Recipe: Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce
This smooth, sugary sauce is made from a combination of sugar, cream, powdered sugar, and a kick of apple brandy. Use it to take French toast, pound cake, apple pie, or ice cream to another level.
Think gooey caramel, pecan pie drizzles, and whipped coconut cream.
Doctor up your desserts with these all-time favorite dessert sauces for filling, garnishing, topping, and plating your favorite sweet treats. If your pie turned out dry, or your pound cake needs an additional boost of flavor, these rich creams and sweet syrups will turn any dessert into fool-proof delicious dishes. From classic caramel sauce to gourmet-level vanilla creams, these sweet sauces make even the simplest desserts seem sophisticated. Gooey homemade caramel sauce, drizzles of crunchy pecans coated in syrup, and even German Chocolate syrup will your dessert into a show-stopping (and ultra-decadent) dish. We also advise keeping a few on standby in your fridge—they make the best ice cream toppings.
Recipe: Café Brûlot Sauce
Inspired by the signature flavors of New Orleans, this strong sauce is full of chicory coffee and a splash of brandy. Serve on top of decadent Café Brûlot Bread Pudding.
Recipe: Sticky Maple-Caramel Sauce
Made with caramel candy, heavy cream, pure maple syrup, and a dash of salt, this sticky sauce is an ideal way to sweeten up any breakfast (like our Cranberry-Apple Granola Muffins).
Recipe: Praline Sauce
Disclaimer: You’ll want to put this classic Southern sauce on everything. We love it drizzled over Decadent Cream Puffs.
Recipe: Sweet Mascarpone Cream
Mascarpone cream, made from whipped cream and sweetened mascarpone cheese, is the perfect light and fluffy topping for classic dessert staples, like pound cake and shortcake.
Recipe: Apple Cider Syrup
Sugar and spice and everything nice make up this classic fall topping. Made from three variations of apple-flavored ingredients (cider, jelly, and apple pie spice), this sweet syrup pairs perfectly with Apple-Spice Pancakes.
Recipe: Whiskey Caramel
What’s better than plain ole caramel sauce? Caramel sauce infused with a quarter cup of whiskey, and served on top of sweet Cornbread Pudding. It doesn’t get more Southern than that.
Recipe: Easy Vanilla Glaze
Keep the ingredients for this 4-ingredient glaze on-hand at all times—your cinnamon rolls will thank you.
Recipe: Coconut Cream
Hands-down the creamiest coconut sauce we’ve ever tasted, this decadent recipe combines coconut milk and heavy cream for a lush, smooth topping that tastes great dolloped on pretty much anything.
Recipe: Vanilla Orange Glaze
Add a citrusy kick to your typical vanilla glaze with an easy dash of orange zest. This sweet spread is great drizzled on top of our Easy Orange Rolls or our decadent Chocolate Rolls.
Recipe: German Chocolate Syrup
We may have outdone ourselves with this one. Think chopped pecans, sweet coconut, butter, vanilla, and sugar held by egg yolks. This sauce is basically the dessert in itself, but we won’t judge you for whipping up a batch of German Chocolate Pancakes and serving the syrup on the side.
Recipe: Amaretto Cream
This three-ingredient recipe is the perfect pie topping. Luscious, sweet, and with a splash of almond-flavored liqueur, this smooth topping adds just the right additional kick to any sweet pie (but if you’re making Chocolate Truffle Pie, it’s a requirement).
Recipe: Caramel Syrup
This four-ingredient take on traditional caramel sauce is freshened up with a dash of lemon juice, and thickened with a healthy dollop of whipping cream. Serve with Caramel Cake Pancakes, over ice cream, or wherever caramel syrup is needed (which is everywhere).
Recipe: Cream Cheese Syrup
If you can’t get enough cream cheese icing, this over-the-top Cream Cheese Syrup will quickly become your favorite recipe. Great used as a bread glaze, poured on top of Italian Cream Pancakes, or served with cinnamon rolls, this versatile syrup will become a staple.
Recipe: Whipped Peppermint Cream
This light and fluffy whipped topping tastes like Christmas in a cream, and comes together from three pantry basics you probably already have on hand (heavy cream, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar). For the ultimate holiday dessert, spread this whipped topping on homemade Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake.
Recipe: Blackberry Syrup
Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own flavored breakfast syrup from leftover summertime blackberries and other pantry basics.
Recipe: Apple Brandy Crème Anglaise
Crème Anglaise is a French term, and usually takes the form of a light custard made from sugar, egg yolks, and hot milk. We Southern-ized this European classic with a dash of apple brandy and a cinnamon stick, and served it on top of hot Apple Bread Pudding.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Topping
Served warm over cakes, ice cream, or even brownies, this decadent topping combines fresh apples, butter, and sugar for a rich sauce that tastes just like apple pie filling.
Upgrade any ice cream sundae with one of these delicious hot fudge variations. They make great gifts, too.
Recipe: Bourbon Sauce
This Creole classic comes straight from the queen of Creole cuisine herself, Leah Chase. She shared her decadent bread pudding recipe with us once, and we’ve trusted her ever since—and so should you. We promise, you’ll want to pour this buttery, creamy bourbon sauce on everything from here on out.
Recipe: Spiced Hard Sauce
Your gingerbread recipes just met their match with this flavorful hard sauce that features our favorite holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. We love it dolloped on top of classic Gingerbread Muffins.
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Sauce
Perhaps the easiest way to incorporate chocolate into our daily lives, this decadent sauce comes together in the microwave in under 5 minutes. For a fancier dessert, serve atop White Chocolate Panna Cotta.
Recipe: Sticky Caramel-Pecan Sauce
This reader-submitted sauce recipe won plenty of cook-off contests—and we completely see why. The sweet and creamy syrup is cut with instant coffee granules for delicious complexity. Try it over one of our all-time favorite desserts, Baby Sweet Potato Cakes.
Recipe: Dark Caramel Sauce
The key to cooking this sauce is cooking to the right darkness—too long and you’ll scorch the sauce, not long enough and you’ll fail to achieve that rich, amber, nearly burnt flavor. Our best advice is simple: just don’t walk away from the pot. This recipe requires constant stirring. Try serving this smoky, sweet sauce over our Peanut-Butter Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding.
Video: How to Make Caramel Sauce
We love this rich, creamy caramel sauce recipe from Georgia-born chef and author Virginia Willis. It will be your new favorite caramel sauce.
Recipe: Vanilla Hard Sauce
If you’ve never tasted this butter-based topping, you’re in for a sweet treat. Hard sauce is actually a soft, spoonable spread meant to be dolloped onto warm desserts. It holds its form at first, and then melts down for a decadent dessert. We serve ours on top of Buttermilk-Glazed Mini Fig Cakes, but this versatile vanilla spread would be good on everything from bread pudding to warm pecan pie.
Recipe: Raspberry Sauce
We first served up this fruity sauce on top of our Berry Bread Pudding—but quickly realized that it’s the perfect instant upgrade for our holiday brunches, poured over everything from hot pancakes to crispy waffles.