This homemade butterscotch sauce is salty, sweet and toasted all the same time! A combination of caramel and toffee it goes great with almost anything you want to drizzle on. Made with only 5 ingredients and in only 10 minutes this is going to become an all time favorite!
For a long time I used to think that making butterscoth sauce at home was hard. I imagined those candy factories with their double boilers and copper pots and thermometers everywhere. So I never tried to make it at home. Until now. And let me tell you I was SO wrong. Making butterscotch sauce at home is really easy!
And of course, you’re going to love our homemade caramel sauce recipe, too! They’re both a perfect addition to your recipe collection!
Butterscotch has a distinct flavor that makes it amazing! It has some caramel and toasted notes, but it’s a bit salty. It also tastes similar to toffee. Basically like if toffee and salted caramel had a child. It’s delicious over ice cream, cake, bars and pancakes.
How to make Butterscotch Sauce
Like I said, making butterscotch at home is one of the easiest things ever!
- Melt butter in a big saucepan over medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
- Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for around 5 minutes while stirring. The sauce will get a caramel color and the sugar will be completely incorporated.
- Then transfer to a container and let it cool down completely. it will continue thickening while cooling down.
FAQ’s about Butterscotch Sauce:
Q: What is the difference between caramel sauce and butterscotch sauce?
A: Traditional caramel sauce is made with white granulated sugar while butterscotch sauce is made with brown sugar. Also, caramel doesn’t have to include butter (and most of times it’s not included!) while butterscotch always has butter mixed in. And toffee? Well, toffee is just butterscotch sauce that’s cooked for a bit longer.
Q: Why is it called butterscotch sauce?
A: A lot of people think the name is for the alcohol, however there’s no scotch in butterscotch! The name comes from “scotched” or scorched butter which is a must when making butterscotch.
Q: How can you store butterscotch sauce?
A: I like to keep it in my refrigerator where it lasts perfectly fine for around 8 days. Once I’m ready to serve it I give it a quick pop in the oven to melt it again.
IF YOU LOVE THIS BUTTERSCOTH SAUCE RECIPE, SPEND A FEW MINUTES CHECKING OUT THESE OTHER RECIPES THAT YOU CAN PAIR WITH IT:
Make these salted caramel cheesecake bars and change the salted caramel for butterscotch sauce!
Or whip up this amazing 5 ingredient chocolate sorbet that’s super quick and easy.
And you can also make these Oreo pumpkin cheesecake bars that are so delicious everyone will ask for the recipe!
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Butterscotch Sauce Recipe
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp large-flake salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan at medium heat, melt the butter. Slowly incorporate the brown sugar, salt and heavy cream and stir to combine.
Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally.
Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Transfer the Butterscotch sauce to a container and let it cool down completely before serving it.