DIY: Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Fall is here and I love all that it brings!!  One of my favorite things to make this time of year is caramel sauce!   This would make a great homemade gift for the holidays – maybe a fun hostess gift when you attend a get-together, too. It is so versatile and really quite simple to make! There are only 4 simple ingredients – all it really requires is a little patience!

DIY: Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (you can also use milk, even skim milk – it won’t be as decadent, but it will help your waist line :) )



  • Using a heavy sauce pan, add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  • Place on medium high heat and stir constantly (using a wooden spoon)  until all the water dissolves and it begins to boil.
  • After it begins to boil do not stir.
  • This next part takes the longest!  Wait until the sugar has reached a dark amber color.  The lighter the color the less caramel flavor-if you like a lighter caramel don’t wait quite as long.
  • Once the sugar has reached a dark amber,  remove from heat.

  • Add 1 tablespoon butter,  stir constantly.
  • Add ½ cup heavy cream-the mixture will foam up.
  • Continue stirring until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour mixture in glass jars and store in refrigerator.

We love it on ice cream, in our morning coffee, in apple cider, dip for apples, on apple pie, apple cake, or really just by the spoonful!!!

Price Comparison – Homemade Caramel Sauce vs Store-Bought Caramel Sauce


To make caramel sauce, it costs about $1 to make 8 oz. If you want to buy good, pre-made caramel sauce in the stores, it is about $2 for 8 oz. , so that’s a 50% savings.  Once you make it homemade,  you won’t be able to go back to the store bought stuff!!

Apple Pie Recipe using Caramel Sauce:


  • (2) 9” prepared pie crusts
  • 7 cups tart apples (the key to using apples to bake is using ones that are smooth on bottom-the bumpier on the bottom the less well they bake)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz. prepared caramel sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons butter


  • Place one prepared crust in greased pie pan
  • In bowl mix sliced, peeled apples, sugars, lemon juice, flour, salt and cinnamon
  • Place mixture in pie dish
  • Pour slightly warmed caramel over the top
  • Place butter in pats over the top
  • Put top crust on and crimp edges
  • Place pie in 400 degree oven for  50-60 min.
  • After it’s finished baking, remove from oven & let it cool at least 45 minutes before serving

You may want to use crust guards to ensure the edges don’t get too brown.

Mmm, apple pie with caramel sauce on top!

What are your favorite fall recipes?

By TNWM Contributor Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts


  1. kat says

    Sounds great for me but most of my family is lactose intollerant can you use soy-rice or almond milk it is so hard to get recipes for desserts

  2. Farinaz says

    Or you can just boil an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water for 3-4 hours. Stick on a cute label and give as a gift….SUPER YUMMY Caramel and no mess to clean up:)

    • Ami says

      I have made this for years… just keep adding water to the pot as it will boil down. This is soooooooo good and creamy.. I got the idea from my Italian friends…

  3. DWC says

    Just a FYI – when I clicked the “print friendly” button to print out this recipe, I got 5 pages of ads before I cancelled the print. I didn’t wait long enough for the recipe printout due to the waste of paper and ink. Bummer.

  4. Jen says

    DWC – I’m not sure why that was the case for you. I just tried it using the Print Friendly button & it printed just 3 pages, with only the info from the post & pictures. Maybe try it again?

  5. Julie says

    Ironically, the first step is the same way I make sugar wax for, well, waxing; plus a little vinegar or lemon juice. :)

  6. Jen says

    I’m not sure about the almond milk, but she said that lactose-free milk would probably be best – the soy definitely does change the flavor.

  7. sarah says

    Hi christina,
    I have never tried it with almond milk, but I don’t see why you couldn’t -It will change the flavor though, but honestly almond and caramel sounds really good:)

  8. Molly says

    Am I the only one who got their caramel a little too dark (burnt) (twice?!) I watched the pot, but was not quick enough apparently to avoid. Can you tell that I love caramel but am too cheap to buy it? I’m going to try again once the kiddos are asleep and I can watch the whole time. Good thing my hubby likes flan!