Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

I’m proud of myself. In 2014, I’ve really cut down on my Starbucks habit. I drop by maybe once per week, which is a huge improvement over my previously daily habit. Okay, maybe twice per week. Okay, okay – occasionally three times.

But still! I’m doing better.

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee |

It gets easier in the spring, when iced coffee season kicks into high gear. Starbucks iced coffee is okay in a pinch, but it really doesn’t hold a candle to the iced coffee I can make at home. Getting my daily caffeine buzz is much tastier (and way less expensive) when I use the cold-brew method and make my own DIY flavored coffee syrup. I’ve made vanilla, maple vanilla, pumpkin spice, and even orange spice. But today, I take yet another cue from Starbucks: Cinnamon Dolce.

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee: My new keep-me-away-from-Starbucks weapon of choice.

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee |

Starbucks cinnamon dolce flavor is a combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, and even a bit of butter. Even though butter in coffee is a thing, I thought I’d leave the butter element out. I don’t miss it. This syrup is rich, sweet, and a bit spicy, and it’s the perfect complement to a bit, tall creamy glass of iced coffee.

When assembling this syrup, I decided to add a bit of pure maple syrup to the mix. It seemed as though it would go with the overall flavors (it does), and I liked the idea of cutting down a tad on the brown sugar as a result.

Like most DIY flavored coffee syrups, this one comes together super easily. Bring all the ingredients to a simmer, then remove from the heat and just let it sit for a few minutes, so that the cinnamon infuses the syrup with its comforting awesomeness.

I’m not huge on super-sweet iced coffee, and so I love how this syrup adds just a subtle sweetness without moving into cloying territory. Of course, the beauty of coffee syrup is that you can add as much (or as little) as you want, until your coffee is just right for you.

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee |

Yeah, I’ve cut down on Starbucks, but I think I’ve found my new daily habit: this.

Print Recipe

CInnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Rich, refreshing iced coffee sweetened with the flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon. Divine!

Yield: 1 glass iced coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


For the cinnaman dolce coffee syrup:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 5-inch cinnamon stick

For the iced coffee:


For the cinnamon dolce coffee syrup:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick. Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
 For the iced coffee:
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add coffee concentrate, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon dolce syrup (add less or more depending on your preference), and half and half to desired point of creaminess. Drop in a straw and serve.

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12 Responses to “Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee”

  1. Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The last picture is simply amazing. Can’t stop staring on it :)

  2. Karman posted on March 29, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I, too, am trying to break my Starbucks habit…not easy! Be strong fellow food blogger friend :) Glad I found your site!

  3. Rose posted on March 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Gorgeous! Do you usually use coffee cubes? I always mean to, have yet planned ahead of time to make it work.

  4. Hannah posted on March 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This syrup sounds amazing! I love sprinkling cinnamon into my coffee and I’ve been meaning to make my own coffee syrups/creamers so this recipe looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Holly Waterfall posted on March 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

    We just love the Cinnamon Dolce from Starbucks! I love that you’ve re-created it for home – and I may just have to do the same.

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  8. Missy posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Delicious!  Thanks forbthe recipe!

  9. Weiner dog girl posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’m going to try this. I love iced coffee and drink it a lot. Has anyone tried to make this using Splenda products?

    • Karen Raye posted on August 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

      I have not made this with Splenda – I don’t generally use artifical sugar so I’m not totally familiar, but maybe try the Splenda that’s pretty close in consistency to sugar? If you try it, let us know!

  10. Rachel posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Might seem like silly questions but how would you suggest storing [fridge or room temp?] and how long before it goes bad? 

    Thank you so much for creating this recipe, it will come in very handy for this college student!

  11. Liz posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Girl, get yourself a Keurig and you will not be going to Starbucks.  I love Starbucks’ coffee too, use to buy the beans and grind it myself.  It is the one thing I am picky about…good coffee.  But once you buy a Keurig, you can get your K-cups at Costco!!!  Green mountain has the patent on k-cups so they make all the coffee for all the makers.  (I saw it on NAT GEO)  I get 100 cups for $34.00!!!!!  I use 2 in one cup!!  I buy the dark roast too!!!

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