Easy Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

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
  • 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. Tatiana Acar

    Holy smokes. I only had whole milk and added a couple of punches of Salt (with salted butter ) to get a salted caramel vibe , phenomenal thank you so much !

  2. Valeriana

    I love this recipe. I made a pumpkin cheese cake, as the topping I used chopped pecans and caramel sauce. It was marvelous.

  3. Diane

    LOVE the taste but it’s a little gritty… I’m assuming that means i didn’t let the sugar melt. Should I reheat it and try to dissolve it a little better?

    1. Lindsay

      Caramel sauce is generally safe at room temperature for three days, safe in the fridge for three weeks and safe in the freezer for three months.

  4. Latrina

    I don’t usually comment on recipes but this one is amazing! I drizzled this on some apple slices and it gave me the caramel apple taste I wanted without the mess! Thank you! 😋❤️

    1. Sushma Grace

      This is the recipe I was searching for! Just perfect caramel in 5 minutes, and only 3 ingredients too! Would’ve saved myself a lot of burnt sugar, tears and pain from whisking over the stovetop if I found this earlier. Thank you for this beautiful recipe!

    1. Cindy Hogan

      Love this recipe, so easy. You can add Kari light corn syrup to recipe for caramel apples.

  5. Olivia

    I love this recipe! its smooth and sweet. thankyou so much! (it goes PERFECTLY with my ice cream!)

  6. Ludwina

    Love how the smell and the taste of your recipe thank you for sharing this super simple caramel sauce

  7. Anastasia

    This was so easy and so delicious! Way better than using the white sugar and I can never get that one right. I always end up burning it. But this?? This is my new go to!

  8. Brenda

    I love this recipe too. So much easier than using the recipe with white sugar, and tastes just as good.

  9. Life Love & Sugar

    Easy recipe to follow and I believe it’s cool proof, I Love this recipe. I’ve always got the ingredients in the kitchen 🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟

  10. Cassandra

    Just made this and boy is it delicious!! I didn’t have cream so I substituted it for 2%milk and a bit and cornstarch and viola! Will definitely make this again. Thank you!

  11. Lauren

    Could I use this for in a caramel slice by pouring the caramel onto my cooled shortbread base, and refrigerating? Thanks!

  12. Kelsey Ebner

    I’m a disaster in the kitchen, I under cook and burn things…at the same time. So when I attempted this last night I expected the worst. But it was so easy!! I’ve never made caramel, but I know a good caramel when I try it and this is SO good. Thank you for the simple, yet wonderful recipe.

  13. Trang Ong

    Wonderful recipe. I was looking for something easy for my daughters to try after they kept burning my pots using traditional white sugar caramel. They easily made it with little help. Added benefit that I didn’t have to fix crystallized sugar for them. So easy and simple and made 2 girls happy to finally be able to make caramel.

  14. Tammy

    I’m excited to try this recipe…love caramel!!
    I want to make. Guava caramel…could I just add guava paste and or fresh guava? Or would the recipe need to be modified?

    1. Lindsay

      I’ve honestly never tried making a caramel sauce like that so I’m not sure. You could try replacing some of the cream with it and see what happens.

  15. Ryan Gianos

    Looks great. Just got finished making some caramel and pecan praline today for fudge. I did a 1:4 ratio heavy cream to sugar (white sugar) – no butter. Learned how to make it this way from a Chef I worked for a few years ago. Turned out really good – I may have to give this one a try one day. Thanks for posting!

  16. Christina Caasi

    I thought I ruined it at first. I didn’t stir constantly for the 3 mins. After reading comments, I put it back on the burner for 2 mins & added 2 tablespoons more of heavy cream & it was saved!! I served immediately over the cold cheesecake I made last night & Happy New Years Eve to me!!!
    This is my new favorite caramel sauce!! Ty for sharing!!

  17. MB

    My kids love this recipe! They decided this is what they wanted to make for teacher Christmas gifts.


    this did not work not didn’t even look like caramel it didn’t even taste like caramel i did exacltly what the recipe said this is TERRIBLE!!!!!! DON’T TRY

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