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Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake

This Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake is a four-ingredient, mouthwatering coffee drink that’s perfect for summer. It’s made with vanilla ice cream blended with fresh coffee and dulce de leche, then topped with whipped cream.

A dulce de leche coffee milkshake with a straw.

When it’s 30°C+ outside, the last thing I want is a hot beverage. I need my caffeine fix though and there’s no way I’m ever going to stop drinking coffee. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t change it up a little like I did with this Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake recipe. Instead of a hot mug of my favourite beverage, I’m enjoying a cold glass with a few extras added in.

You may have seen my S’mores Coffee Milkshake recipe recently. It was the starting point of a new recipe obsession: cold coffee drinks. Prepare for a bunch of new decadent coffee milkshakes coming up over the next several weeks. I know many of us are looking for ways to beat the summer heat.

Why You’ll Love This Dulce De Leche Coffee Milkshake

  • Get your caffeine fix in a cold creamy drink
  • Rich, thick and delicious
  • Perfect for summer
  • Easy to make
  • Simple ingredients


The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Ice Cream: Use your favorite variety of vanilla ice cream for this recipe.
  • Coffee: Freshly brewed coffee is best. Use good-quality coffee for the best flavor.
  • Dulce de Leche: You can use store-bought dulce de leche or make your own in the instant pot.
  • Whipped Cream: Use store-bought or homemade whi
Ingredients to make dulce de leche coffee milkshake.

How to Make a Dulce de Leche Milkshake

  • Step One: Add ice cream, coffee and Dulce de Leche to a blender.
  • Step Two: Blend until fully mixed and smooth.
Steps to make a dulce de leche coffee milkshake.
  • Step Three: Pour into two glasses. Top with whipped cream.
A spoon drizzling dulce de leche on a coffee milkshake.

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    What to Serve with a Coffee Milkshake

    This dulce de leche coffee milkshake makes for an excellent afternoon pick-me-up all on its own. However, if you’re serving it up as part of a decadent breakfast or brunch, here are a few pairing ideas:

    A dulce de leche coffee milkshake with two straws.

    Recipe Tips and Variations

    • Use fresh coffee. The flavor of freshly brewed coffee is just unmatched. 
    • Don’t have hot brewed coffee? Try using cold brew instead.
    • Make it vegan. Simply use your favorite diary-free variety of vanilla ice cream and use a vegan whipped topping like coconut whipped cream. 
    • Make it decaf. Want to enjoy this later in the day? Swap the regular coffee out for decaf. 

    Storage Instructions

    I don’t recommend storing this drink. It is best served immediately after blending. Fortunately, it only takes 5 minutes to make! 

    A dulce de leche coffee milkshake with two straws.

    What is the Difference Between a Frappe and a Milkshake?

    Frappes don’t contain ice cream and milkshakes do! 

    Frappes are blended coffee drinks made using milk, sweetener, and ice to thicken. Milkshakes are ice cream blended with milk (or coffee). Additionally, frappes usually contain coffee, while traditional milkshakes do not.

    Does Dulce de Leche Taste Like Caramel?

    Yes! Dulce de leche tastes very similar to caramel. The difference is that it’s made with milk and sugar rather than the butter and sugar that makes up caramel. This gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. 

    How Do You Make a Thick Coffee Shake?

    We all love a thick and creamy milkshake! Here are a few tips for the best texture! 

    • Cool the coffee slightly. If the coffee is too hot, it will just melt the ice cream. 
    • Start with less liquid. You can always add more liquid. I recommend starting with less, then adding more as needed until your milkshake reaches the right consistency.
    • Don’t over-blend. Over-blending the mixture can warm it and cause it to melt. Blend only until combined.
    Dulce de leche coffee milkshake with two straws.

    More Coffee Milkshake Recipes to Try

    You’ll also love this Iced Coffee and Dulce de Leche Bars.

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    5 from 2 votes

    Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 2
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    This mix of coffee and creamy milkshake with decadent Dulce de Leche flavour is a great way to cool down in the hot summer weather.


    • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
    • 1 ½ cups freshly brewed coffee
    • 2 tbsp Dulce de Leche
    • Whipped cream for topping


    • Add ice cream, coffee and Dulce de Leche to a blender.
    • Blend until fully mixed and smooth.
    • Pour into two glasses. Top with whipped cream.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 187mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Beverages
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake

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    1. This really sounds so good………….and I am up for anything cold as it is so hot here in Florida.
      I am wondering where you get the Dulce De leche? You said it is in a jar, and what section
      of the grocery store is it in??? I would sure like to try this…………

    2. Your Dulce de leche coffee milkshake looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
      Miz Helen

    3. This sounds SO good; I love any kind of coffee drink – hot or cold, and especially blended with ice cream! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week; I’m featuring your Dulce de Leche milkshake this week. Our party starts at 6am EST on Weds; hope you’ll come link up again! 

    4. I always love all your recipes Stacie. I think this one would be good for summer or winter. Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party. Thank you for always linking up. It’s lovely to see you each week.

      Anne @ Domesblissity

    5. I’m a sucker for a good milkshake – thanks for sharing this at Dishin’ and Diggin It Stacie, your recipes are ALWAYS awesome!

    6. Positively delicious looking shake! Thanks for the fab recipe at Merry Monday! Pinned!

    7. Holy guacamole, does this look like a treat! I have been addicted to milkshakes, smoothies and frappes lately because of this heat wave we have been experiencing here in New England.  Combining it with coffee just takes it to a whole new level of greatness! Thanks for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

    8. kathy downey says:

      Thanks for yet another amazing recipe!

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