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This apple crisp macchiato is the PERFECT Starbucks copycat drink! Made with homemade apple molasses brown sugar coffee syrup, milk, and a shot (or two!) of espresso. Made iced or hot it’s delicious either way!

Apple Crisp Macchiato served on a wooden platter.

I think you all know at this point I’m super excited for fall.

I mean, I already posted my ultra-delicious pumpkin cream cold brew coffee so you knew it wasn’t going to be long before I finally got around to posting this copycat Starbucks apple crips macchiato.

It’s made with a homemade apple molasses brown sugar syrup (drool-worthy!) and then combined with lots of ice, milk, and a shot of espresso. Don’t worry – if you don’t like iced coffee I give you directions on how to make it hot too.

As much as I love iced coffee I know not everyone is a fan.

This drink has the PERFECT fall flavor with a hint of apple and natural fall flavor sweetness.

It’s very similar to my homemade cinnamon dolce syrup BUT with a heavier emphasis on the flavors of apple pie.

2 glasses of Apple Crisp Macchiato sitting on a cutting board.

What is a Starbucks apple crisp macchiato?

Just a few weeks ago Starbucks came out with their lineup of new fall drinks.

I immediately went out and tried the apple crisp macchiato because I love all things apple crisp.

The hot version is made with steamed milk, apple syrup, brown sugar syrup, and espresso. The iced version is made with ice, milk, apple syrup, brown sugar syrup, and espresso. Both are topped with a spiced caramel drizzle.

The drink was good but I knew I needed to make my own spin on this drink. I wanted to deepen the flavors of the apple crisp syrup so I got home and started writing down my recipe ideas.

Uncooked apple brown sugar molasses coffee syrup in a pot.

How do I make apple brown sugar syrup?

For my apple brown sugar syrup, I knew I really wanted to tap into the deep fall flavors of apple crisp.

Here is what I used:

  • Dark brown sugar – you can use light brown in a pinch but I love the molasses flavor you get from dark brown.
  • Unsulphured molasses – this really deepens the flavor and gives it big time fall flavor.
  • Saigon cinnamon – this has a strong cinnamon flavor that really pumps up that apple crisp flavor.
  • Tart apple peel – I opted to use apple peel as it holds a lot of flavor and does not break down like apple slices while cooking. That way I’m left with apple flavor without the need for a lot of straining.

Just add all the ingredients to a small pot, pour in some water, and let simmer until cooked down by about half.

It’s so incredibly easy to make your own coffee syrups and they taste so fresh and delicious.

After it has cooled I like to store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How do I store homemade coffee syrup?

You’ll want to make sure you store any homemade coffee syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

I usually use a mason jar as they are easy to find and I have a ton laying around my house.

Apple Crisp Macchiato in a glass with ice and topped with cinnamon sugar and caramel drizzle.

How to make a Starbucks apple crisp macchiato

You can make the homemade version of the Starbucks apple crisp macchiato either hot or iced.

Obviously, for these photos, I made it iced. That is my go-to way of drinking coffee so for photo purposes iced won the battle.

Making an iced apple crisp macchiato:

  • Homemade apple brown sugar molasses syrup
  • Milk or half and half
  • Espresso
  • Cinnamon sugar, for topping, optional
  • Caramel sauce, for topping, optional

You’ll add ice to your glass (I really love to use crushed ice for my homemade iced coffee drinks), add in 2 tablespoons of your homemade syrup, pour in your milk or half and half, top with espresso, and if desired sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

It’s so easy to make and taste like fall in an ice-filled cup.

Making a hot apple crisp macchiato:

  • Homemade apple brown sugar molasses syrup
  • Steamed milk
  • Espresso
  • Cinnamon sugar, for topping, optional
  • Caramel sauce, for topping, optional

Add 2 tablespoons of your homemade syrup, pour in steamed milk, top with espresso, and if desired sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Apple brown sugar molasses coffee syrup being poured over ice in a glass.

What is the best milk to use for a macchiato?

What type of milk you like to use in your coffee is going to change person to person.

However, here is my personal favorite options.

For an iced macchiato, I like to use whole milk or half and half. Half and half is a bit rich but I LOVE the way it tastes in iced drinks. It’s my ultimate favorite.

For a hot macchiato, I like to use whole milk. It steams up nicely and really rounds out the drink. Half and half is still a great option for hot but for some reason, it feels so much less necessary when it’s a warm drink.

Can I use non-dairy milk for a macchiato?

Of course!

My personal favorite for this drink is oat milk. Other options are macadamia nut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk.

Apple Crisp Macchiato in a glass served with cinnamon sugar topping.

What if my coffee drink is too sweet?

You can always adjust the flavors of your drink by adding less homemade syrup.

However, the less syrup you use the less “apple crisp” flavor will be in the drink.

You can also skip the cinnamon sugar and the caramel drizzle as that will add a hint of sweetness as well.

Apple Crisp Macchiato coffee drinks sitting on a mini wooden cutting board.

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Apple Crisp Macchiato

Apple Crisp Macchiato

Yield: 1/2 cup syrup, 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This apple crisp macchiato is the PERFECT Starbucks copycat drink! Made with homemade apple molasses brown sugar coffee syrup, milk, and a shot (or two!) of espresso. Made iced or hot it's delicious either way!

Ingredients

For syrup:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tart apple peel

For iced coffee:

  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons apple crisp syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 shot espresso
  • Cinnamon sugar, for topping, optional
  • Caramel syrup, for topping, optional

For hot coffee:

  • 2 tablespoons apple crisp syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk, steamed
  • 1 shot espresso
  • Cinnamon sugar, for topping, optional
  • Caramel syrup, for topping, optional

Instructions

For syrup:

  1. In a small pot add water, dark brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and apple peel.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbling and reduce down by half.
  3. The syrup mixture should be slightly viscous but not thick like syrup.
  4. Let cool, remove the apple peel, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


For iced drink:

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add syrup and top with milk.
  3. Pour espresso shot over the milk.
  4. Top with cinnamon sugar and caramel syrup, optional.
  5. Stir to combine and enjoy.


For hot drink:

  1. Add apple crisp syrup to a coffee mug.
  2. Pour in steamed milk.
  3. Pour espresso shot over the steamed milk.
  4. Top with cinnamon sugar and caramel syrup, optional.
  5. Gently stir to combine and enjoy.

Notes

  • You can use whatever milk you like. I personally love using half and half for iced coffee, and whole milk for the hot coffee version. Oat milk is my favorite non-dairy option.
  • The apple crisp syrup should stay refrigerated.
  • I used the skin of a granny smith apple as I like the strong apple flavor you get from the peel. Plus, it adds a nice bit of tart apple flavor.
  • You can also top your coffee with caramel syrup to make a caramel apple crisp macchiato.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2977Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 724mgCarbohydrates: 700gFiber: 41gSugar: 564gProtein: 20g

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