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Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew coffee is easy sooooo available – you don’t even have to leave your house. No fancy equipment either. 

Starbucks Copycat Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee

This little beauty is the culmination of an entire week of staying up WAY too late, but not actually caring because of all the caffeine coursing through my body. Until the morning that is.

It has been warm the last couple of weeks, and during that afternoon lull it has been so nice to have a little iced coffee pick me up. I’m almost never in the mood for hot coffee in the afternoon, but a nice cold brew? I’m ALL for it.

When I’m working out of the house at my office, that’s as easy as a trip to the nearest Starbucks – which I can generally get to in less than 3 minutes no matter where I’m at. The benefits of living in the Pacific Northwest, I guess!

At one intersection there is a starbucks on 3 of 4 corners. It is crazy. They are all busy. All the time.

When I’m home, that’s a different story. I live out in the sticks. It’s ideal when you have an entire house full of crazy kids, and you can get a bit “yelly” at times (Sorry neighbors. Please send wine!). It’s not so ideal when it takes 20 minutes to get to your nearest Starbucks.

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Quart mason jar
  • Cold brew coffee strainer (link below in recipe card)
  • Ground coffee
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whole milk

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How to make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Cold Brew

Make the cold brew and let it soak.



Mix up the creamer and simmer over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.



Pour coffee over ice and add the creamer on top to your desired level of sweet creaminess.



Enjoy before all that ice melts, or blend for a frozen sippable treat!

Serve with some Banana Coffee Cake!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yup! Your cold brew will keep for a week or so in the fridge. The sweet cream coffee creamer will keep as long as the dairy you put in it will keep, so take a peek at the expiration dates while you prepare it.

Yes! You can make this dairy-free by substituting coconut cream for the heavy cream and soy or oat milk for the milk. You can also add in caramel to make a caramel creamer, a touch of cinnamon for a fun twist, or a little bit of almond extract for a sugar cookie flavor. Some chocolate syrup would make a mocha out of this mix, and would taste delicious.

Are there any other Starbucks copycat recipes that are good?

Yes! There are so many great Starbucks dupes out there, but I like this Caramel Brulée Latte in particular! Also, don’t miss this Biscotti!

Try Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake!

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Yield: 6 servings

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew coffee is easy sooooo easy to make – you don’t even have to leave your house. No fancy equipment either.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


Cold Brew Coffee

  • 1 quart mason jar, plus the lid and ring for it
  • 1 jam strainer
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground coffee
  • enough water to fill to jar to almost the top

Vanilla Sweet Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup whole milk


Cold Brew

  1. To make the cold brew, add the ground coffee into a jam-strainer bag. Place inside of a quart mason jar. Fill the jar with water.
  2. Pour 4-5 ounces cold brew coffee over ice into a mason jar.
  3. Let soak for 8-12 hours.
  4. Remove the bag of ground from the jar and gently squeeze out the excess water from the bag.

Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the creamer in a small pot.
  2. Heat to a low simmer.
  3. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled, or serve over ice.

For coffee

  1. Pour 5-6 ounces of cold brew over ice.
  2. Add 1-2 ounces of homemade vanilla sweet cream coffee creamer, or however much you prefer.
  3. Stir and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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