This Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe is a delicious combination of butter, cream, brown sugar and vanilla. Really easy to make and goes perfectly on ice cream, German pancakes and so much more!
This simple, homemade caramel sauce will become a staple in your refrigerator, because it is so delicious and just a little bit goes a long way to making anything a special treat.
If you are in Utah, you are familiar with the name Leatherby’s Ice Cream. We love that place and we are obsessed with their caramel sauce, it is so good…but just a little pricey to purchase a whole jar. So, I came up with my own recipe that only has 4 ingredients and is just as delicious!
How to make Caramel Sauce
To make this easy caramel sauce recipe, start by melting the butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat.
Once the butter is melted add in the brown sugar, cream and vanilla. Continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved and well incorporated.
Allow the caramel sauce to come up to a boil and keep on medium-high heat. Stir frequently until the sauce begins to thicken to a syrup-like consistency.
This will take about 3-4 minutes. I like to test my caramel by dipping a cold spoon into the sauce and running my finger along the back to see if the sauce runs together where my finger was or if it stays in place on the spoon.
Remove the caramel sauce from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before pouring into another container.
How to store Homemade Caramel Sauce
I like to keep my homemade caramel sauce in glass jars. Before pouring the hot caramel sauce into the jars, make sure to run them under hot water to heat them up and prevent breaking. Place the jar in a clean sink and carefully pour the caramel into the jar.
If you only have plastic containers, wait until the caramel sauce cools to room temperature before pouring into plastic, you don’t want it to melt.
Store any unused caramel sauce in the refrigerator, it will keep for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.
How to heat up caramel sauce
If stored in a glass jar, you can simply place it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until heated through.
You can also transfer it back to your sauce pan and heat up over low heat.
Homemade Caramel Sauce Ingredients
- heavy cream- no substitutions for this in this recipe
- brown sugar
Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
- Add in the brown sugar, cream and vanilla. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Continue to stir until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir for about 3-5 minutes, until the caramel thickens to a syrup like consistency.
- Test by dipping a cold spoon into the pan and let the caramel run off. Next, slide your finger across the back of the spoon, if it leaves a line between and the caramel doesn't run together, you are good.
- Remove the caramel from the heat and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
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This Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe is a delicious combination of butter, cream, brown sugar and vanilla. Really easy to make and goes perfectly on ice cream, pancakes and so much more!