Homemade Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Recipe

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Ditch the store bought coffee creamer and make your own with only 3 ingredients! Want a different flavor than vanilla sweet cream? This homemade coffee creamer can be flavored any way you like and adds just the right of sweetness to your morning coffee. This easy coffee creamer recipe can be used to make your favorite coffeehouse drinks from a cappuccino to a latte.
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Homemade Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Recipe

Ingredients in store bought coffee creamer are not good

Store bought coffee creamer has never been my thing. I’ve never truly liked the taste of it. Ever since I started reading the labels on the foods that I buy, I will never buy store bought coffee creamer again especially since I know how easy it is to make at home.

Made with only 3 ingredients, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this coffee creamer recipe! Add a splash of sweet cream to any of your favorite coffee recipes with this homemade coffee creamer recipe.

Homemade Tastes better than Store-bought Coffee Creamer

It’s no secret that homemade always tastes better.

I love figuring out how to make something homemade. Doing this helps me cut out as much processed foods from my family’s diet as possible.

I find that when I use this coffee creamer in my brewed coffee that I don’t have to add any additional sweetness because this recipe contains just the right amount of sweetness that I crave on groggy mornings.

For this homemade coffee creamer recipe you only need 3 ingredients!

  • Whole Milk: I prefer to use whole milk in this recipe just to give the coffee creamer a bit more richness but if you prefer to use 2% or skim you can also use that as well.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: this not only helps make your coffee creamer recipe creamy but it also adds sweetness as well. Depending on what kind of coffee you are making you might not even have to add any additional sweetener to your coffee.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: pure vanilla extract is the only way to go in my opinion. I know there is imitation vanilla out there but it doesn’t taste quite the same. If you need to substitute imitation vanilla extract for pure vanilla extract you absolutely can do that but just know that pure vanilla extract will definitely taste the best.
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Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe

This recipe only requires only 3 ingredients. It is both satisfyingly sweet and creamy with a hint of vanilla goodness that will have you looking forward to your next morning cup of joe.

How to make Homemade Coffee Creamer

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  • 3 Qt Large Mixing Bowl with Pour Spout: I prefer glass or stainless steel cookware. When mixing up your ingredients you want to make sure that your mixing bowl is large enough. Using something with a pour spout will make it so much easier to transfer your homemade coffee creamer into a storage container once it is all mixed up.
  • Wire Whisk: whether you are mixing up your homemade coffee creamer recipe or frothing milk for a latte, a good wire whisk is a must in every home kitchen.
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How to store Homemade Coffee Creamer

This homemade coffee creamer is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge. I prefer to use a glass carafe to store my creamer in the fridge.

If you prefer a less sweet creamer, you can whisk in additional cups of whole milk. If adding additional cups of milk, a larger glass pitcher with lid may be best for storing your homemade coffee creamer in the fridge.

How long until this coffee creamer recipe expires?

This all depends on the expiration date of the milk that you used. When making this coffee creamer, take note of the expiration date on the milk used because this is when your coffee creamer will expire.

Because we are using fresh ingredients, your expiration date will be shorter than that of store-bought coffee creamer that is full of unhealthy preservatives and other weird ingredients.

Can I make this homemade coffee creamer with plant milk?

Yes, you can switch out the whole milk for a plant based milk like almond or oat. However, if you do that you will also need to switch the sweetened condensed milk to something plant based as well as since it is made from regular milk.

Thankfully we live in a time when there are plenty of options available like this sweetened condensed oat milk and sweetened condensed coconut milk to name a few.

Homemade Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Recipe

Sweet Cream Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe

The Domestic Diva
Ditch the store bought coffee creamer and make your own with only 3 ingredients! Want a different flavor than vanilla sweet cream? This homemade coffee creamer can be flavored any way you like and adds just the right of sweetness to your morning coffee. This easy coffee creamer recipe can be used to make your favorite coffeehouse drinks from a cappuccino to a latte.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and milk until thoroughly combined.  
  • Transfer to a container with a lid.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Add as little or as much as you like to your favorite brewed coffee.


Make note of the expiration date on the milk that you used, this is how long your homemade sweet cream coffee creamer will be good for.
Keyword Coffee, Coffee Alternative, Drink, Hot Drink
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  1. This was excellent! I made it with 6 cups of almond milk and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

    1. I like that you opted for a plant based milk and made it a bit sweeter by reducing the amount of milk used. To make this recipe completely dairy free, you can also swap regular sweetened condensed milk with a plant based version like sweetened condensed oat or coconut milks.

  2. This is great!! I do need to use a sugar substitute so in the past, I’ve made my own sweetened condensed milk (or cream) using allulose and evaporated milk. I just needed to use a bit more of the allulose because it isn’t as sweet as sugar. It takes me about 30 minutes of constant stirring to get my SCM but it is worth it in my book!

  3. International Delight White chocolate macadamia nut used to be my favorite coffee creamer, but it’s no longer available in stores.

  4. Angela Henderson says:

    I made the creamer last night and it is good, although I use 2% milk so I’m wondering how many cups of milk I should use next time? Because, I had to add extra creamer to the sweetness I like it, as I don’t like adding sugar to my coffee

    1. If the creamer wasn’t sweet enough and you don’t want to add additional sugar then I would use less 2% milk next time. Instead of 8 cups of milk like the recipe calls for, I would try just using 6 or 7 cups depending on how sweet you want it to be.

      Hope that helps.

  5. Pamela Greene says:

    What would be the best thing to add to make it a mocha creamer?

    1. You could whisk some cocoa powder into the sweetened condensed milk before combining it with the milk. The amount to add depends on how much of a chocolate flavor you want your creamer to have but I would start with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. Add more if you want a stronger chocolate flavor.

      Also, before using mocha creamer in your coffee always give it a good mix or shake to make sure nothing has settled on the bottom.

  6. Samantha Games says:

    Ok this might sound a little odd but… If I wanted to do the almond milk but keep the regular sweetened condensed milk would that make it taste funny? I’m not overly picky about plant based vs not but I know the almond milk has its own flavor profile compared to regular milk.

    1. I’m not exactly sure as I have never mixed almond milk and sweetened condensed milk before. If you decide to try it, please let us know how it turns out.

  7. Could you use skim milk?

    1. Yes, you could use skim milk if you would prefer that over whole milk. Just know that the homemade coffee creamer won’t be as rich and creamy if substituting skim milk instead of whole milk.

  8. Would this work just as well with almond milk instead of the whole milk? I don’t handle regular milk well but really want to get away from the store bought creamers.

    1. I have not tried it. However, I would think that you could switch the whole milk for almond milk.

      But if you do that and are trying to avoid dairy all together, you would also need to change the type of sweetened condensed milk that you use as well. There are non-dairy versions of sweetened condensed milk on the market now like this one made with coconuts or this one made with oat milk.

      Hope that helps.

    2. I use unsweetened almond milk, because sweetened almond milk with the sweetened condensed milk makes it to sweet. That is just my opinion. Saves calories, and is still sweet. So good.

  9. How long before it goes bad? Also, what size can of condensed milk?
    Thank you!

    1. It will expire on whatever date the milk you use expires. Be sure to make note of that date when making your homemade creamer. The size can of condensed milk used in this recipe is a small 14 oz can.

  10. I did this as it’s so much healthier but it’s not sweet enough for me. Add another can of sweetened condensed milk? Can you use half and half or heavy whipping cream?

    1. If it is not sweet enough you could certainly add another can of sweetened condensed milk. Doing so would make the creamer thicker and a lot more sweet for sure. I would not use half and half or heavy whipping cream, I think those would make the creamer very thick and heavy.

      If you don’t want to use another can of sweetened condensed milk you could just add a bit of sugar or your sweetener of choice directly to your prepared cup of coffee along with the creamer. Sometimes when I need a bit more sweetness I just add sugar or brown sugar directly to my coffee, depending on what I’m making.

      Hope this helps. If you decide to change up the recipe a bit, I’d love to hear what you did and how it turned out. Enjoy your coffee!

  11. Marie Gizelle says:

    I’ve only used lactose-free milk and heavy cream. looks and sounds yum!

  12. This cofee creamer recipe looks so great. Would love to try it out.

  13. I love sweet cream coffee creamer. But making a batch is a bit much and I would have to at least divide it into 4 so I can make a smaller batch.

  14. This sounds so good! I’m not a fan of store bought creamers because so many have an artificial taste. I’ll have to try your recipe.

  15. This sounds tasty, I should share this with my son and DiL!!

  16. Oh yum!!! This is so much cheaper than buying it at the store and tastes just as good.

  17. Richelle Milar says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try this out! My husband would love this for sure!

  18. This sounds great. I’ve never even tried making creamer before. I’m going to have to try this.

  19. Monica Simpson says:

    I just recently switched to the brands that use real cream instead of oil. A friend pointed out to me that I was consuming so much oil. It grossed me out! I’d love to make my own though. That’ll be my next step.

  20. I do like my coffee with creamer. I will have to make this.

  21. Amber Myers says:

    This sounds and looks like a tasty creamer. I will have to keep it in mind!

  22. Is it 8cups of milk or 8oz?

    1. The recipe calls for 8 CUPS of milk. This recipe makes a lot of coffee creamer to enjoy with your morning coffee.

  23. Just made this today and it is fantastic!

  24. Woah! I never actually thought to make coffee creamer from condense milk! This would be a much healthier additive than those coffee creamers from the store! And so versatile :)

  25. oh wow this sounds amazing! I love to be able to make instead of buy at the store!

  26. Yum this sounds amazing! I am sure it is a lot better for you than buying store bought creamer.

  27. i typically just use a little milk in my coffee, but i am obsessed with sweetened condensed milk, so i bet i would love this creamer

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