Salted Caramel Sauce

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This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

I mentioned last week, that I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately. So far it’s going great, and I feel much better when I am. But let’s be serious, you really can’t go your whole life without a special treat every now and then. So I thought I would give salted caramel a try. It’s obviously a major trend right now, and has been for some time – obviously for good reason. It’s ooey-gooey and delicious, and perfectly salty.

Homemade salted caramel sauce is surprisingly easy to make. You literally just melt the sugar and add some butter, cream and salt. Put it over ice cream or dip some apples in it – or just eat it off the spoon. You can’t go wrong with this stuff.

Salted Caramel Sauce - ateaspoonofhappiness.com

Stay tuned because I’m using this sauce in another recipe later this week, and it’s going to be awesome. But for now, go to the kitchen and whip yourself up some of this salted caramel sauce.


Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks) – cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt


  1. In a large saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat.
  2. Allow the sugar to melt completely while stirring frequently with a wire whisk – sugar will start to clump before melting and turning brown in color.
  3. Once sugar is completely melted, add butter and whisk carefully until incorporated.
  4. Remove from heat and add cream and salt.
  5. Whisk until combined and smooth.
  6. Allow to caramel sauce to cool to room temperature.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg


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    moms dish
    October 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I love this recipe, thanks for sharing. I want to try it 🙂

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    October 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Salted caramel sauce is one of the greatest little pleasures in life! Gorgeous photography.

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    October 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    one of my favorite dessert sauces!

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    October 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Delicious, I made it for the first time today. Note: If you don’t use coarse sea salt, use less salt.

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    March 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Can I use simple cream instead of double cream? What difference would it make? Thank you.

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      Melissa Belanger
      March 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, you definitely can! It will just have a slightly thinner consistency. 🙂

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    October 11, 2015 at 11:27 am

    A new Canadian Thanksgiving tradition! Awesome on apple pie and thinking a drizzle on the pumpkin cheesecake won’t be a bad thing, either!

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      Melissa Belanger
      October 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      It would be really great on pumpkin cheesecake! I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

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    October 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

    How do you store it and how long will it keep?

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      Melissa Belanger
      October 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      We haven’t made it in forever since we’re dairy free now, but I would keep it no longer than 2 weeks in a mason jar or any airtight container.

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