Copycat Starbucks Snickerdoodle White Hot Chocolate

So I had my oldest child relatively young (I realize that now–at the time, I felt like a senior citizen) when I was 24. For most of his life, I have felt like a pretty young mom, mostly in touch, kinda-cool-but-not-in-an-Amy-Poehler-in-Mean-Girls kind of way.

Until recently.

not a cool mom. just a regular mom.

Now he’s 13, almost 14, and I don’t know what he’s talking about most of the time. I sent him pictures of a whole bunch of t-shirt options and asked him what he thought and he replied with a terrible picture of his friend, so when I saw him again, I said, “I guess you didn’t like the shirts?” And he said no, the shirts were awesome, how could I not get that from his very detailed and unambiguous response?? Geez, mom. The words, “It’s a teenager thing, you wouldn’t understand,” are uttered regularly. I find myself feeling clunky and out of touch. I hear myself say things my parents used to say that made me cringe back in the day. I

So naturally, I rely on all these young whippersnappers to let me know what’s cool these days. Like Snickerdoodle White Hot Chocolate at Starbucks. I’ve heard a lot about Snickerdoodle White Hot Chocolate lately. I’m not a huge fan of steamers or white hot chocolate, so I was nervous (much like eggs, I have complicated dairy issues and I like the smell of my warm milk covered up by chocolate, thank you.) But this was truly delicious. It’s kind of like a vanilla steamer (steamed milk with vanilla syrup), but elevated. Cinnamon and a tiny hint of almond extract definitely remind me of holiday cookies, like the ones I used to eat in 1892 when I myself was 13.

how to make copycat starbucks snickerdoodle white hot chocolate

To make this, you’ll need cinnamon, a tiny bit of almond extract (we’re talking, like, drops here), vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, white chocolate chips, and whole milk (definitely whole. I mean, I can’t make you, but if you come back and say, “I made this with skim and it tasted like cinnamon water,” I’ll take your Fortnite away.) You’ll also definitely want sweetened whipped cream (you can make your own, but let’s be real, I’m using canned whipped cream.)

Place the milk in a small saucepan.

Add in the white chocolate chips…

vanilla and almond extracts…


and a generous pinch of kosher salt.

Stir frequently over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and the cinnamon and chocolate are incorporated. Pour into 4 mugs and top with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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Copycat Starbucks Snickerdoodle White Hot Chocolate

  • Author: kate jones
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate is filled with cinnamon and hints of almond and vanilla. Serve it with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon for a warm and cozy holiday treat!



4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup white chocolate chips (you can use a full cup if you want it a little sweeter)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of almond extract (probably 1/8 teaspoon–be careful, it’s easy to overwhelm all the other flavors with almond)

Sweetened Whipped Cream (or your favorite store-bought whipped cream)


Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir frequently over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and the cinnamon and chocolate are incorporated. Pour into 4 mugs and top with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Serve immediately.


  1. I laughed at the story of you and your teenager. The other day my husband told my kids, “See, your dad is hip.” And then they asked what hip meant. Pretty sure that means he’s not as hip as he thinks.

  2. If you didn’t already have an awesome day job, you could be a stand-up comedian. I always appreciate your sense of humor (yes, I laughed out loud reading this!).

  3. Omg. My 5 yo daughter: “Mommy, back in the 80’s, when you were a little girl, were dinosaurs alive?”

    No, my love, not even when [your-great-grandparents] were little.

    LOL. Gotta love em

  4. Read “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy” by Dr Bradley. I promise you’ll thank me. Possibly even mail me a delicious treat…
    (Just putting that out into the universe…)

  5. Mmmm this sounds SO good!! Definitely will have to try it. Also your explanation of your son made me laugh. I had our firstborn at 24 as well and I felt young but very wise (oh how I learned! Haha). Anyway, he (and his younger brothers) love to ask me questions that begin with “In the olden says when you were young.” :O Gee. Thanks guys. 😛

  6. I love gifting neighbors with hot chocolate mixes at the holidays. Now I’m wondering if I could make this in mix form using powdered almond and vanilla extracts? It would be festive and fun to gift white chocolate and regular hot chocolate mixes together.

    1. If it were me, I’d melt the chips, add the cinnamon and extracts, pour it into ice cube trays (or something similar), and then tell them to drop 1 cube into 8 ounces of hot milk. ?

  7. Wow, you got all the actions shots! I especially love the cinnamon! My husband and I secretly believe that a photo of a person or object in mid-air earns us major bonus points. Thanks for the fun recipe and funny post!

  8. Oh my gosh. I cannot tell you how much my daughter and I loved this! We made it for dessert tonight, and it’s a darn good thing we made a half-batch…?

  9. I was born in 1961 and was talking with some co-workers (who are older than me) and I told them, “Why don’t our adult children want to spend more time with us?! We’re cool!” Yeah, we all got a good laugh out of that one!

  10. Literally the best drink I’ve ever had. I’m usually not a huge fan of hot drinks, but MAN. It was so so good. Definitely one of my favorite drinks. 10/10–will try again.

  11. If it makes you feel better, I bought my 9 year old son a doughnut the other day, and he asked, “Which doughnut did you get, Mom?” I replied, “Old fashioned.” He nodded knowingly and said, “Because it’s from your day?” 😛 Kids are fun!

  12. I had my oldest at the ripe ol’ age of 23 and I’ve been hoping that here on the East Coast that’ll make me a really cool, young, fun mom. (Because when she was younger everyone always thought I was her nanny). Well, crap. She’s only 11 now, but I have a feeling your experiences will be mine soon enough…

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