Homemade Caramel Sauce

By August 22, 2018April 15th, 2019Baking, Dessert, Home Easy Baking, Sweet Treats

This rich, creamy Homemade Caramel Sauce is perfect for all of your Fall baking! With only 5 ingredients and no candy thermometer needed, you can have Caramel Sauce for apples, ice cream topping or drizzle over dessert, in under 10 minutes. 

How to Make Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce is my favorite topping, whether I’m adding on top of Ice Cream, or adding it to recipes like Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Dip and Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Trifles.

Homemade Caramel

Often times when you are making sauce which involves sugar, you need a candy thermometer. It’s always a good thing to have, and I use it when I make my Homemade Candy Corn and a few other recipes, but this Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe is easy enough, there is no special equipment needed.

How to Make Caramel Sauce

Ingredients to make Caramel Sauce for Apples

With only 5 ingredients you can make this Homemade Caramel Sauce. You will need – Heavy Whipping Cream, Brown Sugar, Butter, Salt (pinch) and Vanilla.

Homemade Caramel Sauce ingredients in pan

Begin making the Homemade Caramel by adding the heavy whipping cream, brown sugar, butter and salt to a heavy saucepan.

Homemade Caramel Sauce cooking

Heat caramel sauce over medium-high heat, stirring to completely combine the ingredients.

Caramel Sauce boiling

Bring the caramel sauce to boil, and continue to boil 5-7 minutes until mixture thickens.

Add vanilla to caramel sauce

Then remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Stir well.

Homemade Caramel

Tips for Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

  1. The single recipe listed below makes 1 cup, I doubled the recipe so that we had plenty for the Caramel Apple Fondue and Ice Cream.
  2. Storing the caramel sauce in a mason jar works really well.
  3. Store caramel sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Reheat caramel before serving
  5. This recipe has a pinch of regular salt, but you can easily make this recipe into Salted Caramel Sauce by adding sea salt flakes.
  6. This Homemade Caramel also makes great gifts!

Caramel Sauce for Apples

Here are a few recipes that you can use this Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe on –

Caramel Apple Fondue

Caramel Apple Fondue

CARAMEL APPLE CREAM CHEESE DIP -- This Fall Treat is easy to put together and makes a GREAT gift too! FREE Printable Tags included with Recipe!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Dip

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Trifles

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Trifles

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How to Make Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, salt and heavy whipping cream
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until thickened
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
  4. Serve warm or store in container in fridge
  5. Reheat, stir until smooth


Caramel Sauce will keep in refrigerator up to 2 weeks in sealed container.

Be sure to reheat before serving.




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