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Homemade Caramel Sauce

This caramel sauce can be used as a topping for pies, cakes, and other desserts. It's a great recipe to have, so give these instructions a try!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 small sauce pan
  • 1 wooden spoon


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Add sugar and water to a saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Turn the heat to medium.
  • Allow the sugar mixture to dissolve, bubble, and turn golden-brown in color. Do not stir the mixture and do not let the sugar get too dark in color
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the heavy whipping cream. The mixture will rise and bubble over. Return to the heat for about 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Remove the pan from the heat again. Add the butter and salt to the caramel and stir until it is incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Keyword dessert, homemade, simple