Make a quick and easy Cinnamon Dolce Latte at home with just a few ingredients. No syrups or sauces required.
I have a bunch of Starbucks-inspired recipes on the site (Homemade Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, and White Chocolate Mocha are some of the most popular) and today I have another quick and easy coffee recipe for you, a Cinnamon Dolce Latte.
This latte’s made with just four ingredients, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and is sweet cinnamon perfection.
What does a cinnamon dolce latte taste like?
A cinnamon dolce latte tastes like a sweet combo of coffee, milk, and spicy-sweet cinnamon. It’s a cozy, warming drink that is excellent on chilly mornings or evenings.
- Milk: Starbucks uses 2% milk by default in their drinks, but you can use whatever milk you have, including plant-based milks. The higher fat the milk, the creamier your drink will be. For an extra creamy drink, add a splash of half and half or heavy cream to your measuring cup when measuring out the milk.
- Cinnamon sticks: Cinnamon sticks are a better option for flavoring cinnamon drinks than ground cinnamon because ground cinnamon doesn’t really dissolve in milk. With cinnamon sticks, you can infuse the milk with cinnamon flavor and then discard them. If you don’t keep cinnamon sticks on hand, you can find them in the spice aisle at all grocery stores or order them online. That being said, if you want to use ground cinnamon in this recipe, I’ve included instructions for it further down in the post.
- Sugar: This drink is sweetened by just a couple teaspoons of sugar, but you can also use your favorite sugar substitute here for a sugar-free cinnamon dolce latte.
How to Make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Heat milk in a small pot (a butter warmer is perfect for this) until just before it comes to a simmer. Turn off heat.
Add one or two cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces, and let them steep in the hot milk for 5 minutes to infuse it with flavor.
- Use a slotted spoon or fork to remove cinnamon pieces.
- Turn heat to medium and add sugar. Stir until milk is steaming hot and sugar no longer feels gritty at the bottom of the pot. If desired, whisk vigorously or use a handheld milk frother to beat until foamy.
- Pour coffee into an 8-ounce mug and pour milk mixture over the top.
- Adjust sugar to taste and enjoy!
Can I make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte in the microwave?
Yes. Just heat your milk in the microwave until steaming and follow the recipe as written. After the cinnamon is steeped and removed, heat the milk for an additional 20 to 30 seconds until steaming hot before stirring in the sugar until it dissolves.
You can either add the coffee directly to the milk or pour your coffee into a separate mug, foam the milk mixture using a handheld milk frother, and pour the foamed milk over the coffee.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes. This recipe doubles with no preparation changes needed. To double the recipe ingredients, hover over the serving size in the recipe card below or click if you’re on mobile, and slide the slider.
I don’t have cinnamon sticks. Can I just use ground cinnamon?
I don’t really recommend using ground cinnamon in drinks because it doesn’t fully dissolve into the liquid, so you end up with a thick layer of cinnamon at the bottom of your glass. But if you want to do it, you can.
Replace the cinnamon sticks with ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir the drink really well. Most of the cinnamon will settle to the bottom of the cup, so you won’t want to drink the last sip or two, but your drink along the way will still taste excellent.
A Note on Serving Size
This recipe makes one cup of coffee, enough to fill an 8-ounce mug. If you’d like to fill an oversized mug, 1½ or double the recipe.
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Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- ½ cup milk any percentage
- 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks broken into 3 or 4 pieces each*
- 2 teaspoons (8g) granulated sugar *
- ½ cup hot coffee
- Whipped cream optional for topping
- Cinnamon or cinnamon sugar optional for topping
- In a small pot, heat milk until steaming. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon stick pieces. Allow them to steep for at least 5 minutes.
- Use a fork or slotted spoon to remove cinnamon stick pieces. Return pot to medium heat and stir in sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves and no longer feels gritty at the bottom of the pot. If desired, whisk vigorously or use a handheld milk frother to beat until foamy.
- Pour coffee into an 8-ounce mug, add cinnamon milk mixture and stir.
- Top with optional whipped cream and cinnamon or cinnamon sugar and enjoy!
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I’ve never used cinnamon stick for drinks before, can you reuse them? Or do you only use it once and toss?
Some people do reuse cinnamon sticks, but since these are steeped in milk, I don’t recommend it. If you’re making a second cup right after the first, go for it, but otherwise, I’d discard them after each use.