Sugar Cookie Syrup

Sweet and buttery Sugar Cookie Syrup is a surefire way to make spirits bright this holiday season! Mix it into coffee, stir it into espresso drinks or pour it over desserts to give them some holiday cookie flavor.

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One of the trademarks that the holiday season has begun is is waiting for the holiday drink menu to drop at the coffee shop so you can get your favorite beverage.

Whether you shop coffee big or small, there’s always something to look forward to with the holiday drinks.

For some it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall and for others it’s a Cinnamon Dolce Latte in the winter. There’s always something to look forward to.

One of the newer ones on the Starbucks holiday drink menu is the Sugar Cookie Latte. It’s made with espresso, milk (or almond milk) and a sugar cookie simple syrup.

Sugar cookie syrup is easy to make at home with sugar, water and a few baking extracts and it tastes just as delicious!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Sugar Cookie Syrup is going to be a great addition to your home coffee bar this holiday season. Here’s why you’re going to fall in love with it:

  • With all the flavor of Christmas cookies, this homemade syrup is a seasonal treat and an easy recipe to make.
  • You can make a big batch and enjoy it throughout the month of December.
  • It makes a great gift for coffee lovers at the holidays.

Enjoy it in your coffee on a wintry morning when you need a little holiday spirit. It’s what you need to make the Starbucks copycat drink, the Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte or a copycat Starbucks Sugar Cookie Latte.

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What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is an easy-to-make liquid sweetener that is used in all kinds of drinks and desserts.

It’s made with sugar and water, and sometimes other flavorings like fruit, herbs and spices. (In this case, we’re using baking extracts!)

Sweetening cocktails, tea and coffee drinks are the most common uses for simple syrup, but this delicious coffee syrup can also be drizzled over breakfast foods and desserts like ice cream.

Cake bakers also use it to moisten cakes before adding icing to keep them from drying out.

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You need a few specialty ingredients to make this sugar cookie syrup, but if you’re already a baker you might have them on hand. However, all of them should be available at most supermarkets:


You can make simple syrups with any kind of sugar from brown sugar to white sugar.

But brown sugar isn’t usually used in baking sugar cookies, so white sugar will have more of that sugar cookie flavor.

If you need to, you can make it with your favorite sugar-free substitute. Check out this sugar-free syrup for details, then add the extracts.


While the sugar and extracts are the stars of this recipe, the type of water you use will make a difference.

If your tap water is safe to drink, tap water will work fine. However, filtered or distilled water will yield even better results. The purer water will help to make your syrup last longer in the fridge, up to about a month.


The flavors for this simple syrup come from extracts, the same ones used for baking. You can find them in the baking aisle or the spice section of most grocery stores.

  • Vanilla extract: Use a high-quality vanilla extract for the best vanilla cookie flavor in your simple syrup.
  • Almond extract: Almond extract gives this syrup a tiny hint of nutty, almond flavor.
  • Butter extract: Butter extract can be used to give cakes a stronger butter flavor, and it does the same here.

As you mix them in, take in the aroma of warm Christmas sugar cookies!

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Like the name suggests, making homemade simple syrups is so easy and you can have the perfect syrup ready in under 15 minutes.

Let’s get started!

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Here’s what to do to make this copycat Starbucks sugar cookie syrup:

First, grab a medium saucepan and add the sugar and water. Warm over medium heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove from heat. No need to boil it.

Once the mixture has cooled slightly, stir in the three extracts.

Store in an airtight container like a glass jar or bottle, like a mason jar.

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Homemade sugar cookie syrup is the perfect way to upgrade your holiday drinks and seasonal treats.

  • Stir it into cold brew coffee, iced coffee or hot coffee to turn them into seasonal drinks.
  • Mix it into an espresso drink like a hot or iced sugar cookie latte. (Make it with almond milk to make it like the Starbucks sugar cookie almond milk latte.)
  • Mix it with bourbon in a classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail for a holiday twist.
  • Brush it onto a vanilla cake before frosting it.
  • Pour it over breakfast pancakes.
  • Drizzle it over an ice cream sundae with festive sprinkles and sugar cookies crumbled on top.
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A jar of sugar cookie simple syrup sits on a white marble surface with a gold spoon in the jar. There are cookies dusted with sugar set around it and holiday foliage.

Sugar Cookie Syrup

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Sugar Cookie Syrup is a festive way to dress up coffee drinks and cocktails for the holidays. Makes 6 ounces.
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  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoons butter extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar and water until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Let cool completely.
  • Stir in vanilla extract, butter extract and almond extract.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. 


You can make this syrup with brown sugar instead of white sugar, if needed, or use your favorite sugar-free substitute.

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nutrition information

Yield: 12 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 0.5ounce Calories: 36kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 2mg Sugar: 8g
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