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Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino

Patricia Reitz

My husband loves coffee and likes to occasionally stop at a popular coffeehouse for a large, steamy, freshly-brewed cup.  On the other hand, I'm not much of a coffee drinker so I order a small, icy, vanilla cream beverage.  It's a very simple treat, but they're not cheap so I decided to come up with my own version that I can make at home for a fraction of the cost.  For the best results, be sure to use premium quality ice cream, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla bean powder.  

Let me show you how it's done. 

Start with ice, whole milk, and your favorite premium quality vanilla ice cream.  We like Haagen Dazs or Kirlkand  from Costco.

We'll also need a little sugar, the best vanilla bean paste, and pure vanilla powder.

Place everything in a small blender that can handle chopping ice cubes.  I really love this model - have had it for years, it's not expensive, and it works great!  

Starbuck's copycat frappuccino recipe with photos

Pour the liquified mixture into a glass and top with copious amounts of real whipped cream.  To keep things on the light side, use canned whipped cream, but if you want to be extra indulgent...

...make your own.  

In a small mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and pure vanilla bean paste (it tastes so good and adds those lovely specks of vanilla seeds).

Use a hand mixer to whip everything together.  If yours has a whisk attachment, that works very well, but the standard beater attachments will work too.

When you start seeing tracks in your cream, it's almost done.  Just a few seconds longer.

Now for the fun part - putting the whipped cream into a large disposable piping bag fitted with an open star tip.  Today I used this tip to pipe my whipped cream, but this is another one of my favorites.  

Recommendation:  When purchasing disposable piping bags, I suggest you get large bags (like these) instead of 8 to 12-inch bags, which are more common.  The small bags are hard to fill, they don't hold very much, and they're nearly impossible to refill once they've been used.  The bags I recommend are much easier to use, fill/refill, and you can always cut them down if you find yourself in a situation that requires the use of a smaller bag.  Just saying.

Fill the disposable pastry bag with the whipped cream and pipe a mountain of swirly goodness on top of your frappuccino.

How to make Starbuck's Vanilla Bean Cream Frappuccino Recipe, How to make Starbuck's Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino Recipe.  

Add a green straw if you have one and go for it!  Mmmm.

Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino

makes 1 serving

Printable Recipe


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream (premium quality)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder
  • whipped cream for topping


  1. Place all the ingredients in a personal blender and pulse to break up the ice cubes, then blend until mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into serving glass and top with whipped cream.  Serve immediately.