Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

This Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce is so simple to make with only 3 ingredients and the best with apples.  It’s also perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads 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 sugary liquid gold.

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

All you need are three simple ingredients –  sugar, 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 it’s ready to use – dip 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 are endless!

Homemade Caramel Sauce is easy to make with only 3 ingredients

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Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Caramel Sauce

10 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat sugar and stir constantly with a heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Do not stop stirring as the sugar may burn.
  2. Once sugar is melted add the butter slowly as the caramel will bubble when the butter is added. Continue stirring until everything is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Gently pour heavy cream into caramel while stirring. The mixture will bubble and/or splatter when heavy cream is added. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute - watch as it rises while it boils.
  4. Remove from heat 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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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!

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