Storebought coffee creamer is OUT and Homemade Coffee Creamer is IN! This simple 4-ingredient recipe allows you to make your own coffee creamer in just 5 minutes and it will taste better than any storebought creamer out there!
Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe
Add delicious new excitement to your morning cup of coffee by making your own coffee creamer! This quick and easy homemade coffee creamer is a no-cook, large-batch recipe that will have you savoring every last drop of coffee!
I totally get that the last thing we all need is to add more time to our mornings as we try to rush out the door for the day. Therefore, I kept that in mind when creating this recipe for homemade coffee creamer.
The recipe is quick (just 5 minutes!), the ingredients are simple (only 4!), and it can be stored in the fridge to enjoy all week long. Making it as convenient as storebought creamer that’s grab-and-go but with much better flavor!
AND the coffee creamer is easily tailored to your favorite flavor! Vanilla? Yup! Caramel? YES! Love seasonal flavors? Yeah, you can have that too!
DIY Coffee Creamer Ingredients
- Half and Half
- Sweetened condensed milk or syrup
- Simple syrup optional
- Flavor extract
Kicking off this homemade creamer is an essential ingredient, heavy cream. It gives the creamer a deliciously rich flavor and creamy texture, a simple storebought ingredient that’s the building block of this recipe.
However, I like to give my readers options, so if you prefer, half and half can be swapped fro heavy cream or whole milk.
Sweetened condensed milk is then used to sweeten and thicken this coffee creamer. For a simple variation, you can substitute this for caramel or chocolate sauces/syrups.
Homemade Coffee Creamer Flavor Ideas
From there, the creamer recipe can be tailored to your liking, making it the ultimate coffee creamer recipe! For the best taste, I do recommend using a high-quality simple syrup such as the Torani brand or homemade.
Here are some ideas for simple syrups to use in this creamer recipe:
- Butter pecan
- Vanilla or French vanilla
- Holiday or seasonal flavors such as pumpkin spice or peppermint
- Homemade simple syrups such as Brown Sugar Simple Syrup or Original Simple Syrup
If you browse the simple syrup aisle at the grocery store, Walmart, Target, or even online I’m sure you’ll find a great choice to make this coffee creamer exactly the way you’d like!
The next customizable ingredient that’s optional as well is flavor extract. We love using vanilla, maple, or coconut in our creamer.
However, like simple syrups, there’s a long list of choices!
How To Make Homemade Coffee Creamer
Step 1: Stir heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk (or chocolate or caramel sauce), simple syrup, and flavor extract together until fully combined.
Step 2: Pour it into your favorite coffee drinks to reach your desired taste and enjoy!
How Long Does Coffee Creamer Last?
This will depend on the sell-by date that’s on your dairy products.
Homemade Coffee Creamer Storage
Store homemade coffee creamer in a glass jar with a tight lid or an airtight container. Then keep it in the fridge to enjoy!
The shelf life of the creamer will be determined by the sell-by date on your heavy cream. Therefore, take note of that date when making this homemade coffee cream recipe.
Can You Freeze Coffee Creamer?
Yes, this DIY coffee creamer can be frozen for more extended storage. To freeze, make the recipe according to the instructions. Then pour it into a freezer-safe container or an ice cube tray if you’d like to pre-portion it out.
Once the creamer has frozen in the ice cube tray, remove them and transfer them into a freezer-safe container. Store the homemade coffee creamer in the freezer to enjoy for four to six months.
Make Your Own Coffee Creamer FAQs
Is It Cheaper To Make Homemade Creamer?
In the long run, yes, it is cheaper to make homemade creamer, especially if you already have some of the ingredients on hand.
If you need to buy all of the ingredients first, then it may cost a bit more in the beginning. However, you’ll get multiple batches out of the simple syrup, flavor extract, and heavy cream, so again, in the long run, it will save you money!
What Is The Key Ingredient In Coffee Creamer?
Half & Half is the key ingredient in this coffee creamer recipe. Its creamy texture and rich flavor are the foundation on which this homemade creamer recipe is built. Remember, you can make half and half with equal parts whole milk and heavy cream.
How Do You Thicken Homemade Coffee Creamer?
Since this recipe is made with heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk, I find that it already has a pretty thick, creamy consistency. However, you can make your coffee creamer thicker if that’s your desire by stirring in a little bit of cornstarch.
Is There A Healthy Coffee Creamer?
There are healthier coffee creamer options out there. However, to make this particular recipe a bit healthier you can choose sugar-free simple syrups or even omit it altogether.
You can also replace the sweetened condensed milk with sugar-free caramel or chocolate sauces/syrups. If desired, you can also substitute the heavy cream for a milk of your choice.
Keep in mind that these substitutions to make the creamer healthier will impact the texture and taste.
How To Use Coffee Creamer?
To use the coffee creamer simply pour it into your cup of coffee, hot or iced! You can even use it in a cup of tea.
Did You Make This Recipe?
If you’ve tried this recipe, please let me know how you liked it in the comments below and leave a review. I love hearing from you!
This recipe was originally published in September 2016 and was updated in January 2024 with fresh photos and content.
Homemade Coffee Creamer
- Stir 2 cups half and half, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, ¼ cup simple syrup, and 1 tablespoon flavor extract together until fully combined.
- Use it in your favorite coffee drinks and store it in the fridge.
- Simple syrup can be omitted for a less sweet version.
- You can use your favorite simple syrup flavor.
- Use Caramel or Chocolate Sauce/Syrup in place of sweetened condensed milk.
- For flavor extracts, we like vanilla, maple, and coconut.