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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

A delicious and easy caramel sauce made with just a few simple pantry ingredients. A great sauce over pie, ice cream, and in lattes. A great hostess or holiday gift.
Course Breakfast/Snack, Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade caramel sauce, how to make homemade caramel sauce, salted caramel dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 14 ounces
Calories 256kcal
Author Eileen Kelly




  • Heat the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir constantly using a wooden soon or heat resilient spoon. Sugar will clump and melt into a thick sauce with an amber colored liquid. This will take around 4 minutes.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved and liquid, add the butter, stir vigorously to combine both together. Once combined, continue to cook another 2 minutes, without stirring.
  • Slowly pour in the heavy cream and stir to combine. If adding vanilla extract, add it now. Bring to a gentle boil and cook another 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the salt.
  • Cool down before transferring to an airtight container. Serve over ice cream, pies, cakes. Great as hostess gifts or holiday gifts.


Be sure to check Expert Tips and FAQs above with important tips and questions that can help make a delicious recipe.
Vanilla Extract is an optional ingredient, feel free to experiment and try the sauce with it and without and which works best for you. 
  • The salted caramel will be more liquid right after removing from heat and will solidify once it’s cooled down.
  • It’s delicious to pour hot over ice cream. 
  • Enjoy this sauce on our Salted Caramel Pie, delish! 
Storage: You can store the sauce in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 1 month. 
Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes 


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 554IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg