Basic Caramel Sauce Recipe

Basic caramel sauce: Make your own at home in just a few minutes.

Looking for an easy caramel sauce recipe that takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish? I have it right here.

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:

  • As an apple dip
  • As an ice cream topping
  • Drizzled on brownies or frosted cupcakes
  • Drizzled on apple crisp
  • On pancakes
  • Eaten straight out of the jar

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 $6!) And it’s made without corn syrup, an added bonus.

Basic Caramel Sauce Recipe

Prep Time:5 min

Cook Time:10 min

Total Time:15 min

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 corn starch
  • 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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One Response to “Basic Caramel Sauce Recipe”

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    liz — January 13, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    Yum! I love recipes that you can make instead of buying bottles of things at the store. I’m just discovering your blog. I’ve made the scrambled eggs tostadas and the lentil/grape/feta salads – both mega winners in our house! Thanks!

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