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Toffee Sauce

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Toffee sauce, sometimes referred to as caramel sauce, has a nutty flavor. Made with brown sugar instead of granulated sugar. This easy recipe is one sure to keep!

Whether you need a great sauce for sticky buns or want to smother this over another dessert like cheesecake, this recipe is simple and so delicious!

Toffee sauce has a similar taste and texture to caramel sauce and sometimes still referred to as "easy" caramel sauce. However, using brown sugar gives a more nutty flavor to the sauce versus granulated sugar. Plus, this recipe is a lot easier!

This is a sauce, so it is fluid at room temperature/ warm, which is great for drizzling over things. Cold sauce will keep its shape somewhat, but still be soft and will spread when warmed back up. Great for keeping in the refrigerator for future use. Just heat it up and enjoy its deliciousness!

Make it salty! If you like salted caramel, do the same for this easy sauce. Just add a tsp of kosher salt or sea salt and mix in.


  • Sticky buns: Click picture above for a link to my cinnamon roll recipe and see the "Variations" portion how to make them into sticky buns. Super easy and yummy!

  • Sauce: Drizzle over your favorite dessert like cake, cheesecake, ice cream, or breakfast pancakes/waffles. Dip your churros or pretzels.

  • Banana's Fosters: Just put finished sauce back in a saucepan and add some rum (2-4 TBSP or however much you like), 1 tsp cinnamon, and sliced bananas (4-6) and heat for about 3 -5 minutes to incorporate flavors and soften the bananas. Pour over pancakes, waffles, or whatever your heart desires.

  • Toffee bread pudding: Whisk in an egg or two then toss in cubed bread or chopped up donuts and bake. Optional: add chocolate chips or nuts for texture.


  • Heating the cream: Be sure to use low heat to heat the cream and stir often while it is heating. You do not want burnt cream. High heat will burn the bottom.

  • Softened butter: Be sure to cut up your butter and let it soften as you are heating up the cream and sugar. This will allow it to melt faster and incorporate better.

  • Brown sugar: Using brown sugar gives it that nutty flavor. You can use light or dark brown sugar. Dark brown will give even deeper notes of nuttiness.

  • Vanilla: Vanilla paste is best for this recipe. However, you're not likely to find it in your regular grocery store so vanilla extract works perfectly fine. You can buy vanilla paste at a specialty store or online.


Toffee Sauce Recipe

Yield: about 4 cups sauce

Butter softened 1 cup (2 sticks/8oz)

Brown Sugar 1 3/4 cup

Heavy Cream 1 cup

Vanilla extract (or paste) 1 1/2 tsp

  1. Boil cream, sugar, and vanilla, stirring occasionally. Stir until fully incorporated.

  2. Let cool, about 10-15 minutes.

  3. Cut up butter and mix into cream mixture. Stir until fully melted (sauce should still be slightly warm) and incorporated.

Store in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, but do not store in glass.

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Jun 26, 2020

This recipe looks so easy! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the baking tips!!!

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