Homemade Caramel Sauce - The Southern Lady Cooks

Make this homemade caramel sauce that keeps well in the refrigerator and you can double the recipe.  Caramel sauce is wonderful over ice cream.  Drizzle it over popcorn and add a few nuts for caramel corn. You can use caramel sauce for a dip for fruit such as apples or stir a little in your morning coffee. I have been making this caramel sauce for years and my family loves it.  This recipe for caramel sauce is adapted from an old Mennonite cookbook that is over 40 years old.  I love caramel sauce over just about any dessert such as cake and my grandson adds it to his milk for a tasty treat.

Homemade Caramel sauce ingredients needed:

Brown sugar



Vanilla extract

Evaporated milk

pinch of salt


Only a few simple ingredients and you have a great sauce that is super versatile. I keep this caramel sauce in the refrigerator and it will keep for at least a week, however it never last that long at my house. If you love this sauce, you will also love this delicious cinnamon syrup. It’s great on this delicious Sorghum Cake!

Homemade Caramel Sauce - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Caramel Sauce

The Southern Lady Cooks
These easy to make caramel sauce is wonderful over ice cream, cakes, popcorn, pancakes, waffles or pretty much anything! Keeps well too. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup butter or 12 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • pinch of salt


  • Bring brown sugar, water and butter to a boil in a saucepan on top of the stove. Boil 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often to keep from burning. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, evaporated milk and salt
  • Stir well. Pour into a container and refrigerate. Sauce will thicken after being in refrigerator for a while. This caramel sauce makes a great gift. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
Keyword caramel sauce
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