The latest seasonal coffee drink creation, the Iced Sugar Cookie Latte! Buttery, rich, and nutty; it tastes very similar to eating a sugar cookie and having a sip of coffee at the same time!
Ahhhh, ’tis the season for all the red cup Starbucks drinks! To be honest, I know people really have a dislike of Starbucks and their ever-pushy holiday ways but I really love when the red cups come out. That, for me, commences Christmas. Yes, even in early November, Christmas season is upon us and I feel as if that’s my permission to start dreaming of all things Christmas!
I’ve never totally been one to like the seasonal Starbucks drinks but I will always try them once. It’s much more fun to remake them at home to your own taste preference than anything else. Plus, I can stay cozy at home vs. bundling up and driving to Starbucks to wait 20 million years for my drink and also interact with grinches (not the baristas but people who haven’t had their coffee yet lol)
What is a sugar cookie latte?
I am so glad you asked! The sugar cookie latte is Starbucks’ new seasonal drink for 2021 and like I mentioned above, I’m usually not one for their seasonal drinks but this year, I AM HERE FOR IT.
The sugar cookie latte is a delightful coffee drink. At Starbucks, they make it with almondmilk and their Blonde roast. I am a huge fan of espresso and my espresso machine so I made it into a latte.
It tastes kind of like eating a fresh batch of sugar cookies with a cup of coffee. The sugar cookie latte has notes of butter, sugar, and the nuttiness of almond milk or rather for my drink, the creaminess of the oat milk.
Ingredients to make your own sugar cookie latte
For the sugar cookie syrup:
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- Imitation butter extract – definitely try to find this. It gives the drink that rich buttery note that you find in sugar cookies!
For the latte:
- Espresso – my favorite beans are Mass Appeal from Ceremony Coffee Roasters and Papa Rob’s.
- Milk – dairy or plant-based
- Sugar cookie syrup
- Heavy cream – this is optional but if you want extra richness, give it a splash!
- Whipped topping – this is optional as well but who doesn’t love a whipped topping on their drink?
- Sprinkles – for that festive flair!
How long and how can I store the sugar cookie syrup? You can store the extra sugar cookie syrup in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Can I make this with coffee instead? Yes! You can use your favorite unsweetened cold brew coffee or your homemade version.
Can I make this hot? Of course you can! Same instructions, just omit the ice ;)
Still tired? Here’s more Starbucks copycat drinks:
Iced Sugar Cookie Latte (Starbucks Copycat)
For the sugar cookie syrup:
- ¼ cup (55 g) dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup (59 ml) water
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
- 3–4 drops imitation butter extract
For the drink:
- 2 shots espresso
- ½ cup (118 ml) oat milk
- 1–2 tablespoons (1 tablespoons) sugar cookie syrup
- Splash of heavy cream or plant-based cream, optional
- Whipped topping, optional
- Sprinkles, optional
- In a small saucepan, stir together brown sugar and water until brown sugar dissolves. Bring to a low simmer and simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Add extracts and remove from heat.
- In a tall glass filled with ice, add your espresso, milk, and syrup. Stir to combine. Add a splash of heavy cream and whipped topping, if desired.
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