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Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbuck's Copycat)

By Angie McGowan |

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbuck's Copycat)Are any of you as addicted to the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbuck’s as I am?  I can go all year and pass on every Starbuck’s menu item, but then when fall comes around, I can’t help but to indulge in these heavenly coffee treats. The only bad thing about them is the price tag. At more than $3 for a small, or as they call it “tall” (like using Italian measurements is fooling any of us into thinking it’s bigger than it is), it puts a huge dent in your wallet if you have an addiction like myself.  I have recently been scouring the web for a good copycat recipe, and I finally found a really great one. This recipe, which I closely adapted from The Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is sure to satisfy your pumpkin latte cravings and put money back in your pocket. In this recipe, I found the ingredient list to be spot on, perfection. However, I had to add additional espresso shots, 3 for me, and 4 for my husband, but that was just our personal taste. I would suggest to use a good quality pure vanilla extract, and no that is not a typo, it does call for 2 tablespoons. This makes it a bit more expensive, but you will still save money. The only thing I would really suggest changing in this recipe is in the Method. It calls for blending the hot liquid in a blender to get it frothy. This did not work for me at all. It only added large bubbles and was a disappointment. If a blender is all you have though, you can use it or even a wire whisk, but you won’t get that foam that makes a latte. I suggest, if you don’t have a cappuccino machine, to purchase a milk frother. I have an older one from Black and Decker which works great. It was included in a Black and Decker Expresso Mio, which is a milk frother and microwavable espresso mug in one set. This is perfect for tiny apartments, dorm rooms, or traveling. You can also just get the milk frother. This Norpro Glass Froth Master, which retails for just over $10, is a steal.

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbuck’s Copycat)
2 cups half and half, whole milk reduced fat or skim milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 – 2 tablespoons sugar, stevia or splenda
2 tablespoons vanilla extract, yes tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-4 shots espresso or very strong coffee (I double the amount of grounds I use per cup to get my strong coffee)

1. Brew your espresso or strong coffee. If brewing strong coffee, use double the amount of grounds you would in your regular coffee.
2. Combine half and half or milk, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spices in a small saucepan. Heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a blender or a milk frother and blend until frothy.
3. Pour 1 cup warm pumpkin milk mixture into coffee mug and add 1-4 coffee shots. Dust with more pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Makes about 1 – 2 servings.

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About Angie McGowan


Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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24 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbuck's Copycat)

  1. Jason's BBQ Adventures says:

    I am definitely the same way. The first time I noticed they had it back this Fall, I went and got one right away. I hadn’t had anything from starbucks for at least 6 months before.

  2. Kristen says:

    Mine came out kind of…gritty and almost TOO pumpkin-spicy. I think I’ll stick to the Starbucks one.

  3. Angie McGowan says:

    Hi Kristen!
    Sorry it didn’t work out for you! The only other trick I would have for you is to try a pumpkin spice syrup, that way you won’t feel the textures of the spices, the one I’ve heard of is, It’s just around $7 on Amazon for a large bottle.

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  5. Melanie B says:

    Thanks for sharing – this looks amazing! I’m so excited to try it at home and save some money :)

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  7. Courtney says:

    Yum! I love pumpkin spice lattes! I have a recipe for pumpkin spice syrup, and it’s much better than the bottled kinds I’ve tried. It keeps well in the refrigerator, and you can add it to espresso whenever you like. :)

  8. Courtney says:

    Forgot to say – I never thought about frothing milk in the blender. What a fantastic idea!

  9. Doug says:

    Uh… Maybe I’m stupid but where does the vanilla come into play?

  10. Angie McGowan says:

    Hey Doug – I just updated it, add vanilla after heating, but before frothing.

  11. Doug says:

    Thanks Angie!

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  13. Alta says:

    Yum! I can’t have the Starbucks one, because it has gluten and dairy in it, but I can make this at home using non-dairy milk. Yay!

  14. Amanda says:

    I also had a bit of grit, but it wasn’t even to completely turn me off. The biggest problem I had was that I thought it would have benefited from some more sugar. Overall, really good. I also never would have thought to use my blender, but I’m glad I did.

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  16. jessica says:

    I know his post is kind of old but I read a comment above saying the end result was too gritty. I usually put the spices in the coffee filter usually on the bottom then put he coffers grounds on top and brew as usual. If that isn’t strong enough you can also put the spices in a piece of cheesecloth and step as you would with tea. Hope this helps.

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  21. Tara says:

    I just tried this recipe and WOW it is sooo close to the original! I used my kitchen aid blender to froth the milk and it worked really well. I just made sure to let it run on the highest setting for about 30-60 seconds and it frothed beautifully! I also ground my own beans and used Starbucks French roast @ double strength. omnoms.

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  23. Pat Frontuto says:

    My absolutely favorite is Dunkin Donuts coffee, cause starbucks is just absolutely too strong for me so I will try it with that. Thanks so much:)

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