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Salted Caramel Sauce

Easy homemade salted caramel in minutes! A perfect topping for a wide variety of desserts.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel


  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Add sugar, cream of tartar and water to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook without stirring until mixture begins to caramelize. Use a rubber spatula to gentle stir occasionally until mixture reaches a honey color.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, continue to cook until mixture turns a deep amber, roughly 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, immediately whisk in vanilla and butter. Whisk in cream and sea salt. Cool slightly in pan before pouring into glass storage or a bowl for immediate use.
  • Cool completely before covering and chilling. Warm before using.
  • Store chilled for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe makes roughly 1 cup.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel