How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer {Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer}

You need to know How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer. Why? Because this Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer is light years better than the stuff from the store and it’s eons better for you, too. Learn how to make homemade coffee creamer and your tastebuds AND your body will thank you!

How to Make Coffee Creamer. Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer is great for coffee OR tea!

When I think of my mom I think of laughter, piano music, and absolute, one hundred percent unwavering devotion. My mom would do anything for me and I have lived my entire life knowing that. That is a pretty solid comfort right there, friends. For as far back as my memory goes, that meant my mom nourishing people’s spirits and bellies.

I also think of coffee because my mom and coffee? They’re inseparable. She is legendary in the family for the strength of her arm wrestling skills and legendary amongst all who know her for the strength of her coffee. Rumour has it that she once unintentionally caused a panic attack in the son of a friend who was unfamiliar with the fact that her coffee was strong enough to stand a spoon in upright. Poor teenager drank the coffee and broke out in palpitations and a cold sweat. Luckily for him, my mom is a nurse and a good one, too.

My mom has another little quirk about her coffee aside from her lifetime ban from making coffee at the office because no one else can drink her coffee. She loves it -LOVES IT- in weird little cups and bowls. I hardly ever see my mom drink coffee from a ‘proper’ mug. It’s almost always in what she refers to as “Wabi-sabi” cups or sometimes even sugar bowls.

I also think of scents when I think of my mom. She’s an avid wearer of essential oils, but back in the day when she didn’t have two nickels to rub together, my mom would dab vanilla extract behind her ears and on her pulse points in place of perfume oil. Maybe this accounts for why I love vanilla so very much and why I associate vanilla with comfort. So when I was contacted by McCormick to participate in their “Flavor of Together” program and asked to make a recipe for Mother’s Day using their vanilla, sharing How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer was a natural choice to honour my mom. While she’s phased out drinking creamer in her coffee, she drank it in every one of her multiple daily cups when I was growing up. It just plain reminds me of her.

How to Make Coffee Creamer. Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer is great for coffee OR tea!

While vanilla coffee creamer is nice, I opted to make Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer because my mom’s mom -my beloved Grandma- is forever indelibly linked to snickerdoodles in my mind. Cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar all together like my grandma, my mom, and I: Not that I’m sweet as sugar, but the connection between the three of us IS. McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract has been one of America’s essential baking ingredients for more than a century, and for generations, vanilla extract has been a key ingredient in recipes passed down from moms, grandmas, aunts and more, whether it’s for perfume or for cookies or a blog post on How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer.

How to Make Coffee Creamer. Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer is great for coffee OR tea!

Cook’s Notes:

  • You can make this as indulgent or as lean as you’d like by choosing regular, fat-free, or vegan sweetened condensed milk and whole, 2%, 1%, skim, almond, soy, coconut, hemp, or WHICHEVER milk you like best. Just keep in mind that the expiration date will follow the expiration date of whichever milk you choose so label accordingly.
  • Only use PURE vanilla extract in this recipe, folks. Imitation vanilla has no place here.

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How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer {Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer}
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (regular, non-fat, or vegan)
  • 1½ cups milk (whole, 2%, 1%, skim, or non-dairy of any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  1. Whisk all ingredients together for 1 minute or until everything is evenly combined and the cinnamon is clump-free and flecked throughout the mixture. Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and store in the refrigerated marked with the expiration date (the expiration date of the milk that went into the mixture.) Add to coffee, tea, or hot milk.


Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of McCormick’s Flavor of Together program is a yearlong initiative to share 1.25 million stories about how flavor both unites and defines people across the globe. All opinions and photos are still from me alone!


  1. Alaina J says

    This is beautiful writing about your mom. I feel like I know her–and love her, too!

    As for the recipe, well, yum! Homemade coffee creamer has been on my list to attempt but I have been too intimidated to try. I’m so glad to know someone I trust recommends it! Thanks for the boost of confidence.

    PS I love the vanilla extract behind the ear trick! I may have to try it sometime.

  2. Lia says

    Man, that DOES sound delicious, but it defeats the purpose of my non-dairy chemical creamer. (the non-dairy part). Out of curiousity, have you ever experimented with something like this using, say, nut milks or other non-dairy “milks”?

    Either way, I’ll remember this one for my dairy-digesting friends. 😀 I know the tastes, I indulge now and then even if I shouldn’t.

  3. Erika says

    Well that is easy enough! I’m usually just a 1/2 and 1/2 girl, but this sounds soo good!
    I’m a “full fat” kind of girl, but might make a lightened-up version for my aunt and uncle when they visit.

  4. Kim Porter says

    So happy to see this post today, as I read an article yesterday about how bad the pre-made creamers from the store are for you! Will be making this today. Thanks!

  5. Margaret says

    This sounds AMAZING! Definitely will be trying this. Might be I have found a new coffee creamer for my coworker and myself for work.

  6. diane says

    Just made this today with a snow storm going on. It’s delicious and easy. While sipping my coffee and watching the snow come down it makes the day much better! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. says

    This looks absolutely amazing. All the other recipe’s I’ve seen skipped the sweetened condensed milk,and I have all ideas that that was the problem. I’m very excited to try this.


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