The BEST Caramel Sauce
This delicious Caramel Sauce is so easy to make and tastes about a million times better than anything you can buy at the store! It's such a versatile ingredient, you'll find yourself making it year round because caramel sauce makes everything better!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt or sea salt optional if you want salted caramel
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
Add sugar and water to a medium, heavy duty sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves (3 to 5 minutes).
Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Don't stir the caramel sauce at this point. Just gently swirl the mixture around the pan occasionally and brush down the sides of the pan with a wet silicone brush as needed to keep sugar crystals from forming.
Continue swirling and cooking until the mixture turns deep amber in color (6 to 9 minutes).
Remove from heat. STir in the cream, butter, and salt until the butter has melted and the caramel is smooth. Be careful because the mixture will bubble up.
Let caramel sauce cool for 15 minutes in the sauce pan before pouring into a large glass jar for storage.
Keep refrigerated for up to 1 month.
Recipe can be doubled.
OPTIONAL Add one tablespoon of corn syrup in with the sugar and water to help prevent crystals from forming while cooking the sugar.