Quick Homemade Caramel Sauce ~ how to make yummy, thick caramel sauce with just five ingredients in five minutes...a perfect recipe for apples, brownies, ice cream, cheesecake, or as a gift! | FiveHeartHome.com

{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Caramel Sauce

Quick Homemade Caramel Sauce is thick, gooey, and made with just five ingredients in five minutes, perfect for apples, brownies, ice cream, or as a gift!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 32 (1-tablespoon) servings (recipe yields approx. 2 cups total)
Calories 69kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium saucepan set over medium-low to medium heat, melt the butter. Mix in the brown sugar and stir for 2 minutes. Mix in the heavy cream and stir continuously for 2 more minutes (the sauce should be gently bubbling, so adjust the heat, if necessary). Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt until well incorporated.
  • Pour the hot caramel sauce into a jar and allow it to cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.


  • Be sure your saucepan is deep enough to account for the bubbling caramel that may rise up the sides of the pot as it cooks.
  • The caramel sauce will be thin when it is done cooking, but it will thicken up nicely at room temperature, and even more so once chilled.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 12mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg