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Easy Caramel Sauce

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream; to desired thickness.
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt; to taste


  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla, whisk together.
  3. Whisk constantly for 8 minutes, to bubbling, and add a quarter of the salt, whisk and cook for an additional minute. Take care to not let it burn.
  4. Stop and scrap down the sides.
  5. Taste for salt, add more, an additional quarter portion and resume whisking for another minute or two. Taste again. Repeat adding salt and returning to a simmer until it has reached the desired saltiness.
  6. Once the salt is right, allow to simmer and thicken for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, scrape down the sides and allow to cool enough serve or jar and place in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Can decrease the brown sugar to 2 cups and the cream to 3/4 cup. It's all about the desired thickness. It will thicken upon standing.