Vanilla Coffee Syrup
I haven’t baked in awhile. Well, I lie. I made these Cake Batter Funfetti Cookie Cups for my graduation party last Friday.
It was no easy task, either. My two
lovely evil brothers kept stealing the baked cookies off of the cooling rack while I wasn’t looking. It got so bad that I had to call in reinforcements to guard the cups and reprimand the cookie gorging monsters. That’s what moms are for, right? I squealed and she came running to the kitchen wielding a spatula and Ziploc baggy. She shooed their cookie-filled paws away from the rack with the spatula and hid the cookies before the boys ate all of them before the festivities. Vultures!
What I should have said is that I haven’t baked anything new in awhile. I’ve been so busy the past two months that I haven’t had time to create any new recipes. Needless to say, I’ve missed the kitchen and my recipe notebook.
I didn’t actually bake you anything today… More like cooked you something on the stove. Either way, it’s something new and delicious. This recipe derived from my love of coffee. I LOVE coffee! Yes, it wakes me up in the morning and kick starts my engine so I can function for the rest of the day. But it’s more than that. I love the way it tastes. A rich, dark, chocolatey blend swirled with fresh cream is pure satisfaction. I try to stick with one cup a day, but some days require two cups. I like my coffee best out on my patio listening to the birds and reading a good book (romantic, I know), but most days I drink it in the car on my way to work. It’s not as satisfying, but it helps repress my road rage.
I used to stop at Starbucks or Panera everyday for my morning brew. Once I tallied up the money I spent in one month, I quickly ended our relationship and started brewing at home. Since it’s hot and humid out, I’m currently cold brewing my coffee. It’s so good. The Pioneer Woman has a great tutorial about making the perfect iced coffee.
I love adding a swirl of flavor to my coffee. Chocolate, caramel, and, my favorite, vanilla. I would buy a big bottle of vanilla syrup at Target and swirl it into my coffee with a splash of cream. Guess what? It’s so easy, not to mention cheaper, to make your own vanilla syrup right at home. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. It’s just simple syrup with vanilla extract added. Boom, vanilla syrup.
The syrup smells so good as its bubbling on the stovetop. It almost smells like caramel, all toasty and sweet.
I know it’s a couple months away, but this syrup would make the perfect Christmas gift. Slap a tag on it and add a bow, and you have yourself a very thoughtful gift. Heck, you don’t even need to wait for Christmas. This is every coffee lover’s dream come true.
Add some coffee–hot or cold–to a cup. Stir in a teaspoon or two of vanilla syrup and a splash of cream, and you have yourself a delicious morning pick me up. Enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 cups water
- 3 tbs. vanilla extract
- Add both sugars and water to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir to combine. Allow the mixture to bubble gently, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly and becomes syrupy, about 20-25 minutes.
- Take the pot off of the stove and allow the mixture to come to room-temperature. Stir in vanilla extract. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. If you really want to get fancy, you can store the syrup in a pump bottle for easy use.
31 Comments on “Vanilla Coffee Syrup”
I love the visual of your mom shooing the boys! Hahahaa
I also loove the idea of homemade vanilla coffee syrup, I bet this is like a million times better than storebought!
Kayle, it’s so much better than the store-bought version. The sent of vanilla hits you as soon as you unscrew the jar.
I cannot wait to try this! I might have to make this tomorrow!
Thanks, Macy. You’re going to love it!
Girl! Your photography here is drop-dead gorgeous! My inner coffee goddess is now pining for an iced coffee…at nearly Midnight! Love this recipe and you had me cracking up over those vulture brothers of yours. I could just picture your Mom chasing them out of the kitchen with that spatula, hahaha! And, oh! CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation, missy! Love this post…and, no. We don’t always have to demolish the kitchen to provide a baking recipe for our blogs. And, hey…I have that same Anthro napkin! Thanks for the fab cold brew coffee recipe and all the tips, too! xo
Thanks, Stacy. I would drink coffee at midnight if I could handle it. Sometimes rubber spatulas are good for more than just folding ;)
This is awesome… love coffee with special flavors, so definitely something to try as the shop bought syrups do become a little pricey.
listen, girl: it’s about quality and not quantity, so you win! this looks awesome, and what a totally great gift idea; i know about a bazillion people who would love to get this as a gift. And i intend to make their dreams come true.
I hear you with being busy; this is always the time of year things seem to get pretty major, which makes it impossible to get things done; i’m feeling that a little bit myself right now. don’t you worry; we’ll all wait patiently while come up with something else which is wonderful. I’m gearing up to make big batches of your maple nut granola while we’re on vacation in a week or so, so it’s like you’re making something. :)
Thanks, Shannon. Mmm, maple granola. I just invented a new granola the other day–maple pecan. Ahh, it’s so good. Have a great time on vacation!
This is such a great idea!
Love this!!! Perfect addition to my morning cup o joe
I am not a coffee drinker but this sounds like it would br great in a lot of drinks or even on ice cream or cake. I’m all about more vanilla.
I need this in my life! So excited to try it!!!
ha! sounds like my brothers last night… I came home and made cookies and every time I turned around another 5 were missing… and LOVE your coffee syrup! Wish I had it right now with my coffee :)
SO good! I love tasty coffee drinks and have never tried making my own syrup. Very nice!
What a great syrup for coffee and other sweet treats! This looks wonderful, Jennie!
Can’t say I blame your brothers – I would steal those cookies and spoon this wonderful syrup :)
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Christmas or not, you can send me some!
I have to admit that I absolutely hate coffee. But, when I see all those flavored coffee syrups (like at Home Goods) my mind thinks about cocktails instead. :)
love this coffee syrup! I definitely need to whip up a batch asap – sounds sooooo delicious Jennie!
Looks lovely! But vanilla is light sensitive so you should wrap it in foil.
I love this syrup! I have spent way too much at Starbucks and Caribou……but I am totally okay with my addiction:-) This is a perfect way to enjoy a coffee addicts addiction without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home! Yum, Hugs, Terra
Wish I had some of this in my coffee today!
This looks adorable!
Greetings from Europe from a fellow baker!
I need to start making my own coffee syrup! This would make the perfect addition to my afternoon iced coffee!
I am a true coffee addict! It’s probably a blessing there isn’t a Starbucks or Panera on my way to work. Just Sheetz and McDonalds lol I used to make coffee syrups at home during college but haven’t in a long, long time. Thanks for inspiring me to start again!
I’d be sneaking cookies too, Jennie, so I can’t throw too much shade at your brothers’ cookie monster antics! I love your homemade vanilla syrup. I spend WAY too much money at Starbucks but I don’t own a coffee maker. Time for me to remedy that situation so that enjoy delicious iced drinks while reading a book on my patio!
Hey from scotland! I am seriously addicted to coffee, hot, cold, cake, icecream, chocolate covered beans mmmm lol I’ve made some tonight and am going to make a vanilla latte icecream tomorrow!!!!!
Thanks for the recipe xxx
i use real vanilla beans…so much more intense flavor. Just add to the water and sugar and cook.
I was just wondering why the pumpkin (3 months in fridge) lasted longer in the jar then the vanilla (1 month). I plan on making these for Christmas gifts for a few people.
I just made my first batch as a tester; haven’t made it in my coffee yet. So far it is amazing!