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Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Serves: 2 cups

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1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Scotch or bourbon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce has thickened and lightened in color, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

About the recipe

Homemade butterscotch sauce is easier than most people realize, as it’s little more than a basic English toffee sauce. How pronounced you want the flavor of the Scotch or bourbon depends on when you add it to the sauce. If you like a well-rounded, more kid-friendly sauce, add it with the remaining ingredients before cooking the sauce. Want a more boozy punch? Whisk in the hooch once the sauce has finished cooking.