DIY Salted Caramel Sauce

This recipe is so much better than anything in a jar.
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salted caramel sauce

Recipe by Janet Taylor McCracken

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: Makes about 1 1/4 cups


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 4 tbsp. butter

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


In a medium deep saucepan, stir the sugar and 2 tbsp. water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to high. Bring to a boil. Without stirring, swirl the pan occasionally and brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush until the sugar turns deep amber, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cream, butter, and salt. (The mixture will bubble up vigorously.) Stir until the butter melts. Let cool.