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Homemade Caramel Sauce

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!

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Easy Caramel Sauce recipe

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

easy caramel recipe

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Andrea Updyke
    Try making your own caramel topping with pantry ingredients you probably already have! You may never buy caramel again!
4.54 from 13 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 2 .5 Cups
Calories 116 kcal


  • 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: 1gCalories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 18gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 37mgSugar: 18g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

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Friday 14th of October 2022

1/2 cup 1 stick butter?????

Andrea Updyke

Friday 14th of October 2022

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.

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