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Spicy Cinnamon Mocha Recipe

October 23, 2017 by Michelle

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This weekend has been insane. Usually my weekends let me recharge and relax at least a little for the upcoming week.

This weekend, I started Thursday and never stopped. I chaperoned kids until midnight Friday and Saturday nights. I went to a theme park, Girl Scout camp, corn maze, lacrosse games, a baby shower, and more.

Of course by the time Sunday night rolled around, I realized I had nothing for dinner or my kids’ lunches today. Since I’m a good mom (stop laughing), I did a quick run out to the store to pick up a few essentials.

This trip’s essentials included coffee and creamer. You get why, right?

To say I needed a little pick me up this morning may be the understatement of the week.

Thankfully, I have an arsenal of coffee recipes I love that don’t take much time to whip up. Days like today, I want my caffeine to be something special, and this spicy cinnamon mocha fits the bill.

Much as I love a pumpkin coffee in the fall with my homemade pumpkin spice creamer, today called for chocolate.

Perfect fall coffee spiced cinnamon mocha

With the cooler temperatures, I put away my blender and don’t focus on frappes. Nope, now I’m all about fall pairings and flavors.

Looking for more great coffee recipes? Check my favorites at the end of this article.

The mild heat from the spicy part of my spicy cinnamon mocha gives my coffee a little extra oomph as it warms me up from the inside.

Enjoy a spicy cinnamon mocha

This coffee drink is easy to make and takes just a few minutes. I can prep the flavorings and creamer while my coffee brews, so it really adds no extra time to my day.

Delicious spicy cinnamon mocha recipe

My big secret? Add the cinnamon to the coffee grounds before you brew.

The hot water helps release the oils in the cinnamon and creates a consistently smooth and delicious cup of high-quality coffee. The smell of this alone starts to boost my mood.

Add cinnamon directly to coffee grounds

Cheers to the extra goodness I needed and wanted with this spicy cinnamon mocha. Let’s just say this is indulgence done right.

Enjoying my spicy cinnamon mocha

I only wish I’d picked these up before I headed to our lacrosse doubleheader so I could sip on a spicy cinnamon mocha while trying to stay warm in the driving rain and temps that dropped 20 degrees while we were there. Come to think of it, I could have used one once we got home, too!

Try this homemade spicy cinnamon mocha

How to Make a Spicy Cinnamon Mocha

Add your coffee grounds to your coffeemaker. Sprinkle cinnamon over the grounds, then brew as normal.

While coffee brews, add your half and half to a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium low, and add cocoa powder and cayenne pepper.

Stir until it dissolves. Let this heat while coffee brews, making sure the half and half doesn’t boil. Once it steams, remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour cream into pan to heat gently

Pour half and half mixture into coffee cups, then pour cinnamon coffee over it.

Top with whipped cream and a shake of cinnamon. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Make a homemade spicy cinnamon mocha

This is the kind of great cup of coffee to transform your day, especially these suddenly cold and grey fall days where you want to warm up from the inside out.

Are you a visual person? Check out the quick how to video. It’s really as easy as brew, heat, and mix!

Have you ever tried a spicy cinnamon mocha?

If you’re one of those living where it’s still beastly hot out, use the coffee and half and half to make this java chip frappuccino instead.

Need flavor fast? Use my espresso hot fudge sauce mixed with the coffee and half and half for a super fast, delicious treat.

More of my favorite coffee recipes:

Spicy Cinnamon Mocha

Spicy Cinnamon Mocha

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Warm yourself up from the inside out with this lightly spicy cinnamon mocha latte. Simple to make, this fabulous coffee recipe tastes fantastic. Swap out your usual coffee for a special treat today.


  • 1/3 c coffee grounds
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 c half and half
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t vanilla
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon sticks, optional for garnish


  1. Add fresh grounds to coffeemaker. Sprinkle cinnamon over grounds, then brew a pot of coffee as normal.
  2. While coffee brews, add half and half to saucepan. Turn heat to medium low, and add cocoa powder, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Stir to dissolve. Let heat while coffee brews, making sure the half and half doesn't boil. Once it steams, remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour half and half mixture into coffee cups, then pour cinnamon coffee over it. Top with whipped cream and a shake of cinnamon. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 84 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 28mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 2g
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Looking for the perfect cup of coffee? This simple spicy cinnamon mocha is easy to make. While it isn't a Starbucks copycat recipe, I've been told it tastes even better. Enjoy your coffee at home with this lightly spiced warming caffeine infusion. Enjoy it hot or as an iced coffee.

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  • Karen Hermansen

    Couldn’t find the buttercream half and half, so I got International Delight Sweet cream and I’m skipping the cayenne due to stomach issues. Making it tonight as desssert!

    • Michelle

      I hope you enjoy it! It’s good with and without the cayenne. I’ve made it both ways, but I love a little kick to it. Enjoy your dessert!

  • Karen Hermansen

    Oh yum! This was a delightful end to a meal!

    • Michelle

      This would be a great end to a meal – I haven’t tried it that way yet!

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    Well doesn’t this sound delicious. Perfect for chilly nights…and YES I am done with winter too. Let’s hope spring actually is around the corner….but I would drink this all year long.

    • Michelle

      It would be great for chilly nights. I think I need to make an iced version of this for when summer comes – I love these flavors.

  • Denise

    I am tired and I want something sweet and this looks absolutely perfect!!!! I love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and that you put cinnamon in it.

  • Veena Azmanov

    This would be perfect on cold days.. I love that you added cayenne.. I love the flavor of cinnamon and coffee so the cayenne would just take it up a noch.. yum!

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I wish I had some regular coffee in the house — I guess I’ll have to settle for herb tea. I’m putting the ingredients on my grocery list so I can make this ASAP!! I really need a pick-me-up!!

    • Michelle

      Definitely add it to your shopping list. This is one of my favorite at home coffee recipes!

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