Jar of salted caramel sauce with gooey caramel drips down the side.

Small Batch Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: dessert


Perfect, buttery, sweet and smooth salted caramel sauce in a size perfect for gift giving or to add to desserts.  This recipe uses a candy thermometer for no fail results.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan combine sugar, corn syrup and water.  Stir over medium-high heat until the sugar melts into a grainy sauce and there are no more lumps – the sugar does not need to be completely melted.  Cook without stirring 8 to 10 minutes until caramel turns amber color and remove from heat.Perfect amber color of salted caramel before adding cream
  2. Slowly pour in heavy cream while stirring – mixture will steam and bubble.  Return to heat and cook until the mixture reaches 238°F on a candy thermometer.  salted caramel sauce after adding heavy cream
  3. Transfer caramel to a heat proof bowl and stir in salt.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until it melts completely before adding the next butter.


When picking out your pan, choose a good quality sauce pan with a thick bottom and enough space to allow for 2 to 3 inches of bubbling sugar (when you add the cream).

If you’re worried about burning the sugar, you can always start off on a lower heat and cook for longer.

If you only have salted butter, leave out the additional salt.

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