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How To Make Coffee Creamer at Home

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While many coffee lovers prefer pure black coffee, there are just as many who can’t live without their favorite creamer. Perhaps you’d like to know what ingredients you should have on hand in case you ever run out of creamer, or maybe you’re looking for a healthier option. If you’d like an easy recipe with simple ingredients, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll show you how to make coffee creamer at home.

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How do you make a basic coffee creamer?

To make a basic coffee creamer, you just need a few creamy ingredients and a mixing container. You can add other flavors like chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla to this recipe. Stick around for some suggestions at the end!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1¾ cups (14 ounces) of milk or cream
  • Extra flavoring, like spices and syrups (optional)
  • Mixing container: Mason jar, blender, or bowl and whisk
  • Storage container

Coffee creamer ingredients

1. Add ingredients to mixing container.

You can use a Mason jar, bowl, or blender for mixing.

2. Mix well.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly, until they form a liquid with an even consistency. If you’re using a bowl, you’ll probably want to mix with a whisk for the smoothest results.

3. Store in the refrigerator.

Your creamer is ready to serve immediately, and you should store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Your creamer should last up to two weeks.

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What variations can you make?

Here is where you can let your creativity flow. We’ll get you started with a few popular choices. For more creaminess, use heavy cream instead of milk. To cut back on the calories a bit, you can use low-fat sweetened condensed milk and any regular milk you prefer to fit your dietary needs.

In terms of flavors, take a look at your baking cabinet. Spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and extracts like vanilla, peppermint, almond, and hazelnut can make delicious creamers. You can even whip up a seasonal pumpkin spice mixture or add chocolate syrup for a decadent treat. We recommend adding about two teaspoons of spices and extracts to each batch of creamer.

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When adding dry spices like cinnamon, you may want to heat a small amount of the base creamer with the spice so it will dissolve and not leave you with a grainy texture. Using pure vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla will improve the creamer’s flavor.

Adjust the measurements to your taste, and let your spice cabinet be your playground!

Alternative Options for Sweetened Condensed Milk

It’s not uncommon to confuse sweetened condensed milk with evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is cow’s milk that’s cooked down, allowing water to evaporate. Sugar is then added to create an uber-sweet and sticky concoction that is a staple in every baker’s kitchen. Evaporated milk is also cooked down but does not have added sugar and is a much thinner liquid.

Coffee and creamer

Although sweetened condensed milk supplies the thick, decadent base for this homemade creamer, we realize that some coffee lovers may want less sugar, less fat, or a non-dairy option. You can use a milk alternative, like coconut, rice, soy, or almond milk, substitute non-fat milk, or use artificial sweeteners. If you’re not using sweetened condensed milk, you’ll want to cook your mixture on the stovetop to give it a nice, thick consistency.

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Coffee creamer is incredibly easy to make at home. Combine equal parts milk and sweetened condensed milk, add whatever flavorings you’d like, and voilà! You can customize it to fit your taste, dietary needs, and budget. Once you give it a try and realize just how easy it is, your visits to the creamer aisle at the grocery store may dwindle. We hope you enjoy mixing it up in the kitchen!


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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