Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

As I’ve said many many times before, we love coffee at our house.  It’s probably in your best interest that you don’t speak to either me or my husband before we’ve had a cup in the morning.  Cranky best describes our behavior without it.  Primarily my behavior.  He can handle no coffee better than I can.

Ever since I discovered how to make vanilla coffee syrup at home, I can honestly say that I have not once purchased the store-bought kind of vanilla creamer.  Which I love.  Every morning I add a splash of half and half and some homemade vanilla syrup to my coffee.  And it’s amazing.  And I’m never going back.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

I’ve been so enamored with the vanilla syrup that I never branched out to other flavors.  But this fall I figured it was time.  Especially to keep my coffee runs in check … I have a soft spot for seasonal drinks from coffee shops.

So today I give you homemade pumpkin spice coffee syrup.  I now keep a container of this and the vanilla version in my fridge at all times.  Because this stuff makes my coffee taste like fall.  And is pretty much exactly like what you can get at a coffee shop.  But better (at least in my opinion).  Personally, I just like to add this syrup and half and half to my coffee – more like the kind of creamer you can buy at the grocery store – but you can definitely use it to make pumpkin spice lattes at home.

So, please make this syrup this season.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

Because I have a feeling I’m not the only one who would prefer to keep their coffee shop spending under control.

And because you can use it in iced coffee too.  It’s still kinda warm here and I’m currently waffling back and forth between hot and iced coffee … it’s a dilemma I tell you.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  1. Add the water, granulated sugar and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add in the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and pumpkin puree. Whisk to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove from the heat and let sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Slightly adapted from Cook Like A Champion. Originally from Sugarcrafter.


More from Cookie Monster Cooking:


  1. says

    This is AMAZING!!! Just today I went to TJs and they were all sold out of Pumpkin Pie coffee… I think I need to make this syrup, it’s a great substitute. How long does it last… will probably make half a batch.

    • Ashley says

      It keeps for a long time … we’ve kept it in the fridge for probably about 4 weeks (but it’s never lasted any longer!)

  2. says

    The coffee shops here charge a ridiculously high amount for a measly cup of coffee! And they don’t even have this amazing pumpkin spice flavour! What a great idea is this! I’m making one and keeping in the refrigerator at all times! With my exams just a few days away, I’d be needing this much more than usual! Thanks Ashley! :)

    • Ashley says

      Just make sure you store it in the fridge and it keeps for a long time – I’ve never had mine go bad, if you will, before I’ve finished the whole container. I’ve kept them in the fridge at least for about 4 weeks. We always go through it too quick to see if it stays any longer than that!

  3. says

    Ashley – I was so excited about this that I made some last night and just packed it up to take for my cup of coffee at work! I’ve been so sad not to have the ubiquitous pumpkin spice lattes here, but I can’t believe how easy it was to make this syrup. Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe, friend! This will make my Bangkok mornings so much more fall-ish!

    • Ashley says

      Yay! I’m so glad you made it! It’s so easy, right? We permanently have this and the vanilla one in our fridge now!

  4. says

    Are you the coffee angel?!!? Ashley I could kiss you through the laptop screen if it wouldn’t be a) impossible and b) sort of terrifying for you. I always spend too much money on these seasonal coffees because I can’t make them at home – UNTIL NOW! 😀 You made my day.

  5. says

    I am absolutely loving this slew of fall recipes you’ve got lately! So yummy. And so glad you posted this. I’ve got a bad coffee habit as well and probably spend a fortune on coffee creamers at the store. Never again!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Kim! Yeahhhh we used to buy them every week at the store too … making at home is much better (and cheaper!)

  6. says

    Ashley, you know I don’t drink coffee. At all! I know it’s very strange. But, I will drink THIS kind of coffee for sure, just as a dessert, as a drink that I will immensely enjoy because of all those Fall flavors. Pinned!

    • Ashley says

      I can’t imagine not drinking coffee now! But I actually HATED it until my last year or two in college (and then I would only drink the really sugary kind!).

  7. says

    Hi Ashley! I’m not actually a coffee drinker but I love the smell (does that sound bizarre?). I can only imagine the smell of this gorgeous spiced pumpkin coffee – divine!! Great photos as usual and I love your pumpkin decoration :-)

  8. says

    What a wonderful way to make a cup of coffee even better! I had such a hard time giving up coffee while pregnant, and I’m happily drinking it again. Thank you for sharing. Will be trying soon!

  9. says

    Yay to another coffee person! My husband and I were so into coffee that at one point, we actually roasted our own beans! :) Home roast Kona coffee is faaaaabulous! I think we’ve been called coffee snobs before.. haha! I love this coffee syrup. I had no idea you can make this stuff at home –so cool! Will be pinning this one for sure. Happy Friday Ashley! :)

    • Ashley says

      Impressive! We order our coffee in bulk from an online place since that’s the only way I can have Wawa coffee at home (since we don’t live near any of the stores) haha. We’ve very particular about our coffee!

  10. says

    Don’t even talk to me if I haven’t had my morning coffee either… I cannot survive without it 😉 And this syrup looks like an interesting addition… I’m sure it’ll make my coffee even more delish. Can’t wai to try it 😉 Have a nice weekend xx

  11. says

    I can only imagine how wonderful those spices smell as they simmer away. I know you’re not too far from me and we have still been having iced coffee weather haven’t we? So strange for October. I’ve never made homemade coffee syrup. Pumpkin spice might have to be my first!

  12. says

    Mmmm…this pumpkin spice syrup sounds like a fantastic way to save money. I usually drink black coffee in the mornings and I’m the same way – cranky before coffee! I would definitely enjoy one of these on a chilly afternoon :)

  13. says

    Big fan of going homemade and saving some money! I love that you made a homemade version of this syrup! I’ve been hearing all the talk about what’s actually in Starbucks’ pumpkin spice syrup and how the baristas don’t even know so I’ve been curious.
    I figured out how to make my weakness – the mocha frap – last year and I’ve been making my own ever since and saving a small bundle. That feels so good! : )

    • Ashley says

      It does feel so nice to make it at home! Plus then when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to go out I have it at my fingertips! lol

      • says

        So true, Ashley. Imagine trying to drag an 8-year old boy with you to get your mocha frap fix during the summer…it just doesn’t happen! I was so grateful to be able to make my own. Have a great weekend!

  14. says

    Mmm, this sounds good. I’m not a big coffee drinker because I have to use a bunch of cream and sugar in order to enjoy it and I don’t feel it’s worth the extra calories (I rather eat pie or cake!). But this one sounds pretty amazing and so comforting for this time of year.
    Gorgeous pictures too. I love all of the colors- so pretty!

  15. says

    Oh my, this sounds amazing! I love all the seasonal drinks especially these fall pumpkin ones and my wallet would definitely prefer that I make them at home. Didn’t realize it was so simple – this would be a staple in my fridge too :) Thanks so much for sharing Ashley and have a great weekend!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *