Easy Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

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This Caramel Sauce is a very easy one to make – and it’s my favorite homemade caramel! I love the flavor you get from caramel that’s made with brown sugar. And this version doesn’t burn as easily!

Looking for more homemade caramel recipes? Try this Easy Homemade Caramel made with regular sugar, or this Easy Salted Caramel recipe!

Collage of a spoon scooping caramel sauce from a mason jar

Easy Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

Fall is quickly approaching and I’ve been enjoying some seriously nice weather recently. We have a little outdoor area at the building where I work. I can sit in the shade and work and the last few days have been beautiful – almost chilly. It’s totally getting me in the mood for fall and all the flavors that fall brings – especially apple!

And caramel is the perfect pair for apple, don’t you agree? You can totally expect to see this caramel sauce coming up in a few upcoming posts. I’m pumped. Caramel is absolutely one of those things I can’t get enough of.

A spoon drizzling caramel sauce into a green and purple stacked bowl set

How to Make Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

And like I said, this caramel sauce is fairly easy to make. You only need 3 ingredients – butter, heavy cream and brown sugar. The flavor of this version of caramel sauce is sweeter than some with the use of brown sugar – which you know is how I like my sweets. 🙂

You basically melt everything, bring it to a boil, then let it cool. Easy, right?

A spoon in a mason jar of caramel sauce
Overhead view of a spoon drizzling caramel sauce into a green and purple stacked bowl set

The Best Caramel – Not too Thick, Not too Thin

One of the things I like to know about my caramel sauce is what the consistency is like at different temperatures. When warm, this sauce is thinner, but still thick enough to be perfect for drizzling on ice cream and other desserts. At room temperature, it’s thick, but not hard. If you grab a spoonful, it won’t drip everywhere. It stays right on the spoon. And of course, when it’s cold, it’s very firm. Like, hard to even get a spoon into it firm. And the longer you let your caramel boil, the thicker the sauce will end up being. I recommend the 3 minute mark, as noted in the recipe.

All of that might seem obvious, but it’s still something I like to know. 🙂

Overhead view of a mason jar of caramel sauce
Overhead view of a mason jar of thickened caramel sauce

So this weekend is a three day weekend – gotta love those! We’ll be celebrating Labor Day with the family in town. West Virginia University is playing Alabama in their first football game of the season on Saturday and we will be going with my parents and some other family and friends. My dad played football for WVU, so any time they play nearby, he makes sure he’s there.

We’ve got all kinds of WVU paraphernalia ready to go and I’ve been tasked with making some festive treats, so I’ll be getting on that tonight.

What are you doing for the holiday? I hope you have something fun planned!

Certainly if you like caramel, feel free to go ahead and make this caramel sauce. You can store it in the fridge in preparation for a tasty recipe I’ll be sharing next week. Get ready, cuz the hubs has declared it my best EVER! Quite the statement. 🙂

A spoon drizzling caramel sauce into a mason jar

You might also like:

Homemade Caramel Sauce
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Salted Caramel Fudge

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Easy Caramel Sauce in mason jar with spoon

Easy Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 Cups Caramel Sauce 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Caramel Sauce is a very easy one to make – and it’s my favorite homemade caramel! I love the flavor you get from caramel that’s made with brown sugar. And this version doesn’t burn as easily!



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
2. Add brown sugar and heavy cream and whisk constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
3. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 3 minutes, no more.
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in refrigerator.

Keywords: caramel sauce recipe, homemade caramel, caramel recipe for apples, easy caramel, easy caramel sauce, how to make caramel sauce


Recipe slightly modified from Pioneer Woman’s Easy Caramel Sauce.

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  1. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    This is brilliant! I’m always so intimidated by caramel, but I’m going to try this this weekend for sure. 😀

  2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Oh my goodness, how delicious this caramel sauce looks! Looking forward to what you have planned for next week… Have a great weekend!

  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Ooooo brown sugar caramel! That sounds amazing! It is perfect for Fall and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with it!!

      1. Regina Francies

        Just made this to serve over pumpkin cobbler and vanilla ice cream! It is perfect! As I needed to eat breakfast while preparing this Thanksgiving potluck dessert, I decided to taste test the caramel sauce over my morning oatmeal. Enough said. Thank you for the simple recipe and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    YES to homemade caramel. It is SO easy and better than store bought.
    I could lie and tell you I am going to smother this on an apple but, really, I am just gonna face-plant straight into it. Pinned!

    1. Poune Bahrampour

      I couldn’t wait to dig in either, I drizzled it into my coffee-What a treat.????????????????????????????????????????????

  5. Tina Vlerebome

    I am so looking forward to finally meeting you and tailgating with you and your family this weekend!! Can’t wait to see what yummy treat you are bringing!!!

  6. Mir

    I’m super excited by this recipe because caramel is kind of my nemesis. I manage to mess it up all the time! But this seems kind of foolproof, so I can’t wait to give it a shot!

      1. Sharyn McDonald

        It is easy. Had another recipe with about 3 more ingredients, but this was easy and very good. I’m making a turtle trifle for a neighborhood ladies Christmas get together and didn’t want to use a jarred caramel sauce. This will make it tastier. Loved your scripture for the week.

      2. Poune Bahrampour

        You’re right Lindsay this is easy. I subbed dark brown sugar for the light and it tasted awesome. Also I had tried previously making it with granulated sugar and half and half and it turned out a thin water like consistency-even after resting at room temp and refrigeration. Thanks for the great recipe.????????????????????????????????

    1. Amy

      I am too! I will be drizzling it over my vanilla cupcakes. I think I made your vanilla cupcakes, Lindsay! Anyway the caramel looks delightful and my mouth is watering just looking at it! Thanks for such a great recipe, Lindsay! 🙂

      1. Lindsay

        This one can be a little tough to get rid of the gritiness. You have to really cook it slowly on low heat at first for the brown sugar to fully melt. I have a couple other caramel sauce recipes that are not as prone to gritiness, if you want to check those out.

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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