Butterscotch Sauce Recipe with Three Variations

butterscotch sauce recipe

A butterscotch sauce recipe with three variations to make at home for that old-fashioned flavor. Serve them warm over ice cream, desserts, and cakes.

If you have purchased butterscotch sauce from the store and been disappointed in how it tasted like plastic and chemicals, try these easy-to-make recipes instead.

These old-fashioned recipes are made with real ingredients and taste just like you remember.


The combination of brown sugar, cream, and butter, when heated together, transforms into an aromatic sauce that is great on ice cream and can also be used over bread puddings, cakes, and other desserts.

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Basic Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

Basic Butterscotch Sauce Recipes
 
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Basic Butterscotch Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
Instructions
  1. In a small to medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir over medium heat until boiling.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve over ice cream and desserts. Store extra in refrigerator.
 

Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

Easy Butterscotch Sauce
 
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Easy Butterscotch Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small to medium saucepan combine all ingredients.
  2. Cook over medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and continue to cook 3-5 minutes longer, until mixture has thickened.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Makes 1 cup.
 

Praline Sundae Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

Praline Sundae Butterscotch Sauce
 
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Praline Sundae Butterscotch Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 16 fresh marshmallows
  • dash of salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, cream, marshmallows and salt.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes (224 degrees on a candy thermometer).
  4. Remove from heat and add butter; cool slightly.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and nuts.
  6. Serve warm over ice cream or other desserts.
  7. Makes 2 cups.
 

About the author

Laura Warnke

Laura Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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