Homemade salted caramel sauce


Homemade salted caramel sauce -a classic recipe with delicious flavor. Only 4 ingredients to make and done in 15 minutes.

Okay guys… let’s get real here. I big fat heart caramel (pretty much anything caramel). If there was a swimming pool full of this salted caramel sauce, I would dive right in! It is seriously that good! My grandma used to make this stuff and drizzle it over homemade ice cream. It is seriously divine! The salted touch takes it over the top. The jar below was full and then my family got ahold of it and was literally eating it by the spoon. It is that good. This caramel sauce is great on ice cream, bars, cakes, and just about anything else. I have a few recipes coming up that use it as well, so watch out for those!

Homemade salted caramel sauce -a classic recipe with delicious flavor. Only 4 ingredients to make and done in 15 minutes.

Seriously… are you drooling yet?


Homemade salted caramel sauce -a classic recipe with delicious flavor. Only 4 ingredients to make and done in 15 minutes.

Homemade caramel sauce

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup salted butter, room temp

3/4 cup heavy cream, room temp

1 teaspoon salt



1. Pour sugar into a small saucepan over medium/low heat. Stir constantly (about 5-7 minutes) with a whisk or rubber spatula. The sugar will turn clumpy before melting into liquid.

2. When sugar has turned to a liquid, add butter right away. Keep stirring until butter is completely melted and bubbly (about 1-2 minutes).

3. Slowly pour in heavy cream until it comes to a boil. Stir constantly for one minute. Remove from heat and add salt.

4. Store in a mason jar for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Warm before serving.



Homemade salted caramel sauce -a classic recipe with delicious flavor. Only 4 ingredients to make and done in 15 minutes.

Yum! This stuff is pure liquid gold I tell ya! Package it up and your friends will love you forever. You can even attach with one of these cute tags.

Free printable

Download the free printable HERE. Then right click on the image and save to your computer and print. I cut out with this 2 inch punch and then tied onto my jar with twine.

Homemade salted caramel sauce with free printable tags! Only 4 ingredients to make and done in 15 minutes.

Enjoy!! :)

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Ashlee H. posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm (#

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I love all your recipes!

  2. Becca @TheDatingDivas posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm (#

    Oooh- this looks SO delicious!  Pinned!

  3. Kristyn posted on September 25, 2014 at 7:41 am (#

    YUMMY!! Looks AMAZING!!! Pinned. ;)

  4. leslie posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm (#

    Yes… I have all of the ingredients in my fridge ~ totally making this to go with tomorrows baked apples . Thanks.

  5. Amy C. posted on September 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm (#

    I made this sauce today.  It was the first time I have made anything like this.  It was easy and it was easy and turned out so yummy.  A good way to welcome Fall. Thank you. 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked it Amy! Salted Caramel is so yummy!

  6. Loralie posted on October 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm (#

    First I must say that I bake a lot but this is the first time I have tried caramel sauce.  It turned out AMAZING. I seriously would eat it right out of the jar.  If I had to give someone a tip when making this I would say don’t give up if you think it is not turning out.  There were many times I thought it was ruined.  The sugar seemed to take way longer to melt after turning into hard rocks.  I kept stirring and it did eventually melt. When I added the butter I thought it was going to explode …I survived that too.  after slowly adding the heaving cream…the end result was pure heaven!!
    p.s I thought my sauce pot was a gonner too but after some soaking everything dissolved away.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:58 am (#

      I’m so glad it turned out Loralie! Thanks for leaving a comment with your experience, I’m sure others will have the same feeling when they make it so this will be very helpful for them! :)

  7. Eliza posted on October 11, 2014 at 5:09 am (#

    Tried this tonight and it is delicious! Really easy to make. Now to have self-restraint and attempt not to eat it all straight from the jar! 

    • Jamielyn posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:38 am (#

      I’m so glad you liked it! I agree, I had to share with some friends or else I would have eaten it all! :)

  8. Julia+Marie posted on November 2, 2014 at 9:46 am (#

    Made this Caramel Sauce and it was absolutely delicious.  Thanks for sharing.

  9. Kim posted on September 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm (#

    So i found this recipe looking for a fix for a different one, that tastes aweul!  =(   All the ingredients aredivine, so i’m wondering is it possible i burnt my sugar?!  YOUR recipe says to add the butter JUST WHEN The sugar melts.. which is much different than any other I found… i’m so hesitant to try another batch since the ingredients are spendy, but I want success, lol.. it seemed super easy…. i think i’m going to just try this recipe and cross my fingers…. any tips welcome! =)

    • Laura Capello posted on October 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm (#

      Yes, I’d guess you burnt your sugar. I’ve done that before and you’re right, it’s awful! I’ve had great success setting my heat to medium and making sure no pieces get left on the side – because then you have an issue of sugar at two different temps and that can make it quite the mess. Let us know if you try it our way and how it works! :)

  10. Meagann posted on October 3, 2015 at 2:02 am (#

    I made this tonight as a birthday gift and wow, is it ever delicious! I added a bit of pure vanilla extract after I took it off the element and it is soooo good. This is definitely an exercise in patience and attentiveness, but I felt very accomplished! And now I’m scheming up how to use it in the future!

  11. Lynn posted on October 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm (#

    Is it possible to use milk or almond milk instead of heavy cream?

    • Laura Capello posted on October 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm (#

      Hi Lynn, you could try, but it might not turn out the same. It would definitely be thinner and it’s possible that without the higher fat content, it could “break” the caramel. If you do try, whisk it like there’s no tomorrow! :)