Caramel is sugar that has been taken just to the edge of burning. Caramel's color reveals the extent to which it is cooked. The palest form is just concentrated sugar syrup. The next stage is golden, followed by amber and dark.

The Martha Stewart Show, April/May Spring 2006, The Martha Stewart Show, April 2006


Recipe Summary

Makes enough for 1 cake


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.


Reviews (16)

282 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 89
  • 3 star values: 80
  • 2 star values: 35
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
Was looking everywhere for a good recipe, tried two different recipes and they didn't come as I hoped it would. Then finally I searched for the last time ready to give up then I saw Martha Stewart, and right then and there I clicked on it and didn't even look at the recipe once, because it was Martha Stewart and I automatically trusted her to lead me in the correct way on my culinary adventures. As I started it was exactly what I was looking for the color and the thickness was amazing. Overall thank you Martha, at first I was lost when I started this journey, but now I am found in ways of making a delicious caramel sauce.
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome stuff!!! So easy too.
Rating: Unrated
Didn't thicken as much as I thought but drizzled over cheesecake this is to die for...
Rating: Unrated
So I made this sauce and I obviously did something wrong because the butter clarified after stirring the ingredients until the caramel color was formed. Martha, please provide a video to help those of us who are not as experienced. Thanks!
Rating: 5 stars
This was so easy to make and turned out perfect for me the first time. I was looking for a caramel sauce to make to use in my coffee and this is perfect.
Rating: 1 stars
Came out super dry and grainy, pale in color, even though I melted sugar in the butter first... No idea what I did wrong, made worst sauce ever though!
Rating: Unrated
OH MY GOD this is so good, like having your favorite guy wrap you in his arms! I tripled the recipe and got over 32 ounces. Put it in the 4 oz jelly jars for Christmas gifts. Had about 1/2 cup or so left over for me!! I dumped everything in together, no grittiness. Used salted butter and omitted the pinch. Cooked to almost a soft ball stage, it does thicken as it cools. YUMMY!!
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was AWESOME! Very smooth and tasted great! I used the tip of the first review because I had read that it could come out gritty. So I melted the butter and brown sugar first over med heat until it began to boil...removed from heat then added the condensed milk and vanilla on low/med heat for about 3 minutes. Removed from heat and stirred until smooth, then chilled in fridge. :)
Rating: Unrated
excellent and easy caramel sauce recipe. I would add that I cooked the brown sugar and butter until sugar was liquid and starting to boil. removed from heat and added milk, returned to heat and boiled stirring constantly for 6 min. Removed from heat and added vanilla then returned to heat for 1 more minute. It was perfect!
Rating: 5 stars
I just made this and it is so delicious! I used sugar in the raw. I halved the recipe due to the ingredients I had available. It's my first time making anything caramel, and this came out perfect. I added sliced apples which were seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. Then I made a crumble. I buttered muffin tins and added the apple and then the crumble. I put a little crumble on the bottom. Just a sprinkle as a trial and error. It's in the oven now. It looks and smells yummy. Thank you Martha!!
Rating: 5 stars
This is a simple to make but good tasting sauce.
Rating: Unrated
I made your caramel sauce it was awesome tasked great but the texture was gritty I made caramel nut clusters how can I make it so it is smooth
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I cannot have milk products. I substituted coconut milk from carton (not the canned stuff) for the condensed milk (half of it was coconut unflavored creamer) and olivia coconut spread for the unsalted butter.... YUMMY
Rating: Unrated
I drizzled this over an apple cream cheese tart and it's wonderful.
Rating: Unrated
would melted soft caramel candy work the same as caramel sauce?
Rating: Unrated
Very good. Easy to make.