Homemade Buttermilk Syrup

Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is a thick and creamy topping that’s perfect for drizzling over pancakes or ice cream!

This easy Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is just a few ingredients and tastes amazing over pancakes and ice cream!pinterestHomemade Buttermilk Syrup is a recipe that’s been around for ages. I think I was first introduced to this deliciousness through my sister in law, Rebecca.

She would always make homemade treats for everyone for Christmas, and one year she gifted us a jar of this liquid gold. It’s life changing guys.

This easy Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is just a few ingredients and tastes amazing over pancakes and ice cream!

The trick with this super easy homemade buttermilk syrup is to not over cook it.

You can go from sweet and delicious to bitter and gross if you burn the sugar. Just make sure you keep stirring and keep an eye on the mixture while it boils.

I’ve learned a few things over the years about being a Mother:

  • Bed time stories never end in your child falling peacefully to sleep. They always want “just one more book.”
  • We’re the only milk bar open at 2:30am.
  • Laundry and dishes never end. Never.
  • No matter how hard you try, at least one child will always have a booger face.
  • Just because you graduated school, doesn’t mean you wont have to do homework again.
  • Your children look to you for comfort, and love you endlessly.

So when your kids want to surprise you with a breakfast in bed (play along with me here), make sure you have a jar of this delicious syrup handy.

This easy Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is just a few ingredients and tastes amazing over pancakes and ice cream!

We love to serve the buttermilk syrup over hot pancakes, like these Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes. One of our favorite ways to use the syrup though is on top of vanilla ice cream.

The syrup thickens over the cold ice cream and it’s almost like a chewy caramel. Try adding a few chopped pecans on top for an extra special sundae!

This easy Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is just a few ingredients and tastes amazing over pancakes and ice cream!

We reserve this deliciousness for special occasions, but it’s really good any time of the year. It lasts for weeks in the fridge, so it’s great to make a batch to have on hand when the craving hits.

You’re going to love this creamy and sweet syrup!


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Homemade Buttermilk Syrup

Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is a thick and creamy topping that's perfect for drizzling over pancakes or ice cream!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Light Karo Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine the butter, sugar, buttermilk, and Karo syrup in a pot and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the baking soda and vanilla and stir till combined. The color of the syrup will turn to a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and continue to stir till the syrup thickens. Let it cool and serve immediately, or store in fridge in an air tight container. (you can warm it up in the microwave)
*Make sure to use a pot with higher sides because the syrup will foam up to double it's size.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.8g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 7.8g | Cholesterol: 20.6mg | Sodium: 117.3mg | Sugar: 18.2g | Vitamin A: 5IU
Keywords: buttermilk, corn syrup, Homemade, syrup
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Originally published on 5/10/2012. Updated with new photos on 7/18/2017.


This easy Homemade Buttermilk Syrup is just a few ingredients and tastes amazing over pancakes and ice cream!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
42 Responses
  1. Nancy Bachman

    Hi, this looks like a wonderful addition to the Breakfast pancakes.
    I was wondering if it could be put in jars and processed so it will keep longer?
    It would make ideal Christmas gifts.

    1. Darlene Ross

      Despite what is found on the internet, there are no science-based methods for home canning of cheeses, milk, butter or other dairy products. Clemson Extension and the National Center for Home Food Preservation do not recommend any process for canning these products. However, it can safely be frozen

  2. Debra Douglass

    I just made 1 batch to try in case it wasn’t as good as you said. I just made 5 more batches!!! AMAZING is all I can say!

  3. Darlene Ross

    5 stars
    This is the BEST syrup EVER. Perfect amount of sweetness and did I mention it only takes a few minutes to make? This syrup is liquid gold. 🙂

  4. Carlos

    Sounds great!
    How much does it make?
    And can it be put in a hot-water bath canner, so it will be able to be stored on a shelf, instead of fridge?

  5. Mihaela

    It sounds and looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it but what is Karo syrup and can it be substitute by something else?

  6. Angela

    This looks amazing but one quick question before I run off to the kitchen, could this be sealed in jars and given as gifts it looks amazing

  7. Jen @ JFC

    I've made a really similar syrup, and it is seriously DIVINE. The best. Amazing. It's a diet-killer in a pot!! And I loved your thoughts about motherhood! I don't think I ever had a bedtime story end in the child falling asleep!!

  8. bakingserendipity

    Happy Mother's Day! I love pancakes…and could definitely go for a stack smothered in this syrup tomorrow morning 🙂 Yum

  9. Krista

    Your list made me laugh out loud! It's so true, every word! Buttermilk syrup is one of my favorites. Maybe I should make a batch before Sunday. 😉
    My recent post Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites

  10. Averie

    gorgeous! You are really close to making caramel sauce and that is a beautiful thing…this looks so good!
    My recent post Steamed Brussels’s Sprouts and Broccoli with Cheezy Coconut Sauce

  11. Wendy

    Oh my goodness….that sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try this.
    My recent post White Chocolate Covered Long Stem Strawberries

  12. Cookin' Canuck

    Ah yes, there is always some sort of surprise ingredient to be found in kid-made pancakes, which makes them even more special on Mother's Day. Cute post, Shawn and Happy Mother's Day to you!
    My recent post Mother’s Day Recipes: Breakfast, Lunch, Beverages & Desserts

  13. Bake Your Day

    This is so great…I have never even thought about making my own syrup. IT looks so caramely and amazing!

  14. foodstoriesblog

    These pancakes look amazing. I hope you're looking the other way because I'm salivating all over the computer screen 🙂
    My recent post Sandwich Bites with Sweet Mustard Sauce & Blog Love, Part 2

  15. Mary

    What a treat. Iam a bit tired of maple and blueberry syrups. Now I have a new one I can try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  16. Ali

    I just LOVE you blog, Shawn!! Unfortunately, I'm always hungry when I read it 😉 So excited you got to go away for a few days for the blog camp 🙂 what a treat!! 😉
    My recent post back on the bandwagon…

  17. Foodness Gracious

    Fantastic looking pancakes and syrup!! Your right, I can just hear the words.."Oh pancakes, they're…..umm lovely ,mmm" LOL.
    Happy Mothers Day when it rolls around!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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