Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
This has been on amazingly fun week of ice cream-related treats! The banana split ice cream cake was definitely a highlight of the summer so far, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed trying my hand at a lot of different homemade ice cream toppings. To close out the week, I’m sharing with you an absolutely fantastic recipe for butterscotch sauce. Given my love of peanut butter and hot fudge, butterscotch has never been one of my go-to flavors when it comes to ice cream and sundaes, but I do enjoy it on occasion. As I’ve found out as I tackle more and more DIY food projects, my appreciation for a lot of things has grown immensely when I make it myself. Not only is there the satisfaction in making it from scratch, but the flavor just can’t compare to anything you get from a bottle or jar at the store. Butterscotch is definitely one of those instances – I could easily see this sauce taking up a permanent residence in my ice cream sundae rotation. It’s thick, rich and full of warm, buttery flavor. It basically tastes like the world’s best Werther’s Original (in liquid form, of course).
I’ve always thought that caramel and butterscotch were very similar, but after making both I can appreciate the differences between them. While caramel is made from melting down and cooking granulated sugar until just before it burns then adding cream and a small amount of butter, a butterscotch sauce is made by gently boiling together butter and brown sugar along with cream. There is a definite difference in flavor – the butterscotch is much sweeter thanks to the brown sugar and has that melt-in-your-mouth quality that can only be derived by a healthy dose of butter.
I love that I have so many ice cream options now; I feel like an ice cream sundae party with a toppings bar is in order!
What are some of your favorite toppings? I still need to tackle peanut butter; are there any others you’d like to see?
One year ago: Malted Milk Ice Cream
Two years ago: Ultimate Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Split
Three years ago: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Four years ago: Hearty Whole Wheat Bread
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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
- ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup (220 g) dark brown sugar
- 1 cup (238 ml) heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon fleur de sel, or other flaky sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, cream and salt, and whisk until well blended. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat slightly and gently boil for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Serve warm or at room temperature (the sauce will thicken as it cools). Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and re-warm before using.
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I made this butterscotch syrup and was happy at how simple the ingredients and the recipe were. I may have put a bit more salt than the recipe called for, but when I make it again, I’ll use a little less than called for. Delish! Thanks
I made this recipe for a party at a friend’s house who was serving Ice Cream for dessert. Now everyone asks for it whenever I come to a party ~ did you make Butterscotch Sauce? This is wonderful stuff and well worth the very little effort & time it takes to make it! Thanks!
Noticed majority of comments were that recipe looked delish and that commenter wanted to make it. I made the sauce and want to say that the one teaspoon of salt is way too much, especially if you are using salted butter, which I did. I would try just a small sprinkle of salt before adding anymore because I’ve got a batch of sauce that is way too salty.
Made this yesterday for my best friend as a cupcake drizzle for her Birthday as she Loves Butterscotch. Well I’m 31 and have never had homemade so was not sure of what to expect and neither did my bestie as she has only had store bought also.
Followed all directions. Let it cool and jarred it up for people to spoon on as wanted. Well I let the older family member’s try it before Birthday bestie arrived & They Absolutely LOVED IT!!!!!!! Great Grandma even snuck a cupcake with Butterscotch on it before anyone else arrived. Even the kids love it & I actually just made another batch of it so Thank You for this recipe which I will be using over and over again and I Look forward to trying more of your recipe. Especially a peanut butter one like this one if you have… Thanx Again!!!!! (Sorry for the long message) (I had to stop because it was going to be longer. Lol)
Should you be stirring after you reduce the heat and let it boil for five minutes?
And can this be jarred and reheated or should it all be used at once?
Hi Lisa, No, you should not stir while it gently boils for 5 minutes. It can be jarred and reheated.
Just made this…love it. I didn’t have the flake salt so used kosher, it’s a little saltier than the butterscotch sauces I’ve had but I love salted carmal so it’s all good. Giving this to my dad for Father’s Day…he loves butterscotch.
How do I keep the warm butterscotch from hardening when I pour it over ice cream? In other words, is there something I can add to keep it runny? Is that what light corn syrup’s for?
Hi Victoria, This didn’t harden on me, but I know what you mean – some sauces do stiffen up once they hit the cold ice cream. I’m not sure if corn syrup would help, as I’ve tried some other sauces with that in it, and they have hardened.
Maybe I just cooked it for too long. Good to know that yours didn’t harden, so I’ll keep trying. Thanks!
I made this with white sugar (tried a few things, but the brown sugar refused to be anything other than a brick) and it turned out a really weird yellow color, but it tastes ahmaazing! I used pink himalaya salt and forget to add the vanilla, and I’m not sure if it actually tastes like butterscotch, but it tastes almost exactly like “knekk”, a Norwegian christmas candy :)
Hi Michelle, do you think I could cut this recipe in half? And, how long does it last in fridge? Same with hot fudge… Thanks!
Hi Noreen, Yes, you could definitely cut this in half. You can keep it (and the hot fudge) for up to 2 or 3 weeks. Enjoy!
This looks amazing.
One question. I don’t have any fleur de sel in the house. Is it okay to substitute regular table salt? I assume much less would be needed in that case? What do you think?
Hi Kate, You could add a very small pinch of table salt. Enjoy!
Made this last night for our upcoming Ice Cream Party. Ridiculously easy to make and oh. so. good.
Love the sauce, I would cut back the amount of salt next time….just a little to salty for my taste
I wan’t it !!!! gnammy
omg !!!!!!! I want it NOWWWW !!!!
LOVE! Ooey, gooey, delicious!
This looks amazingly good! I never knew exactly what the difference in the two were until now. Makes me want a bowl on ice cream to go with it!
yum! what flavour ice cream would taste nice with this?
I love vanilla with butterscotch!
The first thing I thought of when I saw this was homemade butterbeer LOL! Can’t wait to make it!
Oh I love butterscotch soooo much so, even better than caramel so this is a total treasure for me. Thanks for sharing.
Oh yum!!! Butterscotch is just as good as caramel. I heart ice cream! I think my favorite topping would have to be this butterscotch or cherries, but any kind of candy is always fun too, like peanut butter cups or kit kat pieces.
—Oh, MYyyyyy, I will make this. Lovely. Thank You!
You’re the ice cream queen, lady! I think the butterscotch may move up to number 1 on my to do list!
oh my gosh, i cannot wait to try this!!!
This would be my husbands all time favorite sauce, I am going to have to make this sometime this summer!
Oh and of course I am awaiting your peanut butter recipe as well. And marshmallow! Fluffernutter sundae!
You just blew my mind! Fluffernutter sundae! This must happen!
I would love to see a recipe for Wet Walnut topping. I grew up in central PA and we had it there but now I live in AZ and people look at me like I have two heads when I mention it. I am not sure if it’s around the Pittsburgh area either? I used to work at Dairy Queen….and there is nothing better than a hot fudge wet walnut sundae!
Wet walnut sounds vaguely familiar; I will have to look into it. Either way, I know I’d love it!
I saw this Tweeted and my face lit up. I love butterscotch anything, and the fact that you compared it to Werther’s makes it even better. Have you ever made cherry ice cream topping? One of my favorites!
Oooh, I have not! Sounds delicious though, I will add it to my list!
I love butterscotch and this looks so delish. I would be visiting this jar of butterscotch all day long until it was gone. YUM.
YUM! Just give me a spoon – no ice cream needed!
Oh this is mouthwatering! I love butterscotch sauce…those pics are so tempting!
I didn’t quite know the different between caramel and butterscotch either. Thanks!
Loving all the sauces lately!!
I used to always get butterscotch on ice cream-then I worked at an ice cream store and stopped eating it all together-I’m back on the wagon now and there is a batch of ice cream destined to be made this weekend. Perhaps it’s time for a return to butterscotch. Oh-and if you’re taking requests marshmallow sauce would be a great one, because then I could make tin roof sundaes just like at our town’s (sadly now defunct) ice cream stand!
This sounds so delicious! Love this idea!
Homemade butterscotch sauce! Wow! I’d love this on my morning waffles…ice cream, granola and almost on anything. My friend also uses butterscotch sauce (storebought) as filling for her sponge cake layers. I am sure she will be thrilled if I can share her this homemade version. This sauce will definitely give more charm to ordinary treats.
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*Drool* My favourite childhood pudding at school was Butterscotch Tart. I have never been able to find a proper recipe for it. Do you have any plans for this sauce?? : D
I love butterscotch but it’s not something that I’ve really had a lot of since I was a kid – I definitely need to change that!
Got to agree – home made stuff just has so much more depth in the flavour dept! This sauce looks really yummy! I love butterscotch! I cant wait to make this! xxx
I want to take a bath in that! love butterscotch – and this looks so easy. TOO easy :)
I love butterscotch. Looks so easy to make!
This seems less intimidating than caramel for some reason. And I love butterscotch on my ice cream, so I hunk this is a must make topping.
*think, not hunk
Peanut butter… is simply delicious and the best. But suddenly this butterscotch is looking pretty good too!
What I’ve done with peanut butter before is simply melted it in a saucepan with no additional ingredients. Pour the extra back in your peanut butter jar, and it solidifies when it reaches room temperature. (That is if you have any extra…)
Butterscotch is my fav! I think I need ice cream now.
WOW!!! That is some really good Butter Scotch Sauce. Thanks!