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Christmas Coffee Creamer

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Christmas is a magical time of year, but a very busy one where it seems like all your time is spent on holiday errands. Fuel your Christmas cheer while treating yourself to something festive and sweet with this easy homemade Christmas Coffee Creamer recipe!

If you could bottle holiday magic it would taste a lot like this amazing Christmas Creamer! It is a smooth, creamy, and warmly spiced treat that will instantly ignite your festive spirit! Here are a few things about this recipe that will make you positively jingle with joy:

  • Irresistible Holiday Flavor – I adore the warm combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and more that makes up this warmly spiced flavor, and you will too!
  • Fits in Any Schedule – Even when the holidays get hectic, you can still make time for this recipe because there is a fast and slow version to suit your timeframe!
  • Great for Coffee and More – Christmas Creamer can liven up any cup! This creamer is delicious with anything from coffee to tea to a splash in your cocoa!
  • Better at Home – During the holiday season, everything we do is shop and spend, but this delicious recipe makes you slow down and enjoy the warm smell of holiday spices. Plus, it’s more affordable and delicious than store-bought creamer!

Ingredients you need

A few simple ingredients are required for making a yummy Christmas Coffee Creamer.

Whole Milk

To make the longer version of this creamy concoction you start by reducing milk with sugar to make a homemade condensed milk. If you choose to make the fast take on Christmas creamer, grab a can of sweetened condensed milk instead.

If you are trying to cut down on dairy, make the short version with condensed coconut milk or replace the whole milk and heavy cream with coconut milk and coconut cream respectively.

Sugar

This common sweetener helps add a perfect kiss of sugary deliciousness to the creamer mixture. If you are using condensed milk, skip this ingredient because condensed milk is already sweetened.

Maple Syrup

In this holiday concoction, the maple syrup is more than just a sweetener. It brings a homey note of holiday sweetness that cannot be beaten. If you prefer a more mild and less complex sweet flavor, try agave syrup instead.

Heavy Cream

Luscious heavy cream has the right fat content to make this smooth coffee lightener thick in texture and indulgent in flavor. If you love dairy, but not lactose, try coconut heavy cream.

Ground Cinnamon

Sizzling cinnamon wakes up your senses with its amazing aroma.

Ground Ginger

The mild zest of ginger immediately makes people think of the holidays.

Ground Nutmeg

This underrated earthy spice sits on a shelf until October then it’s time to shine! In this recipe, the nutmeg will remind you of delicious eggnog and cozy nights by the fire!

Cloves

Cloves are the unofficial smell of Christmas! They have a sweet yet spicy herbal aroma that is so tantalizing! Use whole cloves and strain them out at the end or use about ¼ teaspoon of ground instead.

Ground Allspice

This spice is made from a dried berry and it has similar tasting notes to the other warm spices used here. This complex spicy flavor enhances the other elements so you get a delicious sweet and spicy sip!

Star Anise

This awesome herb tastes just like licorice. Star anise may not be everyone’s favorite flavor by itself, but when used in combination with other flavors it is mellow, sweet, and earthy!

Salt

A little salt makes everything better. A pinch of sodium will actually make the sugars in this mixture taste even sweeter which brings harmony to the whole batch!

Homemade Christmas Creamer Step-by-step

Add the star anise.
Add the milk and the star anise and bring to a gentle simmer.
Add the maple syrup to the mix.
Add the maple syrup and the heavy cream.
Whisk until everything is well combined.
Whisk until well combined.
Strain the Christmas coffee creamer into a jug.
Strain into a jug.
Let the Christmas coffee creamer cool down.
Let it cool down.
Fill the cooled Christmas coffee creamer in a preserving jar.
Pour into a bottle and keep in the fridge.
Delicious Christmas creamer in preserving bottle.
Enjoy!

How To Make Christmas Coffee Creamer From Scratch

Quick Cook Christmas Creamer

  1. Step One: Mix the spices together to make Christmas Spice Mix.
  2. Step Two: In a small pot, bring the condensed milk and star anise to a low simmer.
  3. Step Three: Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, and Christmas spice mix. Bring everything back to a simmer again over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk constantly.
  4. Step Four: Strain the liquid into a bottle or container and leave it to cool down completely.
  5. Step Five: Once cooled, seal the container and store the creamer in the fridge.

Long Cook Christmas Creamer

  1. Step One: Mix the spices together to make Christmas Spice Mix.
  2. Step Two: Combine the milk, sugar, and salt, add the star anise in a small pot over low heat, and reduce the liquid by about half, stirring often. This process takes about half an hour.
  3. Step Three: Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, and Christmas spice mix. Bring everything back to a simmer again over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk constantly.
  4. Step Four: Strain the liquid into a bottle or container and leave it to cool down completely.
  5. Step Five: Once cooled, seal the container and store the creamer in the fridge.

Barista Tips

  • The long version offers a deliciously intense holiday spice flavor thanks to the added steeping time.
  • Remember to stir and scrape the sides of the pot often!
  • Use this creamer in coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or even milkshakes to add a little holiday cheer to whatever you’re drinking!

Storing Homemade Christmas Creamer

Once you’ve crafted your beautiful coffee creamer you will not want to waste a single drop! Make the most of this delicious drink enhancer by saving any extra in an airtight container or pitcher. This creamer will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Delicious Christmas creamer in preserving bottle.

Products

Fine Mesh Sieve – To strain out any whole spices or lumps that occur during the cooking process you will want to run the creamer through a fine mesh sieve or strainer.

Frequently Asked Questions About D.I.Y. Coffee Creamer

How Long Does Homemade Creamer Last?

This delicious mixture is best when it’s used within three days of making. It can be stored in a bottle in the fridge to keep it nice and fresh!

Can I Make Christmas Coffee Creamer Vegan?

Yes, with a few swaps, you can make this creamer vegan. Swap the dairy for their coconut-based counterparts and be sure to use vegan-friendly sugar.

Is this Creamer Keto Friendly?

Unfortunately, it is not. Christmas creamer is high in carbs and sugars. However, most people only use a small amount of creamer, so it may be acceptable to have a splash here and there without ruining your ketosis.

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Delicious Christmas creamer in preserving bottle.

Christmas Creamer – 2 Versions

Elevate your coffee experience this holiday season with our homemade Christmas coffee creamer. Indulge in the festive flavors and savor every sip.
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Coffee Additive
Cuisine: Global cuisine
Keyword: Christmas creamer, Christmas spiced coffee creamer, coffee creamer, homemade coffee creamer
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 147kcal

Equipment

  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Medium pot
  • Fine meshed sieve
  • Glass container

Ingredients 

Ingredients Short Version

  • ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 4-5 pieces Cloves or ground cloves ¼ teaspoon
  • ¼ tsp Ground allspice
  • 3-4 pieces Star anise
  • 1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream

Ingredients Long Version without Condensed Milk

  • ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 4-5 pieces Cloves or ground cloves ¼ teaspoon
  • ¼ tsp Ground allspice
  • 3-4 pieces Star anise
  • 1 ½ cup Whole milk
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream

Instructions 

Short Version

  • Mix ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice, and ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon in a small bowl to create a Christmas spice mix.
    ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice
  • In a small pot, pour in 1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk¼ tsp Salt, and bring it to a low simmer with 3-4 pieces Star anise.
    3-4 pieces Star anise, 1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk, ¼ tsp Salt
    Add the star anise.
  • Add 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream, ½ cup Maple syrup, and Christmas spice mix, then bring everything together to a simmer again on low heat while constantly whisking, this time for another 5-10 minutes.
    ½ cup Maple syrup, 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream
    Add the maple syrup to the mix.
  • After the final simmer, strain the liquid into a glass container or glass bottle and leave it to cool down completely.
    Strain the Christmas coffee creamer into a jug.
  • After it is cooled to room temperature, seal it or cover it with a cling film and keep it in a refrigerator.
    Fill the cooled Christmas coffee creamer in a preserving jar.

Long Version

  • Mix ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice, and ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon in a small bowl to create a Christmas spice mix.
    ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice
  • In a small pot, pour in 1 ½ cup Whole milk, ½ cup Sugar, and ¼ tsp Salt, add 3-4 pieces Star anise, and reduce the liquid to 1⁄2 of the starting volume on low heat, mixing and scraping the sides occasionally (I set my alarm every 10 minutes) of the pan using a silicone spatula. (Total weight after reduction should be about 300-350 gr/ml). This process will take about 30 minutes.
    3-4 pieces Star anise, 1 ½ cup Whole milk, ½ cup Sugar, ¼ tsp Salt
  • Once we get the milk reduction/condensed milk, we can add ¼ cup Heavy cream, ½ cup Maple syrup, and Christmas spice mix, then bring everything together to a simmer again on low heat while constantly whisking, this time for another 5-10 minutes.
    ½ cup Maple syrup, ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • After the final simmer, we can strain the liquid into a glass container or glass bottle and leave it to cool down completely.
  • After it is cooled down to room temperature, we can seal it or cover it with a cling film and keep it in a refrigerator.

Notes

The long version offers an even more intense star anis flavor since the star anis infuse the coffee creamer for 40 minutes and not only 15, as in the version with condensed milk.
 
The total coffee creamer made from this recipe is 2.5 cups (about 40 tablespoons). Use 1-2 tablespoons per serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Food Safety

  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food and beverages unattended
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

By on October 10th, 2023
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