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Microwave (Real Deal) Caramel Sauce - decadently delicious, old fashioned caramel sauce made with an easy, new fangled method!
Microwave Caramel Sauce (the real deal)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Decadently delicious, old fashioned caramel sauce made with an easy, new-fangled method!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 76 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Stir the sugar, corn syrup and water together in a 3-4 cup microwave-safe measuring cup or glass bowl.

  2. Microwave on high (full) power until the mixture is just beginning to brown, 4 to 8 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave. Check at 4 minutes and every 15-30 seconds after.).

  3. Remove the caramel from the microwave and set aside for 5 minutes or until it darkens to a rich honey brown.

  4. Carefully, add heavy cream (the mixture will be hot). If you end up with any lumps of caramel, just return the sauce to the microwave for 30 seconds and stir well again. Repeat as needed.

  5. Add butter and vanilla. Whisk ingredients together till smooth. The mixture will thicken a bit as it cools.

  6. If not using right away, transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator. Warm slightly in the microwave before serving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Nutrition Facts
Microwave Caramel Sauce (the real deal)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 4mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.