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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

4.53 from 70 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

4.53 from 70 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


  • 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


  • 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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2 years 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 🙂

2 years 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!

5 months ago

Can I use condensed milk instead of the cream??

1 year ago

Thank you for this super easy and foolproof recipe! ❤❤❤

1 month ago


2 months ago

Dear Gemma,
Is It Possible To Use Butterscotch Sauce Instead Of Caramel Sauce?

4 months ago

I swirled, simmered, added & then stirred & it curdled! I did not stir until you said to. I used evaporated milk as you said in another comment was ok. What happened. My heart is broken – I know, dramatic, but I cannot find butterscotch in any store near me. I’ll add a picture. Please tell me where I went wrong. I followed the exact recipe, but tripled it, so wasted a lot of ingredients. 😢💔

Monica D'souza
Monica D'souza
6 months ago

Hi Gemma ,

Can you use this sauce for making butterscotch icecream? If yes how much sauce would you add to the ice cream base?

9 months ago

Can I bake w this? Eg to make sticky buns? 🙂

10 months ago

it looks yummm.!!!! can dis sauce be used in a buttercream for butterscotch flavoured buttercream?

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