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Remember that time I made Homemade Dulce de Leche? Well, I had 3 jars in my fridge that needed using. One, I ate with a spoon. One went into this pie.

The third? Became DIY Homemade Coffee Creamer!

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Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer

So you remember when I made homemade dulce de leche, right? Y’all loved that I made it in a slow cooker. When I was trying to figure out what to make with it, I remembered my funfetti coffee creamer and the lightbulb went on.

I’m a girl that loves her coffee creamer. I love it in coffee, I love it in dessert. And I really love making it homemade because I can make flavors I can’t buy in the store.

Did you know that coffee creamer is super easy to make? Really, it only has two base ingredients: sweetened condensed milk and milk. Then you add your favorite extracts or flavorings.

But, with 3 jars of dulce de leche staring at me from my refrigerator, I remembered that it can be substituted for SCM in lots of things – like ice cream.

Basically this recipe has two ingredients: dulce de leche (canned or homemade) and milk. The result is a liquid that’s wonderfully sweet and has rich caramel undertones. It’s great in milkshakes, in hot chocolate, and in coffee.

Only 2 Ingredients!

You just need:

  • Dulce de Leche – use my homemade recipe or a can from the store
  • Milk – you can use nonfat, regular or even half and half.

How to make Dulce de Leche Coffee

  1. Place both ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium low heat, whisking, until smooth and melted together.
  2. Cool, then add to coffee.
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How to store homemade coffee creamer

Store this in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Just stir or shake before using.

How to put Dulce de Leche in Coffee

You can use this in hot coffee OR iced! Just make sure to shake or stir it before using.

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Just give me an IV of coffee with dulce de leche coffee creamer!

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Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer

4.41 from 5 votes
Homemade coffee creamer using dulce de leche – it's like a caramel coffee creamer!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 20 servings
Serving Size 1 serving



  • Place both ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium low heat, whisking, until smooth and melted together.
  • Transfer coffee creamer to a jar and let cool before covering and storing in refrigerator. Serve in hot or iced coffee!

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 15mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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I have a physical next week. The anticipation is making me remember how much I really hate going to the doctor. Does anyone actually enjoy it? In the first place, they weigh you, and I have a problem with that. And when you’re a germophobe/partial hypochondriac, the doctors tend to look at you like you’re crazy.

{Which you totally are, but whatever.}

I think the internet has made it worse for us partial hypochondriacs, don’t you think? WebMD is probably a real doctor’s nightmare. But sometimes I actually know what I’m talking about at the doctor, but they still give me that I know you’re a partial hypochondriac look.

Actual conversation I’ve had with doctors:

Dr.: Why are you here today?
Me: I have an ear infection.

Dr.: Have you had a fever?
Me: No.

Dr.: Have you had a cold?
Me: No.

Dr.: [Partial hypochondriac look on face] hmmmm….
Me: Well, I went swimming and normally I don’t put my head under water but I did even though I knew better that I totally shouldn’t have and now I have an ear infection. It’s not swimmer’s ear, it’s a real one.

Dr.: Well, you can’t get an ear infection like that from swimming.
Me: Okay, well, I’ve had ear problems all my life. You not supposed to, you know, be able to feel your eardrum. I think normal people without ear infections or fluid actually just go through life not knowing what their eardrum feels like, so I’m pretty sure it’s infected.

Dr.: [look on face gets deeper] hmmmm…Let’s take a look.

[Doctor looks in good ear.]

Dr.: WOW. You have a lot of scarring. Have you had ear trouble before?
Me: Yes. LIKE I SAID. I know what I’m talking about.

[Doctor looks in bad ear.]

Dr.: WOW! I’m sure that sucker hurts. That’s the worst ear infection I’ve ever seen!

See? Even partial hypochondriacs know what they’re talking about DOCTORS. (That convo? Has happened at least 3 times in my life with different doctors, FYI.)

This has nothing to do with coffee creamer, other than I love coffee and I probably shouldn’t drink so much of it.

But my husband and kid would rather I did. The non-caffeinated version of Dorothy is not one they like to deal with.

Enter: homemade coffee creamer. Like, the best thing ever. Especially with Dulce de Leche!

Sweets from friends:
Pumpkin Coffee Creamer by Shugary Sweets
Homemade Coffee Creamers by Around my Family Table
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie by Something Swanky

Last Updated on March 24, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Yum! This is a great way to use the DIY Dulce de Leche, and while I am not a coffee person I can totally see making a hot chocolate with this1 Or, using it in every single other thing I can think of 🙂

  2. This is my mom’s favorite, she would die if I made this for her HOMEMADE! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  3. Ugh, does anyone really look forward to the doctor? I always end up fumbling over my words and not getting the real problem out and they think I’m a crazy person. But that is besides the point 😉
    Haha, the non caffeinated version of you … I relate! I just made homemade caramel for the first time and I am hooked. Putting into creamer is genius!

  4. This is just what I need! My regular iced coffee is just not doing it for me anymore! Looks delicious!

  5. Funny, I seem to remember having that same convo with doctors about you when you were young! And by the way, you get your hypochondria from Daddy’s side of the family…lol

  6. You mean I don’t have to pay Starbucks obscene amounts of money for my cinnamon dolce latte? I lerve you for this, Dorothy!

  7. I hate going to the doctor, too. And I’ve had ear problems all my life, so I completely understand what you’re talking about! This creamer sounds amazing, Dorothy! Will definitely have to try it out.

  8. Gosh,, that looks good. I’ve never thought to make coffee creamer myself. This would make a good hostess gift!

  9. Love the creamer, but love your talk with the doc even more. He wasn’t listening, was he? Shocker that you’d know your own body better than he does!

  10. This looks awesome. I like a little coffee with my creamer 🙂 I’d love this! Pinned of course. And best of luck at your physical and not stressing out too badly before next week!