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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker.Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos adI may have mentioned once or twice that autumn is my favorite time of year. My birthday is in the fall, Halloween, the leaves turn pretty colors, so many aspects of the season I adore.

Oh, let’s not forget my intense love for cardigans and scarves. Before winter hits, the backseat of my car will have become an extension of my closet as the days can still warm up a bit, negating the need for the sweater and scarf.

Another aspect I love about this time of year is all the fun flavors for my coffee. I have no problem drinking a peppermint mocha in July, enjoying a pumpkin spice latte in April, or downing an iced latte in 20 feet of snow in December. If I want it, I drink it.Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos adHowever, 99.9% of the time, I drink my coffee with a bit of creamer and fake sugar (remember, I’m mostly sugar intolerant). There is something special about that first sip of a seasonal flavor.

A friend of mine recently baked a batch of the best ginger cookies I have ever had. So soft and chewy. I have been dreaming about them ever since. They were so good that I was almost compelled to go bake a batch for myself…ALMOST.Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos ad

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Instead, I opted to drink my gingerbread. I was at Smith’s (part of the Kroger brand of stores), buying various items when I saw a promotion mix & match the various Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee and WhiteWave Creamer products (International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts,Land O’ Lakes, and Silk), along with 100’s of other participating items throughout the store.

Right then and there I grabbed Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Bakery Series® Cinnamon Roll and Land O’ Lakes® Half and Half. I was thinking of a slow cooker gingerbread latte for an upcoming gathering where we’re going to definitely want hot coffee.  I’d use the coffee as the base flavor and built on it to get that classic gingerbread taste.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos ad

How to Make Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

I used half milk and half half and half (bonus points if you tracked that grammatically correct albeit visually disturbing sentence). If I used all half and half, it’d be a gingerbread breve–which let me strongly encourage you to try a breve if you’ve not–but felt that would be too heavy with our meal.Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos adAlso, when looking at the spice ratios, you’ll notice there is some variation. We all have preferences and wanted to prove some wiggle room to adjust for such. Clove is not one of my favorite flavors. I accept it is needed in things, it’s absence is noticeable But too much is, well, too much for me; whereas I love nutmeg, so I tend to add a bit more nutmeg. Please feel free to personalize this utterly delicious slow cooker gingerbread latte. Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos ad

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 9
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker.
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups STRONG brewed Dunkin' Donuts® Coffee Bakery Series® Cinnamon Roll
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups Land O' Lakes® Half and Half
  • 2 1/2 -3 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4-1 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch-1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • 3 tbs molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Optional garnish!

  • Whipped cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Brew the coffee, taking care to make it extra strong, as the milk and spices will dilute the coffee itself.
  2. While the coffee brews, in a 3 quart slow cooker, add the milk and half and half.
  3. Rapidly whisk in the remaining ingredients, one at a time.
  4. Once all the ingredients have been incorporated and the coffee has brewed, whisk the coffee into the spiced cream.
  5. Cover and set to 'keep warm'.
  6. Once hot, serve, and garnish with the optional whipped cream and fresh grated nutmeg.

Recipe Notes

The seasonings are given in ranges for personal taste.
Take care to not let the latte overheat/boil.
Keep the setting on keep warm to prevent scalding and forming a skin.
If a skin forms, use a large spoon to gather the entire skin at once and discard; do not try to mix it back in, it will not redissolve.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos ad
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte ~ Seasonal favorite blend of ginger, cinnamon coffee, half and half, and more, easily made in the slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist #CoffeeCreamerCombos ad

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
    October 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Give me this!!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    October 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I’m not a coffee drinker but if I was this is where I would start!

  • Reply
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    October 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

    LOVE that this is made in the slow cooker! Perfect for fall entertaining. 🙂

  • Reply
    Dee
    October 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’ve got to try this — love that you can use the slow cooker!

  • Reply
    Katerina @ diethood .com
    October 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    This is my new favorite way to drink coffee!! LOVE IT!!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 28, 2016 at 12:13 am

    This would make me really happy on these cold damp afternoons we’ve been getting!

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