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Copycat Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato Recipe

This copycat Starbucks apple crisp macchiato recipe is 10 times better then the Starbucks original. Best part is that it’s healthier and you can enjoy it all year long instead of only in the fall when Starbucks offers this special apple macchiato drink!

starbucks copycat apple crisp macchiato in a mason jar with a metal straw

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What is A Macchiato?

A macchiato (pronounced “mah-kee-AH-toh”) is a type of coffee beverage that originated in Italy. The term “macchiato” means “stained” or “spotted” in Italian, and the drink is named as such because it involves adding a small amount of milk or expresso to “stain” or “mark” the milk. There are two main types of macchiato:

  1. Espresso Macchiato: This is a simple preparation that consists of a shot of espresso with a small amount of milk or milk foam added on top. The milk “stains” the espresso, giving it a slightly milder flavor compared to a pure espresso shot. The ratio of coffee to milk in an espresso macchiato is skewed heavily toward the coffee.
  2. Latte Macchiato: This version is prepared by “staining” a glass of milk with a shot of espresso. It’s the opposite of an espresso macchiato in terms of milk-to-coffee ratio. The milk is steamed and frothed, then a shot of espresso is poured gently on top, creating a layered effect where the espresso marks or “stains” the milk.

The Starbucks apple crisp macchiato is at type of latte macchiato since it uses a large amount of steamed milk with an expresso stain that is sweetened with brown sugar apple syrup.

Starbucks apple crisp macchiato in a glass with whipped cream

What is in an Apple Crisp Macchiato from Starbucks?

An apple crisp macchiato from Starbucks contains a combination of oat milk, blond roast expresso, apple brown sugar syrup, and spiced apple drizzle. The total list of ingredients from the Starbucks website are:

OATMILK [OATMILK (WATER, OATS), CANOLA OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SEA SALT, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, RIBOFLAVIN, VITAMIN A, VITAMIN D2, VITAMIN B12], BREWED ESPRESSO, APPLE BROWN SUGAR SYRUP [SUGARS (INVERT SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR), WATER, NATURAL FLAVORS, SALT, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE, MALIC ACID], SPICED APPLE DRIZZLE [SUGARS (CORN SYRUP, INVERT SUGAR, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SUGAR), WATER, CINNAMON, SALT, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE, CARAMELIZED SUGAR (FOR COLOR), MALIC ACID, NUTMEG]”

Nutritional Information for Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato

  • Calories: 320: Calories from Fat: 90
  • Total Fat: 10 g13%
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g5%
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 230 mg10%
  • Total Carbohydrates: 56 g 20%
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 11%
  • Sugars: 29 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Caffeine: 170 mg*

Ingredients You Need to Make An Apple Crisp Macchiato?

  • Fuji or Gala Apples
  • Brown Sugar
  • Water
  • Light Roast Expresso
  • Oat Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ice
ingredients for starbucks apple crisp macchiato recipe oat milk, sugar, whipped cream, fuji apples, cinnamon and espresso

How to Make This Copycat Apple Crisp Macchiato?

It’s easy to make this copycat Starbucks apple crisp macchiato at home! Here’s how:

  1. Make the Simple Syrup:
    • Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool and place in a glass jar. The simple sugar will last for 1 month in the fridge.
  2. Prepare the Apple Mix:
    • Take a peeled, cored, and diced apple.
    • Place the diced apple in a mortar and pestle.
  3. Make the Apple Syrup:
    • Use a muddler or mortar and pestle to mash and muddle the diced apple. This helps release the apple’s juices and flavors.
    • Add half a shot of simple syrup to the muddled apple. The sweetness can be adjusted to your taste preferences.
    • Sprinkle in about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (or adjust to taste) to enhance the apple’s sweetness and flavor.
    • Combine the ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat for 7 minutes.
    • Strain the syrup out of the mixture in a nut milk bag.
  4. Assemble the Apple Crisp Macchiato
    • Fill a lidded cup or mason jar with ice cubes. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple syrup into the glass. Pour 2 shots of freshly brewed espresso over the ice.
    • Place the lid securely on the jar.
    • Shake the jar vigorously to chill the espresso and combine it with the ice.
    • Pour oat milk over the top and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.
  5. (optional) Make Whipped Cream
process shots showing how to make a starbucks copycat apple crisp macchiato drink by making simple syrup, muddling apples, cooking the apples and straining the syrup out of the apples with a nutmilk bag
process shots showing how to assemble the macchiato by adding syrup to a cup of ice along with expresso then pouring in milk

Which Apples are Best to Make An Apple Crisp Macchiato?

After speaking with my friend who is a long time manager and barista at Starbucks, she told me that the best way to get an authentic Starbucks apple crisp flavor is to use strongly flavored red apples. She said that Fuji and Gala apples are the best choice.

Is the Apple Crisp Macchiato Seasonal?

Yes the Starbucks apple crisp macchiato is a seasonal offering that was introduced in august 2021 and has come back for the third year in a row! Clearly coffee lovers can’t get enough this apple flavored macchiato drink both iced and hot!

Is the Apple Crisp Macchiato Coming Back 2023?

Yes! I’m excited to tell you that since august 2023 the apple crisp macchiato is back and just as tasty as I remember it was last fall. You can enjoy this seasonal drink throughout the fall season before it disappears in January.

How Many Shots of Expresso Are in an Apple Crisp Macchiato Starbucks?

According to my barista friend the apple crisp macchiato at Starbucks contains two shots of blonde expresso.

Is There Caffene in the Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato?

Yes the Starbucks apple crisp macchiato is made with blonde roast expresso which has caffene in it. The starbucks version of this drink has 170 mg of caffene per serving.

Can I Make this Drink Iced or Hot?

The Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato is typically served cold as an iced beverage. The recipe involves shaking espresso with ice and then pouring it over the muddled apple mixture. This creates a refreshing and chilled drink with layers of flavor.

If you’d like to enjoy a hot version of the Apple Crisp Macchiato, you could certainly adapt the recipe to make a warm variation. Here’s how you might adjust the recipe to make it hot:

Instead of shaking the milk with ice you can steam the milk instead before pouring in the brown sugar apple syrup and expresso.

Is the Apple Crisp Macchiato Gluten Free?

After checking the Starbucks website, there was no allergy information about the apple crisp macchiato available. But after reviewing the ingredients myself I didn’t see any that have potential to contain gluten. The ingredients are mostly oat milk, coffee sugar and preservatives with some natural flavors.

Of course, there is a risk for oat milk to have som gluten in it because oats are often cross contaminated with wheat. If you are gluten free you can ask your barista which type of oat milk they are using. Look at the package to see if the oat milk says gluten free. If it does then this means that the oat milk used by Starbucks to make macchiatos is not processed in a facility with wheat and has no risk of cross contamination.

How to Make this Apple Crisp Macchiato Sugar Free

If you want to lower the amount of calories and sugar in this apple crisp macchiato recipe you can use unsweetened oat milk and use monk fruit sugar or stevia to sweeten the apple syrup instead.

Do You Need to Froth The Milk to Make Apple Crisp Macchiato

No you don’t need to froth the milk to make a cold or iced macchiato. You just shake the milk in a tumbler with ice before pouring over the expresso.

If you want to make a hot apple crisp macchiato I do recommend that you froth the milk. It just makes the drink taste rich and creamy. If you want to froth your milk i recommend using coconut or oat milk. Almond milk doesn’t froth well since it doesn’t have a lot of fat in it.

Which Type of Expresso is Best for This Macchiato Recipe

The original Starbucks apple crisp macchiato recipe uses blonde roast expresso which is nice and light. So at home you should use a light roast expresso as well like breakfast blend.

What’s Gluten Free at Starbucks?

In this menu guide, I’ll highlight all the gluten free menu items, sides, drinks, and other gf options available at Starbucks. I will also address any common questions asked when ordering gluten free at this popular coffee chain. In addition I’ll include copycat recipes you can make at home.

Are Starbucks Egg Bites Gluten Free?

Are Starbucks’ egg bites gluten-free? What are Starbucks egg bites made out of? Get answers to those questions and find out why or why not Starbucks egg bites are a great option for those eating a gluten-free diet and/or have celiac disease.

Is Starbucks Hot Chocolate Gluten Free?

Quick answer: Yes. All of the hot chocolate drinks are gluten-free except for the caramel and toasted white hot chocolate and any with toppings other than whipped cream.

starbucks copycat apple crisp macchiato in a mason jar with a metal straw

Starbucks Copycat Apple Crisp Macchiato Drink

This copycat Starbucks apple crisp macchiato recipe is 10 times better then the Starbucks original. Best part is that it's healthier and you can enjoy it all year long instead of only in the fall when Starbucks offers this special apple macchiato drink!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Starbucks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Macchiatos
Calories: 172kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Water
  • 1 whole Fuji Apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 shots Expresso 2 shots per drink use 8 shots for 4 macchiatos
  • 1/2 Cup Oat Milk 1/2 cup oatmilk per macchiato drink

Instructions

Make the Simple Syrup

  • Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool and place in a glass jar. The simple sugar will last for 1 month in the fridge.

Prepare the Apple Mix

  • Take a peeled, cored, and diced apple.Place the diced apple in a mortar and pestle.

Make the Apple Syrup

  • Use a muddler or mortar and pestle to mash and muddle the diced apple. This helps release the apple's juices and flavors.Add half a shot of simple syrup to the muddled apple. The sweetness can be adjusted to your taste preferences.Sprinkle in about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (or adjust to taste) to enhance the apple's sweetness and flavor.Combine the ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat for 7 minutes. Strain the syrup out of the mixture in a nut milk bag.

Assemble the Apple Crisp Macchiato

  • Fill a lidded cup or mason jar with ice cubes. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple syrup into the glass. Pour 2 shots of freshly brewed espresso over the ice. Place the lid securely on the glass. Shake the glass vigorously to chill the espresso and combine it with the ice. Pour oat milk over the top and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Make Optional Whipped Cream
  • Pour whipped cream into a standing mixer or mixing bowl. Beat on medium low until stiff peaks form.

Nutrition

Serving: 110 ounce glass | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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