Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

An easy caramel sauce recipe including variations for cinnamon, coffee, and brandy caramel sauce. Serve over ice cream or your favorite dessert like bread pudding.

What’s better than chocolate sauce on ice cream? Caramel sauce! Below is an easy caramel sauce recipe and a few variations to tempt your taste buds. Try cinnamon caramel sauce, coffee caramel sauce, or brandy caramel sauce.

Serve with whipped cream on your favorite dessert like bread pudding or cheesecake or drizzle on an ice cream sundae.

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Tip: Caramel dessert sauces and ice cream sundae toppings should be incredibly rich and silky smooth. You need to cook the sauce just long enough to bring it to a boil, but not too long or otherwise it will harden upon cooling.

Using a candy thermometer, bring it to a soft ball stage, which is between 235 degrees F and 240 degrees F. At this stage, if you took some of the syrup and dropped it into cold water, it would begin hardening and form a soft ball, thus the terminology.

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Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe
 
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An easy caramel sauce recipe including variations for cinnamon, coffee, and brandy caramel sauce. Serve over ice cream or your favorite dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup butter
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine all four ingredients and bring to a boil. Do not overcook.
  2. Using a candy thermometer, bring it to a soft ball stage, which is between 235 degrees F and 240 degrees F. At this stage, if you took some of the syrup and dropped it into cold water, it would begin hardening and form a soft ball, thus the terminology.
  3. Cook only to a softball stage and use a candy thermometer for best results.
  4. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  5. Cool and serve with whipped cream on your favorite dessert or ice cream sundae.
Notes
Variations to this easy caramel sauce recipe:

Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

Add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the basic recipe above. This makes for a very flavorful sauce.

Coffee Caramel Sauce

Add 1 Tablespoon of freshly brewed coffee to the basic recipe above and cook as directed.

Brandy Caramel Sauce

Add 1 Tablespoon brandy or bourbon to the basic recipe above and cook as directed.

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