A homemade copycat recipe for Starbucks' caramel macchiato, but better! From

Better Than Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

A completely homemade copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato recipe. Easy to make from scratch and absolutely delicious!

Course Beverage, Breakfast
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 178 kcal
Author Tracy


Caramel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons (1oz) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup of your favorite strong black coffee very hot
  • 1-3 teaspoons sugar*
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Whipped cream optional


Caramel Sauce

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add heavy cream, brown sugar, and salt. Stir well.

  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 4 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla. Transfer to a mason jar with a lid for storage.


  1. Stir coffee, 1 tablespoon of the caramel, sugar, and cream together. Taste and add more sugar if needed.

  2. Top with whipped cream and another drizzle of caramel if desired.

  3. Drink and enjoy that $4.50 you just saved yourself.

Recipe Notes

This makes enough caramel for about 4 drinks. You can store the extra in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. To use, microwave for a couple of seconds to soften it and serve over ice cream, in another coffee, or use for dipping apples!