Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

This Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, cheesecake and any other dessert! So simple to make with only 3 ingredients and the best with apples and more!

Homemade Caramel Sauce is easy to make with only 3 ingredients
This is my favorite homemade salted caramel sauce. It’s sweet, sticky, buttery, and full of perfect sugary liquid gold.

It’s really easy to make and beats anything you would buy from the store and the best part is – we usually have most of the ingredients on hand.

All you need are three simple ingredients – sugar (brown for thicker dulce de leche style), heavy cream and butter.

There is no candy thermometer required and the caramel itself doesn’t take long to make – only about 10 minutes.

Just be sure to allow it to cool down completely before using it in a recipe. The caramel will thicken as it cools.

Once this Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce is ready to use – use it in baked goods, dip with apple slices into it, spoon it over ice cream, put it into decorated jars and give it as a holiday gift, or just eat it with a spoon. 

The possibilities for this are endless!

Homemade Caramel Sauce is easy to make with only 3 ingredients

Yields Approximately 1.5 cups

Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Caramel Sauce

10 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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1 cup brown sugar (for thicker caramel like dulce de leche) (or use granulated sugar for a thinner caramel)

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

10 tablespoons heavy cream


pinch of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low, combine all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon or silicon spatula. Once the mixture boils and bubbles, allow to simmer and thicken for about 5 to 7 minutes until it reaches a caramel like consistency (stir only once or twice in between). Be patient and the caramel will come together eventually.
  2. Remove from heat immediately once it comes together and allow to cool. The mixture will get thicker as it cools. Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Homemade Caramel Sauce is so easy to make with only 3 ingredients!!Homemade Caramel Sauce is easy to make with just 3 ingredients!
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Lovely comments

  1. Caramel sauce is a favorite and so easy to make too!

  2. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says:

    Good gosh – what an AMAZING recipe!

  3. What a fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing, Kelly!
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  4. What a super cool recipe! Looks awesome!
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  5. This is such a great recipe!

  6. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. So easy to make and looks so decadent!
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  8. Looks amazing!
    Hope you are having a lovely week Kelly 😀
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  9. Tshegofatso Ramabu says:

    Yum! Love caramel!

  10. Hi, Wanted to use this in your Apple Pie cupcakes recipe (which look AMAZING!) but it calls for Salted Caramel Sauce and I cant see where the salt comes from in this recipe. Can you instruct as to how much salt to add to get the right balance of saltiness? Thanks!

    • Hi Chelsea,
      I would add 1/2 teaspoon first and taste it then add additional salt as needed. The total I usually add is about a little bit less than 1 teaspoon. Good luck!


  11. Brenda Rector says:

    Can you use regular milk in this instead of heavy cream

    • Hi Brenda, I have never tried making it with milk instead of heavy cream but do not recommend it as it might not thicken up as much and won’t be as rich or creamy. Thanks.

  12. Hello, Could you use regular salted butter to make this a salted caramel instead of using unsalted butter and then adding salt?

    Thanks so much!

    Tina 🙂

  13. Could I keep this in a mini crockpot for an Apple dip? Do you think I could even make it in the mini crock pot?
    Thanks In Advance!

  14. Nicole Jensen says:

    Hi Kelly, do you think this is something I could can in a water bath canner and have it last longer than two weeks? New to canning so I am not sure what works and what doesn’t. Any idea? Thanks! Looks delicious!


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