Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

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About: I'm a freelance illustrator who likes to make fun crafty stuff in my free time :)

After discovering, loving, then becoming totally addicted to Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino drinks, I quickly realized that I was spending way too much money on these delicious caffeinated beverages. They average about $2.50 each, and I was drinking one every morning before work, which was really starting to add up.

So I decided I was just going to start making them myself. I was shocked when I realized how easy it was to replicate. It only takes about ten minutes to make, using things I already had in my kitchen.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

To make these drinks, you'll need the following items...

  • Coffee maker
  • Pitcher
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (optional)

If you don't have a pitcher, you can use an empty milk jug to mix everything together.

You don't have to have the empty bottles for the drinks, but it does complete the experience.

Step 2: Double Brew Your Coffee

  • 1/3 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 cup water

Brew your coffee once like normal. When it's done, you'll have about 2/3 cup of brewed coffee.

Pour the brewed coffee back into the coffee maker where you would normally pour the water, and brew it again using the same grounds. This will give you about 1/2 cup of coffee with a more concentrated coffee flavor.

Step 3: Mix and Stir

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of your ingredients together in a pitcher, and stir well.

Step 4: Pour and Chill

If you don't have empty bottles, just stick the pitcher in the fridge to cool down.

If you have the empty bottles, fill them up and put them in the fridge. They'll get cold faster when bottled individually as opposed to the entire pitcher at once. One batch makes about 4 bottles. I only had 3 bottles, so the rest went into a travel mug and popped in the fridge.

Make sure to mix well before drinking, because the sugar tends to settle at the bottom of the pitcher or the bottles.

Once it's cold, enjoy your Frappuccino! I know I'll be enjoying it just a little bit more, knowing I'm not paying $2.50 a pop anymore!

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46 Discussions

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ZuulG

2 years ago

would love Keurig instructions but beggars cant be choosers, so I love this recipe because it tastes exactly the same

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Janettej4ZuulG

Reply 3 months ago

I experimented with my Keurig...
I used my k-cup reusable filter and put 2 tablespoons of Folgers coffee made 8 oz
Pour into pitcher
Then 3/4 cup of sugar
7 cups of milk
2 tsp of vanilla
And mix
Makes about 5to 6 glass containers
It taste just like it I loved it

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HKeylin

7 months ago

If you want to be true to the original bottled Frap...they use Starbucks Italian Toast grounds to make the coffee extract for that.

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BeckyB107

Tip 4 months ago

Sometimes I make a regular pot of coffee and add a whole container of flavored liquid creamer. It's pretty good. Sometimes my taste buds need a change.

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BeckyB107

Tip 4 months ago on Step 3

Mix your sugar and hot coffee together. That makes the sugar melt. Then add to the milk base.

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FrappeAddict

10 months ago

I’m SO happy I found this recipe! I’m addicted fo these and realized how much money I was spending, so I desperately needed this! And all the comments helped answer my questions! Just curious what brand of coffee everyone used? Starbucks? I saw that they make a Vanilla Bean coffee grains and didn’t know how that would taste by just adding milk? Thank again!

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bmchristi

2 years ago

It tastes exactly the same! I found it to be a tiny bit sweeter than the originals so I will put a little less sugar in it next time. Thanks so much for this perfect recipe!

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FrappeAddictbmchristi

Reply 10 months ago

Thanks for your input. I wondered if this would be a bit more sweet and your comment helped! I will remember to add a little less sugar when I make mine. Did you use Starbucks coffee grains?

I have been trying to figure this recipe out forever. I altered it a bit. I used StumptonBox coffee, 1 tbsp vanilla and 3 cups milk. Makes two bottles worth. Thank you

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szeiss

1 year ago

I just found this recipe, thank you so much! Since I'm lactose intolerant, I used unsweetened cashew milk and cold brew along with splenda naturals (stevia), so delicious.

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odellkevin

1 year ago

I essentially just doubled your recipe, and then poured it back into the half-gallon milk jug and put it in the fridge. Now, every morning, I just fill up my coffee cup, and out the door I go. And I don't have to worry about cleaning and refilling the glass bottles.

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SashaC19

2 years ago

Made this tonight. It was amazing!! Thanks for the recipe! I tripled the recipe to make a gallon pitcher and slightly modified by using a little heavy cream in place of some of the milk and adding the sugar during the second brew. Gave it a thicker, creamier taste and keeps sugar grains from being an issue. It was absolutely perfect!!

For the amount that you make it would be 3 2/3 cups milk and 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

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ImSpanky

2 years ago

Good stuff! I've tried it with whole milk, 2%, coconut and almond milk. 2% worked best with half the sugar for me. So glad I found this.

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dschmaeng

2 years ago

any advisde on making the smores version?

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BriannaD19

2 years ago

recipe for just one serving?

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TanyaG20

2 years ago

I only like the vanilla light version and apparently its not being sold anywhere anymore. I actually called Starbucks and they claim its still being made but Pepsi distributes it. I have looked all over for it including out west while on vacation. I think its off the shelf...Anyway I need the 100 calorie light version. I just cant being myself to drink 200+ calories at a time. Even the regular vanilla that is 200 calories for the 8 oz serving says it uses reduced fat milk. So I think i will try this with Stevia instead of sugar and 1% milk. Had anyone else tried to make the light version??

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J EDTanyaG20

Reply 2 years ago

Some WinCo foods stores and 7-11's in Texas have the vanilla light version

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newkid010101

2 years ago

OMG! That looks so delicious! I'm going to make some for my mom!