Homemade butterscotch sauce made on the stovetop and ready in less than 15 minutes. Delicious topped on cupcakes or drizzled on ice cream and apples.
This homemade butterscotch sauce is creamy, smooth, and full of butterscotch deliciousness. It’s incredibly easy to make on the stovetop and takes less than 15 minutes to make.
This butterscotch sauce is incredibly simple to make and it only takes a few ingredients to make it.
Brown sugar, unsalted butter, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt are melted together to create this creamy and flavorful sauce. I add 1/3 cup of butterscotch morsels for a more intense flavor.
There are two important things to keep in mind when making this sauce. The sauce requires attention while it is on the stovetop to prevent burning. The sauce is stirred constantly while it cooks.
It’s also important to cook it on a low boil. That means, the sauce is bubbly but it’s not boiling hard. Taking precautions to these steps creates a well-balanced and flavored sauce.
Making Butterscotch Sauce
To make the sauce, use a medium-sized saucepan and add the butter. Melt the butter on low and slowly stir in the brown sugar. Combine the brown sugar and butter well, allowing the brown sugar to melt. It will be super grainy but keep stirring and it will start to break down. Add in the heavy cream and quickly stir to incorporate the heavy cream into the sugar mixture. It will look very milky and will start to turn into a golden brown color.
At this time, add in the butterscotch chips into the sauce mixture and keep stirring. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the saucepan to catch any grains of brown sugar that are stuck to the sides.
Bring the sauce to a LOW boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Once the 3 minutes are up, remove it from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the salt. Allow the sauce to cool.
A very important step to making this sauce is to allow the sauce to cool. Using hot sauce can melt desserts and cause the sauce to seep into them instead of being drizzled on top of them. Also, as the sauce cools, it thickens and is easier to work with when piping.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butterscotch morsels
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter add the brown sugar over medium heat.
- Allow the brown sugar to blend into the butter and melt.
- Add in the heavy cream and salt.
- Stir in the butterscotch chips allowing them to melt.
- Bring the sauce to a low boil and stir constantly for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract.
- Allow the sauce to cool before using it as a filling or topping.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 4.9gTrans Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 16.1gFiber: 0gSugar: 15.8gProtein: .2g