Just 3 ingredients is all it takes to make this delicious caramel syrup that tastes so good!
You can use your homemade caramel syrup on anything that you’d like to add caramel flavor to.
It’s perfect drizzled on top of pancakes, waffles, French toast or even ice cream.
This is a delicious syrup that can be made in no time and use in so many different ways.
Caramel Syrup for Coffee
The best way to use this homemade syrup is in coffee to give it a bit of extra flavor.
This syrup is so easy to make and you’ll never want to purchase a store bought bottle of syrup again.
This a copycat Starbucks Caramel Syrup recipe, that works so well in all your favorite coffee drinks that call for caramel syrup or caramel sauce.
You could buy this syrup on Amazon, but you’ll pay a lot more to do so.
Caramel Syrup Ingredients
In just about ten minutes total time, you’ll be finished making this syrup using just three ingredients!
How to Make Caramel Syrup
Full steps on how to make this caramel pecan syrup are found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. This is just a quick walk through.
Step 1: In a small saucepan you’ll combine half of the brown sugar along with the pecans and cook for a couple minutes on medium-high to release the natural flavor of the nuts.
Step 2: Once the nuts are fragrant, add the rest of the brown sugar and water and use a whisk to dissolve the sugar. Then allow the mixture to come just to a boil on medium high heat.
Step 3: Reduce the level of the heat to simmer and cook until it reduces by half.
Step 4: Remove your pot from the heat and then stir the vanilla extract in and stir to combine.
The pecans can be left in if using for pancakes or baked goods, but you will want to strain them out if using for drinks to remove any extra texture.
How to Store Homemade Caramel Syrup
You will be able to store the syrup in any airtight container. I prefer a glass jar myself and find that a mason jar works perfectly.
I like to store the syrup in the fridge as it lasts longer.
Then when you want you can warm it up in the microwave or on the stove if you want warm syrup.
Helpful Tips and Variations
- Make sure you stir often or you will burn the syrup. The sugar is delicate.
- You can use a light or dark brown sugar for this recipe. If you use dark brown sugar it will be a richer flavor.
- If you do not want to use vanilla you could swap with almond or even maple extract to flavor the syrup. It will of course give a different flavor.
- Skip adding in the nuts if you would prefer.
Sugar, water and vanilla are what this syrup is made of. Some will add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor even more. You will be amazed at how easy this syrup is.
You sure can. Feel free to make a double or even triple batch of syrup. Just whip it up the same and then store as you would in the fridge until you are ready to use.
If your syrup is gritty, then you will find that you did not allow your sugar to fully dissolve. The sugar needs to slowly dissolve to prevent it from burning. It is important to allow time for the syrup to follow through all the stages and allow to thicken.
Looking for Coffee recipes?
If you like this caramel pecan syrup recipe, you’ll love these coffee drinks too:
- Caramel Brulee Latte – This is made with espresso, whole milk, a drizzle of caramel, and topped with whipped cream.
- Caramel Vanilla Latte – Now you can enjoy your favorite Starbucks Vanilla Latte recipe anytime you want, without even leaving the house.
Caramel Pecan Syrup
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Pecans
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract optional
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine half of the brown sugar and the pecans.
- Cook until pecans are slightly fragrant, then add the water and remaining brown sugar. Stir well to dissolve sugar.
- Allow mixture to come to a simmer, then reduce and simmer over medium-low heat until reduced by half.
- Remove from heat, and if desired, stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- If desired, strain the pecans out of the mixture before storing in a sealed container in a cool spot.
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.
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