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Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s that time of year!! It rolls around fast but I’m ready for it this year. It’s when we start getting the Holiday spirit with our food, drinks and decorations. One telltale sign that it’s the most wonderful time of the year is when Starbucks roll out their red cups filed with their seasonal drinks such as Peppermint Mocha, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and of course the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Possibly the most popular Starbucks drink for the Holidays, Pumpkin Spice Latte has the caffeine we crave with the kick of warm spice we love. And of course the whipped cream on top doesn’t hurt. Whipped cream-topped anything is going to delicious. It is a real treat after being out in the cold and when you need to warm yourself from the inside out.

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The Holidays are a season for feasting, sharing and indulgence. It’s a time for eating, drinking and being merry. Nothing warms the soul more than warm drinks on a cold Fall night. This Pumpkin Spice Latte evokes not just your tastebuds but your nose too. If there were ever a drink that tastes like Thanksgiving in a mug, this would be it.

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These recipes multiply really well so if you are having friends over make up a big pot and serve it hot with whipped cream on top. These drinks are so satisfying and decadent, they would almost replace dessert.  Only joking, nothing replaces dessert!

And make sure to check out my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe so you can make your own for your fall and holiday baking.

Want MORE Starbucks drinks? Check out Peppermint MochaSalted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup (4oz / 115g) brewed coffee
  • ½ cups (4oz / 115g) milk
  1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients.
  2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your mug.
  4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy!
Multiply the recipe to make more then 1 mug.

You can replace the milk with a dairy free milk.



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  1. Karen on March 3, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Can you use torani pumpkin spice syrup instead of pumpkin puree ?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 5, 2018 at 4:36 am

      Hi Karen,
      No, at least I do not see how that will substitute the puree. The puree adds bulk to this recipe, the syrup is really more liquid.
      I hope this helps!
      Yo ucan of course try this, and I bet it will taste really good too,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. noemie on December 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Hi Gemma
    this was really delicious
    my son said that this is now his favorite cup of coffee

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2017 at 4:26 am

      Ah! How kind. Thank you for this very kind review of this recipe, it will encourage other Bold Bakers to try it,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Astha on December 7, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Hiiii how can I make the pumpkin purée..? Just my pressure cook d pumpkin n then churn
    I’m I right..?

  4. Pamela Gonzalez on October 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The pumpkin puree, is it a canned product? What brand do you recommend?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 29, 2017 at 11:45 am


      I use libby’s or whole food. Any brand really. Also if you can’t buy it you can make your own

  5. Shyma on October 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I tried it but for some reason it came out really bad =/

    • Gemma Stafford on October 20, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Hi Shyma,
      Really? did you follow the recipe?
      If oyu change the recipe you change the results, let me know what you did and I will see if we can fix it!
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Greetings 😀 . I made pumpkin spice latte today and it turned out horribly bad. I’ve been making this for around a year now and has turned out amazing each time. I used freshly roasted pumpkin each time.
    Gemma do you reckon it has something to do with the pumpkin here ? I used a day old pumpkin puree for this…… The puree that was left over from making the cupcakes.
    And we get a lot of varieties of sweet pumpkin here. I used the one with the green skin.

    • Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 2:34 am

      The pumpkin was extremely juicy, very sweet and was great to eat plain. Just roasted and sliced.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that. So it could have been the pumpkin. Did you try it by itself raw? taste it and see if it’s bad.

      I have made this a few times and never had that experience.

      Gemma 🙂

      • Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

        Yes Gemma, I tried it raw. It tasted bland. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

        • Gemma Stafford on October 8, 2017 at 2:34 am

          Hi Shruthi,
          It is a mystery! I really do not have the answer to this. Check your spice mix too, maybe a little too much of something!
          Hope it does not put you off,
          Gemma 🙂

  7. Yvonne on October 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I actually make this in my vitamix blender, then I get a nice foam on top too. Tastes great! I freeze pumpkin puree in ice cube trays. Put in ziplock bags, then I have pumpkin anytime I get the craving. Oh, and I substitute caramel baking chips instead of sugar. Yummy!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 2, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Yvonne, you are a genius! Thank you for this idea, it is a goodie!
      Gemma 🙂

  8. sharon root on August 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    thay look real good i will make them soon thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Great Sharon, I do hope you enjoy this,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Emzion on December 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Do you have to put toppings or no

    • Gemma Stafford on December 31, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Hi there, you can experiment with all of my recipes, this is what will teach you to cook really, eventually you will have basic recipes in your head, and will not need to consult anyone!
      Happy baking, and Happy New Year to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Naabiihah03 on December 11, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Definitely gonna try this for Xmas for my family.
    iI my country (Mauritius) we don’t have Starbucks so I’ve always wanted to taste Starbucks dronks but when I saw u made did Starbucks drinks at home I was so excited to try them out thnx for making the drinks ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

    • Gemma Stafford on December 11, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Ah! The beautiful Island of Mauritius! How lucky you are Naabiihah. I am happy that you can get the Starbucks taste now, i do hope you enjoy it,
      gemma 🙂

  11. Maria on November 26, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe Gemma! I’ve tried it and it tasted amazing! No need for going to any Starbuck coffee any more!


    • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

      I am happy to hear that, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Rachael curtin on November 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    oh my gosh i’m so glad i have some extra pumpkin left over, i am so going to make this. yesterday i tried pumpkin marshmellows and thought you might be able to make a recipe,that would be great. Do you think you could?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 21, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Hi Rachael, I think this would be a difficult one for bold bakers! there are lots of issues around this, I will put it on my list for experimenting, when I get a moment, Gemma 🙂

      • Rachael curtin on November 21, 2016 at 6:37 am

        thank you so much!!! I’ll be trying to.If I find a recipe i’ll let you know.

  13. ColinH on November 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

    These drinks are so good! My sister works at a local Starbucks and this tastes just as good, if not better.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 8, 2016 at 3:04 am

      YEA! that is so nice to hear, thank you for being with us, Gemma 🙂

  14. Suzy on November 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you Gemma for this wonderful recipe! I made it just now and it tastes just like the Starbucks one!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 6, 2016 at 3:54 am

      That is so good to hear Suzy, thank you for letting me know 🙂

  15. Iga Dietmap on November 4, 2016 at 5:03 am

    oh my good, handmade pumpkin spice latte in my house, amazing

    • Gemma Stafford on November 5, 2016 at 4:34 am

      That is so nice to hear! You can have lots of these for the price of just one in the store, happy to have you with us 🙂

      • Iga Dietmap on December 1, 2016 at 4:03 am

        thanks a lot, Gemma! x

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