How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

by Merissa on June 4, 2014

in Recipes

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce - Little House Living

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

Summer is here and that means it's time for all things cold!  Snow cones, watermelon, ice tea, and homemade ice cream!  And what better to go with your homemade ice cream than a delicious butterscotch sauce?  This butterscotch sauce is delicious and so easy to make.

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

Why learn how to make butterscotch sauce?  Mainly because the sauce you find in the store is loaded with nasty stuff.  High fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and fake dyes.  Yuck!  So this simple recipe is totally worth your time!

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

What You Need:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce


Place the brown sugar, butter, and milk in a small pan over medium heat.  Stir continually.  This part is tricky because you want to melt but not burn the sugar.  To make sure you don't burn it, stir continually and when the mixture starts to boil, remove it from the heat until it stops boiling.  Then, put it back on the burner and keep stirring until it begins to boil again and remove.  Do this until the sugar is melted.  I had to go back and forth three or four times until the graininess of the sugar was gone.

Once the sugar is completely melted and blended with the butter and milk, remove from the heat and add the vanilla.  Whisk together and pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge.

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

When you're ready to use it on your ice cream, warm the mixture up to make it a liquid again.

This sauce will kind of harden up on your ice cream, similar to the chocolate shell toppings on the market.  It's not as crunchy as the shell, but is so delicious!  It would also be yummy mixed into a cookie recipe or poured over strawberry shortcake or a banana split.  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!

Need more delicious desserts to make this summer? Make sure to check out our Desserts and Treats recipe page!

Do you make homemade ice cream in the summer?


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Audrey June 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm

oh I love butterscotch and this looks so simple.


2 Maria June 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Wow I love how simple this is! Your butterscotch sauce sounds so good!


3 Cynthia L June 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

Oh my, I need to get in the kitchen and make some of this right now. I am a fan of butterscotch, but have never made it. I have tried caramel, but not butterscotch!


4 Jeanette Wood June 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

Seriously, this looks amazing! I am putting it on my “to try” list soon! Thanks for posting!


5 Trish June 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

YUM! Sounds like the perfect sauce and a MUST try.


6 Bobbi June 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

MMM…pinning this to make my own sauce :))

Thanks for sharing!!


7 Heather @ My Overflowing Cup June 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

This is very similar to the recipe I use for our syrup. Have you ever tried this over pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc? I believe that if you add a pinch (about 1/8 tsp) of baking soda, it may not harden. I’m not positive on that, but it’s a thought. You could even try adding this to your oatmeal – it’s delicious! I often add a little cinnamon, too. 🙂


8 Kristine June 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Does anyone know if you can can this recipe? I’m thinking not becuase of the milk but it would be nice to make larger qauntities.


9 Stacey June 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Sounds like the perfect topping for all the homemade ice cream we make in the summer. 🙂 Pinning.


10 Jennifer Johnson June 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

Yummy! I love butterscotch.


11 Sandra June 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

sounds yummy! Pinning! Thanks for linking up with the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious4You


12 Regina Partain June 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

Thanks for linking up on the Pintastic Pinteresting Party. This looks like a fabulous recipe. And who doesn’t like butterscotch. I totally agree about making your own sauces, and add syrup to that list as well. They are usually easy to make and don’t take a lot of ingredients or time. Thanks again for sharing.


13 Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz June 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I would have to double the batch. Yum! Featuring you this week on Tips and Tricks Link Party over on Eazy Peazy Mealz


14 Kristy July 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

Just made this as I had no cream for my regular butterscotch sauce and it was DEEEEELICIOUS! and sooo easy. Thanks for the recipe 🙂


15 dallas August 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Yummy! So how long will it last in the fridge, and can we can this? Water bath canning or pressure cooker? This would make a great gift to go with home made ice cream!


16 Dulcie January 18, 2015 at 6:10 pm

My husband and I loved this! It’s the best butterscotch recipe I gave ever made.


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