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Caramel Syrup

Caramel sauce has a lot of uses, but this homemade Caramel Syrup has even more! It's perfect when you want to add a touch of caramel sweetness to your coffee, tea, or cocktails and makes for a delicious drizzle over pancakes, oatmeal, and so much more!
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Course: Drinks, Simple Syrups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Recipes, Mixology, Simple Syrup Recipes
Makes: 1 cup
Author: Sues


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Put sugar and ½ cup water in a medium saucepan and bring mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally.
  • Once sugar has dissolved, let mixture continue boiling without stirring. Watch closely for mixture to turn a light amber color. It usually takes about 8-10 minutes for me, but it can go from light amber to being burnt very quickly, so be sure to watch closely.
  • Once mixture is light amber, immediately remove from heat and slowly and carefully pour remaining ½ cup water in. It will likely splatter and steam up, so stand back while pouring. Add vanilla and stir well to combine.
  • Pour syrup into a heat-proof bowl or mason jar and place in fridge to cool completely. Syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.

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