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

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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.

mason jar with brown sugar creamer on a wooden cutting board surrounded by coffee mugs.

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. 

Brown Sugar Coffee Creamer

4.64 — Votes 85 votes
By Cassy Joy Garcia
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
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.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.4g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 21.2mg

Additional Info

Course: Condiment, Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 127
Keyword: brown sugar coffee creamer, coffee creamer

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Cassy Joy Garcia, NC

Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.


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62 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe – here in the UK we can’t buy creamer and I miss it a lot. This is such a quick recipe and highly improves my morning iced coffee!

    1. Hi Tanya! You really can’t go wrong!… all personal preference! We recommend 1 to 2 tablespoons!

  2. 1 star
    I followed the recipe exactly and the mixture curdled. Do not let it simmer at all. Just let the sugar melt. I knew I shouldn’t have listened to that part. Oh well!

    1. I read if your heat is too high your milk will curdle. So you have to have it on low heat. Even when microwaving milk you have to use half power or it will clump.

    1. Great question, Andrea! Should be good for up to a week in the fridge!

    1. Great question, Elizabeth! The nutrition info represents one serving!

    1. Oh yay! We are so happy you love it, Zoe! It should last a good week in the fridge!

  3. This sounds delicious. Two questions though, could I use almond milk and could I use Splenda brown sugar?

    1. I cut this recipe in half using almond milk and splenda brown sugar. I used about 1 tsp. in a cup of chai tea. It was good and not too sweet. You could use more if you like sweeter tea.

    2. Great tips Jo Ann! Thank you so much for taking a moment to share!

  4. I think this would be great in chai tea!! I’m going make this over the weekend & try it in my coffee & my Chai tea!

  5. Ran out of coffee creamer this morning so decided to make this using evaporated milk. Amazing and tasty. I’m from NM and this reminds me of Natillas. A traditional egg custard, love it! Thanks for sharing

    1. Awe that is so sweet, Dulcie! We are so happy you enjoyed it!

  6. 5 stars
    Yummy! Thank you for posting. Such a simple way to ensure knowing exactly what is going into your creamer. And being able to adjust th sweetness!

  7. This creamer is delicious! I love the original recipe for myself. I was thinking about making a dairy free version for my mom, but she doesn’t usually like coconut milk. Would I be able to use oat milk instead?

  8. 5 stars
    Excited to try this! Do you by chance know approximately how long it will keep good in the fridge for?