Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

This apple cider caramel sauce is basically heaven in a jar.

A super easy to make apple cider caramel sauce with vanilla bean flecks - heaven in a jar!  Get the recipe at #recipes #apple #caramel

Doodle and I were at the grocery store a week or so ago, and apple cider was stacked waist-high next to the apples in our produce section.  We love drinking apple cider in the fall, so Doodle begged me to buy some.  Normally I’d acquiesce, but the temperature here was still in the mid- to upper-90’s.

Not quite hot apple cider time.

A super easy to make apple cider caramel sauce with vanilla bean flecks - heaven in a jar!  Get the recipe at #recipes #apple #caramel

But today we finally had temperatures in the 70’s – with rain! – and I decided that was close enough to Fall weather to warrant some spiced apple flavors (we won’t discuss the fact that it’s supposed to be in the 90’s again on Wednesday.  I’m in denial).

So we grabbed some cider, warmed up a mug, and then decided to make some caramel sauce for dipping – and for ice cream drizzling – later this week.  Believe me when I tell you that I ate more of this sauce straight out of the jar than I did on anything else.

A super easy to make apple cider caramel sauce with vanilla bean flecks - heaven in a jar!  Get the recipe at #recipes #apple #caramel

Um, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do with caramel sauce?

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  1. In a large saucepan, cook cider over medium heat until reduced to ¼ cup, stirring often. For me, this took 8 to 10 minutes. Once reduced, stir in your remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 2 additional minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool completely - the sauce will thicken as it cools. Keep refrigerated for up to one week. You may reheat sauce in the microwave on high for 10 to 15 seconds, or until just warm.

recipe just barely adapted from Southern Living

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XO, Ashley


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  1. Oh heavens, this sounds SO amazing. I’d love this with some vanilla ice cream!
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  2. Yummm, I can feel the warmth. Looks great! Poured onto waffles, yeah, I want to do that.
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  3. Holy amazingness….this looks so good it should be illegal! LOVE this time of year 🙂
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  4. Ashley this looks AH-MAZING!! I am all about caramel sauce in every form possible and this with the cidery warm goodness. I.AM.ALL.ABOUT.IT!!
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  5. DROoooooOL! I want to drink this!! Your photographs always have me wanting to eat!!

  6. Found you through Wake Up Wednesday, saw your caramel and HAD to take a look. Oh, Caramel is my weakness! I’m so making this. Can’t wait to dip some apples. Pinning!!
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  7. I want to pour this over EVERYTHING that I eat!! Holey moley this looks good!
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  8. I have always wanted to try this…now I know I have to

  9. Ohmyword – this looks amazing!! I can think of so many things to pour this all over 🙂
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  11. Do you think this could be frozen? There’s only two of us now and I’m not sure we could eat it all in a week. Or rather, we shouldn’t! And btw, do you think the cream could be replaced w/ whole milk if you just cooked it down a bit? Oh, and this is my first time to your site and I’m having an awful time deciding what to make first! I’ll definitely be coming here often. 🙂


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