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Mar 24, 2020

Coffee Caramel Sauce

This coffee caramel sauce will give you your coffee fix in the form of pretty much the most delicious dessert and ice cream topping.

Coffee Caramel Sauce with ice cream

You can use this coffee caramel sauce in just about any recipe that calls for caramel and take that recipe to another level. You could even use this coffee caramel sauce in a caramel macchiato... coffee in your coffee!

I love making desserts with coffee. For example, it totally enhances the flavor of chocolate, even if you just add a little. Try making a granita, coffee ice cream, and Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake. It's even delicious rubbed into steak before grilling.

Coffee Caramel Sauce with flavored coffees

For this coffee caramel sauce, I started with some fabulous brewed coffee from Door County Coffee. They are a Springs Sweets Week prize sponsor and sent 24 of their "pot of coffee" bags of ground coffee in 12 different flavors, such as peanut butter crunch, brownie batter, and cinnamon hazelnut. I used the brownie batter flavor for this caramel, but any flavor would be delicious.

Ingredients in this homemade coffee caramel sauce. 

You will need brewed coffee, instant coffee granules, water, sugar, heavy cream, butter, and a pinch of salt.

Coffee Caramel Sauce drizzled over ice cream

I drizzled this sauce on vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. It was so delicious!

How to make coffee caramel sauce. 

First, combine some sugar with a little bit of water in a saucepan and simmer until the mixture turns a dark golden brown. This should take about 5 minutes.

Next, add heavy cream, the brewed coffee, butter, instant coffee, and a bit of salt.

Finally, simmer the caramel mixture, whisking constantly, until the sauce is smooth.

For another great sauce for ice cream, be sure to try my white chocolate hot fudge sauce

Coffee Caramel Sauce drizzle

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This coffee caramel sauce will give you your coffee fix in the form of pretty much the most delicious dessert and ice cream topping.

Coffee Caramel Sauce

Coffee Caramel Sauce #springsweetsweek
Yield: 20 servings
This coffee caramel sauce will give you your coffee fix in the form of pretty much the most delicious dessert and ice cream topping.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


How to cook Coffee Caramel Sauce

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a 2 quart saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to cook without stirring until the mixture turns to an amber color, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the cream, brewed coffee, butter, instant coffee, and salt and stir. 
  3. Simmer while whisking until the sauce is smooth. 
  4. Let cool slightly before serving. 
  5. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and rewarmed. 
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  1. I have everything I need except the ice cream. However I do have some heavy cream so I could make ice cream. Yay, a project for today. Thanks Karen.

  2. I wish I had heavy cream in the house. I really want to make this today! Maybe next week.

    1. awww. it's been so hard getting ingredients!

  3. I'm going to drizzle this sauce on everything! Lucky for me, I have all the ingredients on hand to make this STAT!

  4. I am a die hard caramel sauce and now you've upped that with the coffee!

  5. Is it bad that I want a jar of this sauce in my fridge at all times!? This sounds amazing!!

    1. Not bad at all. I've been eating it by the spoonful.

  6. I'd love to pour this over pancakes or waffles!

  7. I could just eat this by the spoonful!

  8. Oh my! I want this now and it's still "dinner time"! coffee caramel sauce and pancakes - really great choice for breakfast.


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