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Quick & Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

An amazing dessert sauce that goes particularly well with ice-cream and pudding.

Course Dessert
Cuisine England
Keyword best butterscotch sauce, easy butterscotch sauce, quick butterscotch sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1255 kcal
Author Nicolas



  1. Put the brown sugar and butter in a pot over medium heat stirring occasionally until the butter has melted, the sugar has dissolved through and the mixture starts to bubble.

  2. Next, slowly and gently add your cream and stir through until well combined.

  3. Bring the sauce to a boil, then as soon as it's boiling bring the heat down to a gentle simmer. Let the sauce bubble for about 5 minutes until you have a nice saucy consistency. Keep an eye on the sauce, making sure it doesn't bubble over.

  4. DO NOT TOUCH THE SAUCE as it is extremely hot and any form of boiling sugar can burn through layers of skin.

  5. Once the sauce is done, turn the heat off, add your vanilla extract, stir through one last time and leave to cool for a bit.
  6. Store in a jam jar or something similar and leave in the fridge until you're ready to use it again.

Recipe Notes

  • This sauce will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks. 
  • This sauce is amazing on sticky date pudding, bread pudding, Christmas pudding, ice-cream, pancakes, cakes, waffles and cinnamon rolls.
  • To make vegan butterscotch sauce, add 1/4 cup of coconut cream to every 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar to a pot. Then simmer the 2 ingredients for 5 minutes.
  • If you want to thicken the vegan butterscotch sauce, add a slurry my mixing 2 teaspoons of water and cornflour in a bowl/container, then adding that mixture to the sauce as it simmers. 
  • Use can replace brown sugar with honey, maple syrup and/or golden syrup. If however, you want to give this butterscotch sauce a darker colour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
Quick & Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1255 Calories from Fat 668
% Daily Value*
Fat 74.2g114%
Saturated Fat 46.8g293%
Cholesterol 207mg69%
Sodium 551mg24%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 150.3g50%
Sugar 146.1g162%
Protein 2.7g5%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.