Butterscotch syrup in a small glass with a stainless steel spoon across the top and syrup dripping from it down the side next to a white towel all on a white surface (with logo overlay)

Butterscotch Syrup

Use only 5 ingredients to make homemade butterscotch syrup, perfect for adding to desserts and as a base for Harry Potter's Butterbeer!

Over the past few years, I’ve made quite a few recipes based off of the Harry Potter book series and movies. Butterbeer recipes will call for the butterscotch syrup. The first time I tried to make one, I couldn’t find butterscotch syrup in our grocery store. So, I started searching online for a recipe to make some at home.

Making butterscotch syrup takes more time than buying it, but as with all recipes we make at home, it gives you control. You can choose the ingredients and how much you make. The most important thing to note when making your own is the time it takes. Preparing the syrup doesn’t take long, but you have to let it cool at room temperature for a few hours.

The first time I made butterscotch syrup, I didn’t wait long enough. I missed that part of the instructions and didn’t plan ahead well. Because of this, I placed the syrup in the refrigerator to cool it quicker. Well, I can tell you that doesn’t work well. It left the syrup crumbly rather than smooth.

When you are done, the butterscotch syrup should have the consistency of caramel syrup. Once it’s completely cooled to room temperature, you can place it in the refrigerator to store. Heat it in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds on 10% power to make it smooth and creamy again.

Step by Step

When you make the butterscotch syrup, you want to have all of your ingredients measured and ready. You have to move fast at a few points and can’t take the time to gather anything.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter then add in the brown sugar. Stir just until the brown sugar is wet from the butter.

Let that cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to look molten.

Pour in the heavy whipping cream and whisk to combine.

Raise the heat to medium and cook until the mixture reaches 225F on a candy thermometer which takes about 2-3 minutes. Whisk it occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Turn off the heat and let the syrup rest for a few minutes to cool. Pour the syrup into a heat-resistant container.

Add in the vanilla extract and salt.

Let it cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave on low power for 10 seconds as needed.

Recipe

Butterscotch syrup in a small glass with a stainless steel spoon across the top and syrup dripping from it down the side next to a white towel all on a white surface

Butterscotch Syrup

Use only 5 ingredients to make homemade butterscotch syrup, perfect for adding to desserts and as a base for Harry Potter's Butterbeer!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Homemade Staple
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, butterscotch
Servings: 1 cup
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Have all ingredients measured and ready for butterscotch
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat
  • Add in brown sugar and stir until wet from butter
  • Stir occasionally until the mixture looks molten, about 3-5 minutes
  • Turn the heat to low and add the cream, whisking to combine
  • Turn heat up to medium and cook until it reaches 225F on a candy thermometer, about 2-3 minutes, whisking occasionally
  • Turn off the heat and let the syrup rest for a few minutes
  • Transfer to a heat-resistant container and add the vanilla and salt
  • Let the syrup cool to room temperature (anywhere from 1-3 hours)
  • Store in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one month
  • To use, microwave on low power for 10 seconds
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Nutrition Facts
Butterscotch Syrup
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 179mg7%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 253IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 thoughts on “Butterscotch Syrup”

  1. It’s still 100 degrees where I live but this yummy recipe makes me crave cozy sweaters and a warm fireplace. I can’t wait to try this!

    1. I didn’t know that! I had a hard time finding a butterscotch syrup here in the US too, which is why I decided to make my own. Hopefully, the rest of the ingredients are ones you can find there!

  2. Your comment about the fridge making it crumbly when placed in too warm has answered so many questions I have had! Definitely will need to remember that and wait until it’s fully cooled!

    1. It made such a difference between the first time I made this and the few after that. Let it cool completely and it stays in syrup form! Then I just pop in the microwave for up to 10 seconds to liquify it again if needed.

  3. I have always loved butterscotch, and syrup is also a fav, but I never thought to make butterscotch syrup! I can’t wait to make this!

  4. I love butterscotch-syrup as I grew up eating it on desserts. It has never occurred to me to make it because frankly it looks like a lot of work. I commend your effort. It is delicious.

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