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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

4.35 from 32 votes
My Homemade Butterscotch Sauce is easy, creamy, rich, a little nutty, and deeply caramel-like.
This homemade Butterscotch Sauce Recipe is just lovely!

Hi Bold Bakers!

I don’t know about you, but one of my all-time favorite flavors is Butterscotch. Creamy, rich, a little nutty and deeply caramel-like, this incredible sweet sauce is so easy to make there is no reason to use the store-bought stuff. Now that it’s summer, no ice cream sundae can be called complete without a bit of my Homemade Butterscotch Sauce! You have got to give this recipe a go!

What’s the Difference Between Butterscotch and Caramel?

If you don’t know what butterscotch sauce is prepare to have your mind blown.

Butterscotch is like caramel’s naughty younger bother as it’s somewhat similar, but instead of starting with a base of white sugar like you do for caramel, butterscotch is always made with brown sugar. That means you already have an instant caramel flavor built in without having to go through the same, sometimes temperamental, cooking process of making a caramel.

Using brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar adds loads to the flavor profile of this rich sauce. You can imagine what happens when the sweet molasses flavor of brown sugar is heated and caramelized — it only gets sweeter, stickier, and nuttier, which is what really creates the unique flavor of my Homemade Butterscotch Sauce.

[ Need some brown sugar for this recipe? Try making your own with my simple Brown Sugar recipe! ]

How to Make Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

While this sauce is complex in its rich caramel flavor it really is one of the easiest things to make. Making this homemade sauce is just a matter of combining a few basic ingredients in a saucepan and gently bringing together over medium heat. You will not believe how foolproof this recipe is, it can be made in literally 5 minutes flat.

After the brown sugar, butter, and cream melt together and really caramelize, they turn a lovely amber color. To finish off the sauce I take it off the heat and stir in vanilla and salt. These last little additions really take the flavor to the next level. The finished product is deeply flavorful, rich, thick, sticky and sweet.

How to Store Butterscotch Sauce

This sauce is a great one to have on hand. It’s lovely cold or reheated in the microwave and can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks. Once you make this versatile sauce you will find yourself using it left and right as it’s lovely on ice creams, cheesecakes, or even poured over fresh fruit!

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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

4.35 from 32 votes
My Butterscotch Sauce Recipe is easy, creamy, rich, a little nutty, and deeply caramel-like.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Cook Time 6 mins
My Butterscotch Sauce Recipe is easy, creamy, rich, a little nutty, and deeply caramel-like.
Author: Gemma Stafford

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (3oz/85g) brown sugar (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon large flake salt

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan combine the butter, cream and brown sugar over medium heat. Gently swirl the pan until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once the sugar had dissolved allow to simmer undisturbed for 4-6 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt. 
  • Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 8 weeks. 

Recipe Notes

If you would like to use a Truvia Brown sugar, you can reference my How to substitute sugar chart.

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Kurniawan
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Kurniawan
2 months ago

Hi, is it possible to substitute heavy cream with coconut cream or cooking cream? Because i can’t find heavy cream around where i lived. Thank you.

Vanessa
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Vanessa
3 months ago

I follow the ingredients, video, and instructions to a T but after I store the butterscotch sauce in the refrigerator, it always comes out hardened. When I try to reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds, the sauce starts to separate. Am I doing something wrong? Is the sauce supposed to solidify in the fridge? Should I add more cream when making it?

Msbel20
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Msbel20
4 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I do not have a flake salt? What Can I substitute?

Thanks,
Mabel

Aisha
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Aisha
6 months ago

Hii i wana know the difference between heavy cream,wipped crem and normal cream thanks

Kirthi
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Kirthi
6 months ago

Tries this sauce and used it over a cake as a drip. Even between the cake layers and the icing. It just took a simple vanilla cake to a whole new level. Thanks for this amazing recipe. Will be making this quite often from now on 🙂

Alegria H
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Alegria H
6 months ago

This recipe is simply delicious! I made the sauce for mother’s day. I put a brie cheese in the oven to melt, then i put the sauce over the cheese with some walnuts on the top. Thanks for sharing ❤️

Soma
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Soma
8 months ago

Nice recipie …. only one doubt … Heavy cream means whipped cream or any other cream ?

Dani Bell
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Dani Bell
9 months ago

I have never made butterscotch sauce before. This recipe was easy and clean up was a breeze. Delicious topping for my apple pear blueberry crisp. Thank you so much. Amazing!

Hbockweg
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Hbockweg
11 months ago

Gemma: your Butterscotch sauce is ‘heaven here on earth’. I had made up some, to go with your ice cream, to get made ahead & ready for a dinner party dessert…..& I just went in to the refrigerator & ate it (by the spoonful)..it’s unbelievably good!

Ellie
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Ellie
11 months ago

Hello Gemma, I just found this recipe of yours for the holiday season!! I just made it, I made sure to be precise with how much of each ingredient I was using and followed the recipe as close as I could. My version turned out much darker than what I buy in the store and what I see in your video. The flavor is lovely, very rich and decadent, but I’m wondering if I may have heated it up too much? It almost boiled over on me and I had to turn it down halfway through cooking. I also used… Read more »

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