This Butterscotch Sauce Recipe was initially published on Sunday Supper Movement where I am a contributor.
My love affair with butterscotch started out when my grandmother first introduced me to hard butterscotch candies. Is it a requirement for all grandparents to have butterscotch candies all over their home to bribe grandchildren with? I’ll let you know in 60 years.
Over the years, I discovered how EASY it is to make butterscotch sauce as a way to get my butterscotch fix in the comfort of my own home.
What is butterscotch?
Let’s get down to basics. What even is butterscotch? Well, it’s a confection made of melted butter and brown sugar. In its many forms it can have extra ingredients (think heavy cream, corn syrup, salt, and more) but butter and brown sugar are always the base.
What is the difference between caramel sauce and butterscotch sauce?
Caramel sauce is made with granulated sugar while butterscotch sauce is made with brown sugar.
Much like how when you make cookies with brown sugar they turn out seriously gooey and decadent, the brown sugar in butterscotch allows for a richer sweet flavor. Sorry caramel, butterscotch sauce will always be my favorite.
While in some instances you could use butterscotch and caramel sauce interchangeably, once you make this super easy quick butterscotch sauce recipe, you’ll never go back to caramel!
How to make butterscotch sauce
- Combined the butter, sugar and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until the butter has melted and all of the ingredients have combined.
- Turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add in salt. Let cool a few minutes before serving.
Should butterscotch sauce be refrigerated?
Since butterscotch sauce contains heavy cream, I would recommend storing it in an airtight container in your fridge.
How long will butterscotch sauce keep?
Stored in the fridge, this butterscotch sauce will last up to a month. Good luck not eating it for that long though! When you are ready to eat it, warm up in a microwave safe dish before serving.
Can you freeze butterscotch sauce?
Yes! Before you freeze your butterscotch sauce though, remember these tips:
The heavy cream in the sauce will expand when frozen so don’t use a glass container to store it in the freezer.
You can’t go from frozen to eating. You’ll need to thaw the sauce and then reheat it as you would the sauce you stored in the freezer.
Uses for butterscotch sauce
This won’t come as any surprise to you but I think the best way to use up your butterscotch sauce is in an ice cream sundae.
You can also use it as a topping when decorating cakes and cupcakes, mix it into a buttercream batter to make butterscotch buttercream or eat it straight up on fresh fruit!
More Butterscotch Recipes:
- Butterscotch Banana Parfaits
- Butterscotch Walnut Ice Cream
- Butterscotch Chocolate Fudge
- Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies
- Butterscotch Mason Jar Mousse
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ? cup light brown sugar
- ? cup heavy cream
- pinch of salt
- Combine butter, brown sugar and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until the butter has melted and the ingredients are fully combined.
- Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for four minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the salt.
- Let cool before serving.