt and heavy whipping cream to a saucepan.

saucepan with brown sugar butter and cream

Gradually bring to a boil by increasing heat gradually.

Stir constantly and let cook at a boil for about 5-7 minutes or until the caramel thickens.

Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

sauce in pan with rubber spatula

Allow to cool for a few minutes and transfer to your jar or container with lid.

You can enjoy your yummy dessert topping immediately or save it for later!

What to Serve with Caramel Sauce

Well I’m sure you can agree that caramel is good on just about anything! Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

caramel sauce over apple pie and ice cream

Pour warm caramel topping over one or all of these tasty treats:

Homemade Caramel Sauce in jar

Print the Recipe

Homemade Caramel Sauce

4.58 from 14 votes
    Try making your own caramel topping with pantry ingredients you probably already have! You may never buy caramel again!
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Yield: 2 .5 Cups


  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, (equivalent to one stick)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, salt and heavy whipping cream
  • Bring to boil and cook stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes or until thickened
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract
  • Let cool slightly
  • Add to jar or container with lid
  • Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in airtight sealed container.


To reheat, cook for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. Stir and heat for an additional 10 seconds or longer if necessary


Serving: 1g, Calories: 116kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 37mg, Sugar: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American

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    1. Hmm looks like the formatting in the recipe card got mixed up. It’s 1/2 cup butter which is equal to 1 stick. Not both. Hope that helps.