Homemade Coffee Creamers

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Hi! My name is Tiffany, and I’m so excited to be joining AMFT as a contributor this year! I blog at Offbeat + Inspired  with my good friend Sarah, and we’ve enjoyed sharing our recipes, home projects and other goings-on with the world for almost a year now. I’m a 27-year-old Jersey native living in Kentucky with my husband and working in graphics design. I picked up a camera for the first time about five years ago and fell hard for that nifty little thing. I love to document life through pictures, sometimes to the dismay of my husband, but he’s a trooper. In the kitchen, I enjoy tackling tried and true recipes from childhood as well as venturing into the great unknown with creative takes on popular recipes or with inventions of my own. I’m inspired by anything and everything — as a die-hard Food Network fan, a patron of local eateries with unique menus and lots of character, and a believer that all things sweet and savory were created equal and have earned a spot on my dining room table.
Homemade Coffee Creamers
The recipe I’m sharing today is for homemade coffee creamer. I love my coffee light and (somewhat) sweet. True coffee fanatics are cringing right now, but I can’t help it! I used to use flavored store-bought creamers but switched over to half & half and sugar because I wasn’t enough of a flavored creamer fan to keep buying it as a single-use ingredient. I really did enjoy the flavor variety though, so one day I hit the pantry to see if it was possible to concoct a homemade creamer recipe with ingredients I had on hand.
Homemade Coffee Creamers
My baking obsession keeps the cupboards loaded with extracts, spices and cocoa powder, and my coffee and tea obsession guarantees a steady influx of half and half. I also keep sweetened condensed milk on hand for fancy dessert moods and candy-making adventures. These seemed like the perfect subjects for my creamer experiment, so I got to work.
Homemade Coffee Creamers
I pulled out four 8 oz. canning jars and added equal parts sweetened condensed milk and half and half to each. I used up the whole can of milk and left about an inch of room at the top of each jar for flavorings and shaking space.

The flavors I created were:

Maple Almond – 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp pure almond extract
Cinnamon Vanilla – 1 tsp cinnamon extract and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
Mocha – 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp espresso powder
Coffee – 1/2 tbsp espresso powder

Homemade Coffee Creamers
Once the flavors were added, I screwed on the lids and shook them well before refrigerating. I labeled each jar lid with a sharpie and that was it! I chilled them for an hour, brewed some coffee and tested them out on my family. It was unanimous… we’ll be using homemade creamer from now on.If you’re working with powders like cocoa and espresso, shaking won’t be enough to get everything fully incorporated, so you’ll want to use a blender or food processor, mix, and then pour the creamer into your jar. If you prefer a rich creamer, you can substitute heavy cream for half and half.

Homemade Coffee Creamers
Some other flavors I’ll be trying are:
Mint Chocolate Chip
Ginger Almond Spice
Chocolate Raspberry
Homemade Coffee Creamers
I hope you guys give this recipe a try and enjoy creating your own homemade creamers!

 

What flavors would you create and what ingredients would you use to create them?

 

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Homemade Coffee Creamers
 
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Ingredients
  • 4- 8oz canning jars
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Half and Half
  • see below for flavor combos
Instructions
  1. Add equal parts sweetened condensed milk and half and half to each jar. (I used up the whole can of milk and left about an inch of room at the top of each jar for flavorings and shaking space.)
Flavors
  1. Maple Almond - 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp pure almond extract
  2. Cinnamon Vanilla - 1 tsp cinnamon extract and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  3. Mocha - 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp espresso powder
  4. Coffee - ½ tbsp espresso powder
  5. Once the flavors are added, screw on the lids and shake them well before refrigerating. Label each jar lid with a sharpie!
  6. Chill them for at least one hour, brew some coffee, and enjoy.
  7. Note: If you're working with powders like cocoa and espresso, shaking won't be enough to get everything fully incorporated, so you'll want to use a blender or food processor, mix, and then pour the creamer into your jar. If you prefer a rich creamer, you can substitute heavy cream for half and half.
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Notes
!Other Flavor Combos to Try:
Some other flavors I'll be trying are:

Mint Chocolate Chip
Ginger Almond Spice
Chocolate Raspberry

 

 

Comments

  1. I would have to do something with caramel or toffee.
    Would using flavored syrups work in place of the extracts? Or would they not be strong enough?
    I rarely use creamers myself, but my sisters do & they will want this recipe!

    • Ohh caramel and toffee would be great! I think syrups could definitely work, though you may need a bit more to get the full flavor.

      • Use a Heath Toffee candy bar. Break into small pieces and heat the base coffee creamer in pan and dissolve the Heath candy bar….Like a Belgian Chocolate Toffee Creamer

      • I like white chocolate , could u melt chips and use it , or would they get hard agaid?
        What about a caramel recipie ?

        • I have made a caramel creamer just using 1/2 and 1/2 (one quart) + 1/2 cup caramel + 1 tsp vanilla. It was just not very sweet — not like the chemical mess you can buy at the store anyway :) So I add some honey as I serve it.
          I am going to try using the sweetened condensed milk – might do the trick!

  2. I Wash You Dry says:

    I don’t drink coffee, but these look awesome! I love your photography too, so amazing! :)

  3. I have got to try this & the photography is truly stunning. I’m honestly in awe.

  4. Those photos are goooooorrrggeeous! Sososo pretty.

  5. This is rather BRILLIANT!!

  6. This is such a great idea!! They all sound wonderful!

  7. Get out of here…This is amazing!

  8. Would you think about trying a hazelnut version? That’s the flavor I always buy for my coffee I make at home. I have to try the mocha one soon I do have all the ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing this I know it’s on my list to try now!

  9. This is fantastic – how long do they last?

    • The shelf life will vary based on whether you’re using extracts and liqueurs or not. I would say anywhere from 2-4 weeks! (That is if you’re using fresh dairy and not dairy that is nearly expired!) Always give it a sniff and a tiny taste before using, just to be safe! :)

  10. Please let me know also if you can come up with a hazelnuts or French vanilla one. My husband loves coffee and those are his go to flavors…just trying to gt him something better than store bought. I am not as creative so would need a recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  11. I was wondering, how long would you say these are good for? 2 weeks? more? And do you have any ideas for storing long term so I don’t have to make more every time I run out??
    p.s. can’t wait to try these :)

    • Patricia says:

      I wanted to also know how long they are good for.
      Thanks, and can’t wait to try!
      xo

    • 2-4 weeks would be a safe bet, since the shelf life will vary based on how much extract or flavor liqueur you used. I haven’t attempted freezing these, but according to what I know about freezing dairy, you should be able to store them in the freezer for a few months and then just thaw and shake well before using! Any time you freeze dairy, the consistency can change a bit, so as long as you’re okay with the possibility of the creamer being a little thicker or runnier than it was originally, this could work for you! :)

  12. For the cocoa and espresso powders, you could mix the powder in a tablespoon or two of boiling water before mixing into the milk to get it combined better :)

  13. I wonder if this would work with Coconut milk creamer instead of half and half? Not sure if it would alter the flavor or consistency too much to use it. Also, how long do these keep?

    • Using Coconut milk creamer would work just fine! The flavors would be altered a tad, since the coconut milk doesn’t have the same fat content as regular milk. But if you’re used to coconut milk, the flavor difference wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing! These can keep 2-4 weeks in the refrigerator. I always sniff and taste test before using though, just in case! :)

  14. Can you give a break down on calories/fat per serving? do you use 1-2 T. per cup of coffee?
    I love a coconut/vanilla combo and may try this with coconut milk.

    • That would depend entirely upon the ingredients you use. Just check the nutritional information on your cream and other additives and (try to) do the math. It’s a pain, but much easier for you to do than someone who can’t see what ingredients you’re using :-)

  15. Heather A says:

    I have tried this but instead of half and half I used almond milk, that’s what I drink. I have found its very good and that other versions of almond milk work to just alter the taste a little but still good. Just can’t use a nut extract, I learned that the hard way. Just a tip if anyone is allergic to cows milk like I am.

  16. Loved these recipes! Can’t wait to try them! Just wondering if you’ve come up with a mint one yet, I can hardly wait!!! Thanks!

  17. i love this idea! thank you

  18. What a great idea :) thanks for sharing that.

  19. Hannah Atkinson says:

    I made these on Saturday for a food swap that I went to and they were a huge hit! I made up my own version of Mint Chocolate creamer by using peppermint extract (it’s a little strong so I recommend using only a 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract). And I improvised with the mocha one by using instant French Roast coffee (I couldn’t find espresso powder anywhere). It actually turned out to be delicious! The vanilla maple was the crowd favorite! :) Thanks for this recipe. I will never have to buy creamer again!

  20. I’m thinking chai. I have a chai spice blend I made and that would be yummy with coconut instead of dairy. Another project!

  21. nicole gervais says:

    Ah thank you so much this is awesome, you rock!

  22. These are great recipes! I’ve been meaning to make some flavored syrups for my coffee, but maybe I’ll stick with creamers instead. Mixing sweetened condensed milk with half and half for the base sounds perfect, & that way I know I wouldn’t need to add more sugar.

  23. Sweetened condensed milk has a lot of sugar in it? I don’t know – I seldom buy it. Is there a way to make it at home using maybe stevia?

  24. Thanks for the alternative to commercial brands that are full of chemicals!!

  25. DAWN RENEE' says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to make my own creamers and had no success. I do not like all the chemicals not to mention the cost with store bought but cannot drink my coffee without my flavored creamer (it also serves as my sweetener). My favorite in store flavor is sweet italian cream (I drink Mexican chocolate coffee and it matches perfectly). I will be playing with this tomorrow and again cannot thank you so much.

  26. These look fabulous! Thank you for sharing. How would you make French vanilla creamer?

    • Hi Terri. There really is no difference in the flavor profile of those two vanillas. In ice cream, French vanilla usually includes egg and is more of a custard. Sometimes, the smell of a french vanilla product is changed to smell a bit differently than regular vanilla. Really there isn’t going to be big difference in vanilla vs French vanilla in the creamers. So just leave the cinnamon out of the cinnamon vanilla and you will have a tasty vanilla creamer! :) Hope that helps!

  27. coffeelover84 says:

    Would soy milk work with these?

  28. Have you figured our the raspberry one yet curious for chocoloate raspberrt flavor

  29. sharon whyte says:

    i’m not a coffee drinker. but def, going 2 try out 4 hubby and friends. was wondering what kind of camera u use? is it good 4 beginners.
    thanks honey 4 sharing.

  30. I usually buy the Carmel Chocolate creamer. What would you suggest in that please?

  31. Love it! Thank you so much for sharing. :D Do you have suggestions for pumpkin spice and York Peppermint Patty? The pumpkin is seasonal and I generally try to stock my freezer up on a few. Apparently, the York is now no longer available. :( But I’ll definitely have to try making it after seeing your results. :p Happy happy happy!!

  32. these look fabulous, thanks so much for posting – we all eat wayyyy to much crap in the way of proccessed foods and packaged mixes etc

  33. I would love to make chocolate mint & white chocolate raspberry any one know how I can do this please let me know thx

  34. This may sound like a dumb question, but how much milk and half and half did you use exactly? I know you used the whole can of milk, but without knowing the size of the can (in ounces or cups) it is hard to quantify. Sorry! I want to make this but do not have jars like that.

    Ps. Chocolate raspberry sounds delicious, you could also try milk-chocolate-covered cashew. Hmm I think I should try that

  35. Kirstem says:

    Lovely! Create a recipe for raspberry mocha yet? No one sells it anymore!!

    Thanks for the recipies!!

  36. It’s delicious. I will try to make it for my mother

  37. These sound wonderful! These would be an occasional treat or for when guest come over. :)

  38. I must say these a pretty awesome. The cinnamon vanilla would be my first pick to try, but they all look so good. Love these!

  39. Robin Wilson says:

    I think this is a fabulous and without a doubt frugal idea for coffee drinkers. Not only that, I think they would make a great addition to a coffee gift basket!

  40. Saundra Bowers says:

    My husband would love me forever more if I indulged in making these creamers…the flavor possibilities are endless and have to be much better than buying them!

  41. Homemade coffee creamers are a wonderful idea!!

  42. Brilliant! This would be a great way to use up small amounts of leftover sweetened condensed milk, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  43. I always KNEW that there had to be a way to make these at home! Thank you SO much for sharing! Pinning this page pronto!

  44. shelly peterson says:

    I would never have thought to make home made creamer, the flavors sound yummy and I be taste so much better than creamer from the store.

  45. Do you know if hazelnut creamer could be made? I’ve been looking for something natural and healthy and not ye creamers loaded with sugar and syrups and stuff that is the good for your system

  46. How would we make a pumpkin spice flavored creamer? I love that flavor, but dont have the money to waste on the store bought creamer or waste any product if I get it wrong.

  47. Could either of these recipes be dairy free?? What would I substitute? ?

  48. These all sound fabulous but wondering how
    one can do these sugar free for us diabetics?

  49. dragonturn says:

    What would you use to make Sweet Italian Cream?

  50. I tried this recipe tonight. I made 4 different kinds.
    Chocolate Caramel with 2 tsp of cocoa and 1 tsp of caramel extract
    Peppermint Mocha with 2 tsp of cocoa and about 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract
    Almond Joy with 2 tsp of cocoa, 1 tsp of coconut extract and 1/8 tsp of almond extract
    Vanilla with 1 tsp of Mexican vanilla
    They all taste good plain. I can’t wait to add them to coffee. Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. I love coffee creamer! I have to have coffee and creamer daily! I really enjoyed this post and would love to try to make these. The sound like they would taste amazing and actually seem pretty easy to make! :)

  52. Thanks for sharing.. I like making different coffees too by using 2 spoons of french vanilla and 2 spoons of regular. Add any kind of powder for flavor. This is up my alley.

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