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Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Sweet, creamy, smooth, and so good. This Homemade Caramel Sauce is the perfect topping for all of your favorite desserts!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Traci


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add sugar and salt to a small heavy sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until sugar melts (about 10-12 minutes).
  • Immediately turn off heat and stir in butter.
  • Mix in cream a little at a time.
  • Stir in vanilla.


Expert Tips:
  • When you're melting the sugar, make sure you keep stirring! It burns very quickly.
  • The hardest thing about candy is burner temperatures! We cook on a natural gas range so, our low could be your medium. Keep an eye on the sugar and adjust as necessary!
  • A wooden spoon is the best to stir with, but you can use a whisk.
  • Make sure you stir around the corners as well, not just the center!
  • The caramel will bubble intensely after each addition - butter, cream, vanilla. Be careful!
  • This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free!


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 23mg | Sugar: 8g