Print Homemade Caramel Sauce Go Bold With Butter A classic caramel sauce is rich, gooey and is made extra glossy and thick with real butter. Here's your guide to making this delicious dessert topping. 20 min Cook Time Cook Time: 20 min Ingredients 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup heavy cream, warmed ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste Instructions Step 1 Combine butter and sugar in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Step 2 Let mixture melt and come to a simmer, occasionally swirling the pan or giving a gentle stir to prevent the sugar from burning. Try to avoid stirring too much to ensure the sugar doesn’t crystallize. Step 3 Allow mixture to cook until the color is deep golden brown. Step 4 Remove from heat and slowly pour in warmed heavy cream. Place the pan back over low heat and continue to stir until mixture is smooth and thickened. Step 5 Stir in vanilla and salt to taste and serve over ice cream or your favorite dessert!