How To Make A Really Easy Butterscotch Sauce

4 ingredients & less than 10 minutes is all you need to make this easy butterscotch sauce recipe.

A good old butterscotch sauce is just one of those things that you need in your life. It’s the perfect thing for drizzling over desserts, pouring over the top of ice cream… or maybe just eating a sneaky teaspoon or two on it’s own. This Easy Butterscotch Sauce has only 4 ingredients (or 5 if you include the optional sea salt… which is optional, but totally necessary in my opinion!!).

A small glass bottle filled with butterscotch sauce

It will take you less than 10 minutes to make this yummy little sauce – which is absolutely nothing! It will seriously take you longer to decide which of your favourite desserts you’re going to drizzle it over.

Butterscotch sauce in a small glass bottle next to a cake stand

If I had to choose my favourite dessert to have with this butterscotch sauce (which can I just say, is really, really hard to do!!), I think I’d have to say:

See I told you it was a hard choice!

If you’re a really lovely friend, then why not whip up a big double batch, pour it into cute glass jars and give them to your friends as a delicious little DIY gift. Perfect for birthdays and Christmas… especially when your friends love sweets (and lets face it – who on earth doesn’t!!).

A close up of a spoon dripping butterscotch sauce into a bottle

Being the little time-saver I like to be, I’ll usually make a batch of this butterscotch sauce and pop it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 5 days. Then it’s just a matter of scooping a bit out (it will go hard as it sets), popping it into the microwave to reheat and then sloshing it over your dessert. Yum!

Easy Butterscotch Sauce

How To Make A Really Easy Butterscotch Sauce

A good old butterscotch sauce is just the perfect thing for drizzling over desserts, pouring over the top of ice cream...
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: sauces
Keyword: Butterscotch Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 271kcal


  • 150 g butter chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) cream
  • 1 ½ cup (265g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes optional


Conventional Method

  • Place the butter, cream, brown sugar, vanilla essence and sea salt (optional) into a small saucepan.
  • Melt over a medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until completely smooth.

Thermomix Method

  • Place all ingredients into the TM bowl and cook on Varoma, Speed 3 for 8 minutes – scraping down the sides halfway through cooking.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 57mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. jo says:

    Hi Lucy, l don’t like butterscotch myself, but, l made this sauce as a part of a birthday present. My friend loved it. Thanks for all the great recipes, Jody

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh I’m so thrilled to hear that!

  2. olatunde sade says:

    Wow!! I love this information, its very nice of you, now I can make Butterscotch myself, but What other food or recipe can I use this sauce for.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Anything!! Drizzle it over ice-cream, pour over apple crumble, give it as a gift… anything!!!

  3. Lauren says:

    How long would this last? Assuming it isn’t eaten instantly haha

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha oh yes it will ALL be gone! Otherwise, 3-4 days in the fridge 🙂

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