Caramel Macchiato (Starbuck’s Copycat)


Besides the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte, this is the only other reason I ever venture through the Starbuck’s drive-thru. But since I got my husband an espresso machine for Christmas this past year, we’ve been making them at home. They are really easy and so much cheaper.

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Yield: Serves 2

Caramel Macchiato (Starbuck’s Copycat)

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2 tablespoons vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 cup fresh espresso
1 cup milk, steamed and frothy with foam
3 – 4 tablespoons caramel sauce (I used the same jarred caramel sauce that is sold as an ice cream topping)

For the Vanilla syrup:
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. To make the vanilla syrup, combine sugar and water in a sauce pan. Bring to boil over high heat and boil for 5 minutes. Let cool and add vanilla extract. Stir well and keep in a sealed container, refrigerated.

2. To make coffee, either use an espresso machine to make coffee and steam milk, or heat milk until hot, but not boiling on stove-top and transfer to a blender. Blend until frothy. For espresso, if you don’t have a machine, just make double strength coffee.

3. Add vanilla syrup, espresso or strong coffee and hot milk to mug. Add caramel sauce and serve.

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  8 Responses to “Caramel Macchiato (Starbuck’s Copycat)”

  1. Feast on the Cheap — February 24, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    This used to be MY drink at Starbucks, I now switch back and forth between this and a chai latte. Looks amazing – an apt doppelganger!

  2. Mario — February 24, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Just wanted to say what a cool blog you have. Great name. And great photos. I also write a blog on People and Relationships. But told through the story of Food and Recipes. Please stop by and visit. Thanks

  3. AreU — February 24, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    YUM!! Your photos always make me want to cook. Will try this! @EclecticRecipes Caramel Macchiato (Starbuck’s Copycat)

  4. Monet — February 26, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Love it! During high school, this was the one drink that my best friends and I would order time after time. Thanks for sharing, sweet lady. I hope you have a splendid weekend full of sleep, laughter and love!

  5. Adult Awkwardness — February 26, 2011 @ 12:20 am


    I found you on Blog Catalog and became a reader because I enjoyed your recipes and beautiful photography. Yesterday, I nominated you for the 7 Facts Award on my blog. I hope you’ll be able to accept it 🙂

    • Angie — February 26, 2011 @ 9:33 am


  6. sunny shi — March 10, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    Eclectic Recipes – Caramel Macchiato (Starbuck’s Copycat)

  7. fascias manchester — March 28, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    Thanks this was yummy, I am stillk playing with the settings on my gaggia machine to try and get the froth as smooth as coffee shops.

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