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Brown Butter Butterscotch Sauce

This take on traditional butterscotch sauce uses brown butter for an insanely good dessert sauce that you can put on everything from ice cream to cookies!

If you're looking for more easy dessert sauce recipes, check out my Caramel Sauce, Milk Chocolate Ganache, or my traditional Chocolate Ganache!

brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Dessert sauce like butterscotch and caramel sauce are great gifts for the holidays. Not only are these simple to make at home, but these homemade dessert sauces have a longer shelf life than cookies. And with everyone getting sweets this time of year, this can be a thoughtful gift that can be enjoyed for weeks over the holidays.

I made Caramel Sauce Gift Jars last year for many of my friends and clients. So, this year I decided to make homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts. And I made Brown Butter Butterscotch Sauce – which is just like butterscotch but with the addition of brown butter.

Butterscotch is actually easier to make than caramel sauce – did you know that!? And this recipe for Brown Butter Butterscotch Sauce is something that everyone will love. Homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts is a great idea for anyone on your list!

brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts

Things You Need to Make Homemade Butterscotch Sauce for Gifts

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Frontier Co-Op Sea Salt

6-ounce Glass Jars

Name Tags

Twine (for tying on name tags)

Holiday Ribbon

brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts
brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts


Do I have to brown the butter?

No, if you don’t want to brown the butter then you’ll have traditional butterscotch sauce. So, you can skip that step if you prefer.

How many jars does this recipe make?

This recipe makes four 6-ounce jars.

Can I use another type of jar for this?

Yes, if you can use any type of jar with a lid that you like. If you want to gift more Brown Butter Butterscotch Sauce, you can use a larger jar like a 9-ounce or even a mason jar!

How should I store homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts?

Homemade butterscotch sauce contains cream, so it should be kept in the refrigerator. But it will be fine to leave out for a few days until you deliver gifts. Be sure to tell your recipients to store their jars in the fridge and it will last up to two weeks.

brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts
brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

brown butter butterscotch sauce, homemade butterscotch sauce for gifts

Brown Butter Butterscotch Sauce

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



This recipe for homemade Brown Butter Butterscotch can fill four 6-ounce jars for gifting!


  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter

  • 454 grams (2 cups) organic light brown sugar

  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • To brown the butter: In a medium pot, add the butter. Cook over low/medium heat until the butter melts. Continue to cook until the butter tuns a golden color with small brown specs. Remove from heat immediately, as it can burn very easily at this stage. Allow to cool to room temperature before beginning next step.
  • Add the light brown sugar into the pot with the brown butter. Put over low/medium heat and allow the sugar to dissolve. Once the sugar has dissolved completely, you’ll have a liquid that is kind of like a paste.
  • Slowly add in the cream as you stir to combine completely. Allow to cook and simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and sea salt and stir to combine completely.
  • Add into jars for gifting or store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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