I love a good latte, and the Starbucks Snickerdoodle latte is among my favorite picks that is worth exploring if you love the establishment’s drinks.
My experience with Starbucks lattes goes back to the days when I got my first official job after college, and it has never stopped since. In my recent orderings, I discovered the Snickerdoodle Latte, which they introduced initially as a holiday beverage and soon turned popular – thanks to its flavors that evoke memories of eating freshly baked warm cookies.
A brief history of the drink
Introduced in 2014, the Snickerdoodle Latte from Starbucks is among the beloved options that started as a seasonal drink, but you can order it throughout the year as long as you know how to ask for it. Since it is on the “secret menu”, your local barista may not know what it is, so my experience with the drink can help you know how to order it when you want to try it one day.
Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte Overview
What is in a Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte? (Ingredients)
Snickerdoodles are a variety of cookies originating from New England. The cookie is quite simple and contains approximately six ingredients, with the main flavor-infusing components being cinnamon, butter, and sugar.
The latte contains steamed milk, white mocha sauce, espresso shots, and cinnamon dolce syrup to give the result a sweet and rich flavor. Additionally, it is finished off with cinnamon sugar and whipped cream by default. Its flavor profile is spicy, rich, and buttery, which is reminiscent of snickerdoodle cookies.
The base drink is a Cinnamon Dolce Latte, then you add white mocha syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup in a breve (half and half) mix. To avoid the drink turning too sweet when you are ordering from a Starbucks, ask the barista to reduce the regular pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup by half, and substitute them with white mocha sauce.
Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte: Nutrition, Sizes, Calories, & Caffeine
What sizes are available
Starbucks offers three sizes of this drink: Tall, Grande, and Venti. Each size will have different adjustments for the cinnamon dolce pumps and white mocha pumps, so it is worth being mindful of this when placing your order.
As you order these sizes, the pump adjustments to make are:
- Tall – 1 white mocha pump, 1 cinnamon dolce pump
- Grande – 2 white mocha pumps, 2 cinnamon dolce pumps
- Venti – 3 white mocha pumps, 3 cinnamon dolce pumps
The general nutritional content of this drink consists of 53% carbohydrates, 33% fat, and 13% protein, with the total calorie count standing at 360 calories (in a Grande drink).
Most of the carbohydrates are sugar, usually 15 grams, while the fat content is 4.5 grams, and the protein is 1.5 grams. Other than this, it contains a general dietary fiber content of 0.9 grams, 13.5 milligrams of sodium, and potassium content of 122.2 milligrams.
Keep in mind that these nutritional details do not reflect customizations, as they use the standard recipe as a basis. This table is a summary of its nutritional information:
|Calorie count (based on a daily intake of 2,000 calories)||360 calories|
|Nutrient content (based on a Venti size, 20 oz.)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (18g)
Saturated Fat (7g)
|Total carbohydrates (65g)
The drink’s caffeine content is approximately 150 milligrams, approximately equal to one to two cups of regular coffee. This is enough to give you a dose of energy without straining your body or causing caffeine-addiction symptoms like sleep difficulties and headaches.
So, what does Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte taste like?
The closest comparison is cookies and warm milk, which makes it take on a sentimental value. In my experience, trying it with white mocha sauce highlights the smooth finish and a superior, rich flavor, making it rank highly among the best Starbucks drinks.
Ways to customize a Snickerdoodle Latte at Starbucks
You can order a cold brew variation of the drink, which involves asking for a Grande cold brew with cinnamon syrup and white mocha in a breve mixture. Note that Starbucks discontinued the sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, so you are stuck with the sugary syrup option.
If you want to make substitutions for the milk in the drink, you can also opt for dairy-free milk choices such as oat milk and coconut milk, depending on whether it is available in your location. You can additionally swap out the white mocha syrup.
The other modification you can make is a Snickerdoodle Frappuccino, which is a coffee Frappuccino that combines milk or a dairy-free option, coffee, and white mocha. When you order it, you should ask the barista to give you a mocha Frappuccino, blend in cinnamon dolce syrup, and top the drink with sprinkles of cinnamon dolce.
The Crème Snickerdoodle Frappuccino option is slightly different; you will ask for a chai crème frappuccino, add cinnamon syrup, and top it off with cinnamon sugar sprinkling.
How to Make Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte at Home – A Copycat Recipe for Making Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte
- PanA mug
- Whisk and bowl
- A flask or mason jar
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ cup of black coffee
- Four teaspoons of brown sugar
- 1 cup of full-fat milk (or any dairy-free option you choose such as coconut milk)
- A small dusting of nutmeg (optional)
- Brew the coffee in the usual method, and transfer it to a large mug.
- Take another cup and pour a full cup of milk into it. Transfer this milk into a pan, then heat it until it starts simmering. Pour this milk into a flask.
- In the milk, add nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Close the flask tightly and shake it vigorously for approximately one minute.
- Open the flask lid carefully and transfer the milk mixture to the mug that contains the coffee.
- If you prefer, you can top this mixture off with extra cinnamon and sugar, and enjoy.
- Sugar and cinnamon are the cornerstones of the recipe and give it the snickerdoodle cookie taste. Therefore, do not skip them when making the drink at home.
- You can use a milk steamer if you have one, instead of shaking the milk mixture in a flask. This will not affect the drink’s flavor.
- Coconut milk is the best dairy-free option because it creates a thicker foam compared to soy or almond milk.
- To turn it into an iced latte option, simply use your coffee maker’s “iced” setting.
Is Starbucks Snickerdoodle Latte healthy?
It may not be as healthy if you are looking to cut down on your sugar intake. However, it remains a sweet treat that is great every once in a while.
How do I order a Starbucks Snickerdoodle latte?
Order a Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte, then change the number of cinnamon dolce pumps to 2, add 2 pumps of white mocha sauce, change the milk to a breve, and specify that there is no foam.
What is in a Snickerdoodle Latte at Starbucks?
This latte combines white mocha sauce and cinnamon dolce syrup, alongside steamed milk, sugar, espresso shots, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.