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Salted Caramel Sauce

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A few weeks ago we made Salted Caramel Sauce and I shared a photo of it on Instagram. The photo went wild and we got several requests for the recipe. The recipe is on our site, but combined with other recipes-Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars and Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting.

I guess the recipe was sort of in hiding.I decided it was time to give our Salted Caramel Sauce it’s own post. It deserves being in the spotlight because it is SO SO good and you all need to make it.

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe on The BEST salted caramel sauce! It's easy to make too!

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe on So easy and good on everything!

If you haven’t made caramel sauce before, don’t be scared. It really is easy, you just have to pay close attention to the caramel. With a little tender love and care, you can create the most amazing Salted Caramel Sauce.

There are only four ingredients needed: sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt. Simple as can be and with those four ingredients, you know it’s going to be good!

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We use fleur de sel, “flower of salt,” because the salt crystals are fine, delicate, and have a high concentration of minerals, making them the perfect finishing salt. They dissolve instantly when sprinkled into the caramel, adding the perfect touch of salt without interfering with the smooth caramel texture. And if for some reason you don’t like salt in your caramel, you can omit it, but it’s pretty amazing:)

This recipe makes about two cups of Salted Caramel Sauce. It will keep in the fridge for about a month…ours never lasts that long:) So what do we do with it? I am always tempted to drink it straight from the jar, it’s that good, but I usually stop myself. Notice I said usually:)

This Salted Caramel Sauce is great drizzled over ice cream, cookies, brownies, bars, cake, pie, etc. I think I would eat anything that had this salted caramel sauce drizzled all over it. We also use it to make frostings and glazes. For an afternoon snack, I like to dip my apple slices into a bowl of Salted Caramel Sauce. An apple a day keeps the doctor away-the doctor never said I couldn’t add caramel:)

Everyone needs this Salted Caramel Sauce recipe. It can be used for so many things. It’s a keeper for sure!


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Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

The BEST salted caramel sauce! It's easy to make and is great drizzled over ice cream, cake, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake...and anything else you can think of!


2 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1 tablespoon fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt flakes


1. First, make sure you have all of the ingredients ready. Once you start the caramel sauce you have to pay close attention so you don't burn it. To begin, heat the sugar over medium high-heat in the bottom of a heavy 2-3 quart saucepan. When the sugar starts to melt, start whisking the sugar. The sugar will clump up, but keep whisking. It will continue to melt. When the sugar is melted, stop whisking. You can swirl the pan to move the sugar around.

2. Continue cooking the sugar until it reaches a deep amber color. Make sure you watch the pan very closely. This is where it is easy to burn the caramel. You want the caramel to reach 350 degrees F. If you are new to making caramel, I suggest using a thermometer.

3. As soon as the sugar reaches the dark amber color, carefully add the butter. Whisk until butter is melted. If the sugar gets stuck to the whisk, you can switch to a wooden spoon.

4. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. Whisk until cream is incorporated and caramel is smooth. Whisk in the fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt flakes.

5. Let the caramel sauce cool for about 10 minutes in the pan. Pour the caramel into a large jar and cool to room temperature. Put the salted caramel sauce in the refrigerator. Store the salted caramel sauce in the refrigerator for about a month.

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237 Responses to “Salted Caramel Sauce”

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  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 6, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    Oh goodness, I could go for a swim in that sauce!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 6, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    Homemade caramel sauce is like nothing else. Sooooo so good. Glad you gave it it’s own post. Pinning!

  3. Emily @ Life on Food — March 6, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    Such a beautiful color. I love caramel sauce on good vanilla ice cream.

  4. Oh man, I can see putting this sauce on everything!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Gloria @ Simply Gloria — March 6, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    This sauce would be the star of the show by putting it on anything! I’m thinking even a slice of just plain cheesecake! I always have heavy whipping cream in my fridge…for emergencies like this!

  6. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 6, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Homemade caramel sauce is always the best! Great shots!

  7. marla — March 6, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    WOW!! I want this by the spoonful and drizzled all over everything!

  8. Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 6, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Love these photos!! Of course Weck jars are the cutest.

    This recipe is so going on the fridge to make asap. Now I can’t stop thinking about drizzling it over cheese cake…

  9. Julie @ Table for Two — March 6, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    omg, i love that cute little whisk of yours!! i would drizzle this on every nook and crannie of everything i possibly could. sweet & salty, salty and salty? haha :) yum!

  10. Jenny Flake — March 6, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Love Love Love slated caramel! Dangerous to keep around :)

  11. This will be great for when it is time to start making our homemade ice cream!

  12. Audra | The Baker Chick — March 6, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Love these photos Maria- some of your best!
    This is very similar to my salted caramel recipe and I can verify that it’s to die for!

  13. HeatherChristo — March 6, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    what a great recipe, everyone should know how to make this! thanks you for sharing it!

  14. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 6, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    This recipe and photo looks great!

  15. This looks delicious, and I need to make it!

  16. Janie — March 6, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    can’t wait to make this, we’ll have it on apples for an after school snack and then I see it dressing up some ice cream with friends on Friday. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  17. Janie — March 6, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I can’t wait to make this! We’ll have it with apples for an after school snack today and then I see it dressing up ice cream with friends on Friday. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  18. Yum! I love salted caramel sauce. I’ve made salted caramel candies before, so why not the sauce rather than buying jars of it? Thanks for the recipe!

    By the way, did you know that your salted caramel Easter popcorn was posted on the Tiny Prints blog yesterday?

    I recognized it immediately, because when I first saw it on your site, I went ahead and made it myself!

  19. Kathy — March 6, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I have not had salted caramel sauce. I will have to fix that!

  20. katie — March 6, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    yum… i love salted caramel… i could drink the stuff!

  21. Kim — March 6, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    I love this sauce warmed up and stirred into my coffee:D

  22. ashley - baker by nature — March 6, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Whoa! I want to drizzle this on everything (and just eat it off a spoon…).

  23. Marian (Sweetopia) — March 6, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Mmmm! It looks so delicious and your photographs look amazing!

  24. I’ve been looking for a good caramel sauce recipe. This sounds fantastic! Thanks, Maria!

  25. Gaby — March 6, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    ummm I dont even have words for this. I need an IV of this hooked up to my arm immediately!

  26. Val — March 6, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    YUM !!! I love multi purpose recipes- this is a winner. What a great holday gift idea – who wouldn’t love to recieve a jar full of that golden lusciousness.

  27. naomi — March 6, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Nothing compares to homemade caramel sauce! This looks great, Maria.

  28. Love salted caramel sauce! And I have those Weck jars and they’re my absolute favorite! Can’t get enough :) And I’m totally going to have to make a jar of this for my mother, she’d love it!

  29. Mona P. — March 6, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Do you add the butter all at once?

  30. Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 6, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I could just eat this stuff with a spoon! No really, I mean it – salted caramel is one of my biggest weaknesses. ESP when it’s falling off of that whisk. Kill me dead!

  31. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — March 6, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Definitely deserving of it’s own post! Endless possibilities….

  32. There’s nothing better than the salty-sweet balance of salted caramel! Love the photos.

  33. Mmm… I’ve been waiting for this recipe for a while. Definitely bookmarking!

  34. CateyLou — March 6, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Wow, this looks great! Can’t wait to make this recipe – I would love to have a jar of it in my fridge at all times!

  35. sally — March 6, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    This looks amazing and sooooooo simple, can’t wait to try !

  36. I once got salted caramel in a jar as a teachers gift. I ate it with a spoon! Now I can make my own, thanks!

  37. Chels R — March 6, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I need to have this in my life in a big way!

  38. So I have never made my own caramel sauce. I know, wtf?! This looks amazing and it doesn’t seem too difficult!

  39. Shari|Tickled Red — March 6, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    What is it about caramel that just makes you want to hum a tune. Gorgeous darlin’!

  40. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — March 7, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    Phew! This does look good! Stunning photos! I agree – its not that hard to make – I have made your version before and it worked out PERFECTLY! I would recommend it to ANYONE!

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