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Sugar Cookie Coffee Syrup

This Sugar Cookie Coffee Syrup is a holiday favorite! It has all of the warm, comforting flavors of a classic sugar cookie, but can be added to coffee drinks, cocktails, baked goods, you name it! 

Side view of a jar of sugar cookie coffee syrup.

If you’re in the mood for those classic Starbucks holiday drinks—like the Starbucks sugar cookie latte—then this homemade sugar cookie syrup is the recipe for you.

This delicious syrup really is the perfect way to sweeten your morning coffee. It’s made with just a few simple ingredients, contains no artificial flavors, and has the delicious buttery taste of sugar cookies! 

Add a little bit of this to your homemade lattes and enjoy a coffee shop-quality drink right at home! 

While I can’t know exactly what Starbucks puts in their coffee syrups, I think I’ve created a pretty darn good copycat version! And it’s so simple!

Here’s what you’ll need for this homemade syrup:

  • Sugar and Water: The classic simple syrup base. For the sugar, I use 1 cup of granulated sugar plus a little bit of light brown sugar for flavor depth.
  • Extracts: We’re using a combination of vanilla extract, butter extract, and almond extract. This trio is what gives the syrup that classic sugar cookie flavor.
Ingredients needed for sugar cookie coffee syrup.

This sugar cookie coffee syrup recipe is perfect for holiday beverages and is ready to go in a quick 15 minutes! 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Place the granulated and brown sugar into a saucepan. Pour in the water, then bring the mixture to a simmer. Heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Stir in the extracts, then cool completely.
Brown sugar, granulated sugar, and water in a saucepan.

Tips and Notes

  • Serving amount: About ½ tablespoon of this homemade syrup is equal to 1 pump of syrup at coffee shops. 
  • Use butter extract. The extract adds that delicious, warm, buttery flavor without any separation that can occur with real butter.
  • Keep the heat low. Make sure the stove is at a low to medium heat while the sugar dissolves to ensure that it doesn’t burn. 
  • If you don’t have almond extract, you can supplement with a little bit extra vanilla. The flavor won’t be quite the same, but it will still be delicious.

Serving Suggestions

If you want to enjoy this homemade syrup the way Starbucks does, you can make it into a classic Starbucks sugar cookie almond milk latte! 

Alternatively, enjoy it in any of these delicious ways:

  • Coffee: Mix it into hot coffee or cold coffee with cream, add it to cold brew, or use it to sweeten a hot or iced latte with your choice of milk. Top your sugar cookie latte off with whip and festive sprinkles to make it extra sweet! 
  • Not Coffee: Add it to black tea or use it in a hot or iced chai tea latte. If you want to use it in a cocktail, try stirring it into a vodka soda! 
  • Baked Goods: Drizzle it over pancakeswaffles, or French toast or soak it into a slice of cake for a little bit of flavor twist. 
  • Ice Cream: Make a sugar cookie ice cream sundae by simply adding a spoonful of syrup to a bowl of vanilla ice cream. From there, add all your favorite sundae toppings! 


Once your simple syrup is cooled off completely, it can be stored in a jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Alternatively, you can make a big batch and store it in the freezer for a longer period of time. I like to pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Cookie flavored simple syrup in a mason jar.

Yes! At most coffee shops, you’ll find the sugar cookie syrup during the holiday season.

Now, of course, with a homemade version, you can enjoy your sugar cookie coffee drinks all year round!

Sugar cookie syrup tastes so much like a baked sugar cookie.

The touch of brown sugar along with the vanilla, almond, and butter extracts really gives it that classic sugar cookie flavor! 

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Sugar cookie flavored simple syrup in a jar.

Sugar Cookie Coffee Syrup

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings

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Suggested Equipment


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  • Place both types of sugar and the water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar dissolves then remove from heat.
    1 cup granulated sugar
    ¾ cup water
    1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Stir in the extracts, and allow the coffee syrup to cool completely.
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon butter extract
    ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Use in your favorite coffee drinks, sodas, or cocktails.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage recommendations.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.001g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.02mg
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