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Brown Sugar Creamer Recipe

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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
4.9 — Votes 8 votes

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This homemade, brown sugar creamer is the perfect sweet addition to any coffee or tea for a delicious treat, anytime!

top down view of brown sugar creamer, creamer ingredients, and coffee mugs on a wooden cutting board on a gray and white marble surface

What is Brown Sugar Creamer?

Have you ever had the iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Latte from Starbucks? It is arguably one of my favorite indulgences if I’m going to order out for a coffee. So, naturally, I have been on a mission to recreate the deliciousness that comes in that cup from the comfort of my own home. Not only can I enjoy my perfectly crafted, customized to my liking coffee any time I want, but it is also so much more cost-efficient to make at home. This brown sugar creamer is as simple as the name implies – made with brown sugar, half and half, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of salt to bring it all together, you won’t miss the store-bought version!

Brown sugar creamer has a deep, caramelized, sweet flavor from the brown sugar and a creamy texture from the half and half. There’s a faint hint of vanilla that accentuates the richer notes of the brown sugar sweetness and a touch of salt that balances everything out.  

top down view of coffee with creamer in a purple coffee mug on a cutting board with coffee mugs and creamer container.

While everyone’s meter for sweetness will be different, we found that this brown sugar creamer is incredibly balanced with just the right amount of brown sugar to add a little sweetness to your coffee or beverage of choice without being saccharine. 

Brown Sugar Creamer Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe, and I bet that most of them are already in your fridge or pantry! Here’s what you’ll use:

Brown sugar creamer ingredients on a gray and white marble surface.
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of fine sea salt

How to Make Brown Sugar Coffee Creamer

The process of making this creamer is so easy! Here’s how to make it:

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Brown sugar creamer combined in a white saucepan.
Brown sugar creamer ingredients whisked in a white saucepan.
Hand pouring creamer into coffee cup with coffee on a table.
  1. Combine ingredients – to a medium saucepan on the stove, add all of the ingredients, and whisk to combine. 
  2. Bring to simmer – bring the mixture to a simmer, then turn off the heat. 
  3. Let cool – let the creamer cool, then store it in the fridge in a covered container, like these mason jars, or pour over coffee as you would like!

Tips for the Best Brown Sugar Creamer

  • Adjust the sweetness – use more or less brown sugar depending on your desired level of sweetness. 
  • Adjust the amounts – this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make a larger batch.
  • Give it a shake – the sugar should be well incorporated into the mix from simmering the ingredients on the stove, but since it is homemade and does not contain any stabilizers, give it a good shake before pouring.

Brown Sugar Creamer Recipe Variations

  • Use heavy cream or milk – if you want an extra creamy version of this recipe, use heavy cream in place of the half and half. If you prefer a less creamy version, substitute whole milk.
  • Make it dairy free – use full-fat canned coconut milk to make this recipe dairy free. 
  • Substitute the brown sugar – use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar for a nuttier, less sweet flavor.

Serving Brown Sugar Coffee Creamer

This creamer is absolutely delicious poured over an iced or hot coffee, but is also really tasty mixed in with black tea for a brown sugar milk tea version. 

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Brown Sugar Coffee Creamer

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.9 — Votes 8 votes
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
This homemade, brown sugar creamer is the perfectly sweet addition to any coffee or tea for a delicious treat, anytime!

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups half and half
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt fine

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan on the stove and whisk together.
  • Bring the mixer to a simmer, whisking occassionally.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Store in a mason jar in the fridge and pour over coffee as desired.

Recipe Notes

Tips, Tricks, and Variations:
  • Adjust the sweetness – use more or less brown sugar depending on your desired level of sweetness.
  • Adjust the amounts – this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make a larger batch.
  • Give it a shake – the sugar should be well incorporated into the mix from simmering the ingredients on the stove, but since it is homemade and does not contain any stabilizers, give it a good shake before pouring to combine any separation.
  • Use heavy cream or milk – if you want an extra creamy version of this recipe, use heavy cream in place of the half and half. If you prefer a less creamy version, substitute whole milk.
  • Make it dairy free – use full fat coconut milk to make this recipe dairy free. 
  • Substitute the brown sugar – use coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar for a nuttier, less sweet flavor.
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  1. suzy says

    suzy —  08/12/2022 At 09:07

    In the picture of ingredients, it looks like maybe cinnamon? But there is no mention of that in the recipe. Could you clarify? Looks absolutely delicious!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/12/2022 At 09:42

      Thank you for bringing that to our attention, Suzy! We’ve updated the recipe card to include the 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sorry for the confusion! -Melissa

    • Caitlan says

      Caitlan —  08/13/2022 At 08:23

      How long is the creamer good for the in the refrigerator?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/15/2022 At 12:12

      Hi Caitlan! The creamer is good for up to 7 days. You can also go by the expiration date of the half and half you use. Enjoy! -Team FF

  2. Caitlan says

    Caitlan —  08/16/2022 At 16:01

    5 stars
    So good! I normally drink black coffee, but this has been a nice addition to hot or iced coffee at home!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/19/2022 At 13:52

      So glad you are enjoying, Caitlan! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. -Team FF

  3. Cami says

    Cami —  09/12/2022 At 15:30

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I’m adhering to sweeteners from the Mediterranean eating plan so I used coconut sugar. I thought it tasted very similar to brown sugar. I’ve long been a fan of cinnamon in my coffee. I think I’m going to spice it up with a little cayenne next time 🙂

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  09/13/2022 At 12:47

      Love that, Cami! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Cassie says

    Cassie —  09/17/2022 At 08:14

    Would Almond milk work or would it not be thick enough?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  09/19/2022 At 19:43

      Almond milk is a great non-dairy substitute! It may not be quite as creamy, but will be just as tasty! -Team FF

  5. L says

    L —  11/13/2022 At 20:23

    How many cans of coconut milk should I use?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  11/14/2022 At 19:13

      If you’re subbing coconut milk for the half and half, you’ll do a 1:1 sub – 2 cups worth. -Team FF

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