DIY Starbucks Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa

One of the best Starbucks holiday drinks is their Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spice, much like a snickerdoodle cookie, and it’s a great accompaniment for dunking your holiday cookies!

PopSugar loves this drink so much, they’ve come up with their own recipe that’s just as good and decadent as the Starbucks original. The best part? You can make it whenever the craving strikes at a fraction of the price!


Cinnamon dolce syrup:
1 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Snickerdoodle hot cocoa:
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons white chocolate sauce
1 tablespoon cinnamon dolce syrup
Whipped cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon, mixed together


To make cinnamon dolce syrup: In a pot over medium heat, add water, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 10 minutes or until sugar is melted completely and has developed a syrup consistency. Pour into a jar and let cool.

To make snickerdoodle hot cocoa: Add milk to a mason jar with a lid. Cover with lid and shake vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave for 1 minute, or until the milk is hot. Add white chocolate sauce and cinnamon dolce syrup, and stir until incorporated. Pour into a mug and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.

POPSUGAR Food shares delicious recipes, tutorials, kitchen tips and tricks, and everything else you need to start cooking … and eating! Hosted by Brandi Milloy, POPSUGAR Food shares easy-to-follow recipes, demos, and time-saving kitchen hacks on our show Get the Dish, and recreate the latest food crazes and invent new ones on Eat the Trend. Get the scoop on how to make everything from Cronuts to ramen burgers to vanilla cupcakes and beyond!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s