Homemade caramel sauce

Homemade caramel sauce

  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: Makes 2 cups

Here's a delicious homemade caramel sauce recipe to top off your favorite desserts.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, heated to luke warm in microwave, 30 seconds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, heated to luke warm in microwave, 30 seconds
  • 2 tablespoons rum, optional
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup, optional, for those of you who are concerned your caramel sauce will turn to candy


  1. In a medium saucepan, add sugar and water (and optional corn syrup); stir and cook on medium-high heat until the sugar syrup starts to change colors around the outer edge to an amber-brownish color or, if using a candy thermometer, 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat immediately and, using a wooden spoon or whisk, quickly stir everything to keep the sugar water from burning. Your simple syrup should be a golden ale brown.
  3. As you continue to stir, pour in 1/2 cup of warm heavy cream and pats of butter. When the cream makes contact with the sugar water it will start bubbling violently; continue to stir until the sugar crystals dissolve.
  4. Finally, add 1/4 cup of additional warm heavy cream (and rum) until caramel sauce is nice and smooth.
  5. Transfer to a heat-proof jar and allow the sauce to cool on the counter, slightly covered with plastic wrap, for an hour. Use immediately or seal the jar and store in the refrigerator.
  6. As caramel sauce cools, it will thicken. Before serving, reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds for 1 cup.