Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato recipe

Are you addicted to Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato?


Yeah, me too.  I find myself going to Starbucks just to get this drink these days so I thought… why not make my own?

I’ve watched them make it a hundred times.  It’s not that hard to make.

see one, do one, teach one.

All you need is…

Vanilla Syrup
Caramel drizzle

I’ve included two recipes to make this:

The ORIGINAL recipe (that I’ve seen made a hundred times) is this:

  • 3 pumps of vanilla syrup 
  • milk
  • 1-2 shots of espresso (depending on your size tall =1 shot, grande =2)
  • caramel drizzle.

1. Add 3 pumps of vanilla syrup to your cup.  Steam the milk.  Pour milk into cup.
2. Add the espresso to the top of the foamed milk.
3. Add caramel drizzle to the top in a criss-cross pattern until you are satisfied. DONE!

This graphic demonstrates the layers.

My recipe

My recipe!

  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pack splenda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 shot espresso
  • caramel sauce (I used Ghirardelli’s but the Smucker’s ice cream topper should work too)

1. Steam your milk and froth it either with a frother or whip it up yourself and then pour into cup. Add the vanilla and splenda to the milk and stir.
2. Add the espresso to the top. (For Nespresso users: I used the purple Arpeggio pod. Keurig users: 1/2 cup really dark coffee).
3. Add the caramel sauce to the top. Done!
get the printable recipe here


Some recipes ask you to make your own vanilla syrup.  I am too lazy to do that and feel like this is a nice alternative. You could always go buy Starbuck’s vanilla syrup too.  I might just do that.

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  1. March 10, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Looks yummy! I love your new blog header!

  2. March 13, 2014 / 6:38 am

    My husband loves Carmel Macchiato. Now I can tell him how to make it at home and save some $$$ Thanks for posting. Visiting from Thurs. Favorite Things linkup party

  3. March 13, 2014 / 9:50 am

    One of my favorites! You make it sound easy…but for now, I am think I am headed to Starbucks!! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!!