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Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

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cook caramel sauce ingredients in small saucepan
whisk cold butter into hot caramel sauce
Cool the caramel sauce in a glass jar
easy caramel sauce recipe from scratch
spoonful of caramel sauce from glass jar.
Yield: 1 cup

Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Learn how to make an easy caramel sauce recipe that tastes
just like the real thing.  Skip the hassle of caramelizing sugar by using the tips in this recipe.

This recipe does not require caramelizing the sugar in the pan. It is a quick sauce that is really easy to follow, and delivers a similar color, consistency and taste.

Caramel is challenging to make because it requires the
proper technique to fully caramelize sugar without it crystalizing or burning it in the pan. This recipe avoids that risk by making a quick and simple caramel sauce.

We have included all the tips to make this recipe successful
for you. Simply boil the 5 ingredients and you have a delicious caramel sauce that will go well on ice cream, pancakes or even your favorite oatmeal recipes.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small sauce pan, mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes. Whisk the ingredients together as the sauce begins to thicken.
  3. Remove the caramel sauce from the heat.
  4. While it is still hot, but not boiling, whisk in the cold butter to make a smooth and glossy sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce in a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.


The butter needs to be cold, and not room temperature. This
helps to thicken the sauce and give it a shiny look.

The sauce tends to separate a bit and may require a quick stir before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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