Rating: 4.5 stars
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This caramel sauce recipe is super easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It's perfect for drizzling on top of ice cream, apple pie, cheesecake, and anything else you want to put it on!

Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
10 mins
1 cup

Want to take an ordinary dessert into a whole new realm of flavor and texture? Drizzle a spoonful of rich and creamy caramel sauce over the top and get ready to swoon. This sweet, silky caramel sauce recipe can be used in all types of desserts — spoon it over ice cream or use it as a dipping sauce for fruit. Any way you pour it, this easy, 3-ingredient caramel sauce is sure to be a hit. 

How to Make Caramel Sauce

It's hard to beat warm, homemade caramel sauce on top of your favorite treat. You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe;

Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil. Remove thickened mixture from heat before adding (optional) vanilla extract. Let the caramel cool slightly before using. The result is an impossibly rich sauce that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

What to Eat With Caramel Sauce 

Nearly every dessert imaginable tastes better when paired with the lavish sweetness of homemade caramel. Try caramel sauce with popcorn, a spiced apple crisp, or coffee-based ice cream for a mouthwatering final course. 

Caramel Sauce Variations 

 Salted Caramel: A little coarse kosher salt is added for a more nuanced sauce. Taste, and add more salt if desired.

Vanilla Caramel Sauce: This caramel sauce is made with brown sugar, butter, and milk, with a touch of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor

Coffee Caramel Sauce: Stir 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder into the cream and mix until dissolved. Proceed with your basic caramel recipe and add the espresso cream to make the sauce.

How to Store Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Expect hardening as the sauce chills — just microwave in 15-30 seconds to reheat and enjoy. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"The recipe worked great!" raves Callie. I used evaporated milk and cooked it for around  10 mins. The longer you let it cook the thicker it gets."

Very easy to make with ingredients that I had on hand," shares Tara. "This made a really rich caramel sauce that we used as an ice cream topping. We will definitely be making this again!"

"Made this to be the swirl in a cheesecake and it was just the right consistency for the job," says canukgirl.

Editorial contributions by Vanessa Greaves and  Rai Mincey


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 27.4g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 31.1mg; sodium 92.6mg. Full Nutrition