Golden Butterscotch Sauce

This butterscotch sauce recipe is ‘golden’ in a few senses of the word.  In color, yes, but also in that it’s one of the easiest recipes you can have up your sleeve. The sauce acts as a perfect gift.  Seemingly time-consuming, yet in all honesty a cinch to make.

All the glory…without all the hard work! Need I say more?

Only a few materials are required here: a glass jar, a nice bow & string, and voila, your fresh Butterscotch sauce.

Butterscotch Sauce

This one really starts with everything going into the pot, except the cream.  This is the only ingredient that gets added in stages, then reduced.  Add/Reduce.  Add/Reduce.  Add/Reduce.

Last are the finishing touches of salt and vanilla, and ta-da, a perfect sauce.  Be sure to add in the salt, otherwise it is too sweet!

This butterscotch has a great shelf life of 3-6 months in refrigerator, but will tend to lose its emulsion.  Don’t fear, you can reconstitute it!  Heat it back up and whip it thoroughly with a whisk (or pulse a few times with an immersion blender).   To reheat, pop it in microwave for short intervals, or use low heat in saucepan.  (For tall glass jars, reconstitute by letting jar sit in hot water, and then pour from jar and whip thoroughly.)

Package your sauce, add a hint of decor, and give this one-pot wonder to those you love most.

Credits: Mindy Segal, Cookie Love

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Golden Butterscotch Sauce

By TheSweetNerd  

May 1, 2016

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins


1½ cups light brown sugar

1½ cups dark brown sugar

1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 vanilla bean split lengthwise (optional)

4 cups heavy cream

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

1 ½ tsp sea salt flakes

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1Combine butter & sugar in a large 5 quart pot over low flame.

2Once melted, raise heat to medium-high and add 1 cup cream and vanilla bean. In three more batches, add 1 cup of cream at a time until vigorously boiling for about 5 minutes. Stir constantly while boiling to prevent burning. After last batch is boiled for 5 minutes, turn off heat. Then add last ingredients, salt and vanilla extract.

3Butterscotch keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

4*Note: Butterscotch will seize when kept in refrigerator. To rewarm, place in hot water (about ¾ way up bottle or jar) until it liquefies again. Or you can rewarm in microwave in 15 second intervals.

Note: This recipe is from Mindy Segal, Cookie Love


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