The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

July 7, 2014 by


A few years ago, I came across this recipe – Tasty Kitchen’s Liquid Gold (Pancake Syrup). You can click on the red text to read the original recipe.

I’ve adapted the original several times over the years until I have, in my opinion, perfected this recipe.

We enjoy this on our pancakes, waffles, scones, cakes, and muffins. It is also delicious on ice cream, popcorn, and in our morning oatmeal. We like dipping apple slices into it for a sweet snack.

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This syrup is so full of buttery goodness that we don’t use any additional butter on our pancakes, waffles, scones, or muffins!

I cut the sugar from the original recipe from 1 cup to 1/4 cup because I don’t care for it to be overly sweet. If you want yours sweeter, you can increase the sugar. The original recipe calls for granulated sugar, but I prefer the flavor that brown sugar adds.You could also experiment with honey.

The original recipe calls for maple flavor, which I used in the beginning, but later omitted. As it isn’t my favorite flavor, I have come to prefer the butter/brown sugar/cinnamon combination. If you would like the traditional maple flavor for your syrup, you can purchase the maple flavor here and add 1 teaspoon to the recipe.



The Best, Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

The Members

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup milk (any will work, but I prefer the richness of this or buttermilk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (to taste – optional)

1/4 t. baking soda


The Method

Using a small-medium saucepan and this handy whisk, melt the butter with the brown sugar on medium heat until combined. Add the other ingredients and boil for 2 -3 minutes.

Serve drizzled on hot pancakes, waffles, scones, muffins, cakes, popcorn, ice cream, in your morning oatmeal, or as a dip for apple slices.

(Try not to eat the remaining syrup with your spoon.)

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. It can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Stay tuned for future posts where I share my favorite recipes that use this yummy, buttery, caramel-ly sauce.

Can you think of any other uses for this sauce?

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12 Responses to The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

    • Heather

      Your recipe sounds much simpler, Bonnie, but I like the buttery, caramel-ly taste of mine. You’ll have to try it sometime. 🙂

    • Heather

      How about some of each? I remember when you made this for the first time you said, “I’m never buying syrup again!” 🙂

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