Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce is made with only three simple ingredients and is better than anything that you can buy at the store! Make a batch to drizzle over ice cream, cheesecake and more!

Homemade Caramel Sauce is made with only 3 simple ingredients and tastes better than store-bought!

I did not attend culinary school. In fact, I have never really taken any professional culinary classes at all. Everything I learned about cooking and baking was from trial, error and research. Although I have many successful recipes, I have many more failures. I can’t tell you how many times I forgot an essential ingredient in a recipe, cooked something at the wrong temperature, combined ingredients that don’t work well together or completely burned an entire meal. Over time you learn a lot about life by failing, right?

Homemade Caramel Sauce is made with only 3 simple ingredients and tastes better than store-bought!

It should be no surprise that the first few times I made homemade caramel sauce, I burned the entire batch. I tried a few different recipes and none of them worked for me.

I learned a lot by testing more recipes than I ever thought possible in my entire life. Time, patience and a little research are the keys to success. You can use the best ingredients in the world but if you don’t take the time to understand the ingredients or rush through cooking a meal then the end result will be subpar.

I love the caramel sauce recipe below for many reasons. It is easy, uses only a few simple ingredients and produces great results. I love to make a batch to have on hand to drizzle over caramel pie, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more. Try the recipe yourself and read the tips below.

3 tips for making the perfect caramel sauce:

  • Follow the directions closely. That may seem obvious but if it says to heat in a medium saucepan, make sure you don’t choose a pan too small. If it says to stir continuously, it means you really need to stir continuously.
  • When in doubt, lower the temperature slightly. If you think the temperature is too high, it probably is. The caramel will start to turn an amber color very quickly. If the temperature is too hot, it will burn within seconds.
  • Use the recipe below for best results.

A few extra tips from professionals:

Caramel Sauce Cooking Tips by Bon Appetit

Ten Tips for Making Caramel by David Lebovitz

Homemade Caramel Sauce is made with only 3 simple ingredients and tastes better than store-bought!

Don’t be nervous, making homemade caramel sauce is much easier than it looks. Use the recipe below, following the instructions carefully and you will create a sweet sauce that you can drizzle over your favorite desserts. Once you make one batch, you will never go back to store-bought sauce again!

Homemade Caramel Sauce
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    For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. To make the caramel sauce, heat sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will start to clump and then melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn. Once sugar is melted add the butter. Be careful because the caramel will bubble when the butter is added. Stir the butter into the caramel until melted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Very slowly, pour heavy cream into caramel while stirring. Be careful because the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when heavy cream is added. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Homemade Caramel Sauce is made with only 3 simple ingredients and tastes better than store-bought!

Also try my Caramel Apple Pie Sundae featuring this homemade caramel sauce!

Caramel Apple Pie Sundaes are made with homemade cinnamon apples, vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and cinnamon!


  1. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    I love making my own caramel sauce. I did take me a while to get it right though. Looking forward to trying your version.

  2. Leah @ Grain Changer

    I have yet to try my hand at making a caramel sauce from scratch, but I think you’ve convinced me to give it a shot! 3 ingredients? Totally doable! Thanks Ashley!!

  3. Ashley

    Gorgeous! I love these photos Ashley! Homemade caramel sauce is the best!!

  4. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    We used to make something similar with condensed milk in Sierra Leone – I had completely forgotten. Pinning to try later.

  5. Carrie

    How easy is that!! Looks yummy as well.

  6. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    Love making my own caramel sauce at home! It is so much better than store bough!

  7. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    Caramel kinda scares me still even though I’ve made it a couple of times and it’s been.. OK. Haha, this looks glorious, I just want a jar and spoon right now!

  8. Julie

    This has to be worth a try, it looks amazing! After telling us all that can go wrong, you then say how easy it is!! I’m convinced – I’m a big caramel fan so even if it takes a few attempts I’m in!

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  18. Ashley

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tasty Tuesday link up. I have added your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope that you’ll come back this week and link up some new recipes.

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  20. Dee @Cupcakes&Crowbars

    Thanks for stopping by Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Your post has been pinned, and we hope to see you again this week!

  21. gigi

    I want to make and eat this right now!! I’ve only made caramel a few times and I was so nervous! I think your tips will definitely help! I’m sooo hungry! (p.s. i just had a huge dinner)

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