Caramel latte recipe made at home, instead of heading to the coffee shop! You can use a store-bought caramel sauce, or my small batch caramel sauce which makes enough for a week’s worth of lattes. Watch the quick video to learn how to start your morning on a sweet note.

 

Caramel latte on plate with biscotti cookie on side.

Ok, you and I have got to get our coffee shop habit in check! In the winter, I’m usually too cold to venture out of the house, and I’m more likely to make a caramel latte home. If I want something spicy, I will make my chai latte and slowly sip it all morning.

However, my kids love going to the coffee shop, because they get a container strawberry milk and some other kind of sweet breakfast treat that I normally would let them have for dessert, not breakfast. I have been thinking about ways to smuggle my small batch blueberry muffins in my purse to persuade them.

When I started adding a swirl of caramel sauce to my coffee in the mornings, I became instantly happier, and so I developed the recipe for you. It’s more of a formula to memorize, and the amount of caramel you add is entirely negotiable. I highly recommend adding extra on Monday mornings.

Ingredients for caramel latte:

  • strong coffee: You need 2/3 cup of strong coffee per latte here, and that can be brewed, double-strength coffee or two shots of espresso.
  • milk of choice: I really think whole milk is best with caramel sauce, but you can use oat milk, soy milk, or any type of nut milk you normally drink.
  • caramel sauce: You can make my small batch salted caramel sauce for this latte, or you can grab a container or store-bought caramel sauce. Both are delicious–do whatever is easier! If you’ve never made caramel before, you have to try it at least once. It’s so fun!
  • whipped cream: optional, for topping the latte. I think extra caramel sauce looks great drizzle over the whipped cream before serving, too!

How to make a caramel latte:

  1. Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a serving mug.
    Coffee in clear mug.
  2. Using a milk frother machine (like this one), warm the milk and caramel sauce together. The machine will melt the caramel and fluff the milk at the same time. If you don’t have a milk froth machine, you can combine the milk and caramel sauce in a small pan and whisk over medium heat. The whisk will incorporate some airy bubbles into the mixture. You can also use a hand held stick frother, which is much more affordable. I have seen people froth milk for a latte in the microwave in a mason jar, but be very careful–once you put a lid on a mason jar with hot liquid and shake it, pressure builds, and hot milk can explode when you open it. I’ve done it once, and it wasn’t pretty. My recommendation is to use a whisk or a stick frother.
    Caramel and milk in saucepan.
  3. Pour the milk and caramel mixture over the coffee in the mug.
    Frothed milk pouring into clear coffee mug.
  4. You can serve the coffee as-is, but if you want to make it feel extra special, garnish it with freshly whipped cream and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce. Extra caramel never hurt anyone!

Caramel latte garnished with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

How to make caramel latte iced:

I hear you: summer is coming, and this drink is incredible iced! And, you don’t need any special equipment to make it iced. You would also loved my spicy iced mocha recipe, too.

  1. Start with room temperature or cold leftover coffee. Or, you can buy cold brew coffee at the store, too!
  2. Combine the coffee, milk, caramel sauce and a handful of ice in a large mason jar with a lid. Screw the lid on tightly, and shake everything very well to blend and dissolve the caramel.
  3. Pour everything to a serving glass with plenty of ice. You get bonus points for using leftover coffee ice cubes, so your drink doesn’t water down!

Does caramel latte have caffeine?

If you use regular caffeinated coffee to make this caramel latte, yes, it will have caffeine. But you can always use decaf coffee to get your sweet fix without any caffeine. 

Close up of caramel latte in clear glass garnished with whipped cream and caramel.

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Yield: 1

Caramel Latte

Caramel latte on plate with biscotti cookie on side.

Make a Starbucks copycat caramel latte at home. Recipe makes 1 drink, but double or triple it for more servings.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup strong coffee
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce (store bought or homemade below)
  • for serving: freshly whipped cream with extra caramel sauce for drizzle

Instructions

    1. Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a serving mug.
    2. Warm the milk and caramel sauce in a milk frother or whisk together until foamy in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    3. Pour the warm milk and caramel mixture over the coffee.
    4. Garnish with whipped cream and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce.
    5. To make this an iced caramel latte: Start with room temperature or cold leftover coffee. Or, you can buy cold brew coffee at the store, too! Combine the coffee, milk, caramel sauce and a handful of ice in a large mason jar with a lid. Screw the lid on tightly, and shake everything very well to blend and dissolve the caramel. Pour everything to a serving glass with plenty of ice. You get bonus points for using leftover coffee ice cubes, so your drink doesn't water down!

Notes

strong coffee: You need 2/3 cup of strong coffee per latte here, and that can be brewed, double-strength coffee or two shots of espresso.
milk of choice: I really think whole milk is best with caramel sauce, but you can use oat milk, soy milk, or any type of nut milk you normally drink.
caramel sauce: You can make my small batch salted caramel sauce for this latte, or you can grab a container or store-bought caramel sauce. Both are delicious--do whatever is easier! If you've never made caramel before, you have to try it at least once. It's so fun!
whipped cream: optional, for topping the latte. I think extra caramel sauce looks great drizzle over the whipped cream before serving, too!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 51gProtein: 4g

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