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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

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.

A jar of homemade butterscotch sauce with a spoon risen above the jar with sauce dripping.

Homemade Sauce

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 ⅓ cup of butterscotch morsels for a more intense flavor.

A jar of butterscotch sauce with the sauce spilt over the side of the har.

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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.

Ingredients in Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

A jar of butterscotch sauce with the sauce spilled over the side of the har.

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How to Make Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Add the butter and brown sugar to a saucepan- 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. 

Stir in the heavy cream- 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. 

Add the butterscotch chips- At this time, add 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. 

Boil on low- 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.

Store the butterscotch sauce in the refrigerator.

TIP: A bottle fitted with a nozzle is an easy way to drizzle sauces.

A jar of homemade butterscotch sauce with a spoon risen above the jar with sauce dripping back into the jar.

A very important step in 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.

📖 Recipe

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Yield: 1 Cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade butterscotch sauce made on the stovetop and ready in less than 15 minutes. Delicious topped on cupcakes or drizzled on icecream and apples.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup butterscotch morsels


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter add the brown sugar over medium heat.
  2. Allow the brown sugar to blend into the butter and melt.
  3. Add in the heavy cream and salt.
  4. Stir in the butterscotch chips allowing them to melt.
  5. Bring the sauce to a low boil and stir constantly for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  7. Allow the sauce to cool before using it as a filling or topping.
  8. 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

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