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Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
A fabulous, silky smooth sauce with the delicious flavors of butter and brown sugar, this Easy Butterscotch Sauce is wonderful drizzled on ice cream, tarts, pies and so much more!
Course: Dessert Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterscotch sauce, easy butterscotch sauce
Servings: 32 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • ½ cup butter (I used salted. If you use unsalted, increase the kosher salt to ¾ teaspoon at the end.)
  • cups dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Scotch whiskey (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon flaky salt
  • additional flaky sea salt such as Maldon, for serving
  1. In a medium-size sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and lemon juice and stir to combine. The mixture will look like wet sand.

  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a slow steady boil and continue cooking, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture looks smooth rather than grainy. (At first the butter and brown sugar may seem to be separated but it will come together as it cooks.)
  3. Stand back a little (as the mixture will sputter a bit) and add the heavy cream. Stir to combine then return to a low steady boil. Cook for another 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vanilla, Scotch (if using) and sea salt. Sir to combine.

  4. Transfer to glass jars and allow to cool completely. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Store in the refrigerator when not in use. The sauce will keep well for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
  5. Rewarm gently before serving in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Do not bring to a boil when rewarming. Serve the sauce drizzled over ice cream, pies, tarts, apple and pear desserts, pumpkin desserts, etc. Sprinkle with a pinch of extra flaky sea salt when serving.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Makes 2 cups of butterscotch sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.