Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Copycat

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Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew is one of the most iconic drinks from Starbucks. If you are a regular Starbucks goer and have your order memorized because of how many times you ordered it, you know what I’m talking about. This easy homemade creamer recipe combines half and half, heavy cream, vanilla, and maple syrup for the best flavor and texture ever to bring your favorite vanilla sweet cream cold brew!



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I like to think of myself as a frugal bee. Growing up in Algeria, we didn’t have credit cards, which meant I had to save my money to buy what I needed or wanted. I couldn’t just pull out a credit card, buy whatever I wanted and then pay for it at some point (hopefully).

That has lead for me to become fairly frugal… Ask my boyfriend! I will always find a good deal, regardless of what it is. When it came to my favorite Starbucks drink, the “sweet cream cold brew” I knew I had to start making it at home because those $5 drinks every day started to add up!

This is gonna be your newest favorite Starbucks sweet cream cold brew recipe! Ps: It’ll save you a ton of money too…

I started trying to make it at home here and there, of course, I still waited in the Starbucks drive through lane to make sure that I kept my palette fresh and had something to compare my drinks to (This makes a lot of sense in my head, but I can see how it can sound like an excuse haha!)

After a few trials, I had a winner. I was able to make the best Starbucks copycat sweet cream cold brew. It almost tasted better than the Starbucks drink that I was used to because I made it at home, knew exactly what was in it, and it has some vanilla beans, because TREAT YO SELF!

So without further ado, I won’t be keeping you here for longer.

Cold brew coffee with vanilla sweet cream

Here is exactly why you need to try this Starbucks copycat sweet cream cold brew.

  • This Starbucks recipe will save you a ton of money
  • You will also save a ton of time by avoiding the drive-through and making this cold brew sweet cream at home.
  • This recipe makes for a large batch of sweet cream, so prepare it one day and it will last you a whole week!
  • It tastes incredibly good. It has a beautiful sweetness and an amazing creamy flavor to it.
  • You can make it in less than 5 minutes, it’s seriously that easy!
Sweet cream in a jar

What Is Starbucks-Style Sweet Cream?

Starbucks sweet cream is heaven in a cold brew cup. It is pretty much a smooth, lightly sweetened, very creamy vanilla creamer. This version of the Starbucks sweet cream cold brew is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and has a beautiful hint of cream flavor. The density of the sweet cream is what allows it to gently cascade in your cold brew drink. making for the BEST Instagram worthy pic.

Ingredients for vanilla sweet cream

Ingredients for vanilla sweet cream cold brew recipe

To make this homemade vanilla bean sweet cream creamer, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Half and half– The half and half is the base of this sweet cream recipe.
  • Heavy cream– Heavy cream adds that naturally sweet creamy flavor. We don’t use too much heavy cream because it’s fairly thick, but that little amount helps give this drink that sweet cream flavor.
  • Maple syrup- Maple syrup adds a light sweetness and depth to this vanilla sweet cream cold brew.
  • Vanilla bean paste We use vanilla bean paste both for the vanilla sweet cream flavor as well as for the look!
  • Cold-brew coffee You can use either homemade cold brew or you can use store-bought. For this specific recipe, I went with the store-bought Starbucks iced coffee for a more authentic taste.

What is cold brew coffee?

I remember when I started working at Bouchon bakery and became a coffee connoisseur. Cold-brew was the holy grail, everyone ordered it, everyone loved it, but not everyone knew how it was made. My job was to explain the simple process that is cold brew so here it is.

Cold brew is as you might’ve guessed coffee that is brewed with cold water. The process takes a little more time than regular brewed coffee but makes the final cup of joe a whole lot less acidic. This yields a smoother and sweeter coffee that tastes incredible over ice. If you are making your own homemade cold brew coffee, you are gonna want to mix it with a little water because it comes out very concentrated. But since I purchased mine from the store, it was already pre mixed for me!

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Ingredient substitutions

  • Maple syrup- If you don’t have maple syrup you can go for honey, vanilla syrup, or simply simple syrup.
  • Vanilla bean paste– If you don’t have vanilla bean paste, you can just use regular vanilla extract.
  • Heavy cream– Don’t have heavy cream? No problem. You can omit it completely. I like to add the heavy cream because it adds that sweet cream flavor that we all love.

Is this sweet cream cold brew super sweet?

It is not. This sweet cream contains a little maple to bring the natural sweetness of the cream out. When I add it to my cold brew coffee, it has a slight hint of sweetness but a whole lot more cream flavor.

How to make sweet cream cold brew at home?

  • Add all the ingredients in a medium bowl and gently whisk to get them incorporated. Top your cold brew coffee with some of this homemade Starbucks copycat sweet cream and enjoy.
  • Transfer the rest to a jar and seal tightly and store in the fridge for future use.
Stirring the heavy cream with the half and half

How to make cold brew coffee concentrate at home

If you decide to go with the homemade cold brew option here is how you can make it at home. You will need:

  • 4 oz coarsely ground coffee
  • 4 cup water

Mix the water and the ground coffee together in a large glass pitcher, a bottle, or a jar, and steep for 12-24 hours.

Strain the coffee using a cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the coffee ground then pour the cold brew back in the cleaned jar or bottle. Strain the coffee a second time if you notice tiny coffee ground in there.

Store the cold brew in a jar or glass bottle in the fridge for up to one month. Whenever you’re ready to use it, just dilute it a bit before adding your vanilla sweet cream.

Tall glass of iced coffee

Is this drink healthy?

Well, it all depends on your definition of healthy. This homemade sweet cream is healthy in a sense where it has no processed ingredients and you can literally control everything that goes in it.

But it also has fairly high calories because of the fat and carb it contains. The cool part is that you can make this Starbucks copy cat sweet cream recipe keto if you use a sugar alternative instead of the maple syrup.

How to store Starbucks sweet cream?

Since cream and dairy tends to take the flavor of whatever it is in contact with make sure that you store your homemade sweet cream in a clean tightly sealed jar. It can be store in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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Vanilla sweet cream cold brew – Starbucks Copycat

This Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew recipe is to die for. It is lightly sweetened and full of sweet cream flavor.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 105 kcal


For the cold brew coffee

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee either homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla sweet cream


  • Add all the ingredients in a medium bowl and gently whisk to get them incorporated. Top your cold brew coffee with some of this homemade Starbucks copycat sweet cream and enjoy.
  • Transfer the rest to a jar and seal tightly and store in the fridge for future use.

Make the vanilla sweet cream cold brew

  • Add the ice to a glass, top it with cold brew, top it all with the vanilla sweet cream and enjoy.


Store this sweet cream in a tight jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.Β 


Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 23mgPotassium: 75mgSugar: 4gVitamin A: 289IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mg
Keyword breakfast drink, coffee, cold brew, starbucks, starbucks cold brew, sweet cream cold brew, vanilla sweet cream
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  1. Love this creation! However I use Maple syrup Coffee Infused instead. πŸ˜„

    • I can only imagine how delicious this would be with maple syrup coffee! Please let me know if you try this πŸ™‚ !


  2. Γ‡a donne trop envie hΓ’te de tester 😍

    • This cold brew drink recipe is for sure the ebst money saver out there!
      Have a great Sunday! πŸ™‚

    • So happy you found this Starbucks copy cat recipe too! It’s truly life changing!

  3. Awesome recipe! With work from home now, it’s great to have a recipe for a Starbucks copycat since we’re not driving through on the way into the office. Love that the sweet cream lasts all week.

    • Right! I couldn’t agree with you more, Kathleen!
      Can’t wait for you to give it a try.
      Have a great evening πŸ™‚

  4. This is going to be fantastic πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes! Just like your Starbucks morning coffee!

  5. Great idea! I love my Starbucks but sometimes I find it too sweet so I love that this way I can adjust it to my taste. And save 5 bucks a day…. bonus!

    • Yes!! I love this one because i make it a little less sweet too! Can’t wait for you to try it πŸ™‚

  6. This is the perfect iced coffee creamer recipe! Adding it to my meal prep list of the week!

    • That’s a great idea, preparing it ahead for the week makes it so easy!

  7. Great recipe. If we in total have 1-1/4 cup of this creamer, it makes 5 servings. How is 1 serving 74kcal? To me it at least twice as that?

    • Hi Vito!
      Thank you so much for pointing that out, that was a typo on my part. With the rest of the ingredient it would make about 6 servings so I just fixed that and fixed the calories accordingly as well!
      Thank you so much again and have a great week,

  8. So glad I found this recipe! Tastes just like my usual Starbucks order!

    • Hello Alex,
      Thank you so much for sharing!
      Have a great Sunday,

  9. Honestly this is the best recipe. It came out delicious !

    • Thank you so much for giving it a try Jessica! Glad to hear you cold brew came out delicious πŸ™‚
      Have agreat day,

  10. Do you have to heat the cream ingredients together or just mix them together cold?

    • Hi Jane,
      You jsut mix them together cold! Hope this helped and hope you love this recipe πŸ™‚

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