Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

The best homemade caramel sauce made in less than 10 minutes with 5 ingredients! This easy step-by-step recipe makes 1 cup caramel sauce.

Measure out granulated sugar butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Bring butter and cream to room temperature.

Step 1

Melt sugar: Place granulated sugar in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat.

Step 2

Continue cooking, stirring constantly with a spatula, until sugar forms clumps and begins to caramelize.

Step 3

Cook until sugar melts into a light amber liquid, about 4 to 5 minutes total.

Step 4

Add butter: Add cubed unsalted butter a few pieces at a time.

Step 5

Whisk in butter until completely melted and incorporated.

Step 6

Add cream: Drizzle in heavy cream to the saucepan.

Step 7

Let mixture boil for 1 minute while whisking constantly (the mixture will bubble up rapidly).

Step 8

Pour caramel sauce into a glass bowl and stir in vanilla extract and salt until combined. Caramel sauce thickens as it cools.

Step 9

You'll love this easy, foolproof caramel sauce!