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Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

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This homemade copycat Starbucks caramel macchiato recipe is so simple you’ll be enjoying these all year long!

Caramel Macchiato is a multi-layered coffee that can be served hot or iced. The word Macchiato actually means marked or stained in Italian. When you make this delicious drink, it forms gorgeous layers that are not only tasty but aesthetically pleasing as well.


You can use pre-made vanilla syrup, such as Torani Vanilla bean syrup or you can make your own (recipe included at the bottom of the post).

The iced version is our favorite to enjoy while camping. There’s something about sitting outdoors, breathing the fresh air and sipping on a caramel macchiato to make you feel like you’re in your own little slice of heaven.

To keto-fy this recipe use the Keto Vanilla Syrup recipe at the bottom of the page and homemade keto caramel.

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, Hot Version

2 T. Vanilla Syrup to a 12 oz Mug.
2 shots Freshly Brewed Hot Espresso
8 oz Steamed Milk with foam
2-3 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce to the drink.

How to Make Caramel Macchiato

  1. Add the vanilla syrup to a 12 oz mug. To the syrup, add 2 shots of freshly brewed, hot espresso.
  2. Steam 8 ounces of milk, then use a frothing tool to foam it; add it to the glass, slowly.
  3. Drizzle the top generously with 2-3 tablespoons of caramel.
  4. Stir & Enjoy.

Makes 1 Grande Caramel Macchiato

Hot Caramel Macchiato

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, Iced Version

You’ll Need:
2 T. Vanilla Syrup to a 16 oz glass.
1 shot Brewed Espresso
8 oz Cold Milk
3 – 4 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce to the drink.

Fill a tall glass with ice, add vanilla syrup. Pour the milk over the ice and vanilla syrup. Next slowly pour the espresso shot over the milk, creating a layered effect. Finish it off with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce.

Add a straw and enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato -
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Homemade Vanilla Syrup:

You’ll Need:
2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine 2 cups water and 1 1/2 c. sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the mixture to form a simple syrup. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract. Cool. Store in a covered container in the fridge.

Homemade Keto Vanilla Syrup:

You’ll Need:
1 cup of water
3/4 cup Bocha Sweet
1/8 tsp Xanthan gum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine Keto Sweetener and xanthan gum in a saucepan, whisking to combine. Add water, whisking, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat, simmer 2-3 minutes, until it thickens. Remove from heat, add vanilla extract.

ice caramel macchiato coffee with caramel vanilla syrup

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4 thoughts on “Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato”

  1. I believe the correct spelling and pronunciation is espresso, not expresso. I have never seen it spelled with an ‘x,’ and people incorrectly pronounce it ex-presso when it is in actuality, es-presso.

    • espresso You’re absolutely correct, I’m not quite sure how I didn’t catch that the first time around. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. All I have to say is that these are wonderful recipes! Thank you for sharing. Expresso or not who cares. You’re doing great! Keep at it.

  3. 5 stars
    I am a huge Starbucks fan, and their Caramel Macchiato is one of my favorite drinks. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato recipe online. I decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did! The drink tasted just like the real thing, and it was so easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


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