November 9, 2011

Recipe Post: Pumpkin Spice Latte

A few weeks ago, I posted on fb/twitter that I made my own Pumpkin Spice Latte. It set off something of a ripple.

See, homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes are abundant on teh interwebz, but as I and many others found out, they aren't all very....good.

Sad, but true.

So, I whipped up one of my own, and I liked the way it turned out. And in the hopes that you are able to save yourselves some coffee $$$, I'm sharing it with you today.

First disclaimer: Everything you see here you can get at Walmart. Because I got it at Walmart.

Second disclaimer: This is not a very sweet drink. I usually like sweet drinks, but this particular mixture has a stronger coffee flavor than your typical Sbux latte. So don't be afraid to add a spoonful of sugar if you need to.

Okay, here we go!

You will need:

  • Cinnamon coffee (jar from Walmart as well, in case you were wondering)
  • Milk (any kind)
  • Pumpkin Pie flavoring syrup
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Homemade whipped cream (super easy recipe below)
    that there in the background is puppy treats. don't use those.
Brew your coffee how you like it.

I broke the carafe on my espresso machine months ago. That's why.

Then steam your milk. Other recipes will say to boil or nuke it. I've tried both and the flavor doesn't seem to be true to me, but if you have to, it works.

Then add your coffee and milk.

I use a 50/50 coffee/milk ratio.

Yum.... (almost)
Now add a couple of tablespoons of your syrup.

These kind of tablespoons:

And a dollop or two of your whipped cream:

Eh, go ahead and add another. We won't tell.

Sprinkle some Pumpkin Pie Spice on top...

And voila! A yummy, pumpkiny morning beverage.

Like I said, it's not the sweetest because, as you can see, I relied completely on the whipped cream for sweetening.

If you've never made your own whipped cream, don't stress. It's literally the easiest thing you can make in the kitchen other than take-out. It's so easy, I didn't even take pictures.

You need:
  • 16 oz. carton of heavy whipping cream (next to the half and half at the store)
  • 2.5 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Whip it with a hand mixer until it's a nice, thick whipped cream.

And that's it. The whipped cream keeps in the fridge till, well, you eat it all, because I promise it won't last long. I can eat the stuff straight out of the container.

This is a very sweet whipped cream, and also heavy on the vanilla. You might want to start with 1/2 tsp of the vanilla and gradually add more till you get it the way you like.


  1. Oh, homemade whipped cream how I love thee! And your PSL looks good - I've tried a few online recipes and they just weren't my fav! I'll have to make something similar to you :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Eeek! I may have to try this once I get some decaf coffee in the house. Mmmm. =)

  3. I want to try this SO bad but the only thing I have in my house is the pumpkin pie spice :( Maybe I can add vanilla syrup, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice to my instant decaf coffee? I should probably just go to walmart!

    P.S. I can see you in the spoon ;) And is that a Pampered Chef stainless bowl? I love my set but my husband discovered they are NOT oven proof :(

  4. I love this! I'll have to try it sometime, it seems easy enough! I have everything except the flavored coffee and syrup!
    Also, I love that you used a literal table spoon and your pyrex measuring cup- those both made me laugh because I do that so much myself!

  5. Thanks for this awesome recipes I'm going to have to try this next week!


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