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

Small Batch Salted Caramel Sauce

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Keyword food gift ideas, salted caramel sauce, small batch salted caramel sauce, tips for cooking sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2.5 cups
Calories 1000kcal
Author Lauren


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter cut into tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


Calories: 1000kcal | Carbohydrates: 176g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 173g | Vitamin A: 1409IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg