How to Make Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte at Home

Joshua Allerton
February 21, 2024

I've always been a fan of Starbucks' seasonal drinks, and the Sugar Cookie Latte is no exception. It's the perfect blend of sweet and creamy, making it an instant hit during the festive season. But why wait in line or spend a fortune when you can whip up your own version at home?

Today, I'll show you how to make the Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte recipe right in your kitchen. It's easier than you think, and the best part is, you can enjoy this delightful treat any time of the year. Let's dive in and bring the magic of Starbucks into your home.

Gather Ingredients and Equipment

Before we dive into the how-to, let's make sure we've got everything we need to whip up a delicious Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte right at home. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how straightforward the ingredients list is. Most items may already be sitting in your kitchen, waiting to be transformed into your new favourite drink.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Espresso or strong brewed coffee – This is the base of our latte. If you've got an espresso machine, great! If not, a strong brew from your coffee maker will do just fine.
  • Milk of your choice – I usually go for whole milk for that creamy texture, but almond or oat milk works wonders for a dairy-free alternative.
  • Sugar cookie syrup – The star of the show. You can either buy this online or in stores, but I'll also guide you on how to make a simple version at home.
  • Vanilla extract – Just a splash for that extra hint of sweetness.
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles – Optional but highly recommended for garnishing and getting that authentic Starbucks vibe.

As for equipment, you won't need anything too fancy:

  • A coffee maker or espresso machine to brew your coffee
  • A saucepan if you're making the syrup from scratch
  • A frother or a small whisk for the milk
  • A microwave or stovetop to heat the milk

Simple, right? I assure you, putting it all together is just as easy. With these ingredients and tools by your side, you're all set to create a cosy, homemade version of the Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte. Let's keep the momentum going and jump right into the recipe.

Make the Sugar Cookie Syrup

After rounding up all the necessary items for our Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte, it's time to delve into the heart of the flavour: the sugar cookie syrup. Don't worry; I've got a simple method that'll bring the cozy Starbucks charm right to your kitchen.


Before we start, let's make sure we have everything we need for the syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract


Making this syrup is as straightforward as it gets. Here's how I do it:

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar completely dissolves. This usually takes about 5 minutes, so don't wander off!
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. These two are the game-changers, bringing the sugar cookie taste to life.
  5. Allow the syrup to cool before using.

Voila! You've just made your very own sugar cookie syrup.

I've found that this syrup doesn't just stop at lattes; it's versatile. Feel free to experiment with it in other drinks, or even drizzle it over desserts for that extra sugar cookie kick. I've tried it with various recipes, and the outcome is always delighfully surprising.

Remember, store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the fridge. It should keep well for up to two weeks, ready to jazz up your coffee whenever you're in the mood for something special.

Brew the Espresso or Coffee

After making the sugar cookie syrup, the next critical step in creating your homemade Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte is brewing the espresso or coffee. I'll guide you through this process, ensuring it's straightforward and manageable, even for those who might not have a barista's expertise.

Choosing Your Coffee

First, let's talk about the base of the latte. While Starbucks uses espresso, you can also opt for strong brewed coffee as an accessible alternative. Here’s what I recommend:

  • For Espresso Lovers: If you have an espresso machine, aim for a double shot. That's about 60 ml (2 ounces) of espresso. The rich and concentrated flavor forms the perfect backbone for our latte.
  • For Coffee Aficionados: Opt for a dark roast for its depth of flavor. Brew it strong; you'll need about 120 ml (4 ounces) of coffee so it doesn't get overpowered by the milk and syrup.

Brewing Instructions

For those who've chosen espresso, here's a quick guide:

  1. Preheat your espresso machine.
  2. Grind your coffee beans to a fine consistency, akin to table salt.
  3. Tamp the grounds firmly into the portafilter.
  4. Brew a double shot directly into your latte glass or mug.

If you're going with brewed coffee:

  1. Use a coffee maker or French press.
  2. Opt for a coffee-to-water ratio heavier on the coffee side to ensure it's strong enough.

The Perfect Base

Remember, the quality of your coffee affects the final taste of your latte. Whether you're pulling a shot of espresso or brewing a cup of coffee, aim for a strong, bold flavour to complement the sweetness of the sugar cookie syrup. This balance is key to replicating that beloved Starbucks experience.

Once you've got your espresso or coffee ready, we'll move on to combining it with our homemade syrup and milk, bringing us one step closer to enjoying a delightful Sugar Cookie Latte at home.

Froth the Milk

After nailing the espresso or strong brewed coffee and the delightful sugar cookie syrup, it's time to talk about frothing the milk, a crucial step in bringing our Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte to life right in our kitchen. Frothy milk not only adds a silky texture but also helps to blend the flavours seamlessly.

I've experimented with several methods to froth milk at home and discovered you don't need fancy equipment to achieve that perfect, creamy froth. Here's a simplified approach:

  1. Pour the Milk: Start by pouring your milk of choice into a jar. I recommend using whole milk for the best foam, but any plant-based milk works wonderfully too for those who prefer a dairy-free latte.
  2. Seal and Shake: Secure the lid on the jar tightly. Give it a vigorous shake for about 30 to 60 seconds or until the milk has doubled in volume and is frothy. This is a superb workout for your arms too!
  3. Heat It Up: After shaking, remove the lid and microwave the jar for 30 seconds. This step stabilizes the froth, making it last longer on your latte. Be cautious with this step – milk can overheat quickly!
  4. Pour and Craft: Gently pour the frothy milk into your coffee or espresso, trying to keep the foam until the end to spoon on top. For an extra touch, you can sprinkle some sugar cookie crumbs or a cinnamon-sugar mix on the foam to elevate the latte's visual and taste appeal.

Remember, making the perfect latte at home is all about trial and error. Don't get discouraged if your first attempt isn't perfect. Each step, from brewing the coffee, mixing in the sugar cookie syrup, to frothing the milk, is an opportunity to refine your barista skills. With a bit of practice, you'll find the right techniques that work for you, making your homemade Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte indistinguishable from the real deal.

Assemble Your Sugar Cookie Latte

Now that we've got our sugar cookie syrup ready, our espresso brewed to perfection, and our milk frothed just right, it's time to bring it all together. Assembling your Sugar Cookie Latte is the final step towards recreating that cosy Starbucks experience right in your own kitchen.

First things first, let's talk proportions. For the perfect balance of flavour, I like to follow a specific ratio:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar cookie syrup
  • 1 cup (about 240ml) of frothed milk
  • 1 shot (about 30ml) of espresso or strong coffee

With these proportions, you'll get a latte that's not overly sweet but still has enough sugar cookie flavour to make it feel like a special treat.

  1. Start by pouring the sugar cookie syrup into the bottom of a large mug.
  2. Next, pour the hot espresso or strong coffee directly over the syrup. Stir them together gently to ensure they combine well.
  3. Slowly pour the frothed milk over the coffee and syrup mixture. Aim to do this gradually, so you preserve that lovely froth on top. If done correctly, you'll see a beautiful layer of creamy foam crown your latte.
  4. For an extra touch, sprinkle a little bit of sparkling sugar or a dash of ground cinnamon on the foam. This not only makes your latte Instagram-worthy but also adds a subtle crunch and aroma that enhance every sip.

I always believe in making a cup of coffee your own, so don't be afraid to tweak. Whether you want a bit more syrup for sweetness or prefer a double shot of espresso for that extra kick, adapting the recipe to suit your taste is where the fun lies.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you experiment with making your Sugar Cookie Latte, the better it'll get. So, keep your espresso machine or coffee maker handy, and don't shy away from playing barista at home.


Crafting your own Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte at home is simpler than you might think. With the right ingredients and a touch of creativity, you can enjoy this festive favourite anytime. Remember, the key to a perfect latte lies in the balance of syrup, espresso, and frothed milk. Don't be afraid to tweak the recipe to suit your taste buds. Whether you're after a stronger coffee flavour or a sweeter sip, it's all about making it your own. So grab your mug, and let's make every day a little more delicious. Happy brewing!

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