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  1. Beth

    I always try a random butterscotch sauce recipe for when I’m in the mood. I usually double the recipes and there wasn’t enough butter when adding in the brown sugar. The butter and brown sugar mixture was very dry. I added a little more butter and it turned out fine. I never boil mine to a certain temperature. After adding the cream, I let it come to a boil around medium heat for about 5 min. This is an important step to let it boil, this is where the flavor comes out. Then I use it in my coffee, dip graham crackers in the sauce for a sweet snack, or I just eat it straight from the jar!


  2. Bill Roseberry

    This is supposed to be butterscotch? It’s salted caramel! I tried twice, both times stuck at the fact that salt doesn’t dissolve into the caramel. Also at close to room temperature it is WAY to thick to stir anything into it!

  3. Cindi

    I attempted this twice. Both times the butter separated from the brown sugar and never caramelized. I tried lowering the heat the second time and it still didn’t work. What am I doing wrong?

    • Miller

      Cindi, you’re probably stirring it too much. You have to resist the urge and let it do it’s thing. Stir only to make uniform or if it’s bubbling in one area or smoking.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Cindi, it’s hard to know, so many things can affect the making of a sauce like this (basically a caramel sauce). The usual culprit for when things go wrong is humidity in the air. It’s best to make on a relatively dry day. There may be also something to do with the brand of butter you are using and its particular butter fat content. I would try again on a dry day with perhaps a different brand of butter.

  4. DRomesburg

    Thank you, this butterscotch sauce is FANTASTIC, truly! Do you think there is a way to incorporate this butterscotch sauce into flavoring caramels? I want to capture the wholesome butterscotch flavor. I was thinking if I cooked the caramel recipe to a higher temperature stage, perhaps I could blend the two together and make a nice butterscotch caramel right at the beginning of the firm ball stage.

  5. Theresa

    I have made this twice. The first time I took it to 225 degrees which took longer than 10 minutes and it was a FAIL!! The second time I stuck to the 10 minute cook time, which is about 216 degrees, and it was a beautiful success!! So if you are using a thermometer 216-218 degrees seems to be a perfect temperature for a delicious butterscotch sauce! The other thing I would suggest is to gently heat the cream before adding to the boiling sugar and butter. I think it does better as the cream doesn’t cool the sugar as much so it won’t start to crystallize. Just my thoughts. The recipe is a keeper though and I am using it as a sauce for my sweet potatoes.

  6. Anjuli

    This didn’t work for me at all. I have a lump of hard candy on the outer rim and slightly less hard candy in the middle. What did I do wrong?? This seriously bums me out.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Anjuli! Emma, managing editor for Simply Recipes, here! It sounds to me like you just cooked your caramel sauce for too long and made hard caramel candy! Next time, I’d recommend using a candy thermometer and only cooking the caramel sauce to about 225F. I’ll update the recipe with a note to this effect. Thank you!

  7. Jennifer Crinion

    this recipe did not work for me. i followed it to a T and it split after it cooled.

    • Nienke Fleur

      I didn’t follow it very closely since I don’t have measuring cups/spoons and I felt too lazy to try and convert things to metric so I just used a normal sized cup and spoon and called it close enough, but mine split as well, however, I still had some cream left (because it’s sold per 250 mL, which is ±1 cup) which I added to the remnants of the butterscotch that got stuck inside the pan after I poured most out, and that actually made a beautiful sauce, so I’m going to try to dissolve my split portion into some more cream to hopefully get a better result

  8. Shravan

    How to make butterscotch chips? Instead of adding cream, we just take it to hard candy stage and then pour it out, wait for it to solidify and then break them?

  9. Cat

    I’m gonna use this for a butterscotch cinnamon cake roll.

  10. John Langsford

    I followed the recipe exactly but when i let it cool it seems the oil separated from the sugar.. not syrupy. Any comments

  11. Tracey Clay

    I followed the recipe and ended up with candy instead of syrup. Did anyone cook theirs for a lesser time?

    • Mariam

      There is an easier way to do it just get concentrated milk heat up the pan put in butter add in the. Milk mix until thick mood let sit then eqt

  12. Natalie Hobbs

    My most favorite pie is BUTTERSCOTCH PEACH PIE.
    I use all the ingredients listed for this recipe (but less) mixed with the apples, adding the cream last. Don’t ask for amts, I’ve been doing it so long I don’t know what they are!
    (*use more butter than a usual Peach Pie)
    It is sooooo good !!!

  13. giselle

    can you use this butterscotch sauce to instead of the butterscotch chips for the Butterscotch Molten Lava Cakes?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Giselle, I don’t know! I haven’t tried it with a molten cake. But if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you.

      • BKC

        I use this recipe to make butterscotch brownies, so it’s definitely possible! The recipe calls for 1.5 cups of chips and I use this whole recipe (~1 cup sauce) as a substitute and add a bit more flour. The brownies end up like butterscotch fudge. :) So it should work fine for molten cakes. Just add a bit more dried ingredients.

  14. Lisa Iovacchini

    Just out of curiosity, can I used sweetened condensed milk? I love to cook…meals as well as desserts. I always bring dessert to family functions, and there us one coming up….not quite sure what dessert I’m making but it’ll have butterscotch syrup drizzled on top.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Lisa, you could try making this with sweetened condensed milk instead of the cream. I have no idea how it will turn out. If you do, please let us know how it works for you!

  15. Lauryn

    I’m so confused! I tried this recipe and followed it exactly but when I left it to cool it hardened! Otherwise the flavor was good but it didn’t work out :(

  16. Janet

    OMG!!!!!!! This is to die for. I made it last evening and am taste testing before breakfast…by the spoonful. Exact directions were perfect. Thankyou.

  17. Tiffanie

    I just made this today and it was amazing! Instead of vanilla I used johnny walker and it was delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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