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Easy Caramel Sauce

A deep, rich, creamy caramel sauce that is amazing over ice cream and decadent desserts.
Course: Desserts
Author: Kristi


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine sugar and water in a large saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and boil gently, without stirring, until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan (about 8 minutes). (Swirling the pan, instead of stirring, promotes more even cooking.)
  • Slowly add whipping cream (sauce will bubble vigorously).
  • Add butter; stir gently until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.