Butterscotch Sauce, Two Ways

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Each of these sauces has merit and is a joy poured warm over ice cream and garnished with toasted nuts and a dab of whipped cream.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, rich, sweet

Type of Dishdessert, dessert sauce, sauces


  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Butterscotch Sauce I:

  2. Mix all ingredients except the cream, and bring to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Boil 1 minute. Cool and stir in the cream until smooth and satiny.

  3. Butterscotch Sauce II:

  4. Substitute dark brown sugar for the white.


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