November 3, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Latte

With the cooler weather upon us, this is a perfect time of year for a pumpkin and spice flavored coffee drink. I'll just run down to Starbucks and get one!

Oh, the nearest Starbucks is 115 miles away! You may have one of the ubiquitous coffee houses nearer to you, but save yourself a few bucks and give this copycat recipe a try. I made this recipe twice and here are a few notes: 

I made this first using sugar and then Splenda. The recipe calls for 2T sugar, which was enough to send me on a sugar high shortly after drinking it. I preferred using 2 packets of Splenda.

The first time I made this, I put the steaming milk mixture in my blender. Knowing that the hot mixture would expand when I mixed it, I cracked the lid and put a towel over the top. It still exploded and wound up all over my counter. The next time I made it, I simply used a wire whisk to froth the milk mixture and it worked fine (and no blender or counters to wash)!

Pumpkin Spice Latte (makes 2 servings) PRINT RECIPE HERE
2 cups milk
2 T canned pumpkin
2 T sugar or sugar substitute
2 T vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup strong brewed hot coffee

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar. Cook on medium heat, stirring, until mixture is steaming. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and spice. Whisk well with wire whisk. Pour into 2 large mugs. Add hot coffee on top. Top with whipped cream and dust with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.


  1. It looks great, Karen. I usually don't drink these type of coffees because I love my coffee black. But, I could consider this a dessert and then it would be enjoyable.

  2. Great idea to make these on our own anyway so that we can control the sugar amounts. SB is always too sweet for me. Now for the egg nog lattes!

  3. Just got home from a day of making homemade pasta with my daughter. I could REALLY use one of these (and a foot rub and a lower back rub...)

    It looks so delicious!

  4. Oh boy Karen, Pass one this way!

    Maybe use an immersion blender? I like the idea of making them myself. SB is waaay too sweet for me too. Good to know you can use splenda too.

  5. Looks great Karen.... I mean it REALLY LOOKS GREAT. Your picture is awesome.

  6. Oh my!! I'm no longer a coffee drinker--but I WANT that second shot NOW! :) How I miss my coffee..this looks fabulous Karen!

  7. Yum! Even though I like my coffee black, I like something a little different at times. This will be a really special drink to try, since I love pumpkin.Your photo is awesome Karen!

  8. Gonna have to make these this weekend!! My daughters(ages 15 and 10) love special coffees and my 17-yr-old son is coming around slowly. This sounds delish!!

  9. We have a Starbucks on every corner and I don't visit them. This looks wonderful. Another bookmarked. Can't wait to serve this to Mom when she's here for Thanksgiving.

  10. I am loving loving loving this!!!

  11. This sounds so warming, a perfect drink for a chilly weather, I could sure use a cup of this right now!

  12. What a tasty hot drink for a chilly fall day. Your picture is (as always) over the top great!

  13. Wow, your pumpkin latte looks so yummie, perfect for this good :-)

  14. I'm not much of a pumpkin fan but definitely love spice! Wonder if this would work with sweet potato instead? Hmmm, might have to give that a try because this looks really yummy. I can not imagine the closest anything being 115 miles away!

  15. That looks awesome, Karen!

    I'm having my first linky party on my blog and the theme is pumpkin. I'd like to invite you to come link up your favorite pumpkin recipe. The link is open until Wednesday at midnight, so please stop by and say hi.

    ~Cookin' Cowgirl


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