easy homemade salted caramel sauce
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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Easy, homemade caramel sauce is so good you’ll never go back to store bought again. Drizzle on cupcakes, over ice cream, on shortbread cookies, or just eat a spoonful…you’ll be looking for any excuse to use this liquid gold!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream room temp
  • 2 tbs butter unsalted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Combine sugar and water in medium sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Start whisking until sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to bubble then STOP whisking.  It will be cloudy at first, and then turn to clear bubbles.
  • Continue cooking, (swirling around pan if some spots start browning) for about 7-10 minutes until sugar turns a light golden color.
  • Remove from heat and SLOWLY whisk in heavy cream, stirring until fully added.  The caramel will bubble up as you whisk in the cream so don't panic!
  • Add in butter, vanilla and salt.  Stir until smooth.
  • Pour into glass jars or a covered container and let come to room temperature.  The caramel will seem runny but it will thicken as it cools.
  • Use once warm to touch, or store in glass jars or covered container in refrigerator. 
  • See notes below for a cleaning tip to get the caramel off your pan!

Notes

*Real butter MUST be used, you can't substitute with margarine.
*If storing caramel in refrigerator, just microwave for 20 seconds or so before using.
*For Bourbon Caramel Sauce--->Add in 1 TBS Bourbon Whiskey when adding in the heavy cream
*For Chocolate Caramel Sauce: Add 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips after you add the butter and salt.  Stir until melted.
*If caramel sauce seizes up after adding in the cream and butter, return to heat on low and whisk until crystals dissolve.
*Caramel will keep for up to a month in refrigerator. 
*To clean: fill pot with water and bring to a boil.  Caramel will softened and wipe right off the pan!