Starbucks copycat Cinnamon Dolce Lattes are super easy to make at home! All you need are 3 simple ingredients, including an easy and decadent homemade brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup. Get ready for the coziest homemade latte ever!
Years ago, when I first started working on Smells Like Home full-time, I made it a mission to learn how to survive without my daily Starbucks run. When I learned how to make my homemade cinnamon dolce syrup that first year, it was all the confidence I needed to keep going with lots of different lattes!
These Cinnamon Dolce Lattes are so simple to whip up in minutes with just 3 simple ingredients: cinnamon dolce syrup, milk, and hot espresso.
There’s no fancy equipment required and no barista necessary for this warm and cozy morning treat. It’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the work day, momming day, or while you run around to all of the kids’ activities!
And best of all, you’re now going to be able to have a homemade version of one of your favorite Starbucks drinks or coffee shop drinks at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay. How great is that?
What is a Cinnamon Dolce Latte?
Cinnamon dolce literally means “sweet cinnamon.”
This copycat Starbucks latte is a basic espresso and milk latte made with homemade cinnamon dolce syrup. It sounds fancy, but cinnamon dolce is just a cinnamon-infused simple syrup made with brown sugar and water!
While most simple syrups, like this vanilla syrup for vanilla lattes, are made with white sugar, the extra touch of molasses in the brown sugar of this recipe makes this latte such a decadent morning treat in just minutes.
This is the basic shopping list for the creamiest cinnamon dolce lattes. The full list of ingredients is in the recipe card below, so be sure to keep scrolling down to check it out!
- Light or dark brown sugar
- Whole cinnamon sticks
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
How to Make Cinnamon Dolce Lattes
Here are the quick steps for how to make Starbucks cinnamon dolce lattes! The full instruction list and printable recipe is in the recipe card below, so be sure to keep scrolling down to the card.
STEP 1: First, make the homemade cinnamon syrup! Stir brown sugar and water together in a small saucepan until the sugar mostly dissolves.
STEP 2: Then, boil it for a few minutes before removing it from the heat. All the sugar should be dissolved. Add the whole cinnamon sticks and let them steep about half an hour before removing them. Add a little vanilla extract and you’re done!
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STEP 3: To make the copycat Starbucks cinnamon dolce lattes, froth the milk with an electric frother or by hand with a whisk. It works best if it’s cold milk with an electric frother, but warm milk for the by-hand method.
You can also use an electric steamer and frother, like the Nespresso Aeroccino or this steamer/frother that you can also use to make cold foam. I’ve used both of these gadgets and they make excellent additions to my home coffee and espresso station!
STEP 4: Now, pour the cinnamon simple syrupinto a large mug or glass. Add the hot espresso and stir it up. Pour a little milk into the brewed espresso, and add a dollop of frothy milk on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for an extra boost of cozy.
Can I Make a Latte without Espresso?
A traditional latte is made with espresso and frothed milk, but you can also use a strong brewed coffee! That’s right friends, you don’t need an espresso machine to make this – or any other kind – latte.
You can even make this cinnamon dolce latte recipe into an iced cinnamon dolce latte! I call it “a latte for every season.”
What Kind Milk to Use
You can use any kind of milk for these cinnamon dolce lattes, including plant-based milks. Oat milk is especially delicious for this latte because the oat and cinnamon flavors just go so well together.
Can You Make a Big Batch of Cinnamon Dolce Syrup?
This cinnamon dolce syrup is super easy to make! I love to make big batches on the weekend and putting it in a flip-top bottle or mason jar in the fridge.
This sweet cinnamon syrup will last up to 1 month in the fridge in an airtight container. This makes it super easy to get your cinnamon dolce latte every morning without waiting in that drive-thru for an overpriced latte drink!
If you’re in a complete pinch, you can also buy brown sugar cinnamon syrup.
What to Serve with Cinnamon Dolce Lattes
When you make this Starbucks copycat cinnamon dolce latte at home, you’re not beholden to cake pops or sous vide egg bites for breakfast.
Make it an easy brunch or holiday morning breakfast with this make ahead sausage and egg breakfast casserole.
Got a sweet tooth? Try these cast iron cinnamon rolls or eggnog cinnamon rolls around the holidays that take just 30 minutes to rise and don’t require a stand mixer to make! They’re just as great for dessert, too.
And what would a breakfast treat be without my favorite New York Crumb Cake??
Of course, cookies are made to be eaten with hot drinks, especially in the winter. Some of my favorites during the holidays are traditional Italian Christmas Cookies, classic Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies, and Raspberry Linzer Cookies.
If you’re looking for something a little heartier, this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal will hit the spot.
Holiday Latte Inspiration
Looking for new holiday twists on the classic latte? Swap the milk for eggnog in this amazing Christmas latte. Or spice it up with this cozy gingerbread latte. And if you’re more of a sweet latte fan, go with my caramel brûlée latte!
For the cinnamon dolce syrup:
- 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the latte:
- 2 shots of brewed hot espresso (approximately 2 oz)
- 8 oz milk (any variety)
- 2 oz cinnamon dolce syrup
- To make the cinnamon dolce syrup: Stir the sugar and water together in a small saucepan until no sugar clumps remain. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow it to boil for 5 minutes.
- Take than pan off the heat, drop the cinnamon stick in, and allow the cinnamon to steep in the syrup for 30 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the vanilla extract.
- To make the latte: Froth the milk. For this, you can use an electric milk frother or heat the milk in a small sauce pan on the stove and whisk until it's frothy.
- Pour the espresso into a 16 oz coffee mug or heatproof coffee glass.
- Add the coffee syrup to the mug or glass and stir to combine.
Pour milk into the glass and then dollop the frothy milk on top of the drink. Serve while still hot.
Storage: Store the extra syrup in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to 1 month.
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