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Butterscotch Sauce

a close up shot of Butterscotch Sauce in a mason jar
Rich, creamy, and easy to make, this delicious old-fashioned butterscotch sauce will make all your favorite treats unforgettable!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ounces
Calories 310 kcal


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 69mgSugar: 28gVitamin A: 792IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 0.2mg