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Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

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This delicious caramel sauce is kissed with apple cider.  You are not going to believe the flavor it gives.  Perfect for drizzling over cake, ice cream, waffles, apples or eaten off a spoon! 

spoonful of apple cider caramel sauce with thick caramel drizzle back into jar

       My new favorite caramel sauce has arrived!!  This is so good.  Not to toot my own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but I think it might just be the best caramel sauce I’ve ever had.  It is as rich and creamy as you would want a caramel sauce to be, but there is a bit of a tart apple apple flavor in there that wakes up your tastebuds and will make them do a happy dance to boot!

        The best part is how easy it is to make.  Just take your favorite apple cider and concentrate it down so those flavors really shine through.  Then build a quick caramel sauce.

   It can be ready in about 20 minutes and most of that time doesn’t require much more than an occasional glance.  Then the fun kicks in, deciding what to use your caramel on!

slice of apple bundt cake drizzled with cider caramel sauce

      I made the caramel as a glaze and finishing drizzle for an apple bundt cake that I will be sharing later in the week.  But I only needed about 1/3 of the recipe for that.  So the rest went on everything I could get my hands on!

apple cider waffle with cider caramel sauce, whipped cream and cinnamon

       I made some sweet apple cider waffles and topped them with a drizzle of this cider caramel, a bit of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Oh. My. Stars. If heaven were a waffle, that would totally be it!  I also put some on some of MiMi’s homemade vanilla ice cream. MMMM! Heck I *may* have even drizzled some on my oatmeal.  (I totally did that and it was delicious!)

cider caramel being drizzled on vanilla ice cream

     This yummy caramel sauce is a great drizzling consistency when it is warm or at room temperature, but would also make a great dip for apple slices (or pretzels, or graham crackers, or fingers and spoons!) when served cold. If you only try one new recipe this fall, this should be the one!!

jar of apple cider caramel sauce
Yield: 24 servings (2-3 cups)

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

spoon drizzling cider caramel into jar

This delicious caramel sauce is kissed with apple cider. You are not going to believe the flavor it gives. Perfect for drizzling over cake, ice cream, waffles, apples or eaten off a spoon!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (extract would be fine)


  1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, bring the apple cider to a low boil. Keeping an eye on it to be sure it doesn't burn, reduce down to 1/4 cup.
  2. Stir in butter until melted. Incorporate the brown sugar, cream and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to cool then transfer to serving vessel or storage container.
  4. This caramel will keep well in the refrigerator and will be a thick dipping consistency when cold. At room temperature it is more of a glazing or drizzling consistency.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Thursday 13th of October 2016

Thank you so much! It is reeeeeeally good! I've made it three times in as many weeks ;-)


Friday 7th of October 2016

I've always wanted to make this! YUM!

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Saturday 8th of October 2016

You should definitely go for it!


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

This sounds so awesome to pour over so many fall favorites! Thanks so much for linking up with us this week for Maker's Mix-Up!


Saturday 8th of October 2016

Thanks, Jessica! You should definitely make some to have on hand!


Monday 3rd of October 2016

Caramel sauce on waffles just might be my most favorite thing in the entire world. SO GOOD!


Monday 3rd of October 2016

Isn't it amazing?! Thank you!


Monday 3rd of October 2016

After seeing your cake post I had to check out the glaze! I'll be trying this sauce soon! Thanks Michelle


Monday 3rd of October 2016

This caramel sauce is the best part for sure!! Thanks!

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