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Easy Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

This peanut butter caramel is sweet, salty, and just a tad peanut buttery. It makes for a delicious topping to your dessert or some fruit. Homemade caramel sounds hard, but you can make this easy recipe in just 10 minutes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Rebecca


  • Medium Pot
  • rubber spatula
  • Glass bottle


  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter powder


  • Add ½ c heavy whipping cream, 4 T butter, and ¾ c brown sugar to pot. Cook over medium-low heat. Stir regularly. 
  • Caramel will develop consistent bubbles and will thicken up a bit. Stir occasionally.
  • Check caramel at 7 minutes, if it's thickened a bit, then take it off heat source, if not cook for 2 more minuets. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoon peanut butter powder, then serve or pour into a glass bottle and refrigerate to save for later.
  • Dip apples, graham crackers, and other treats into this caramel sauce.



  • Peanut butter powder is a great flavor enhancer for this caramel
  • Use dark brown sugar to get a deeper caramel flavor.
  • Do not stir while cooking, or caramel may become clumpy.
  • Remove right before you think it's thick enough. Once it seems thick enough, it'll harden pretty easily.
  • Swap peanut butter powder for 1-2 teaspoon creamy peanut butter if you don't have peanut butter powder.
  • Dip apples, graham crackers, and other treats into this caramel