Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce

You may never buy caramel sauce again after you make this incredible Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce – bourbon optional!

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Those that know me best know that I am somewhat of a caramel freak. Like, if I had the choice between hot fudge and caramel sauce I’d go with caramel every single time.  Well, almost every single time :)

There is something absolutely satisfying about the sweet, smooth flavor of caramel.  That deep, rich color is so glorious, it just begs to be drizzled on a bowl of premium vanilla ice cream.

Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce - bourbon optional! SO much better than store bought! | MomOnTimeout.com

And, once you’ve made it yourself, it will be virtually impossible for you to enjoy store bought caramel sauce again.  There is so little work involved – the caramel sauce practically cooks itself.

The addition of bourbon and buttermilk add a punch of flavor and the teensiest hint of tang that takes this caramel sauce from amazing to WOW in a single bite.  This sauce will be making an appearance tomorrow on our French Toast.  (Bananas Foster French Toast anyone?? Sounds like a new recipe to me!) And my kids will thank me. And my husband will love me just a little bit more. And then I will go for an extra long walk :)

Totally worth it.

Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce - bourbon optional! SO much better than store bought! | MomOnTimeout.com

How would you enjoy this caramel sauce? Ice cream? French Toast? Waffles? On top of Ice Cream Truffles? Or, are you like me and prefer it directly off the spoon;)

Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce - bourbon optional! SO much better than store bought! | MomOnTimeout.com

Buttermilk-Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce - bourbon optional! SO much better than store bought!
Recipe type: Condiment
Serves: 2 cups
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbp bourbon OR 1 Tbls vanilla extract
  1. Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup in heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a bowl over medium heat. Cook, without stirring for 15-20 minutes or until a patch of golden colored sugar develops. (Golden - not golden brown.)
  3. Swirl the sugar mixture around the pan until the entire mixture turns an even, golden color.
  4. Turn off the heat and slowly stir in heavy cream and buttermilk being careful as the mixture will bubble slightly.
  5. Stir in butter until fully combined.
  6. Stir in bourbon or vanilla extract.
  7. Let cool to room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  8. If any clumps or crystals form, just heat the sauce again over low heat.
Slightly adapted from AllYou.com.


Buttermilk Bourbon Caramel Sauce - bourbon optional! SO much better than store bought! | MomOnTimeout.com

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Disclaimer: I was provided product for this post by Challenge Butter, but all opinions are, as always 100% my own.  I LOVE Challenge Butter!


  1. I’m loving your recipes this week! The micro lemon bars and now bourbon in caramel sauce – yes, please! Pinned! And I have all the ingredients on hand :)

  2. Christina says:

    ooh, this looks great. Will have to give a try minus the bourbon. Thanks so much. Hope you will post the French Toast recipe too, that sounds great.

    • It’s pretty darn amazing Christina and it tastes great with vanilla extract instead of bourbon so you’re all good. And I think you’re right about the French Toast – maybe I’ll post next week! Thank you!

  3. Wow. I don’t think the bourbon is optional! This is amazing! Happy 4th!
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  4. Delicious caramel sauce.. I love caramel. Happy 4th of July!
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  5. What a great idea using buttermilk and bourbon! Caramel sauce is my thing, so I’ll be trying this without a doubt! Pinning, and have a great Fourth! :)
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  6. I just so happen to have a bottle of bourbon in my cabinet and this just might make an appearance on my bourbon peach ice cream in the freezer!
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  7. Boy Howdy! Now THAT is a caramel sauce that will make a big impression.
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  8. I just want to drizzle this on everything! Pinning.
    Have a marvelous week!
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  9. I will join you as a caramel freak! This looks to die for and I would smother a big bowl of ice cream with it! Pinned :)
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  10. That sounds sinful! Saved that recipe as soon as I saw it. Thanks for sharing! ;-D
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  11. OMG, yes please, I love caramel! I’d love it if you shared this at “Worthwhile Wednesdays” http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/07/worthwhile-wednesdays-25.html
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  12. Wow!! This looks AMAZING! I’m also a big caramel fan and I will certainly be making this recipe very soon.. Thanks!
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  13. I’m absolutely drooling right now over your bourbon caramel sauce. It sounds amazing! Sharing :-)

    xox Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes – Crafts, Cooking & Color
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  14. Although I’m a huge chocoholic, I usually tend towards lighter flavors during the summer (who can resist fruit when it’s so hot out??”), and caramel sneaks into a close second place behind hot fudge sauce. This looks fabulous, and I love how you used buttermilk for that little tang. So smart!
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  15. When you find a good caramel recipe, you keep it! This is quite inspiring. I will obviously skip on the bourbon but I might try mirin instead of vanilla extract.
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  16. I would like to can something like this. Anyone have any odeas?

  17. Hi! Great recipe! Is there any substitution for the light corn syrup? Thanks

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