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Hot Caramel Sauce

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Cool time 10 mins
Yield Makes 2 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Garnish: chopped pecans

How to Make It

  1. Cook brown sugar and butter in a heavy 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.

  2. Gradually stir in whipping cream. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

  3. Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed. Cover and chill up to 1 week. Reheat in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM-HIGH (70% power) 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbly, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Cool slightly.