Microwave Caramel Sauce

Microwave Caramel Sauce

You know you are a food blogger when you have burn marks all over your arms and hands. No? Is it just me?

Some of these burn marks have come from me attempting to making homemade caramel sauce. I always burn it and then somehow manage to get it all over me. I gave up for a long time…until now. Because now I can make in the microwave and it’s way easier! And best of all, it only takes about 5 minutes to make! Not only is it super easy, but it tastes a 1000 times better than the jarred stuff at the store. I don’t think I will ever go back to that stuff again.

Microwave Caramel Sauce

This is a great sauce to keep handy during the holiday season to drizzle over cookies, brownies, or even pies. And did I mention it also makes a great little gift?! Just put it in a pretty jar, decorate it, and hand out to your friends and family. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been making a lot little DIY gifts lately like homemade pumpkin pie spice and homemade pumpkin applesauce. At this rate, you can make a whole gift basket! Since I am all about apples right now, I am obsessed with using the caramel as a dip!

Microwave Caramel Sauce

Microwave Caramel Sauce

The easiest caramel you will ever make!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


  1. In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, mix together the sugar, corn syrup, water, and the lemon juice. Microwave on high for about 5 minutes or until the mixture just starts to turn a light golden color. Be very careful here, I would watch the entire time as just even a few seconds could cause the caramel to overcook and develop a bitter taste. Mine actually took a little less than 5 minutes so it depends on the microwave.
  2. Carefully remove from the microwave and let stand for about 4-5 minutes. The caramel will turn a dark amber color (see photo below).
  3. Pour in just a little of the heated cream and whisk constantly. The mixture will bubble, but the whisking will keep it from bubbling over. Keep adding in the cream. Then whisk in the vanilla and butter and whisk until well-combined.
  4. Serve or store in a jar in the fridge. The caramel will thicken as it sits. To reheat, you can heat it in the microwave again for about 10-15 seconds.

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

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Microwave Caramel Sauce



  1. I definitely have a number of burn marks … usually from doing something incredibly stupid like touching the handle of an oven-safe skillet after I take it out of the oven! Love how easy this caramel sauce is!

  2. I’ve had plenty of burn marks from this occupation! Ah well, par for the course. Great caramel sauce!

  3. Love how simple this is!! Perfect for Fall apples!!!

  4. Five-minute caramel? Oh, here comes a caramel addiction. Girl. I have so many burn marks, I stopped counting. Just the other day, I picked up a hot pan with my bare hand. I took it out of the oven and that quickly I forgot it was hot. Dummy me. Pinned.

  5. Easy homemade caramel?! Can’t wait to try this! So many things to drizzle this sauce on!

  6. Hah, I don’t have any marks from caramels, but I have a huge one on my leg that will not go away from the time I spilled bacon grease down my entire body. So, yeah,. any way to avoid burning myself sounds AWESOME!

  7. I’m covered in burns! What a great and easy sauce to have on hand!!

  8. I love quick and easy stuff.. and finally a fall recipe sans pumpkin! Delicious.

  9. perfect timing for this recipe to come along. . .i just go 40lbs. of apples and am making a bizillion “apple dishes” just to use them up. thank you so much for sharing this super easy recipe! looks excellent and i will be trying it this afternoon!

  10. This is crazy cool! I can’t wait to try it.

  11. ummm yeah, must make soon!!

  12. I love this! I just made caramel sauce the other day and soo could have used this! Must try next time!

  13. I can’t wait to try this, so much easier, looks good.

  14. Wow, this is seriously marvelous. I love the ease of the microwave. I am definitely giving this a try the next time I want a quick caramel sauce. :)

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  15. sounds easy and looks yummy!

  16. Okay this is just dangerously easy!

  17. Just wanted to let you know I made this and just shared it on my blog. It is so delicious! I’d love if you’d check out my post :) http://piesandplots.net/microwave-caramel-sauce/

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