Coffeehouse Style Caramel Macchiato

Skip the drive to Starbucks and make your own Caramel Macchiato! It’s simple to make yourself and is a fraction of the cost.

I like to splurge at Starbucks on occasion, but I must admit that I’m much too cheap to go there on a regular basis and repeatedly shell out $4 for a dainty caramel macchiato that’s the size of a shot glass (fine, it’s a little more than that, but not by much).

Yes, I realize that I pay an absurd $24/lb for my parmigiano-reggiano, but that’s because there’s really no substitute and I certainly can’t make that at home…well…I could try, but I expect that I would fail miserably, and I’m much too impatient to wait around for 2 freakin’ years while it ages.

Caramel macchiatos on the other hand are easy to make at home if you’ve got a way to make espresso. I happen to have a coffee and espresso crazy husband who recently got a Mypressi Twist espresso maker, and the good news for me about this said coffee and espresso crazy husband is that I can finally make HIM “cook” for me for once.

Oh, and the reason I call this a “coffeehouse style caramel macchiato” is because a real macchiato is just espresso with steamed milk (sorry, my husband made me put that in here). His guess is that Starbucks just wanted to call it a Macchiato because saying Machhhhh-eeeeee-ahhhhhh-toeeeeeeeeeeee is just so much fun. Here’s how to do it:

Place a little simple syrup into a mug, then pull the espresso straight into your cup:

Add your milk and spoon in some milk foam:

Top with caramel and enjoy!

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Coffeehouse Style Caramel Macchiato

 Skip the drive to Starbucks and make your own Caramel Macchiato! It's simple to make yourself and is a fraction of the cost.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel macchiato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 8oz drink
Calories 267kcal


  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 doubleshot espresso (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup milk steamed with foam
  • 2 tbsp caramel sauce


  • Start by making the vanilla syrup. Microwave the sugar with 2 tbsp water and 1 tsp vanilla extract until the water is boiling. Stir to fully dissolve the sugar.
  • Take 1 tbsp of this vanilla syrup and place it in a mug. Make the espresso and add that to the mug, then add some fresh milk and milk foam.
  • Drizzle the top of the milk foam with caramel sauce. Enjoy!


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 165mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Calcium: 16.3%