Caramel Sauce

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Adapted from My Baking Addiction

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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Caramel Sauce

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cup
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1

    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, and water until sugar is completely dissolved. Stop whisking and allow sugar to boil until it turns a dark amber color.

  2. 2

    Remove from heat and slowly stir in heavy cream. Stir in butter. Let cool for 3 minutes, then stir in vanilla. Season to taste with salt. Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to a month, reheating before use.

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