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Homemade Frosted Coffee Recipe (Easy & Refreshing)

frosted coffee milkshake

Frosted coffee is a hugely popular Chick-fil-A offering that is sweet, creamy, and caffeinated. But do you have to find a local restaurant to enjoy it? Of course not! With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious frozen drink that bursts with creamy flavor.

We’ll show you how to make frosted coffee at home using ingredients you probably already have on hand. It is incredibly easy and makes a delightful afternoon treat. So skip the restaurant and head to your kitchen instead!

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frosted coffee milkshake

Homemade Frosted Coffee

Ice cream and cold brew coffee are all you need to make this delicious drink! Half dessert, half coffee drink, it’s a quick, tasty addition to any afternoon.
5 star average
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Cold Brew Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 7 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 140 kcal



  • 8 ounces water
  • 1.6 ounces coffee beans
  • 2 cups French vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream optional


  • Grind your coffee beans coarsely. Pour the grounds into your cold brew maker or French press. Add the cold water and let your cold brew steep for 16 hours on the counter or 18 in the refrigerator.
  • Filter out the coffee grounds and pour your brewed coffee into the bowl of a high-speed blender.
  • Add the ice cream and blend until your drink is the texture of a milkshake, about 2 minutes.
  • Divide your frosted coffee between two tall glasses. Top with whipped cream if you’d like!


Calories: 140kcal
Keyword frosted coffee

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Frosted Coffee Recipe Tips & Variations

Now that you know you can skip the trip to Chick-fil-A, what are you waiting for? Here are a few simple tips to help you make the best possible frosted coffee.

Ice Cream

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Image: Joy, Wikimedia, CC 2.0

This recipe only has two ingredients, ice cream, and coffee, so choosing the right kind of ice cream will make a huge difference in the flavor of your drink. We like to use high-quality French vanilla ice cream to approximate the original drink’s flavor. You can use any brand or flavor you like, but make sure it’s something you would eat by itself. Try chocolate, hazelnut, or caramel ice cream if you like those flavors in your regular coffee!


Coffee Bros. cold brew

For our recipe, we’re making cold brew. This slow-and-cold method of making coffee produces strong, slightly sweet coffee without a hint of bitterness. Even better, it makes cold coffee, which won’t melt your ice cream! If you want a faster method, feel free to substitute any kind of brewed coffee, but make sure you let it cool down to room temperature before you add it to the blender. If you pour hot coffee straight onto ice cream, you’ll end up with a melted mess — or an affogato!


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Image Credit: Fatima Akram, Unsplash

There’s no limit to the fun toppings you can add to this drink. It’s delicious on its own, but you can always add whipped cream and chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, espresso powder, caramel sauce, chopped nuts, or anything else you can think of! Frosted coffee is a lot like a milkshake, so many classic milkshake toppings will be delicious.

Easy Espresso Powder Recipe
Making espresso powder at home is a simple process. All you need is an oven, a baking sheet, and coffee grounds. Here are the four easy steps!
Try this delicious recipe!
espresso powder

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Wrapping Up

Frosted coffee is creamy, rich, and perfectly sweet. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make it at home! Make a quick batch of cold brew, blend it with ice cream, and revel in the delicious flavors. And why not experiment with an unusual ice cream flavor?


Featured Image Credit: @rirri01, Unsplash


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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