Butterscotch Sauce

Butterscotch Sauce

It’s such a classic flavor. It’s nutty, salty and sweet. I love butterscotch sauce in many different deserts and in my coffee. The store bought version can not compare to the results you will get at home. Plus it’s super easy to make and it will last 8 weeks if stored properly. No preservatives required! Have I convinced you yet? If yes then keep scrolling and I’ll show you how to make this delicious silky-smooth sauce.

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How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

This recipe is literally dump everything and cook, yes it’s that easy… Here’s what you will need to do.

First take 4 Tbsp of real cream unsalted butter and cut into small cubes ( helps to melt faster ). Put them into a medium size saucepan. Please try to avoid using a nonstick, the results are better with a heavy bottom saucepan. Then add in 1 cup dark brown sugar, ½ tsp kosher salt, 1½ tsp vanilla, and ½ cup of heavy cream.

Use a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together until the butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves. Make sure to scrape the sides and the bottom so that everything is well incorporated.

After that, the butterscotch sauce will then come to a boil. At this point you want to turn the heat down to a medium low and allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on the consistency you want. Keep in mind that it will thicken as it cools. I usually do 4-6 minutes for drizzle consistency and 7-10 minutes for a chewy candy consistency. Dip your spatula or spoon to check the thickness of the sauce.

Then remove the sauce from the heat and stir gently until the bubbles disappear and it’s silky-smooth. Transfer the butterscotch sauce into a glass storage container to finish cooling. After it has cooled, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks…if it even lasts that long. This sauce is so good, I can eat it by the spoonful.

Ideas for Use

We know that it’s delicious on it’s own, but butterscotch sauce can be used in a number of ways. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

  • Drizzle over ice cream or yogurt
  • Use as a dip for fruit
  • Make a butterscotch milkshake
  • Drizzled over cheesecake, poundcake, or pancakes
  • Use as a filling between cake layers
  • Incorporate it into buttercream
  • Bake it into cakes, cookies, or brownies
  • Make a butterscotch pie
  • Put it into your coffee to make a Butterscotch Latte
  • Make it into candy

The list can go on and on. Get creative and have fun! I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, snap a picture and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @mydarlingfelipa

Till the next one!

Butterscotch Sauce

Butterscotch Sauce

Maria Felipa
Sweet and velvety smooth butterscotch sauce for drizzling, dipping, or incorporating into deserts and drinks.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine American


  • 4 Tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Place 4 Tbsp butter, 1 cup of dark brown sugar, ½ tsp kosher salt, 1½ tsp vanilla extract, and ½ cups of heavy cream into a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium-low.
  • Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until melted. Allow it to come to a light boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until you get the consistency you want ( Dip the spoon to check for thickness ). Keep in mind that it will thicken up as it cools. (4-6 minutes for drizzle consistency. 7-10 for chewy candy consistency)
  • Remove from heat. Pour into glass or stainless steel storage container to finish cooling.
  • Drizzle over your favorite deserts or ice cream, stir it into your morning coffee, or bake it into cakes, cookies, or brownies. The possibilities are endless Enjoy!

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