Looking for an easy caramel sauce recipe that takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish? I have it right here.Basic caramel sauce: Make your own at home in just a few minutes.

Why I Like This Sauce

This caramel sauce is thickened with corn starch.

Why is that a good thing?

Because you don’t have to mess around with a food thermometer and boil the mixture to a certain temperature for the sauce to thicken. Using corn starch is a much easier option, and it still tastes great.

How To Use Homemade Caramel Sauce

This basic caramel sauce can be used for the following:

It’s quick and easy to make, and will keep in your fridge for about two weeks.

It’s cheaper than most caramel sauce recipes I’ve seen, and certainly cheaper than buying the fancier stuff in the grocery store (I’ve seen it for as much as $8.00) And it’s made without corn syrup, an added bonus.

Basic caramel sauce: This caramel sauce is made with pantry staples and takes about 15 minutes to make, start to finish.

Use this homemade caramel sauce as a dip for apple pie egg rolls:

Apple pie egg rolls: Apple pie filling and cream cheese, wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and fried. Serve with caramel sauce.

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Basic caramel sauce recipe: Basic, but oh-so delicious!

Basic Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I used half-and-half for this recipe, but you could certainly substitute heavy whipping cream for a thicker, richer sauce. Half-and-half is the cheaper option.


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup half-and-half or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and corn starch. Add half-and-half and butter. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow caramel sauce to cool.
  2. Sauce will keep in refrigerator for two weeks.

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