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Tis’ the season for all things sweet! This easy homemade Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte is the sweetest mug to cozy up to this month. Steamed milk, sweet caramel, hints of real vanilla, and a couple of shots of espresso. This latte is creamy, rich, just perfectly sweet, and best enjoyed with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of salted caramel brûlée candy. Perfect for sipping while trimming the tree or watching your favorite holiday movie.

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Happiest December 1st! Christmas is just twenty-four days aways and as I’ve been saying a lot lately, I plan to enjoy every minute of this holiday season. We all need the cheer this year more than ever!

And today? The sweetest latte for your mid-morning cravings or late nights watching holiday movies by the fire. And I do mean the sweetest. I think we all know the inspiration for this latte, it’s a seasonal Starbucks holiday favorite. And the real truth? It’s made one hundred times better…and it’s so much easier than you’d think.

If you love treating yourself to that seasonal caramel brûlée latte, you’ll love this homemade version even more.

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Here’s The Story.

I spend a lot of time envisioning and brainstorming recipes I plan to share with you guys, but even more so for the month of December. Both November and December are always our busiest months. Everyone seems to make more time for cooking and baking during the holidays, so I always try to share the recipes I think we’ll all love the most. I actually overthink them, but thankfully I’ve got a pretty solid team helping make decisions these days.

I sent over my mile-long list of holiday sweets to my cousins. Almost immediately both of them replied back, number three for sure. That’s my favorite seasonal drink!

Their excitement was obvious, and it was clear this was the recipe to welcome in December. And you know? Sometimes recipes turn out and sometimes they don’t, but this latte turned out even better than I had envisioned. I could not think of a better recipe for December first.

This is basically Christmas in a mug.

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The steps are easy.

Before you do anything, you have to make the salted caramel brûlée candy. It’s going to get very hot, so just make sure you’re being careful when handling this.  This is that extra special holiday touch the latte needs. It’s very easy to make and requires just two ingredients, sugar, and flaky sea salt.

You’ll melt granulated sugar on the stove until it turns deep caramel in color, then spread the caramel out over a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and let the caramel sit for a few minutes. And then? In almost no time at all, the caramel has hardened and can easily be smashed into small shards for sprinkling over your latte. Again, be sure you’re being careful when handling this.

I have not a clue what Starbucks used for their brûlée topping, but these sweet little pieces are the most delicious thing to sprinkle over a latte. They melt into the whipped cream leaving an instantly sweet and salty caramel swirl throughout the latte.

It. Is. Delicious.

Once the candy is hardened, you can keep it in a sealed container in the pantry for a month or so. Then it’s ready to make lattes at a moment’s notice!

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Once you have that caramel brûlée candy ready and waiting, make the latte.

Just warm your favorite milk together with a couple of tablespoons of caramel sauce. I used leftover caramel from these cookies, which I’d highly recommend keeping on hand this month. It’s great drizzled over cookies, swirled into brownies, and of course, used for this latte. All that said, you can easily use a store-bought caramel sauce too.

Once the milk is steaming, add a splash of vanilla, then whisk everything for a minute or two to make the milk a little frothy.

Brew a couple of shots of espresso or your favorite black coffee and pour that steamy caramel milk over the espresso. Add a couple dollops of whipped cream and sprinkle over the brûlée candy.

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So easy, so cute, so fun…and so delicious. This is the perfect December sweet. It’s indulgent, but making it at home ensures it’s made using simple ingredients and nothing weird. Sweeten it up or down depending on your taste.

And we get to finish each mug with as much whipped cream as we’d like.

Each steaming latte is thick, creamy, perfectly sweet, and made with the perfect ratios of caramel and espresso.Salted Caramel Brulee Latte with hands on mug

A couple of final notes…

You can easily make this vegan by using your favorite nut-based milk. When not using goat milk, I almost always use coconut milk, it’s extra creamy and rich. I love using it for lattes and homemade hot chocolate.

If you want to make this for your kids, just leave the coffee out of their lattes.

And finally, if you need something sweet to warm things up today (or anytime this December), make this caramel latte. Regardless of age, it’s universally loved by all.

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Looking for other warming December drinks? Here are my favorites: 

Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate

Vanilla Mocha Hot Cocoa

Gingerbread Latte

Lastly, if you make this Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 2 lattes
Calories Per Serving: 360 kcal

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Ingredients

Salted Caramel Brûlée

Latte

Instructions

  • 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium pot, cook the sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a heat-proof spatula until the sugar has melted and turns a golden caramel, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully pour the caramel onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread in a thin, even layer and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Let sit 5 minutes. Once hardened, crush the caramel into small pieces/shards with the back of a spoon.
    2. Combine the milk, caramel, and a pinch of salt in a medium pot and bring to a simmer, heat until steaming. Add the vanilla. Using a small whisk or a fork, whisk until frothy. Remove from the heat.
    3. Divide the espresso between 2 mugs. Pour over the caramel milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of caramel brûlée Drink up!

Notes

Vanilla Whipped Cream: Using an electric mixer, whip 1/2 cup cream until soft peaks form. Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whip once more until combined and fluffy.
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  1. Hi…how can I purchase the cups with the 2 “Stockings” on it? Are they available? They are so adorable. Thank You.

  2. 5 stars
    Okay – I just made this and I have attempted lattes in the past but they always turn out too milky or not enough flavor. This. Is. Incredible. The perfect touch of salt and caramel. THANK YOU! Happy December 🙂

    1. Hey Jen,
      I would recommend using your favorite caramels, I like Werther’s. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Made it this AM! So yummy and gave me my Starbucks fix! I would recommend making the caramel brulee, caramel sauce and whipped cream ahead of time to make it quicker to make the coffee drink. Especially for in the mornings! The homemade whipped cream and caramel brûlée made the drink for sure!

    Question – I made some caramel sauce with little caramels and whipping cream and a small amount of bourbon as you suggest in your cookie recipe… it hardens a lot. What’s the quickest and best way to heat it up when you’re wanting to make something with the sauce? (Like the cookies – next on my list :)) Thanks!!

    1. Hey Mclain,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am glad you enjoyed! I would just pop the sauce in the microwave. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Years ago, I found a bag of the brulee topping at Michaels and World Market, but haven’t found them since. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe for a drink I wait for all year long! You might be my new best friend 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Wish I had a cup of this right now! It looks so cozy & delicious! I seriously can’t keep up with you, I want to make everything you post lol!!

    1. Hey Joe,
      It gets added at the end. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  6. can’t wait to try this! Teighan, where did you get those adorable mugs? Hope your holidays will be filled with good food & lots of love! Debbi Faight

  7. 5 stars
    What a perfect way to start December! I love that you described this as Christmas in a Mu. I’m definitely gonna need some caffeine this season. Thanks for sharing.