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Listen up, coffee lovers! I have a recipe that will knock your socks off. If you’re looking for a sweet and creamy pick-me-up, then this Caramel Cream Coffee Recipe is the answer to all your morning woes. From the first sip to the very last drop, every taste bud on your tongue will explode with joy. Trust me; as a barista, I know my way around a coffee cup.

The combination of caramel sauce and heavy cream makes this coffee recipe divine. Just think about it—a sip of creamy caramel in every cup! It’s like having dessert for breakfast without the guilt. Whether you’re a fan of iced coffee or prefer your brew hot and steamy, this recipe is perfect for any coffee lover out there.

So let’s get started! In just a few minutes, you’ll be sipping on the best caramel coffee in town. And trust me, once you try it, you’ll never want to go back to plain old black coffee ever again. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks as we dive deeper into this recipe—your taste buds won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Cream Coffee
Caramel Cream Coffee

Folks, let me tell you, this caramel cream coffee recipe will blow your socks off! Whether you are a lover of iced coffee or a hot cup of joe, this recipe has it all!

First off, who doesn’t love caramel sauce? It’s like a hug in a jar. And let me tell you, there’s plenty of that included in this recipe. You’ll get just the right amount of sweetness without it being overpowering.

But we’re not stopping there. This recipe calls for whipped cream and homemade caramel topping to take things to a whole new level of richness. Trust me, if you have a sweet tooth like me, you won’t want to miss out on this.

Now, don’t let the decadence of this drink fool you. If you’re trying to cut back on sugar and calories, no worries! I’ve got some substitutions and variations included in this recipe that will allow you to enjoy the deliciousness guilt-free.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to elevate your coffee game and try out this caramel cream coffee recipe!

Ingredient List

 Swirls of caramel make every sip decadent.
Swirls of caramel make every sip decadent.

Get your coffee mugs ready because this Caramel Cream Coffee Recipe is going to be your new favorite. To make this delightful coffee treat, you will need the following ingredients:

Coffee Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cold brew or hot brewed coffee
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp caramel syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Caramel Cream Cold Brew Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cold brew concentrate
  • 1 cup cold half & half

Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Salted Caramel Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons jarred caramel topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Whipped Cream Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

With these recipe ingredients, you can create a variety of wonderful caramel coffee creations.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't settle for a regular cup of coffee when you can indulge in this creamy caramel blend.
Don’t settle for a regular cup of coffee when you can indulge in this creamy caramel blend.

Now that you’ve gathered all the ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe how-to! This caramel cream coffee recipe is incredibly easy to make but will totally impress your taste buds.

Step 1: Make the caramel sauce

Making the caramel sauce couldn’t be easier! In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, stop stirring and let it simmer until it turns dark golden-brown. Add in 3 tablespoons of jarred caramel, and stir well.

Step 2: Brew the coffee

Now that we have our caramel sauce ready, it’s time to brew our coffee. You can use any variety you like, but we recommend using cold brew or strong hot coffee for this recipe. For cold brew, mix 1 part ground coffee with 3 parts cold water, leave it overnight in a French press and voila! Your cold brew is ready to go. For hot coffee, add 2 tbsp of instant coffee or brew a strong cup of hot coffee.

Step 3: Make Salted Caramel Cream

In a bowl whip up 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks start to form. Next add 3 tbsp caramel syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Keep whisking until stiff peaks form.

Step 4: Assemble the caramel cream coffee

In a serving mug mix together 3/4 cup brewed hot or cold coffee, 1/2 cup half-and-half, and then whisk in 2-3 tablespoons of caramel sauce into the drink to give a more liquor-like flavor to your drink. Now add some ice cubes and top with whipped salted caramel cream using a spoon. Drizzle a little extra caramel sauce on the top to make it more drool-worthy.

That’s it! Your homemade caramel cream coffee is ready to enjoy. This recipe serves two, but you can easily adjust the ingredient proportions according to the number of cups you need.

Substitutions and Variations

 Our caramel cream coffee will satisfy your cravings for a sweet treat and a caffeine boost.
Our caramel cream coffee will satisfy your cravings for a sweet treat and a caffeine boost.

Well, folks, if you’re looking to spice up the taste a bit and try out some variations of the caramel cream coffee recipe, I’ve got ya covered! As a barista, I’ve attempted a few of them myself and gotten feedback from my beloved customers on their experiments. So listen up and take notes!

First up, let’s talk about the salted caramel version. If you’re one of those people who loves the salty and sweet mix of flavors then this is definitely for you. Just add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe ingredients list and substitute the regular caramel sauce with some salted caramel sauce for that extra tasty twist. Voila!

If you thought that was cool, how about trying out the cold-brew variation? Yes, it’s atypical for a warm drink but trust me, it’s worth giving it a shot on a hot day. Instead of using the hot coffee 2 cups in the recipe list, switch to 3 cups of cold brew and adjust your brewing time accordingly.

Now if you like things extra creamy and decadent then listen closely! Swap out half & half with heavy cream (1/2 cup). Also add an additional 3 tablespoons of jarred caramel topping into the mix to create caramel cream macchiato coffee recipe.

If you’re all about trying out new homemade sweet treats, make your own caramel sauce for this recipe! It can be intimidating at first but don’t fret. Simply mix together 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup water and cook over medium heat in a small saucepan until syrupy brown (takes about 5-7 minutes). Then stir in ½ cup of hot heavy cream (1 cup) until smooth. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Lastly, for all my fellow Starbucks afficionados out there or anyone who wants to recreate their fancy coffees at home – here’s how you adapt this recipe to make a Salted Caramel Latte, Caramel Frappuccino, or iced caramel latte! For a Salted Caramel Latte, add whipped cream and some ground cinnamon on top of the coffee. For a caramel frappuccino, pour the coffee into a blender with ice cubes and blend until smooth then pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup. And finally for an iced caramel latte, pour hot brewed coffee over a cup of ice, then add the current recipe ingredients list (minus the whipped cream)

Serving and Pairing

 Wake up and smell the caramel with this delicious coffee recipe.
Wake up and smell the caramel with this delicious coffee recipe.

Now that your irresistible caramel cream coffee recipe is ready, it’s time to decide what to serve alongside it. This rich and creamy coffee is best enjoyed with something equally delicious.

Pair your coffee with muffins, cakes, or a seasoned buttered toast. For a protein-rich breakfast, opt for bacon and eggs, or choose a light fruit salad or yogurt parfait for a refreshing snack option.

When serving caramel cream coffee as a dessert drink during the afternoons, pair it with churros or doughnuts; these sweet treats are excellent choices to balance out the coffee’s strong flavor.

For a nightcap drink, serve this indulgent coffee with a chocolate-dipped biscotti or mix in some whiskey to give it an extra kick. Trust me; this caramel cream coffee recipe can make any occasion feel special and more delicious.

If you’re hosting a brunch party or gathering of friends over for an evening hangout, consider making a DIY coffee bar where guests can customize their caramel cream coffees with different toppings of their choice. Offer whipped cream dollop toppings and salted caramel drizzle to take the taste of this classic iced coffee recipe up by several notches.

With these pairing ideas in mind, you’re well on your way to hosting an unforgettable event or enjoying a cozy afternoon delight all by yourself.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for cozy mornings or a caffeine break during the day.
Perfect for cozy mornings or a caffeine break during the day.

If you want to have your Caramel Cream Coffee ready ahead of time, you can make the cold brew coffee and the caramel sauce in advance. Store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

When you’re ready to serve, prepare the salted caramel cream by whipping together heavy cream, caramel sauce, and salted caramel until you achieve a smooth consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add some half-and-half or milk to achieve the desired consistency.

To reheat the coffee mixture, pour it into a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat until it’s warm but not boiling. Then, transfer to a mug and add the salted caramel cream on top.

If you want to make individual servings quickly, brew hot coffee and let it cool. Then, add ice cubes and pour the caramel cream over it. Garnish with whipped cream, ground cinnamon, or caramel topping.

Remember that homemade caramel and whipped cream will start to separate after a few hours, so it’s best to store them separately and only mix them before serving.

With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious Caramel Cream Coffee anytime without compromising quality or flavor!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A spoonful of whipped cream adds the finishing touch to this luxurious drink.
A spoonful of whipped cream adds the finishing touch to this luxurious drink.

Well, my friends, you’re about to make some incredible caramel cream coffee, and I want to give you some tips to make it perfect. There are a few tricks I’ve learned over the years to get the best results out of my coffee recipes. First off, if you’re using cold brew for this recipe, make sure it’s brewed well in advance so that it can chill in the fridge. If your coffee is too warm, it’ll melt your whipped cream and change your drink’s flavor.

Secondly, I always recommend using heavy cream instead of milk for this recipe because its high-fat content creates a more velvety texture and a richer taste. You could also use half-and-half or whipping cream instead of heavy cream but remember that you’ll have to adjust the amount of sugar since they have different levels of sweetness.

Another thing to keep in mind is the quality of your ingredients. Use only premium brands for caramel sauce or caramel syrup as inferior ingredients may affect the final taste of your drink. You could also make your own homemade caramel using sauce ingredients such as sugar, cream, and water. It might be hard work, but trust me; it’s worth it!

I also recommend using freshly brewed coffee for this recipe since instant coffee granules don’t dissolve as well and won’t taste right with all these other amazing flavors going on. If you’re a coffee lover and already have a french press at home, then brewing fresh coffee should be a piece of cake.

Lastly, feel free to add some garnish on top like a drizzle of caramel sauce, whipped cream or cinnamon powder sprinkled over your drink’s surface. The look will be enticing!


Now, folks, let’s take a moment to answer some frequently asked questions about this delicious recipe for caramel cream coffee. As much as we want to whip up and enjoy our favorite coffee anytime, anywhere, sometimes we have these burning questions that need answering. So, please take a sip of your favorite coffee as I provide the answers to your curious minds.

What is caramel creme coffee?

Get ready for a coffee experience that will tantalize your taste buds! Our Caramel Créme Coffee is made with PJ’s Viennese Blend cold brew coffee, milk that is frothed to perfection, and rich caramel that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Topped with fluffy whipped cream and an enticing caramel drizzle, this coffee will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store.

Can you substitute 1 2 and 1 2 for heavy cream in caramel?

Substituting heavy cream with half and half in your easy caramel sauce recipe won’t be a problem. Although it might slightly alter its consistency, the taste will remain as delicious as ever.

Is coffee and caramel a good combination?

If you’re a fan of iced coffee but crave something a little more decadent, this recipe is just for you. With its silky texture, rich caramel notes, and energy-boosting caffeine, it’s the perfect choice for a refreshing summer drink or a tasty pick-me-up anytime.

What caramel is best for coffee?

Monin’s Caramel syrup, with its rich and buttery flavor, is a versatile addition to your beverages and desserts. Its smooth texture is perfect for coffee, and it dissolves easily to provide a sweet finish.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, folks! A perfect recipe for Caramel Cream Coffee that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. With its delicious caramel cream flavor, salted caramel sauce, and aromatic cinnamon, this coffee recipe is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds and satisfy your caffeine cravings.

From its simple ingredients to easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is perfect for beginners and seasoned baristas alike. Plus, with plenty of substitution options and serving variations, you can customize your coffee experience to your liking.

So why not try out this recipe for yourself? You won’t regret it! Gather your ingredients, brew yourself a cup, sit back, relax, and savor every sip of this rich and creamy caramel coffee. Trust me; you’ll never look at regular brewed coffee the same way again.

And who knows, maybe one day StarBucks will be coming to you for a taste of your amazing salted caramel latte recipe!

Caramel Cream Coffee

Caramel Cream Coffee Recipe

Super easy from Smuckers! Mmmm! I am going to update this to say that like Littlemafia pointed out the amount of caramel seems to be rather a lot so I just usually squeeze it in to taste and in fact have never actually measured it. 🙂 Enjoy!
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Servings 1 cup of coffee
Calories 1.8 kcal


  • 6 ounces brewed hot coffee
  • 5 tablespoons caramel syrup ice cream topping
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon


  • Pour coffee into large mug. Add syrup.
  • Stir until blended.
  • Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 178gCalories: 1.8kcalProtein: 0.2gSodium: 3.5mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy
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