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A spoonful of homemade brown sugar caramel sauce being drizzled down into a jar filled with more caramel

Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


With three basic ingredients and fewer than 10 minutes, you can whip up the most luxurious homemade caramel of your life! Whether it’s used as a dipping sauce for apples or a topping for ice cream, this sweet Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce will steal the stage.


  • 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.


  • Makes about 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce
  • Recipe slightly modified from Pioneer Woman’s Easy Caramel Sauce.
  • To Store: Transfer cooled caramel to an airtight jar or container and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. It will harden as it chills. Microwave it for 20-30 seconds at a time to bring it back to a drizzling consistency, stirring after each increment. If you make it too thin, let it rest until it creates a nice drizzle.
  • To Freeze: Transfer cooled caramel to a freezer-safe container (make sure it’s not made of glass). Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating. If it’s still frozen after sitting in the fridge, let it rest at room temperature until it thaws.


  • Serving Size: 2 TBS
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 16.3 g
  • Sodium: 6.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.4 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.1 mg

Keywords: homemade caramel, brown sugar caramel, caramel for dipping apples