Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce drizzling from a spoon to a glass jar.

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Luscious and creamy, this homemade salted caramel sauce is as easy as it gets. Ready in 15-minutes, you can drizzle it over ice cream, cake, pies – or even coffee!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup boiling hot water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • ½ tsp kosher salt or more, to taste


Melt the sugar. Place sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat without stirring until sugar melts and turns amber-colored (approx. 10 minutes). Make sure not to overcook the sugar as it might burn. Add boiling hot water and mix to combine (approx. 2 minutes).

Add the cream. Pour the heavy cream in and combine whisking continuously. Keep whisking, until the mixture comes together. When it is combined, simmer on low heat for 3 minutes.

Add butter. Remove from the heat, add the butter, vanilla bean paste, and salt and whisk until combined. Transfer to a jar and let it cool completely before storing.

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