Bourbon Caramel Sauce

As the holiday season roars down upon us, I’ve been queried about a number of dishes I have prepared for the Bad Wolf Holiday dinners in the past. One very specific request was for my Bourbon Caramel Sauce and how to use this as a topping for Cinnamon / Sticky Buns.

The fact is, this is NOT a hard thing to create, but needs a technique and sense of timing, that only a few less than perfect pots of sauce can convey. (These are NOT failures, they will work perfectly well as a topping for ice cream, or as a sweet dip for broken cookies.

The secret is all in the timing and achieving the texture and viscosity desired. One can remove from the heat just as the sugar and butter melt, and have an excellent drizzle for the previously mentioned sticky buns, or cook a bit longer to acquire a stiffer sauce for topping a pudding/fruit cake. (Talk about booze and sugar overload).

This sauce will thicken as it cools, so do take that into account. If it is too thick, one can thin this out with additional bourbon.

Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Rich, creamy,buttery sauce for deserts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine American, British
Servings 3 Cups
Calories 1070 kcal


  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Salted, Full fat
  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon Decent Stuff
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Real Vanilla Extract Please


  • Cook sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and butter in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts.
  • Cook gently for 5-7 minutes until the mixture thickens
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly
  • Stir in bourbon and vanilla extract
  • This will thicken more as the sauce cools.


Just my basic caramel sauce, it can be thinned and used as a drizzle, or cooked slightly longer and used as a “frosting” for sticky / cinnamon buns.


Calories: 1070kcalCarbohydrates: 144gProtein: 11gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 459mgPotassium: 599mgSugar: 143gVitamin A: 1298IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 445mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Booze, Sauce, Sweet
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  Filed under: Condiment, Dessert, Ingredient, Sauce, Vegetarian

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