One of my favorite childhood memories is of making ice cream sundaes with my mom and sisters. I literally grew up in a restaurant (our house is attached to the restaurant) so we always had homemade chocolate sauce + caramel sauce on hand. And today, I love making homemade caramel sauce when I have friends over for dinner… it seems like such an extravagant/time-consuming touch, but it’s really just melted butter + sugar.
Recently, Coffee-mate challenged me to come up with a recipe using one of their three nostalgic flavored creamers (Classic Vanilla, Caramel Macchiato and Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies) and I immediately knew it had to be a salted caramel sauce. It came out even better than I could have imagined. It’s incredibly delicious… and so, so easy to make. Adding the Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer to the sauce is the secret weapon… it makes it extra creamy, without actually using cream.
- Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer
- 1/4 Stick (two tablespoons) butter
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A big pinch of salt
Combine everything except the Coffee-mate in a pot, and cook on medium-low heat… stirring slowly.
Once everything is warm and melted (but not boiling) add in 2 teaspoons of Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer.
Continue to stir slowly, for 7-8 minutes. It will bubble up like the photo above, but that’s good… it’s thickening! If your sauce isn’t as thick as you’d like it, just continue to cook + stir until you get your desired thickness.
I stored mine in a glass jar (this also makes a great homemade hostess gift if you’re headed to a friend’s for dinner) and set aside a little bit to enjoy immediately… drizzling it over my favorite (Three Twins!) cookie dough ice cream.
Not surprisingly, I also love the Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer in my coffee. I like my coffee really light, so I typically add a little bit of milk and then 1.5 teaspoons to my coffee. It makes it feel like I’ve gone to a proper coffee shop for a fancy drink… without having to put pants on and leave the apartment. Perfect. (And because I know you’ll ask.. my mug is Minnie & Emma. I love it because it’s nice and big! The more coffee, the better.)
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