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If you love to coat your desserts in gooey sauces, this Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce is just for you. We love to make homemade sauces, and this butterscotch sauce is so versatile.

A glass bowl filled with butterscotch sauce. A spoon is drizzle the sauce into the bowl.

This sweet, gooey, thick, and creamy bourbon butterscotch sauce is the only topping you will need for ice cream, brownies, cakes, pies….and anything else you can think to top. I am even brainstorming a fun cocktail recipe with this butterscotch syrup sauce.

You will love the simplicity of this bourbon butterscotch sauce recipe because this butterscotch sauce has only 5 ingredients and is ready in under 10 minutes.

This creamy sauce can get addictive, especially on some of these homemade gluten free ice creams!

Drizzle it on this Gluten Free Apple Galette or even this Creamy Chocolate Custard recipe.

Why this recipe is worth making:

This thick and creamy butterscotch sauce is good enough to eat by a spoonful!

The possibilities are endless for this delicious bourbon butterscotch sauce. And a bonus, making it with coconut milk and dairy-free butter makes it dairy-free too! Butterscotch sauce is my newest sweet addiction!

What you need to make this:

Photos of the bourbon butterscotch sauce ingredients.

Butterscotch sounds like it should be complicated, right? You won’t believe how easy it is to make for yourself. All you need is:

  • Butter – Use vegan butter if you need dairy-free.
  • Brown sugar – You can use light or dark brown sugar.
  • Pure vanilla extract – I don’t recommend imitation vanilla.
  • Coconut milk – I recommend full-fat canned coconut milk.
  • Bourbon – This is totally optional but adds an awesome flavor to the sauce!

Recipe step-by-step directions:

Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce ingredients simmering in a pot.

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Yup, dump them in! Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.

Step 2: Whisk frequently as the butterscotch sauce simmers for 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Butterscotch and caramel have a very similar cooking process. Besides the scotch or bourbon, one of the main differences is the sugar. Caramel is made with white sugar. This easy butterscotch sauce is made with brown sugar, giving it a deep, rich taste.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

How do you prevent the sauce from burning?

Make sure you whisk the butterscotch sauce frequently and cook on low heat. That is it…and it is so easy!

Where does butterscotch get its flavor?

The butterscotch flavor comes from scotch or bourbon. As this recipe cooks, the alcohol cooks out, so don’t worry about alcohol content; this recipe is considered non-alcoholic.

How long will this butterscotch sauce last?

This sauce will keep up to 7 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

A small glass bowl filled with butterscotch sauce.

Use this sauce on:


  1. You need a good whisk to keep this sauce smooth and lump-free!
  2. Thick and creamy canned full fat coconut milk. You don’t want the stuff you see in the refrigerated section!
a glass bowl filled with butterscotch sauce

5 Ingredient Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
Easy creamy homemade bourbon butterscotch sauce.
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5 from 22 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes, Gluten Free Sauces and Marinades
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 111 kcal

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  • ½ stick of butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon


  • Combine all ingredients into a saucepan.
  • Bring to boil on medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to low when it starts to boil.
  • Cook 5 minutes then remove from the heat.
  • Allow to cool.


  1. Use vegan butter to make this creamy bourbon butterscotch sauce dairy-free.
  2. Pour this sauce over bread pudding, ice cream, pie, and rice pudding.
  3. This sauce will keep up to 7 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 67mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Wow. I too can think of so many good uses for this sauce. And I love the use of coconut milk. I have some coconut milk sitting in my fridge right now… it needs using up and I can think of no better way than to try out your recipe right now! Great to see that little splash of bourbon in there too – it’s such a powerful flavour that you really do only need a little in a sauce like this to make all the difference.

    1. Thank you so much Jane…I am using coconut milk more and more in my recipes lately. Have a great day.

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