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Make the most delicious and easy homemade Butterscotch Sauce recipe using just three ingredients and a pinch of sea salt. Ready in 5 minutes, this simple syrup is the perfect topping for your favorite desserts!
Oh, how I love this easy sauce for dessert! Homemade butterscotch syrup makes everything better. My kids love it over pancakes and waffles, and I love to drizzle it over a spoonful of plain vanilla ice cream or use it as a dip for apple slices. You could even use it to flavor coffee.
This is a classic sauce and, if you ask me, a staple. The best part about this recipe, though, is how easy it is to make. With just 3 simple ingredients plus a pinch of sea salt, and only 5 minutes on the stove, this is the easiest dessert sauce you will ever make.
You read that right - 5 minutes! No need to worry about accidentally scorching your pan making this sauce. It's the best butterscotch sauce to serve over ice cream and to elevate any dessert.
What is butterscotch?
Butterscotch is a thick and syrupy sauce similar to caramel. It has a sweet flavor and sticky texture that make it perfect for topping ice cream, or for making recipes like cookies, pudding, pie, cake, and so much more.
Butterscotch vs. Caramel
The difference between caramel and butterscotch is simple: butterscotch uses brown sugar instead of white sugar. It's also not essential for caramel to use butter, but it is necessary for this sauce.
What is butterscotch made of?
Three simple ingredients: brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream. We add a pinch of sea salt to our recipe that is a delicious complement to the sweet sugar. The sea salt is what really rounds it out and makes this easy sauce recipe extra special.
Can I use it as a substitute for caramel?
You absolutely could, although the flavors are not the same. The difference between brown and white sugar is molasses, so this sauce has a slight molasses flavor and is richer from the butter used in the recipe.
Store in an airtight container such as a jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Reheat in a saucepan over low heat for a few minutes until it reaches its original consistency, or microwave it in 30 second intervals.
This sauce can be frozen! However, it uses heavy cream, which expands when it freezes, so do not freeze it in a glass container.
Allow it to cool, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container and seal tightly. Label with the freezing date and store frozen for up to 3 months.
Allow to thaw in the refrigerator and reheat over low heat on the stove.
This is one of the best sauces for ice cream, pancakes, cookies, and dessert recipes of all kinds. Here are some of the best recipes to pair with our butterscotch sauce recipe:
- 2-ingredient Chocolate Sauce
- Homemade Strawberry Topping
- Vanilla Whipped Cream
- Caramelized Apple Topping
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Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe
- Small sauce pan
- 2 Tbsp. butter unsalted
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Combine 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, ⅓ cup light brown sugar, and ⅓ cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the butter melts and the ingredients are fully combined.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 4 minutes. Once 4 minutes is up, remove from heat and stir in a pinch of sea salt. Let cool before serving, and enjoy!