A completely homemade copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato recipe. Easy to make from scratch and absolutely delicious!
To be 100% honest, my Starbucks drink of choice is their white chocolate mocha, but I did try one of their caramel macchiatos just so I could compare the two, and I definitely prefer this one. I find the homemade flavors a little brighter, a little stronger.
Plus, YOU can control the level of sweetness which is always my biggest beef with Starbucks drinks.
This recipe is both wonderful and terrible because you are not limited by whether or not you have caramel sauce at home to make it. You whip up the caramel yourself in five minutes flat. So if you keep heavy cream on hand (which I do), you can make these any time you feel like it (which I definitely shouldn’t).
- 2 tablespoons (1oz) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup (50g) packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of your favorite strong black coffee very hot
- 1-3 teaspoons sugar*
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- Whipped cream optional
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add heavy cream, brown sugar, and salt. Stir well.
Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 4 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and mix in vanilla. Transfer to a mason jar with a lid for storage.
Stir coffee, 1 tablespoon of the caramel, sugar, and cream together. Taste and add more sugar if needed.
Top with whipped cream and another drizzle of caramel if desired.
Drink and enjoy that $4.50 you just saved yourself.