How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

Need a delicious treat to top your homemade desserts or ice cream? Learn how to make Butterscotch Sauce! This simple Homemade Butterscotch Sauce has just 4 ingredients.

Need a delicious treat to top your homemade desserts or ice cream? Learn how to make Butterscotch Sauce! This simple Homemade Butterscotch Sauce has just 4 ingredients. #homemadebutterscotchsauce #howtomakebutterscotch

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 so tasty and so easy 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. Plus if you enjoy sauces or treats on top of your ice cream or other desserts, they can really start to add up! So this simple recipe is totally worth your time!

Homemade 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

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, only let it boil for a minute before removing from heat. If you boil any longer than this, your sauce may end up being too hard to eat after you pour it on your ice cream.

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

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

How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

This sauce will slightly 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. Personally, I’m going to pour it over my Made-From-Scratch Brownies the next time I make them. YUM. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

Need a visual of how this sauce is made? Here’s a video! (If you can’t see it, watch it here on YouTube.)

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How to Make Butterscotch Sauce

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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, only let it boil for a minute before removing from heat. If you boil any longer than this, your sauce may end up being too hard to eat after you pour it on your ice cream.
  2. Once the sugar is completely melted and blended with the butter and milk, remove from the heat. Add in the vanilla. Whisk together and pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge.
  3. When you're ready to use it on your ice cream, warm the mixture up to make it a bit softer again.

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? Do you think you will give this homemade Butterscotch Sauce a try?

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This recipe for Homemade Butterscotch Sauce was originally published on Little House Living in June 2014. It has been updated as of July 2020.

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28 Comments

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. YUMMMMMMMM!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks.

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  12. Mmmm! I love butterscotch sauce and this looks very do-able! Must try this! Pinning! 🙂 Lisa

  13. 5 stars
    This is by far the most delicious recipe for butterscotch sauce ever! The only little tweak I made was to double the recipe and use 1 cup of brown and 1 cup of white sugar. Otherwise I followed the recipe.