two glasses of coffee milkshakes with a scoop of espresso grounds next to the glasses, and container of caramel cookie dough ice cream in the background.

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Why I love these coffee milkshakes

It’s back to school season again, and this time of year always hits me with nostalgia. Shopping for school supplies, getting back together with friends – and just like every other millennial kid that meant trips to the mall and hitting up the food court for some blended coffee drinks.

We might not be hitting up the mall this year, but I can still indulge in that back to school coffee milkshake. And, I can share those memories with my kids now, even though they’ll be having decaf for a while.

I used Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough to replicate on of my favorite cookie flavored frappe’s, and the kids absolutely loved them.

overhead of coffee milkshakes with a pint of Hudsonville Ice Cream's Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough

Here’s what you’ll need to make them



A pint of dairy free caramel cookie dough ice cream with glasses of coffee milkshakes in the background and a scoop of espresso grounds scattered around

The BEST dairy free ice cream

This dairy free ice cream is seriously the best. It’s the creamiest, best-tasting ice cream we’ve tried – and we’ve tried a lot in our house.

They just announced Hudsonville’s newest flavor, Toasted Coconut, and it’s incredible. If you want to find it near you, use Hudsonville’s Scoop Locator to find out which stores are stocking in your area. And, don’t forget to grab your $2 off coupon to make this the sweetest summer ever.

If you can’t find Hudsonville in a store near you, check out their new online store so you can make any moment, any day or any season a little sweeter, no matter where you live.

Plus, they stock awesome Hudsonville merch, like shirts and ice cream spades!

How to make coffee milkshakes

Prep. Gather your ingredients because this one is super easy to make. I like to measure out all of my ingredients before starting, but save the ice cream for last so it doesn’t melt.

Blend. Place the ingredients in the blender, with the exception of the whipped topping and caramel sauce. I find the blender works best if I put the liquid ingredients in first, then the ice and ice cream. Blend until the ice crushed and the drink looks smooth.

Garnish and serve. Divide the milkshakes between two tall glasses and top with whipped topping and caramel sauce – if you want – and serve immediately.

FAQs and tips on making coffee milkshakes

Is there caffeine in coffee milkshakes?

The caffeine level in a coffee milkshake depends on how you make them. Sometimes, they’re made with coffee ice cream (which may or may not contain caffeine), but since this recipe contains coffee it will have caffeine unless you use decaf.

How do you thicken a milkshake?

If you feel like your milkshake is a little thinner than you would like, try adding another scoop of ice cream. Alternatively, you can start with less liquid than the recipe calls for and add more until you reach the consistency you want.

How can I make my coffee milkshake stronger?

If you wanted to add a bit more caffeine to your milkshake, try adding instant espresso or instant coffee granules. You could also add a chilled shot of espresso or more coffee in place of the dairy free milk.

closeup of a dairy free caramel frappuccino topped with whipped cream and a green striped straw

More dairy free ice cream treats:

More frozen drink recipes:

two glasses of coffee milkshakes topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle with green and white striped paper straws. On the side a pint of caramel cookie dough ice cream.

Caramel Cookie Dough Coffee Milkshakes

These easy, coffee milkshakes are rich and creamy – made with dairy free caramel cookie dough ice cream and layers of coffee and espresso. Top with your favorite vegan whipped cream and caramel sauce for an indulgent, frozen treat. They’re the perfect after school pick-me-up.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


For the milkshakes:

For topping:


  1. Add milkshake ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until ice has broken down and drink is smooth.
  2. Pour milkshakes into two glasses and top with dairy free whipped cream and caramel sauce before serving. 


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 451
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Sodium: 160.1 mg
  • Fat: 22.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.8 g
  • Protein: 10.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.7 mg

Keywords: coffee milkshake, caramel frappe, caramel frappuccino recipe, dairy free milkshake

Last Updated on October 15, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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