Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer

Replace your daily drive-thru coffee habit with homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer. This caramel-flavored creamer is easy to make with ingredients you can actually pronounce!

Want to cut back on your coffee shop spending without cutting back on your coffee? Try this Skinny Caramel Mocha recipe or this Caramel Coffee Milkshake next time you need a caffeinated pick-me-up!

Homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer: so easy to make at home, and DELICIOUS too!

Why this Creamer is Best

Make a big jar of Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer and you’ll be ready to turn an everyday cup of coffee into an extra special treat.

  • All the flavor of a Starbucks caramel macchiato at a fraction of the cost per cup.
  • You can control the level of sweetness when you make it yourself.
  • Made with espresso powder to give your coffee an extra boost.
  • Delicious in hot or iced coffee!
  • A 5 minute, 5 ingredient microwave coffee recipe. No stove top required.

Once you’ve tried this classic flavor, whip up a mug of our newest apple crisp macchiato. SO AMAZING.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make caramel macchiato coffee creamer.

Here’s everything you need to make this caramel macchiato coffee creamer recipe.

  • Whole milk – The higher fat content keeps the creamer from getting watered down when added to coffee.
  • Espresso powder – This strong instant coffee mimics the taste of the espresso in the coffee chain version. We use King Arthur for best flavor (bought on Amazon)!
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Essential for coffee creamer that’s sweet and, well, CREAMY!
  • Caramel sauceI used the ice cream sundae caramel topping from a squeeze bottle.

PRO TIP- We love making our own homemade vanilla extract, but if using store bought, be sure it’s pure extract, not imitation (for best flavor).

Homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer: so easy to make at home, and DELICIOUS too!

Tips and Tricks

  • Microwave the milk and espresso powder. The espresso powder will dissolve into the warm milk to distribute the flavor evenly throughout the creamer.
  • Whisk half way through. After 30 seconds, take the milk out of the microwave and whisk to help dissolve the espresso before heating for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Shake, shake shake! I have found the best way to combine the ingredients for coffee creamer is in a mason jar. Screw on the lid and give it a few vigorous shakes before storing the creamer in the fridge or adding it to your coffee.
  • Dunk. Whip up a batch of our caramel macchiato biscotti, or our easy orange biscotti to dip in your coffee for breakfast!

Recipe FAQS

How much coffee creamer does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 2 cups of caramel macchiato coffee creamer. It’s enough for anywhere from 8-12 cups of coffee depending on how much creamer you like to add!

How can I make it low fat?

For a lower fat coffee creamer, use fat free or low fat milk instead of whole milk and fat free sweetened condensed milk. You can also use a sugar free caramel sauce to reduce the sugar if you like.

How long does it keep?

The shelf life of homemade coffee creamer depends on the freshness of your milk. Check the expiration date on your milk and use that to determine how long your creamer will stay good.

Can I use this in iced coffee too?

YES! My caramel macchiato creamer tasted equally delicious added to iced coffee as it did to my hot coffee.

What can I use instead of espresso powder?

You can substitute the espresso powder for any powdered instant coffee. The coffee flavor may not be as strong but it will still taste good.

Can I make it without a microwave?

If you do not have a microwave, you can warm your milk in a sauce pan on the stove top instead. Keep the stove on the low setting and heat the milk just until it’s warm enough to dissolve the espresso powder, whisking often to avoid scalding.

Homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer: so easy to make at home, and DELICIOUS too!

More Coffee Creamer Recipes

Caramel Macchiato Creamer

4.55 from 35 votes
By: Aimee
Replace your daily drive-thru coffee habit with homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer. This caramel-flavored creamer is easy to make with ingredients you can actually pronounce!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • cup caramel sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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  • In a quart size mason jar, combine 1/2 cup of the milk with the espresso powder. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk smooth, and heat an additional 30 seconds. Add remaining milk, sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce and vanilla.
  • Screw top on mason jar and shake vigorously until combined.  Store in refrigerator.


  • Use fat free milk and fat free sweetened condensed milk to cut some of the fat.
  • I use caramel ice cream topping.
  • To determine how long this will last, go by the date on your milk.


Serving: 2Tablespoons, Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 75mg, Sugar: 23g
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
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Meet your new coffee obsession. This caramel macchiato coffee creamer recipe is better than store bought and easy to make with 5 ingredients!

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Posted on July 15, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This is so good! With it being psl season I’ve had a hard time finding my favorite carmel macchiato creamer. But i might just have to to switch to making my own completely!
    Another pro to this creamer is I can cut down the Lactose by using a Lactose free milk! I can handle some Lactose but not a lot.
    Just want to note incase people are looking for a totally Lactose free option. The carmel and sweetened condensed milk still have Lactose.

  2. Would love if you put vanilla cannoli creamer on your list. It’s my fav but would love a cleaner version

  3. So is this for a ready to drink iced coffee or is this a creamer? I’m confused on the espresso powder.

  4. Really yummy. Thank you 😊. My husband loves it and he is a big fan of flavored creamer. Now we don’t have to buy it anymore.

  5. I made the French vanilla and love it. I didn’t think that I would use it up in 7-10 days but I did. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and low fat almond milk but I love it. Next I’m going to try the Caramel Macchiato cause that’s my sons favorite creamer and I’m hoping he will try it. Nobody in my family loves home made stuff as much as me! Thank you so much for these recipes! Now I just walk on by the creamer section of the store cause I have something better at home!

  6. Thank you for this recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

    I’ve been addicted to Caramel Macchiato’s since I was pregnant with my daughter, over 9 years ago! I would get so sick on Mochas and she would get an upset stomach if I had Mocha’s while breastfeeding. So, I switched to CM’s and have never switched back! (I just couldn’t give up my caffeine addiction!) I love the smooth vanilla with the velvety caramel…mmmm…must go have some now! 🙂

    Thank you!!

  7. Holy COW this is crazy good!! If I wasn’t already a coffee drinker I would become one just so I could have this! Could drink the whole dang jar! Thank you!!

  8. All these coffee creamer recipes look fabulous! They seem to make an awful lot more than I could use before the expiry date, though. Do you think there would be any difficulty with making it, and then freezing a portion of it for later?

  9. Do you heat it just to dissolve the espresso powder? Or is it so that all of the ingredients mix together better? I don’t have access to the powder, and I’ve made my own creamers without heating them before. I just don’t want to mess this one up because it sounds delicious!

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