Most helpful positive review
I am a former Starbucks Manager. Pumpkin spice was my favorite (and cinnamon dolce).I followed the recipe to the letter but use 2% milk. I thought this was a good recipe without using a milk steamer. Steaming the milk is what makes it sweet. I am not sure if any of you are aware (many of our customers werent) that you can buy any of the favor syrups from Starbucks. I bet using there favoring and this way would taste pretty close.Read More
Most helpful critical review
Good. Not exceptional, but good, if you're looking for something different.Read More
I am a former Starbucks Manager. Pumpkin spice was my favorite (and cinnamon dolce).I followed the recipe to the letter but use 2% milk. I thought this was a good recipe without using a milk steamer. Steaming the milk is what makes it sweet. I am not sure if any of you are aware (many of our customers werent) that you can buy any of the favor syrups from Starbucks. I bet using there favoring and this way would taste pretty close.
I don't rate many recipes, but had to rate this one! A++++, 5 stars, best ever! For those complaining it's not sweet enough or not enough coffee, add more coffee, add more sugar. It's simple. The allrecipes.com police aren't coming to get you if you change it to your liking!! I have been trying latte recipes all week and this one is my FAVOURITE! And my Hubby's top 2 (he can't decide!) Don't skimp on the whipped cream either! I swear, I could sell these out of my home and run the local 'gourmet' coffee place into the ground! Thanks for the recipe! Fantastic!
I just took the easy, cheater way out and put together in makeshift form: My typical 12 oz traveller cup, tossed in some 1% milk, a splash of vanilla, tsp sugar, and a few shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Didn't froth it up or anything. Turned out really well - very nice change.
I filled my drinking glass 2/3 full of cold milk, then placed it in the microwave for about 2 minutes untill it started to froth and bubble. I stirred in the amount of sugar, vannila extract, and spice. Then I filled the glass up the rest of the way with coffee. My coffee machine doesnt have a "strong brew" button like I've seen on other coffee machines so I just doubled the amount of coffee I put in it. For 4 cups I added two scoops (a little more than 2 tablespoons). The spice does not dissolve fully and likes to settle to the bottom, I just keep a spoon in my cup to stir it back up every once in a while. I also doubled the spice because my glass holds a little more than typical coffee mugs and I just really like pumpkin flavor. This was a wonderful recipe and I will defidently be making it over and over again!
I've tried this recipe and added 1oz of Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol. - AWESOME!
Quite fabulous! My four-year-old daughter and I wanted a coffee drink, and I thought this might be nice. We used 1½ cups of 2% milk, a tablespoon of sugar, around ½ tsp vanilla, a couple shakes of cinnamon, and a shake each of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger (most pumpkin pie spices are a mixture of these four spices). We used about half of the milk mixture and half of a strong Christmas-y coffee and we stirred in a couple tablespoons of whipped topping. Really good! Oh, and I didn't use a blender, but I whisked the hot milk mixture until it was frothy (took a minute or two). Awesome, although some spices settled to the bottom. Oh, well. :) Thanks for sharing, Zippy!
I made this like I was making cappuccino. I recommend using vanilla syrup instead of extract because the extract left it feeling like it was missing something; also double the pumpkin pie spice if you like a lot of flavor. It ended up like this: For each individual cup mix 1 cup milk, 2 splenda (what I always use) or sweetener of choice, 1/4 tspn pumpkin spice, 1 Tbsp Vanilla syrup. Froth in cup using steamer. Then add your shot of expresso. Tastes great!!
This is a good alternative to any coffee shop's pumpkin spiced latte and the instant mixes - quick to make and very yummy. I reduced the amount of milk and instead of using hot milk and then whipped cream, I added warm milk I had preparred in my milk frother, which turned out very well. I will definetly make it again and will stop buying the instant mixes you get at the stores. After using less milk, this is a keeper.
Enjoyed this drink, however I would add a bit more coffee next time. I too added more sugar than the recipe suggested and used 2% milk instead of whole. Will definitely make again!
YUM!! Add more coffee, sweeten to taste and you will be delighted :)
This was very good but it tasted more like flavored hot milk instead of a latte. If you could add more of a concentrated coffee flavor It would be better. I will be making this again but just as flavored milk. Might be something the kids could have to make them feel special.
not bad at all. I would defiantly make this again, and skip the fancy coffee place on the way to work. However, I added more spice, and it was more to my liking.
The first time I made this I liked it, but the spices didn't dissolve. The next time I made this I doubled the spices and added it to the beans in the grinder portion of my coffee maker. If you don't have a grinder, you could add the spices to the grounds when brewing the coffee. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T. Great recipe!
I really love this recipe! I use demerara sugar in place of white and I add a bit more coffee, not much just a bit to suit my taste. I found this to really take my craving for Starbuck's away. I have purchased their syrups to "copy" their drinks, but that does add quite a bit more sugar and therefore, calories. This recipe is a winner! The best of both worlds. Thank you!
I love this recipe. It's just enough sweet and it is sooo foamy and delicious. I make it for the whole family, although I delete the coffee for the kids and instead, add a tablespoon of bittersweet chocolate chips to the hot milk in the blender for a rich flavor just for them. God Bless!
Cozy and delicious! I like that it's spicy but not quite as sweet as Starbucks version. I'm sure it's even better with whole milk, but I used skim and it's still wonderful. I did not find it to be gritty at all. Very good recipe, thank you!
Good. Not exceptional, but good, if you're looking for something different.
Wonderful, delicious holiday recipe! I added about a cup of pumpkin pie filling and whisked it into the milk, and didn't have pumpkin pie spice, so used ground nutmeg, ground cloves, cinnamon and ground ginger. Oh my... Just made my third batch. My husband is enjoying his with coffee, but I am a tea drinker. The flavor is even better with tea!~
This is very good,though, it is not the best, but,overall It has nice "spicy" flavor.We WILL be making this again.we doubled the recipe,the coffee made it so the kid did not sleep well.we made it again and did not give the kids 10 yrs old on down as much of it.they slept better that night.good encouraging drink!!!yo`ll love this drink
This is near exactly how I make my pumpkin spiced latte. I use an Aerolatte whisk though, so much "easier" than a blender. I usually use vanilla coffee beans so I leave out the vanilla and just add the pumpkin spice to the whipped cream. I also don't add sugar, but that is personal preference. I made for someone else and they wanted the added extra sugar. It is so simple and delicious and there is no need for the heavy flavored syrups they use at the coffee shops. I love to make this every fall!
I used to work at Starbucks, and in response to the comment below, you CANNOT buy the Pumpkin Spice Syrup that I know of. You can buy others (Vanilla, etc). This is a very close substitute, though. I do like my drinks a little sweeter and love the foam so I use my steamer, but the sugar and pumpkin spice is awesome. Well done on this.
As good as Starbucks only cheaper. Recipe was just as good with skim milk, no whipped cream and weaker strength coffee. Lots of room to play around with this recipe.
WOW!!!! THis was fab!!! The Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks is my favorite. Now I can have at home without all the calories and fat. I too used 2% milk. I will make this OFTEN!!!!
CAUTION: I burned my arms making this recipe. Hot liquids in a blender can make the lid come up and allow the hot milk to explode out. This recipe was really good, just use caution!
This was a decent copy of a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (and so much cheaper, too!). I didn't think the flavor was quite strong enough. If you really want to taste the coffee AND the spices, I'd recommend adding more or cutting back on the milk just a little. It was an easy recipe I would definitely make again. I used a pumpkin pie spice recipe from this site to mix the spices myself, making the whole thing really economical.
Wonderful recipe. I worked at Starbucks for a little while in Europe and we did not serve the pumpkin spice Latte so it was nice to make one myself. I made the pumpkin Spice myself since I can't buy it here. Mix 1/4 cup cinnamon with 1 Tbsp each of ground ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Thank you very much
Wow. I'm so happy I found this. It was so good I made it 2 days in a row. I don't drink whole milk so I used 1.5 cups of 1% and 1.5 cups of half and half. I also followed the other reviewers and used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I only have flavored coffee in the house so I used apple pie coffee and made my usual amount for hubby and myself. The wand hand mixer worked well and saves cleaning the blender. Thanks for posting!
This is the first time I've written a negative review. The concept is good, so I'll probably try tweaking the recipe, but my husband & I agreed that it tasted like warm milk with spices. I couldn't taste the coffee at all! If I try this again, I'll definitely use more coffee and less milk. I do like the idea of being able to make pumpkin spice lattes at home but my attempt today tasted NOTHING like Starbucks.
I followed the directions except just made it for one cup full. It was EXCELLENT, and while not exactly the same as a Starbucks, it will certainly help my wallet!
This turned out good. I scaled it down to one serving and it was perfect. I feel like it needs a little something tough.
I used espresso because I had some. This was real good. I made just one serving for myself last night as a treat as I was home alone and really enjoyed it! Tasted like the coffee house one I tried a few years ago!
My husband and I really liked this! It's a great fall-worthy latte that is cheaper and lower in calories than Starbuck's version.
Ive been craving some Starbucks pumpkin spice latte but since a starbucks isnt close and we're running on a tight budget i desided to give this recipe a shot. turned out really good! i used 2% milk and it still tasted really good, had to add a bunch of sugar but i expected that since i like my coffee sweet.
This is a great , lo cal treat if you make it with sugar substitute. I used a bit more pumpkin spice and vanilla, and light cream mixed with 1% milk (all had in the house.) My 13 yr old Starbucks fan couldn't tell the difference, and it saved over $3!
Very nice compliment to our holiday desserts!
I added more sugar and milk so it would fit in my mug. definitely make sure your coffee is strong otherwise the result may be a bit weak. other than that...this is GREAT! Say goodbye to spending big bucks at Starbucks, hello frugal yumminess!
I had high hopes for this recipe but was disappionted. It came out really milky and not very spicey. I ended up having about 2 cups of the milk mixture left over and I had to add about 2 extra teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. people said thay like it but no one wanted another cup.
:( I am SOOOO sad that this did not work out. My husband and I are both obsessed with the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte so I was thrilled to see this recipe and have been talking about making it for 2 days now...and it just does not taste good (to us anyway). It is in fact very gritty (ick!!) and not near as flavorfull or strong as Starbucks.
Wonderful! We served this after Thanksgiving dinner & it was a sweet ending to a great meal! This will be a regular at my house from now until Spring!!
This was ok. Not nearly as good as Starbucks/Caribou or places like that but it was ok. I followed the directions exactly.
Delicious! especially since you don't have to pay $4 for one cup!
I actually prefer the Pumpkin spice Latte by Sleepy! I like the pumpkin added to it.. but I may try making it like this one... in the blender .. This is not bad though.. i just want to really taste that pumpkin!
I am in love! I usually order this with "1/2 the pumps" because it is too sweet. This is juust right. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste!
this is pretty dang good! I forgot to thaw my whip cream in time (bummer!) and i did use a blender to thoroughly mix the ingredients and to foam it up a bit. I also used 1% milk (all I had) and did not use exact ingredients... i just kind of put in what looked good. It is quite delicious even without the whip... but I am looking forward to this weekend when my whipped cream will be ready! Tried it again this time with the whipped cream! it was awesome!
It's really good, but it doesn't have any pumpkin in it. It's just like a spiced latte- A very good latte. I think next time I'll add a little bit of canned pumpkin or some pumpkin flavored Torrani instead of the vanilla.
I hate to give someone else's recipe a low grade, but although this was easy, I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was the brand of spice I used (freshly bought, McCormick), but I found the taste underwhelming. Mostly was vanilla and coffee flavor with some grittiness from the spices. Tried adding extra cinnamon and nutmeg (a favorite of mine), but not much improvement. Wondering if it would prevent grittness and improve flavor by putting spices in with the ground coffee before brewing? Sorry, but mostly was a grade C- vanilla latte, to me so I won't make it again.
Needs that extra something... caramel? more sugar?
This was pretty good. It was a little bland, next time I will try adding some real pumpkin. I used light soy milk, Splenda, and left off the whipped cream to make it healthier.
Very very good! I had some extra whole milk to use up and this hit the spot on this nice, fall day!! I have a sweet tooth though and put in a couple extra teaspoons of sugar.
Instead of a blender this is what I did. Put the milk, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice into a saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly and being careful not to scorch the milk. When it is good and hot, combine it with the coffee and vanilla. Then you can top it with the whipped cream and spice if you like. You will get that great frothiness of a real coffeehouse drink. Starbucks is still the best, but this is pretty good.
Delicious! I've made it 3 times in 3 days for my spouse and myself. My kids were begging for some, so I just gave them the milk part and they liked it too ;)
Tasty! I don't usually a blender to make this; instead I just combine the ingredients together before dividing into mugs. (I use a blender sometimes and prefer it that way, but tend to skip this step because it's simpler). I often substitute honey for the sugar and prefer to double the coffee.
I didn't care for these. They had a funny aftertaste.
Used 2 percent... delicious!
I was lazy and didn't put in the blender. I'm sure it's better if you do. Very good. Thanks for sharing.
This was pretty good, thanks!
Use 1%milk and more coffee if you don't have double strength. I like more sugar in mine.
This did not disappoint! Made it with 2 cups of milk(actually used vanilla almond milk) and warmed the blended milk mixture up in microwave for 2 minutes because I like my lattes hot. Also added a few dashes of french vanilla powder creamer for extra flavor. Can't wait to have another and for so much less than at Starbucks. Though I did brew Starbucks coffee :)
Absolutely delicious and my new addiction! I really enjoyed this latte, especially being so fast and easy with minimal ingredients. I like that it doesn't include pumpkin puree, so I don't have to open a can and freeze the rest. I even used 2% milk and it was still creamy and tasted like the real thing. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
Yummy! So good on a cold day!
Very similar to one I have been making for years. Try adding a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to it!! Very good!
I actually followed the recipe to the letter on this one, and it was just OK. It did not inspire me to want to make this over and over again. I really like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and this just didn't make par for me.
I made this with slightly less milk and more coffee and I think I like this better than Starbucks :) Thanks!
Yum! This works well with artificial sweetener also.
I used some strong coffee, 1/2 & 1/2, forgot the vanilla, added 2 tsp. sugar, a couple dashes of pumpkin pie spice and topped it off with whipped cream and another dash of PP spice. My sister-in-law was here and I made it for her for brunch, she loved it!
Was not so impressed. I will make it again but with more spices and much more coffee.
Very good, but too sweet for my liking. The second time I made it, I cut the sugar back by 1/2 and upped the vanilla 1/8 more and perfection! Thanks for a yummy recipe idea!!
I used fat free milk and put about 2 cups in a glass jar with a lid, to that I added vanilla, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. I shook the jar for a minute to combine, and get frothy, then I put it into the microwave to get hot. I don't have an espresso machine...wish I did though! And my blender is on the fritz....so as we speak coffee is brewing on the strong setting and I added a little extra grounds to it. The milk mixture smells great....THIS WAY TASTES ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE STARBUCKS!! I'm thrilled...this will save me $$$!!
This was very delicious. I didn't have whole milk but I did have half and half and skim milk. I used half of each. I also didn't use the blender. I just frothed it up by hand. My dad had a cup with me and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I will make this again for sure.
I liked it but it could use a little tweaking I think.
Pretty darn good, but I took out the coffee (I know it's SUPPOSED to be a latte but...) I heat 2% milk add 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. A nice, easy morning treat in the winter.
Yummy! I made this to have before school and shared it with my younger brother and sister (10 and 11) and we all loved it! Really quick and really easy. The only thing I did different was to add a couple of spoonfulls of pumpkin puree to the milk mix. Oh, and a little extra sugar because of my sister. Thanks for the great recipe!
This is pretty darn tasty indeed! I always keep KLIM powdered whole milk around, which gives coffee drinks a really rich flavor. I scaled the recipe to one serving by mixing several tablespoons of powdered milk with 1 cup of hot water, a few teaspoons of sugar, a splash of vanilla, and a couple dashes of pumpkin pie spice. I also added a dash of cloves, but will leave that out next time since it overpowered the other spices. To get a nice, frothy consistency, I used a hand blender to mix the milk and spices and then added strong coffee to taste. I typically don't add whipped cream (since it's unnecessary calories and fat), but I may try making this again with evaporated milk for even more richness. Maybe even a spoonful of canned pumpkin? :) Will definitely be making this again!
Perfect Fall Latte' From Home. Tastes better than Starbucks in my opinion (I drink Starbucks a lot!)
Yum! I have a Nespresso machine, so I used 3 2-oz shots of espresso. Actually, now that I'm writing this, I realized I got proportions all off btw milk & coffee, but that's okay, there's lots of wiggle room. I had no whole milk, so I used part 2% and part half & half. So good!
Quick, easy and YUMMY! If I can't get to Starbucks, then this will do just fine!
Super simple and delish! No need for me to visit the over priced coffee shop anymore!
Amazing! I loved it a lot :) Instead of whipping cream, though I frothed milk and sprinkled some brown sugar on top :) Better than starbucks, hands down!
Very close to Starbucks!!! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Delicious! I made this today as part of our post-apple picking picnic to drink with cider donuts. I did add a touch more sugar, but otherwise kept the recipe the same.
I had trouble with the flavor of this drink. It was amazingly smooth, but a little off. I am going to try it again this time with more coffee and less milk. We'll see how that goes!
Wonderful and so simple to make. I used strong coffee instead of expresso, and two tablespoons of sugar; loved it! A decadent and inexpensive treat.
Very strong instant coffee finely gave this a good coffee taste, I doubled the spice and it still didn't have much flavor. However, blending the milk makes an excellent foam. We have been using this recipe for the past month and substituting the pumpkin spice for 2 tbls.(per cup) homemade cinnamon syrup or gingerbread syrup.
I always have the problem of the spices just separating from the drink and I hate the texture of the separated spices. I do not think this is comparable to starbucks at all. Perhaps it is something I am doing but I've tried mixing it in at different times, blending it together, and more but they still just seem to separate.
This recipe is great! I used a little less sugar than what is called for. I like this version a lot more than Starbucks', which is too sweet for me and a bit artificial tasting. This version was perfect and very easy to make.
I found the flavor to be delightful and loved that I could use my regular coffee and did not have to buy expresso beans! Do make sure that you brew your coffee double-strength, however. Delicious!
When I first made this we had to use apple pie spice instead, and we added some cinnamon. It was amazing. When I replenished my pumpkin pie spice, it was even better. We would only made a cup at a time and now I don't even use the blender. Just heat the milk in a coffee mug and add the rest.
I made this just now, because I didn't have any canned pumpkin. I do like it, but it is missing something, not sure what it is. I make mine in my Frap Maker, which makes foam like nothin gelse, and it's wonderful... I think I'll keep trying some things and see if I can't get it to my liking just a bit better... Overall yummy!!!
Yay! Zippy I love you for putting up this recipe! Starbucks doesn't have Pumpkin Spice Latte in Japan...I (and I think many, many of the foreign people here!) have been really, really wanting one with the weather getting cooler. This recipe isn't exactly like the Starbucks one, but truth be told, I like it better. I used a kilimanjaro coffee and skipped the whipped topping...the milk was frothy enough that it wasn't necessary. Sprinkled some extra sugar on top with the pumpkin pie spice and it was perfect.
There is way too much milk in this recipe...less milk and it's a 5 star recipe :)
Great idea, but after making this several times I recommend using more coffee. Equal parts strong coffee and milk work well. Blending this works OK, but you can get a really cheap battery powered frother that will really whip up that milk for a nice "professional" froth.
I usually love anything pumpkin and I really wanted to like this too but I just didn't. Can't really say why but something wasn't right. Sorry.
wow, great idea!!! very festively added 1 table spoon of pumpkin purée. Really good.
This is sooo good. Starbucks cannot compare. I've blended and heated this in my Vitamix, had it cold and microwaved the milk with the sugar and spices until it frothed. I've also tried different "milks": skim, evaporated skim, and half and half and various combinations as well...they are all great, but my favorite is mostly skim w/a bit of half and half. Excellent recipe for us pumpkin latte lovers. Thanks for sharing.
This drink is delicious! If you're making only a single cup like I did, use a scant 1/4 teaspoon when substituting the 1/2 and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. I also used the milk frother of my cappuccino maker to quickly heat up the ingredients. Homemade pumpkin pie spice was fun to make in advance, too!
My family and I did not like this recipe at all! We tryed "Famous No Coffee Pumpkin Latte" from this site and thats the best! Try that one instead way better! Tested and appoved! Thanks for the idea though.
Delicious per my daughter who loves these at Starbucks. We used a hand-beater instead of a blender, and it works very well and much easier to clean-up afterwards. Now a favorite!