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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Looking for other warming December drinks? Here are my favorites:
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!
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
Do you ever make the milk mixture with your Breville machine?
No, I probably wouldn’t add the caramel with the Breville, it might ruin it. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
Where do you find all your cute mugs?
I really get them from everywhere…I love Anthropologie and Terrain, vintage shops, etc. Here is the link for these specific mugs:
Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
Can you do a youtube video for this please?
You can find a video for this recipe saved to my IG highlights. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Thanks Aubry!! xTieghan
Thanks Judy! xTieghan
Currently sipping! I made the brûlée topping & whipped cream last night to save some time this am. I used oatmilk so my guts wouldn’t hate me. I wish I could post a photo because this came out perfectly! My husband who is typically a whole milk guy actually put the rest of the batch in his thermos & took it with him to run errands. I make your recipes A L L T H E T I M E so this is no surprise. Thank you (again) Tieghan from a girl on a cold & rainy Pennsylvania morning!
I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for giving it a try! Happy New Year! xTieghan
I’m in heaven! Every year I wait for Starbucks Creme Brûlée drink…and yours is better and cheaper!!!!!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad you enjoyed! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
This was amazing!!! What is the best way to store leftover brulee topping?
I store in an airtight container on the counter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Absolutely delicious! Perfect for a cold weekend day!
I am so happy you enjoyed this! Thank you Becca! xTieghan
OMG-this is SO freakin’ good!!!! This is significantly going to increase my caffeine intake!
I am so happy you are loving this drink, Dale! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan
just made this and my daughter and i are thoroughly enjoying it while listening to christmas music! thank you so much for (yet again) a delicious recipe!!
Thank you Dana! I am really glad this recipe turned out so well for you! xTieghan