Cinnamon Syrup

Cinnamon Syrup is an easy, homemade, 5-minute recipe that's perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks' Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider...and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more!

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup {for Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream & More!} with text overlay.


If there's anything I require to get going on a Monday morning, it's a big mug of coffee. Now I don't necessarily drink a ton of coffee...just enough to wake me up. Because there's something about that first cup of jo that helps clear the morning brain fog and enables me to greet my family with something more pleasant than a growl. (You're welcome, dear husband and sweet children.)

I have to admit, however, that when it comes to coffee, I'm a frou-frou girl. I wish I could claim to be a cool, legit grown-up who drinks it black. But the truth is, that tastes like tar to me. This girl needs milk and sugar, man...and preferably some flavoring to give my morning coffee a Starbucks latte-esque this delectable Cinnamon Syrup!

Cinnamon Dolce Latte made with homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Awhile back I shared the recipe for my All-Natural Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer, which is comprised of milk, cream, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in lieu of artificial ingredients or icky preservatives. It's good stuff, and a staple in my refrigerator. But sometimes vanilla feels a little ho-hum and I like to jazz things up a bit with some different flavors.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Inspo

This here homemade Cinnamon Syrup totally fits the bill! Especially in the fall and winter months when I'm already incorporating this warm spice into all of my baking.

Have you ever had a Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks? Well, this syrup is a perfect copycat of the bottled syrup they use to make that drink.

Aerial view of coffee mug with whipped cream on top.

Now I don't get all fancy with steaming and foaming my milk and such. I just fill my coffee mug with half (strong) coffee and half milk, and then I pour in some Cinnamon Syrup, to taste. If I'm feeling really decadent, I may even stir in a spoonful of my beloved 5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Homemade Caramel Sauce, and then top the whole shebang with some homemade whipped cream. Because if cinnamon is good, cinnamon + caramel + whipped cream is even better. (Told you I was frou-frou.)

Ways to Enjoy Cinnamon Syrup

What's particularly fabulous about this Cinnamon Syrup is that it has a plethora of potential uses beyond simply flavoring coffee.

It's equally delicious stirred into hot chocolate or apple cider. And that means it can yield a drinkable treat for kids and adults alike!

But this syrup is totally not limited to enhancing beverages. It's also "syrupy" enough to top your favorite pancakes, waffles, or French toast. I mean, how glorious would Gingerbread Pancakes, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, or a Peach German Pancake be with this gorgeous, cinnamon-flecked syrup generously poured on top?

Cinnamon Simple Syrup in glass jar with cinnamon sticks.

Yet breakfast foods need not have all the fun. Homemade Cinnamon Syrup would also make a yummy topping for vanilla ice cream.

And it would be perfectly lovely drizzled over warm, fruity desserts, from apple pie to grilled peaches to baked stuffed apples to poached pears.

I can further envision it complementing bread pudding, cheesecake, and even sweet potatoes! It never hurts to think outside of the box, friends. 😉

Cinnamon Dolce Syrup in glass jar.

So if you're looking for a way to spice up your coffee, you're just a few minutes away from a jar of sweet, warming, homemade Cinnamon Syrup!

And in case cinnamon is a flavor that you'd like to carry into other parts of your day, this recipe has got you covered...from breakfast right on through dessert.

It's my new favorite, versatile recipe. Enjoy, y'all!

More Homemade Syrups

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup in glass jar with cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup is perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks' Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider...and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more!
Course: Pantry Staples
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings (makes 1 ¼ cups of syrup)
Calories: 71kcal
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a medium saucepan set over high heat, combine water, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk continuously until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk for 5 minutes longer, or until syrup thickens.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer syrup to a clean glass jar and allow to cool. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.


  • Be sure your saucepan is deep enough to account for the bubbling syrup that will rise up the sides of the pan as it cooks.
  • The Cinnamon Syrup will continue to thicken as it cools, and even more so once it's refrigerated. But even after chilling, it will remain a relatively thin syrup.
  • This syrup may be stirred into coffee, apple cider, or coffee. It may be used to sweeten breakfast items such as pancakes, waffles, French toast, or baked oatmeal. Finally, it may be used to top ice cream, apple pie, baked apples, other fruit-based desserts, cheesecake, and even sweet potatoes!


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. I have a love affair with cinnamon I love to drink it in coffee hot chocolate and tea if they would make a soda flavored like that I would drink soda (I have added it to italian sodas I make at home its really good with apple) But I also bake with the syrup mixed with sweet Italian creamer in poke cakes

  2. Hi there! I tried making the syrup, but it didnt thicken at all. it is still very viscous (i hope thats the right spelling and usage of that word!) even after being in the fridge overnight. did i do something wrong?

    1. Hi Matthew! This syrup never gets overly thick, but it definitely should have thickened some. I'm guessing maybe you just didn't cook it quite long enough?

      1. i let it simmer for about 10 minutes after... i wasnt watching the time and thought "ill add another 5 minutes just in case." it is ever so slightly thicker than water, but not by much. barely noticeable

        1. Hmmm...I'm not sure then. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope it at least tastes good and you're able to use it in the way you were intending. 🙂

  3. so glad I had taken the time & effort to leave a comment................................................... just to see it has now been removed. nothing like being ignored..... thanks, i'll be sure to let everyone I know just how leaving a comment works on this site!...

    1. Hi Ellen. I apologize for the delay in approving your last comment! I have to moderate comments on my site to make sure the spam doesn't get through. I appreciate questions, compliments, and constructive criticism, so I always approve those...sometimes I just get behind in doing so. Thanks for your understanding and have a great day! 🙂

  4. *sigh* Late to the party as always...
    Thank you for sharing

    Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream...... Yes, definitely!
    BUT I bet it would lend a hand in doing a dang good "quick cinnamon chicken" ....................
    Then again pork seems to play well with fruit and its accompaniments also.....
    Just might have to do some experiments *chuckles*........
    hehehe who needs lab rats when "the kids" (husband included!) work just as well if not better!!!!!

  5. I'm 100% frou frou & proud of it! Today I had one of the best drinks of my life at Starbucks, but i just couldn't justify spending 6 bucks every time I want it (which will be often) so the hunt for cinnamon syrup began! I've got this going on the stove as well as a giant pot of 100% apple juice which I'll be using to steep double-strength chai tea. Once everything is cooled down I'm going to blend my apple/chai mix with a touch of almond milk, a lot of ice & a hefty dose of cinnamon syrup. Yummmmmm!!!!

  6. I added it into a cider recipe I found on Pinterest! I don’t think to taste it before adding it in, but the cider didn’t taste weird. So I’m guessing it was good! 🙂 I’d like to try it on pancakes here soon!

  7. 5 stars
    I was trying to find a cinnamon syrup to buy (to no avail) when I came across this recipe. I tried it that weekend and couldn't believe how good it tastes. So much better than commercial syrups. I plan to make my second batch at weekend, and so easy to make. I much prefer the cup measurements to the English weighing and measuring!!

  8. 5 stars
    I love the Cinnamon syrup. I am eating sugar free so I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar! Already shared this with a friend.

  9. As I sit reading this post, I'm multi tasking by devouring a mug of your snickerdoodle mug cake. The thought occurs to me this syrup would be perfect drizzled on this mug cake! Next time....but I'll start with it in my coffee. Thank you!!

    1. Ha, Wendy...I like the way you're combining recipe ideas now! I just might have to experiment with a cinnamon syrup-drizzled Snickerdoodle Mug Cake myself! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

  10. This cinnamon syrup recipe looks great! I'm definitely gonna try it. Thanks for the tips - will follow you to get more recipes and all.?

  11. I like a touch of vanilla, but my vanilla gave the mixture a sacchrin aftertaste. Maybe I need to get some better vanilla. My personal tastes wonder if it may be better with half the sugar and twice the cinnamon, so I'll probably experiment with that later just to see.

    1. Hi JD! This syrup is totally customizable as far as the cinnamon and sugar. But I would definitely recommend a high quality, pure vanilla extract (my favorite is Nielsen-Massey)'re really going to be able to taste it in a recipe like this. 🙂

  12. Samantha this looks delicious! I simply cannot live without cinnamon in the Fall! I can't wait to try this...on everything! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at The Project Parade! Hope to see you again this week!

    1. Thanks so much, Shannon! I agree...I use cinnamon more at this time of year than any other. It just makes everything seem so warm and cozy. 😉 I appreciate you stopping by and hope you're having a fantastic week!

  13. Oh how I LOVE this recipe! My mouth is watering...can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. I'm always in awe of your gorgeous photos too.

    1. You are such a sweetheart, Marsha...thank you! I have to say that this syrup is very yummy...after making a batch for my Caramel Apple Cider, I've actually been putting it in my coffee every morning! Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I appreciate y'all's fabulous Weekend Potluck party! So much fun to join y'all each week. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

      1. Thanks for your sweet words that always warm my heart Samantha. =) I have printed this recipe and will definitely be making it. Can't wait to try it in my coffee and hot apple cider too. I'm so glad you shared this lovely recipe.

  14. I love my coffee in the morning. BUT if I have a frou frou cup, it has to be the second cup. Albeit I do make exception with whipped cream. I so infrequently have that in the house. I like the first cup just with milk or cream. AND I am a bit of a coffee snob. Fresh beans, French Press coffee---I am laughing at myself as I am typing this. I didn't even start to like coffee until I was in my 40's. So now I am a coffee snob. Amazing. I like that this syrup is so versatile-----mmmm waffles.

    1. Maybe I need to become a coffee snob, Carol...your description sounds delicious! I might not balk at the thought of non-frou frou coffee if it was made like you make yours. 🙂 Hope you get to try this syrup on some waffles soon, and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  15. Such yummy syrup! I take my coffee light and sweet, but now and then I do like a flavor and this does sound great. Going to take this recipe to Texas the first week of December when I go to welcome my new granddaughter. I think both my girls will really like this! Thanks so much!! Hope your week is wonderful!

    1. New granddaughter, Deb?! How exciting...congrats! Yes, you should definitely take a jar of this as a baby-welcoming parents tend to need a little extra pampering (and caffeine!). 😉 Have a happy Friday!

  16. Dear Sam,
    I have looked everywhere for this cinnamon syrup but no one seemed to carry it. Further, my own attemps to create it myself were less than successful. I only ended up with something that would have frustrated the hummingbirds; it was sweet, but "off" somewhere. I missed the brown sugar completely. duh! no wonder! Then adding the vanilla creates those warm undertones that flirt with and entice the tongue on a chilly fall morning. Thanks so much! Another mystery solved!

    1. Hi Ruth! I'm SO happy that this Cinnamon Syrup just might end up being the recipe you've been searching for, and I hope that it lives up to your wildest expectations! 😉 Have a happy Friday!

  17. Yum! I am trying to make everything homemade now so as to get the processed junk out of my kitchen. THIS syrup is going to taste great in my morning coffee (I'm a frou-frou woman, too!). Thanks for this wonderful recipes. I love your blog!

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog, Patty, and I'm glad I'm not the only frou-frou coffee drinker out there! 😉 Good for you for moving away from processed foods! I think you will definitely enjoy this cinnamon syrup in your coffee and elsewhere. (I also have an all-natural vanilla coffee creamer recipe that you can search for on the site in case you're looking for another flavor option.) Enjoy, and thanks so much for taking the time to comment! 🙂