Yield: 1 cinnamon bun cold brew // Total Time: 20 min. (+ overnight brew) // Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links. //
This post is sponsored by Papanicholas Coffee, all opinions are my own.
Why you’ll love this cinnamon bun cold brew
While unfortunately we probably shouldn’t have cinnamon rolls every morning – we can encapsulate the flavor in our morning coffee with this cinnamon bun cold brew! It starts with a simple cinnamon bun syrup where we steep some cinnamon sticks in water, then add in brown sugar and butter vanilla emulsion to really get in that fresh cinnamon bun flavor. This cinnamon bun cold brew is super easy (besides waiting for the cold brew to steep) and of course, super delicious. But extra bonus points if you use some delicious cinnamon bun coffee to go with this drink, courtesy of the sponsor of this post below!
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Ingredients and substitutions
Ground coffee & water: I used and recommend papanicholas’ cinnamon bun ground coffee – but this will work with your favorite coffee. Just be sure to use a flavor that you think will go well with the cinnamon!
For the cinnamon bun syrup:
Water: to thin out the syrup.
Cinnamon sticks: to steep cinnamon flavor into the syrup.
Butter vanilla emulsion: this ingredient sounds a little fancy but you can most often find it next to all the other extracts in your grocery store!
Light brown sugar: to sweeten up the syrup and get in that classic cinnamon roll filling flavor.
For the cold foam:
Milk: use your favorite milk here! I use and love oat milk.
Heavy cream: essential for thickening up the cold foam.
Cinnamon bun syrup: we’ll use some of the cinnamon bun syrup that we made and froth it with the milk!
How to make a cinnamon bun cold brew:
Cinnamon bun cold brew Q & A
Why are you using hot water in cold brew?
- Using hot water is a great way to jump-start the brewing process if you’re not going to let the cold brew steep for as long as it should (~24 hours). If you plan on letting it steep for that long you can certainly go ahead and use cold water – but – if you want to easily just prep this the night before and enjoy it in the morning – hot water is a great way to go.
How much does this recipe make?
- The written recipe makes enough cold brew for 4 drinks, and the cold foam is enough for 1 drink as you should be making them 1 at a time for the best results. You can make only 8 oz. of cold brew if you’d like – I just like to batch it since it has to steep for so long! The syrup makes quite a lot but it will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks to enjoy! If you know you won’t be having a lot of the syrup – you can cut the batch in half.
Can I use pre-made cold brew?
- Of course!
How to store the cinnamon bun syrup
- Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Can I make cold brew without a french press?
- Definitely! A french press just makes things easier – but it’s certainly not the only way to make cold brew. If you want to make a cold brew without a french press, simply combine the coffee grounds and hot water in a mason jar, seal it with a lid, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to drink it, strain it through a coffee filter and enjoy!
Why do you measure in grams?
My recipes are all written in grams because it is the most accurate way to bake. When you use a kitchen scale, you ensure that your baked goods turn out as close to the written recipe as possible. Plus, the cleanup is way easier when using a scale! I will provide standard cup measurements but please note that I have not tested the recipe using cup measurements and therefore can not guarantee your recipe will come out how mine did. Here is my favorite kitchen scale, and here’s an article about why I use a kitchen scale, and why you should too!
Tools and ingredients
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Did you make this cinnamon bun cold brew?
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Cinnamon Bun Cold Brew
- 110 g coffee grounds (½ c.)
- 32 oz. water hot
Cinnamon Bun Syrup
- 225 g water (1 c.)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 200 g light brown sugar (1 c.)
- 2 tsp. butter vanilla bakery emulsion
Cinamon Bun Cold Foam
- 3 oz. milk of choice
- 1 oz. heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon bun syrup
- Add the coffee grounds and hot water to a french press. Stir the mixture, then place the lid on it and let it steep in the fridge overnight
- Once the coffee has steeped overnight, slowly push down on the french press to separate out the coffee grounds.
Cinnamon Bun Syrup
- In a small saucepan, add the water and cinnamon sticks. Set the mixture over medium heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks from the water, then add in the sugar and butter vanilla bakery emulsion. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then remove the syrup from the ehat and transfer it to a container to cool.
Cinnamon Bun Cold Foam
- Add the milk, heavy cream, and cinnamon bun syrup to a medium sized cup or container. Froth or shake the mixture until it's foamy.
- Pour 8 oz. of cold brew over ice and top it with the cold foam. Serve and enjoy!