Homemade Ingredients

Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

4.45 from 34 votes
With this make ahead recipe for Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce your desserts will go from good to outstanding, effortlessly.
Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce - Keep this sauce in the back of your fridge for dessert emergencies!!!

Hi Bold Bakers!

This Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce is the perfect example of a make ahead sauce, which will take basic desserts from good to truly great in an instant! This is one of my favorite tricks for entertaining around the Holidays or any time of year. I love to be prepared, like a good girl scout. Or at least a Bold Baker!

It would be great to always have enough time to bake something from scratch but that just isn’t always realistic. This is especially true around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. Let this Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce be your savior. Not only will the addition of this rich sauce make you look like a star but it will save you from fussing over a tricky dessert. I love this Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce heated up and drizzled over big scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or served with fruits and donut holes, like I did for my Dessert Fondue!

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This sauce is so simple to make yet the options are endless! To make this classically sweet, salty and rich sauce all you do is combine brown sugar, cream and salt and in a saucepan. After a quick simmer you have a decadent, golden butterscotch sauce. Keep a batch of this in the fridge and I promise you, my Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce is going to be there to save the day time and time again!

Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

4.45 from 34 votes
With this make-ahead recipe for Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce your desserts will go from good to outstanding, effortlessly.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
With this make-ahead recipe for Easy Homemade Butterscotch Sauce your desserts will go from good to outstanding, effortlessly.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

  • cup (5floz/142ml) cream
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz/57g) butter
  • ½ cup (3oz/85g) dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except the vanilla and salt) in a heavy bottomed pot.
  • Over low heat cook until the sugar has dissolved, do not boil.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • Take off the heat and whisk in the salt and vanilla extract.
  • Serve warm or store in the fridge for up to 8 weeks.

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ToniSwanson
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ToniSwanson
3 months ago

Hi Gemma,
can this be added to a Cookie recipe?
I am looking for a butterscotch cookie recipe but having trouble finding one.

Thankyou

Rajalakshmi Sridar
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Rajalakshmi Sridar
8 months ago

Hi can we use white sugar instead of brown sugar

Carolyn
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Carolyn
1 year ago

Hi, How much does this make? I need 1 cup for a recipe I am going to try.

RoninElenion
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RoninElenion
1 year ago

My family loves butterscotch, with my grandma being its biggest fan of us all. I made this sauce to put atop pancakes, and I’m so pleased with it. Not only was it very easy to make, but it had such a pretty color, smooth texture, and great taste. I will definitely be using it again.

Victoria
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Victoria
1 year ago

Does this freeze well if I wanted to freeze half of it?

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Lesley24
1 year ago

Hi gemma. Can you make butterscotch brownie recipe

Paul Verlaan
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1 year ago

Hello Gemma.

The first step in your instructions say to combine all ingredients in a pot.
Then the fourth step says to add the salt and vanilla extract.
The first step should be changed to say “combine the cream, butter and sugar… ”

Thanks,
Paul

Gabribela and Maribeth
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Gabribela and Maribeth
1 year ago

Me and my mom were confused what cream the recipe referring. Can you please tell us so we don’t get the wrong cream when shopping?

anuhea
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anuhea
1 year ago

Aloha Gemma
I know this is random.
I am part Irish.
Here in the Hawaiian islands we were taught how to make corned beef and cabbage which we consume during the year not on St Patrick’s day. Is there other Irish stews that we can enjoy?
Mahalo….

SmritiJhamb
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SmritiJhamb
1 year ago

Thank you so much for this recipe.
I know your recipe is gonna be awesome.
Your salted caramel sauce is superb too.
I tried it and it turned out amazing.

In this recipe, do we have to use unsalted or salted butter?

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