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Butterscotch Sauce

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Rich, creamy, and easy to make, this delicious old-fashioned butterscotch sauce will make all your favorite treats unforgettable!
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  1. Butterscotch Sauce Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Butterscotch Sauce Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Butterscotch sauce is one of those things that just makes everything better; the sweet, buttery, rich flavor is simply irresistible. Pour it over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or straight out of the jar—it will taste amazing no matter what delivery system you choose. 

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Butterscotch Sauce Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ½ cup salted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SALT: If you want a slightly salty kick, you can add ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt.

BROWN SUGAR: You can use light brown sugar for a slightly lighter-colored sauce.

BUTTER: You can also use unsalted butter instead of salted sweet cream in this easy recipe.

How to Make This Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This sauce will freeze well. Consider making a big batch of butterscotch sauce and keep it for later.

STEP ONE: Using a 2 to 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and stir until melted.

butter stirred in a pot

STEP TWO: Whisk in the brown sugar and heavy cream. Continue to whisk just until the sugar dissolves. Stop whisking and allow the mixture to boil for 4 minutes. Do not stir.

PRO TIP:

Keep a close eye on your mixture and follow the boiling time closely, as you don’t want it to burn to the bottom of your pan.

brown sugar and cream whisked in a pot

STEP THREE: Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow the butterscotch sauce to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Pour into a ½ pint mason jar. The longer the sauce sits, the thicker it will get. 

PRO TIP:

The butterscotch sauce will thicken as it cools. Once it is completely cool, if it is too thick to pour smoothly, it can be reheated for 10 to 15 seconds at a time in the microwave to make it more pourable.

vanilla extract stirred in a pot and then poured in a jar

How To Serve

This easy butterscotch sauce is just the thing to top your vanilla ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, serve it in a chocolate chip cookie cup, and of course, don’t forget the cherry on top.

Craving more sweet dessert sauces to top your favorite confections? Our hot fudge sauce and caramel sauce are just as rich and creamy as this one.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store homemade butterscotch sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. When you are ready to serve the sauce, remove the lid and microwave for 25-30 seconds. Stir well, or screw the lid back on and gently shake and pour.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this creamy butterscotch sauce recipe in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

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Just the thought of butterscotch sauce makes my mouth water. It’s such a decadent, luxurious flavor, and it’s so versatile! You can use it as a dip, pour it over ice cream sundaes or cake, or even add it to your coffee for a sweet and creamy treat. All you need is four simple ingredients to make your own butterscotch sauce, and it tastes much better than any store-bought sauces.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will this homemade butterscotch recipe last?

This easy sauce can be kept in the fridge in a glass jar or airtight container for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.

Could I use regular milk instead of heavy cream?

We have not tried this, but I think this would work fine. Your butterscotch sauce may be ever so slightly less creamy but still delicious.

What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel sauce?

While both are similar and are delicious on top of desserts, caramel sauce is made with granulated sugar, while butterscotch sauce is made with brown sugar.

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Rich, creamy, and easy to make, this delicious old-fashioned butterscotch sauce will make all your favorite treats unforgettable!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 8 ounces

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup salted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Using a 2 to 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and stir until melted.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar and heavy cream. Continue to whisk just until the sugar dissolves. Stop whisking and allow the mixture to boil for 4 minutes. Do not stir.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow the butterscotch sauce to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into a ½ pint mason jar. The longer the sauce sits, the thicker it will get.

Notes

  • This sauce will freeze well. Consider making a big batch of butterscotch sauce and keep it for later.
  • Keep a close eye on your mixture and follow the boiling time closely, as you don’t want it to burn to the bottom of your pan.
  • The butterscotch sauce will thicken as it cools. Once it is completely cool, if it is too thick to pour smoothly, it can be reheated for 10 to 15 seconds at a time in the microwave to make it more pourable.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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