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Copycat Caramel Macchiato Recipe

This article sharing how to make a copycat caramel macchiato was originally a sponsored post. This is a great recipe to enjoy any morning you need a little something special.

I am not a morning person. This is the perfect coffee to jump start my brain.

I don’t have to leave my house. I don’t have to pay over $5. It tastes amazing.

I’m sold. Between this and my spicy cinnamon mocha, I’m a happy morning person.

Perfect caramel macchiato

I admit, I make it something special, only partly because I prefer my coffee tasting a little less like coffee and a little more like a treat.

Needless to say, I tend to keep the fixings for a homemade caramel macchiato in my fridge. It’s fairly easy to whip up, and the sauce I use for my copycat caramel macchiato recipe stays good for around three weeks, not that it ever lasts that long in my house.

All you need for caramel macchiato at home

I make a caramel sauce – the same caramel sauce that I use for anything from a topping on ice cream to making a trifle and more – which is so much easier than it sounds. A little sugar and water boiled together, mixing in some cream and butter, and it’s ready to go.

I save some of the caramel sauce to drizzle on top because… yum.

The rest of it gets added to some scalded milk and sugar with a little vanilla bean paste, and in about ten minutes, you have the most amazing smelling and tasting creamer you’d ever think to make at home.

Let it cool before you put it into a container for storage, and it’s the perfect addition to your morning coffee.

SMiling with a cup of coffee

If I want to get super fancy, I’ll heat up some milk in a little saucepan until it’s just starting to steam then use the Aerolatte my aunt bought me years and years ago to froth it up.

use an Aerolatte to froth your milk at home

The hot creamer gets poured into my coffee mug with caramel sauce, then the coffee added over top.

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The foam from my caramel macchiato creamer is the next layer, and do you remember that caramel we reserved when making the creamer? That gets drizzled on top as thinly as I can to ensure it doesn’t immediately sink to the bottom of my caramel macchiato.

Closeup of caramel macchiato

How do you ensure that your morning routine goes smoothly?

Closeup of caramel macchiato

Copycat Caramel Macchiato

Yield: 1 cup plus extra creamer and caramel
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A recipe to make a caramel macchiato creamer at home with from scratch ingredients. This is great added to coffee by itself, but it also includes directions on how to make a full caramel macchiato.


For the Creamer

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

For the Caramel Macchiato

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 tablespoon creamer you just made
  • 2/3 cup coffee
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling


  1. Make the caramel syrup. Add 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water to a heavy saucepan and heat until the sugar has completely melted. Do not stir once the sugar melts.
  2. Once it turns a light amber color, add the butter and 1/2 cup cream. Stir until it comes back together. Return it to a boil for another two minutes, then remove the caramel syrup from the heat.
  3. Place all your caramel sauce into a heat-proof container, then measure 3/4 cup of the caramel sauce back into your saucepan. Add the remaining 1 cup of cream to the pan, as well as 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste. Heat on medium but do not let it boil, and stir until the sugar has fully dissolved, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let cool before placing into the container where you will store your creamer.
  5. Make the caramel macchiato. Add 1/2 cup of milk to a saucepan and turn the heat to medium. When it just starts to steam, remove it from the heat and use an Aerolatte or similar frother to whip up a creamy froth in your steamed milk.
  6. While your milk is heating, brew your coffee.
  7. Once your milk is heated, carefully pour it into a cup, reserving your froth. Add the caramel macchiato cream to the hot milk. Pour the coffee atop that. Add the froth to the top of the coffee, then drizzle your reserved caramel sauce as thinly as possible over your froth to keep it from sinking to the bottom immediately.
  8. Serve immediately.


This caramel macchiato creamer will last for up to three weeks in your fridge.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 mug
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 6g

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Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

This looks delicious! YUM! Thanks for sharing that recipe. I need to stop at my Walmart and pick up some of the McCafé coffee pods - my husband would love it as is, but I think I *need* to try your McCafé macchiato recipe now! Great tips for making the mornings easier! My oldest is just starting to read, but I think I can make something visual for him, and his younger siblings to follow that will put them on a path of Independence in the mornings! #client

Kristin @littlemamajama

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

That. Looks. Amazing. Just woke up and now there's nothing I want more than that macchiato! :)

Cam B.

Monday 22nd of December 2014

I can smell that coffee from here. I love love love caramel so this will be a great one to try. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay Fekitoa

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Holy deliciousness! I'm not a coffee person but I love the McCafe hot chocolate. I'm going to use your recipe to create some caramel steamers, those are my favorite and at $4 each, it'll save me some change!

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