Homemade Salted Caramel Recipe.

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more!

This is my favorite homemade salted caramel sauce. Only 4 ingredients required!

There is no candy thermometer required; just use your eyes to determine when to add the next ingredient. The caramel itself doesn’t take long to make, only a short 10 minutes. However, you’ll want to to cool down completely before using it in a recipe. The caramel will thicken as it cools. 🙂

I really want you to try this stuff!

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more! sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s sweet, sticky, buttery, salted sugary goodness. Liquid gold, as some may call it. Salty and sweet steals my heart; there is no combination of flavors like the two! I particularly like homemade salted caramel in this salted caramel apple pie, on top of cinnamon rolls, cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, apple sconesapple pie bars, or even drizzled on chocolate chip quick bread. Dip apple slices into it, spoon it over ice cream, put it into decorated jars and give it as a holiday gift, or just eat it with a spoon. (You know you want to.) The possibilities for salted caramel are endless!

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Here is my easy, no-frills, nothing fancy salted caramel recipe.

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Here are some items I used to make today’s recipe.

Copper Saucepan | Stainless Steel Saucepan | Nonstick Covered Straining Saucepan | Wooden Spoon | 12-inch Wooden Spoon | Mason Jar Mugs

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling

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Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) salted butter, cut up into 6 pieces1
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream2
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  2. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn.
  3. Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.
  4. Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream while stirring. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.
  6. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool down before using.
  8. Make ahead tip: You can make this caramel in advance. Make sure it is covered tightly and store it for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe. This caramel is OK at room temperature for a day if you're traveling or gifting it.

Additional Notes:

  1. Unsalted butter may be used instead, though I prefer salted. No other changes need to be made to the recipe if using unsalted.
  2. Heavy cream (approximately 36% milk fat) may also be sold as whipping cream. Light whipping cream (30% milk fat), or double cream (48% milk fat) may be substituted. Do not use milk.

Avoid doubling or tripling this recipe. The added volume could prevent the sugar from melting evenly and properly. Make a couple batches instead.

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1) Heat 1 cup of granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat resistant rubber spatula or a wooden spoon.

How to Make Homemade Salted Caramel

2) Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn.

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3) Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add 6 Tablespoons of salted butter*, which has been cut up into 6 pieces. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.

*You can use unsalted butter as well, but I prefer salted for this recipe.

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4) Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.

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5) Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.

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6) Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.

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7) Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool completely before using.

How to Make Homemade Salted Caramel

8) Cover the caramel tightly and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe.

Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more! sallysbakingaddiction.com

A 10 minute recipe! You’re going to love this stuff.

10 minute salted caramel sauce-- this stuff is the BEST I've tried and it's so simple to make using easy ingredients.

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The BEST and easiest homemade salted caramel sauce I've ever made!