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Almost Authentic Pumpkin Cream for Two

If you don't want to buy sketchily-sourced pumpkin sauce off eBay, I understand. This isn't as good, I'm not gonna lie. But it's still better than most pumpkin cream copycat recipes you'll see online.

Servings 2 14 oz drinks' worth


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream chilled straight from fridge
  • 1 tbsp milk, any kind
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter This is a reduced-moisture version of pumpkin puree. You can sub pumpkin puree, or just buy a damn jar of pumpkin butter from Trader Joe's. You've been meaning to go to Trader Joe's anyways, right? You can also google pumpkin butter recipes. But it's a little time consuming, so just buy it tbh.
  • 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk This is a crucial component of Starbucks' pumpkin spice sauce. Don't skip it!
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp vanilla syrup You can buy this at any local Starbucks, or use a different brand from the store. Or you can make your own vanilla syrup by combining 1/2 cup each of white sugar and water, simmering on low heat until sugar has dissolved, and adding a tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.

  2. Using an electric mixer, blender, or a hand whisk and some elbow grease, whip together until mixture has thickened. In my KitchenAid it took less than a minute on high.
  3. Pour on top of your cold brew (or iced coffee of choice) and sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice on top. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can recreate it by combining ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.

  4. Enjoy your almost-as-good pumpkin cream, feeling smug AF that you're not one of those crazies who literally bought a jug of pumpkin spice sauce off the dark web.