Easy Caramel Sauce is an ooey, gooey, sweet, and buttery topping. Super quick and easy recipe with only three ingredients!
I love caramel sauce! When I say I love it, I’m talking eat it with a spoon right out of the fridge by itself in the solidified form love it. Homemade caramel sauce is hands down the absolute best. Can you tell I’m excited?! Just writing this makes me want some, like right this second.
I understand how some people crave chocolate and have to have it. I’m the same with caramel. Before I learned to make this easy caramel sauce, I ate store bought candy with caramel. My favorites were any chocolate candies containing any melted, ooey, gooey filling. Then it hit me. Why can’t I make my own? Surely it couldn’t be that hard, right? Well, that depends on the recipe you use.
My first attempt at making caramel sauce worked out very well. The second, third and fourth attempts were horrible. They were so bad; I gave up. For whatever reason, the recipe I was using no longer agreed with me. It was a recipe where the sugar had to melt into the water ever so carefully without getting a single sugar granule on the side of the pan. All of this was supposed to happen while slowly swirling the warm liquid around the pan so the sugar wouldn’t burn. Needless to say, the sugar mixture stuck to the sides of the pan and crystallized forming a hard shell. There was no fixing it. By the way, it didn’t wash out easily either.
Back a few years ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for Easy Caramel Sauce. I looked for it again while writing this post so that I could give the author credit, but I was unable to locate it. It’s so ridiculously easy to make that I always make a double batch. At my house, we eat it on ice cream, use it to make candy and cookie bars. It’s also good all by itself. That’s probably my favorite way to have it.
A word of caution, make sure your children and pets are occupied elsewhere. There is a point in the cooking process where the melted sugar boils suddenly. Sugar burns can be extremely painful, so it’s best to be proactive and not get burned at all. Keep reading to see the recipe for this easy homemade caramel sauce. It only takes about 20 minutes to make, and it’s so worth it. You’ll never buy store-bought caramel sauce again.
Used for this recipe:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 Tablespoons very cold butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
Pour sugar into a heavy bottomed saucepan on low heat.
Stir constantly. After a few minutes, sugar will begin to melt.
Continue to stir. Sugar will begin to form hard lumps and eventually turn amber in color.
Stir until all lumps dissolve then carefully add all cold butter.
Sugar will immediately begin to boil.
Stir for 3-4 minutes until sugar and butter are combined.
Add the heavy cream. Mixture will boil again, so use caution.
Remove from heat. Leaving on heat will cause sauce to become extremely dark and burn.
Mixture will thicken and pull away from pan, but continue to stir until mixture smooths out.
Allow caramel sauce to cool before storing in an airtight container or glass jar. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
It is helpful to prepare ingredients ahead of time. Cut butter into cubes and place back in the refrigerator so they remain cold. Measure the heavy cream and place it back in the fridge so it also remains cold. Use caution while making this recipe. Sugar burns can be very dangerous.