How To Make Homemade Coffee Creamer

If you’re like me and can’t imagine starting the day without a cup of morning joe, you’ll be glad to know that health experts start their day the same way. What they don’t do, however, is add artificial coffee creamers. What is it about that special sweet liquid we stir into our coffee? Maybe it’s the rich, velvety texture. Maybe it’s the various, luxurious flavors that can turn a plain cup of java into a sumptuous treat. Whatever it is, you can have your creamer and eat it too by making homemade coffee creamer!


Why make homemade coffee creamer? For some of us, it’s that the rich, sweet taste of coffee creamer in our brew —a splash of milk or cream just doesn’t do the trick. At the same time, we don’t want all the artificial flavors, bizarre preservatives, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial sweeteners that are usually in store-bought coffee creamer.

Now you are in luck and you don’t have to go without coffee creamer any longer. This dairy-based homemade coffee creamer is wholesome, all-natural, and tastes a whole lot better than the chemical-laden kind you find in the supermarket.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Ingredients And Equipment

  • 32 oz. cow’s milk, any percentage
  • 7 oz. sugar
  • 6 oz. heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 c. milk of your choice
  • 5-quart stainless steel pot
  • Heat-resistant spatula
  • 1-quart heat-safe glass jar and lid


  1. Combine milk, sugar, heavy cream, and salt in a 5-qt. stainless steel pot.
  2. Bring to simmer over medium heat.
  3. Stir and scrape continuously with a heat-resistant spatula.
  4. Continue cooking until reduced to two cups; the milk will be thick, foamy, and a light toffee color.
  5. Pour into the glass jar and secure the lid.
  6. Refrigerate.
  7. Once the mixture is fully chilled and thick, add two cups milk of your choice to the base.
  8. Secure the lid on the jar and shake until the cream is thoroughly mixed and the texture is consistent.
  9. Once everything is mixed well, place in the refrigerator until chilled.

For a richer creamer, use whole milk. For a lower-fat option, use one percent or nonfat milk. Homemade coffee creamer should keep in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

poruing coffee creamer
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Since the creamer is made from a variety of milk products, each with its own expiration date, the best way to tell if your creamer has gone bad is the sniff test. If it has a sour smell, discard it.

Vanilla Or Cinnamon Homemade Coffee Creamer

If you’re yearning for a bit more pizzazz than plain creamer offers, you’re in luck.

The good news is that the simple, made from scratch recipe above can be modified to make any flavor of creamer your heart desires.


  1. Follow the above directions, but at step 1, add 1-2 vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks.
  2. Continue with steps 3 and 4.
  3. Before step 5, if you want a strong vanilla or cinnamon flavor, continue steeping the spices by leaving the vanilla beans/cinnamon sticks when pouring the reduced liquid into the glass jar.
  4. Proceed with steps 5 through 9.

Chai Tea Spice Homemade Coffee Creamer


  1. Follow the above directions, but at step 1, add:
    • 2 in. piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 tsp. black peppercorns
    • 10 whole cloves
    • 6 cardamom pods
  2. Continue with steps 3 and 4.
  3. Before chilling, strain out the solids to prevent over-extraction.
  4. Proceed with steps 5 through 9.

More Flavors

While we love using vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and Chai tea spices to customize our creamer, almost any ingredient can be infused straight into the milk.

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Everything that is, other than acidic ingredients. Avoid lemon, orange, and other acidic flavors that can curdle the milk! Some of our favorite flavors include:


For a sweet, nutty flavor add ¼ tsp of almond extract.

Chocolate Extract

For mocha lovers, add ¼ tsp of chocolate extract.


For a hint of mint add ¼ tsp of peppermint extract. For a winter treat, combine it with chocolate extract.


For a dash of the tropics and ¼ tsp of coconut extract.

Irish Coffee Creamer

For a satisfying non-alcoholic version, add 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp espresso powder, ¼ tsp almond extract, and ¼ tsp vanilla extract.

Specialty Creamers

Looking for a non-dairy creamer? Some festive latte ideas? Check out these recipes from the Web:

Written by Jennifer Kaplan

Jennifer Kaplan writes about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for Insteading (and before the two sites merged) and is the author of Greening Your Small Business. She is an Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone and was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster, an MFA and an MBA – follow her on Twitter.

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