Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

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This easy Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe is to die for! It’s a classic recipe that you’ll make over and over again. I know because I’m doing it right now. Caramel sauce on all the things!

Homemade Caramel Sauce! Perfect for fall and holiday desserts!

AN EASY HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE RECIPE

You guys, it’s officially September. Can you believe it? Get ready for all things fall! I’m so excited for apples, pumpkin and all the awesome flavors of the holidays! Bring it.

And yet I CANNOT believe it’s already September! Where has the year gone?! I feel like the end of the year is fast approaching and I’m totally not ready. Baking-wise, I say let’s do this. Life-wise, however – slow down!

Homemade Caramel Sauce! Perfect for fall and holiday desserts!

Whatever. I’ll drown my disbelief in a jar of this caramel sauce. It’s so darn good it eases the pain of time flying by.

Last year I shared this Easy Caramel Sauce made with brown sugar with you and this year I’m taking it up a notch! This caramel sauce has a lovely rich flavor to it. It takes a little more care in making, but is totally worth it.

Homemade Caramel Sauce! Perfect for fall and holiday desserts!

How to Make Caramel Sauce

To start, you melt down the sugar. It’s a regular white sugar. It may seem intimidating, but it really shouldn’t be. Melt it over medium-high heat and just watch it, whisking it as it goes. It’ll start to clump together first, then you’ll notice it start to melt. That’s when it gets exciting! The whole melting process should take about 10 minutes, give or take.

The sugar should continue cooking until all the clumps are melted. Once they’re gone, stop whisking and allow the sugar to cook a little more. Keep a very close eye on it. The color will turn to a deeper amber color and you should notice a nutty aroma. It’ll happen quickly and as soon as it does, you want to remove it from the heat. If you let it go too long, it’ll burn. Pressure, I know. But once you notice it really start to turn darker, just take it off the heat.

Homemade Caramel Sauce! Perfect for fall and holiday desserts!

At that point, you want to add the butter and whisk it in to the sugar. It’ll bubble up, but keep whisking. The butter seems to resist coming together completely, but it will.

Next add the heavy cream and again whisk until combined. There’ll be more bubbles, but then you’re done!

You can let it cool for about 15 minutes, or until it’s however thick you want it, then use it. Or pour it into a jar and store it in the fridge for a couple weeks. It’s easy to reheat and pour over pretty much anything. The recipe below makes about 1 1/2 cups of caramel sauce. I recommend going ahead and making it just to have on hand. It’s in a few upcoming recipes, so why not just have it ready. 🙂

Also, check out my new video showing you what the process looks like!

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Be sure to check out my new Easy Salted Caramel Sauce too!

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

This easy Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe is to die for! It’s a classic recipe that you’ll make over and over again. I know because I’m doing it right now. Caramel sauce on all the things!

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 Cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, cubed, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature

Instructions

1. Pour sugar into an even layer in a large saucepan.
2. Heat on medium-high heat, whisking the sugar until melted. The sugar will clump up first, but will eventually completely melt. This will take about 10 minutes.
3. Once the sugar has melted, stop whisking. You can allow to cook until the sugar has turned to a little darker amber color to get a deeper caramel flavor, if you like. You may notice a nutty aroma. The change in color will happen quickly, so don’t let it go too long or get too dark or it’ll burn. Remove caramel from the heat.
4. Add butter and whisk until combined. The mixture will bubble up, but keep whisking until all the butter has melted and combined.
5. Slowly pour the heavy cream into the caramel and whisk until incorporated. I find it can help to add just a bit at a time until the caramel starts to thin out, then you can add the rest.
6. Cool for about 10-15 minutes before using. Store leftovers in a jar with a lid. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

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Enjoy!

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