A Peanut Butter Cookie Latte w/ Neat Coffee

December 12, 2016

A Peanut Butter Cookie Latte w/ Neat Coffee by Faring Well

We each have that “place”. It’s where you go when you need to get out of the house for a few minutes. Where you go when you need a warm cup of something that makes you feel nice. It’s where you find little recharge, maybe get to see a few friends, and always feel welcome. Even on a good day, it’s made better with a few minutes spent in that “place”. Especially when the owner is anything like Ally of Neat Coffee. This is my place. Where I go to meet friends, to get a quality drink I cannot find anywhere else. It’s where I go to interact with the people who work there, Ally and Tyler, because no matter my day – I leave with a smile and a feeling of joy. That may sound cheesy, but it’s true and inescapable at this place.

Neat Coffee is where you can go to get your quality brew of Stumptown Coffee (and now Arcade too), a specialty latte of the season, such as her butternut latte last month (!), a seriously strong cold brew, and Fermensch kombucha on tap. There is always a container with an assortment of Raw Balls from The UnBakery, and sometimes a plate of baked goods from Cafe Gratitude. Ally loves supporting others, and that community-vibe is felt instantly when you step into this cafe she has cultivated. Everything in this place is picked with intention, from the Rawmond Milk she steams for her lattes to the flowers that decorate the space (hello Blooms By Brooke). Even her beautiful, local ceramics too. Her passion is felt in the details, and her joy is transferred to you with her smile the moment you walk through the door.

Needless to say, I was incredibly touched when Ally asked if I might team up with her for a week this December with a specialty latte I created to share. This is the first time I was able to create a recipe for others to experience in person, and it is giving me all sorts of feels right now. If you live in Orange County, or are passing through this week, you can stop in to Neat Coffee and order my ‘peanut butter cookie latte’. I developed this recipe using a wholesome caramel made of coconut cream and maple syrup, boiled down with creamy peanut butter and a touch of cinnamon. The result is as if you are eating an actual peanut butter cookie, which I found fitting for the holiday season. I’ve included the recipe below for those of you intrigued to try but too far away to visit! Thank you again Ally for having me, I’m so touched to celebrate this season with a ‘place’ (and people) I love so dearly.

Speaking of people I love dearly, hello! **wink wink** I spent some time responding to all of your smile-inducing comments from the past two posts, and wish I could give you all a box of cookies (and a latte). How is your holiday season so far? We have been thoroughly enjoying being back in southern California once again, where everything feels like home. The trees are now changing colors, so there are bright red and yellow covered trees next to palms and succulents. The air is cool but still slightly humid from the ocean. And the low-clouds make it feel cozy and like the holidays. However, on this Wednesday I will be flying back with Scott to Denver for the first time since we moved eight months ago (!). He has to work in office, and there is a holiday party I wouldn’t miss for the world. So I’m tagging along on this trip and am so thrilled to see all of our friends! I never thought I would be this excited to go back to a city I left so happily, but some of my dearest friends and people who I miss so much at times my heart aches are there – and people are everything. Have a joy-filled Monday folks, and make sure to stop by that ‘place’ for some good feels and sips. – xx

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PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE LATTE
Makes one 16 ounce latte.

latte
1 shot of espresso
a spoonful of peanut butter caramel (recipe below)
1.5 cups of plant milk, steamed

peanut butter caramel
1 cup coconut cream (2 cans full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight)
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup natural peanut butter, salted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Make the caramel: turn the chilled cans of coconut milk upside down and open. Pour off the water that has separated, and scoop out the cream (1 cup’s worth). Place in a saucepan on the stove. Add the maple, peanut butter, and cinnamon.

Bring to a boil, while whisking to incorporate the melted cream with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Reduce the heat to a low boil (still good action happening, but not boiling over). Set your timer for 15 minutes, giving it a firm whisk every 3 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the sauce pan from the stove and pour the caramel into a heat-safe glass jar. Cover with a towel and let cool on the counter.

Seal tightly with a lid once cooled, and leave on the counter to use as a sauce in your hot beverages (or to top on ice cream sundaes). Store in the fridge to thicken, and the freezer for extra thick caramel (would be lovely for scooping and dipping into chocolate to make homemade candies).

Make the latte: add the hot espresso and spoonful of caramel (to the level of sweetness desired) to the bottom of a mug and stir well. Pour the steamed milk on top, and enjoy hot.


This post was created in partnership with Neat Coffee. All words and opinions are my own, and I sincerely love this cafe and it’s sweet owner, Ally. Thank you for allowing me to share this special experience with you.

  • Rachel @ Baking Up Bliss December 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

    This looks so warm and comforting, I can’t wait to try it out! I love how you’ve paired with one of your favorite shops because it just feels so genuine, it makes my heart happy :)

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for this sweet note Rachel, you are too kind! And I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe + words too <3.

  • Sarah | Well and Full December 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Everything about this is insanely cool – from the vibes from the coffee shop to the peanut butter cookie caramel!! ;) I’m so glad to hear you’re excited to go back to Denver, I remember reading your blog last year and hearing how much you wanted to go back to cali. But I know you and Scott will have a fabulous time at his company’s holiday party!! Sending huge hugs, lovely lady <3

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Sarah! YOU are so cool. And the holiday party was a blast! Although I am paying for it now with a mega cold, all the whisky and dancing was definitely worth it ;) ha!

  • betty December 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Jessie these photos are gorgeous, and now I want to visit just so I can go get some on-tap kombucha and raw balls (and of course, sit down to chat with you!!). When I read that “everything feels like home” in SoCal, I just have the biggest smile on my face. I’m so happy for you and Scott. Talk soon, and cheers!

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Aw thank you Betty! You are too sweet and I super appreciate your comment here girl. I cannot wait to take you around town here one day, I know it is just destined to happen. Hope you have the best Christmas in northern CA this week! Lots of hugs!

  • Taylor Overton December 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    As a California native (that spent many wonderful days in Costa Mesa) now residing in Seattle this post made me really miss that area, but in a good way :) I went to school at APU and Costa Mesa area was always my escape, so much love for that area! so wish I still lived near by so I could visit this coffee shop and try your latte there! Also, I know Brooke of blooms by Brooke! How fun to see you two connected and her mentioned in one of your posts! <3

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

      What a small world it is Taylor! Love that you know this area so well, and that you know Brooke too! Hope you’re loving Seattle now, it is on our list to visit in 2017 <3.

  • Caitlin December 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! Very enjoyable post :)

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Caitlin! So sweet of you to say. <3

  • Rebeca December 13, 2016 at 2:36 am

    This post made me smile big. How wonderful (and not surprising) that she asked you to collaborate with her, and I have to say that café sounds like the dream – butternut latte? Kombucha? Raw balls? I’m in! Since I’m in the “not even in the same continent” camp, I’ll have to make it at home because it sounds too good! Enjoy your time in Denver, Jessie!

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Rebeca for this genuine note <3 you would truly love this cafe, it's so special! I hope you get to make and enjoy a piece of it through this latte soon <3 and thank you for your sweet wishes on Denver! It was wonderful, so neat to have been back. Have the happiest Christmas this week girl! xx

  • Jess | Urban Alchemy December 13, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Jessie! I’m in Aliso Viejo! Definitely going to make the trip to Neat (hopefully I’ll see you there!). Your peanut butter cookie latte sounds heavenly. Have an amazing time in Denver! <3

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

      No way Jess! We should totally meet for a latte at Neat someone, they are running the PB cookie one through this week too – I hope you get to snag one!

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout December 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Jessie, this is so cool! I wish I was anywhere near there so I could try it out <3

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Aw thank you Maya! I wish you were too!!

  • Sarah F December 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe– that peanut butter caramel sounds dangerously good! I wish I could try the Neat Coffee version (maybe some day…) but am excited to make this at home with my fellow peanut butter fiend husband.
    (And yes, people are everything. My own friends are pretty scattered about, but I guess that just means I need to travel more. :)) Cheers!

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Aw yay! I’m excited for you to try it at home too, looks like our husbands both have an affinity to PB – he will love this caramel! Cheers to sweet things and making time for good friends, happy Christmas Sarah!

  • Chelsea | The Whole Bite December 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    UGH, If I didn’t live clear across the country, I would be drinking this RIGHT NOW! This sounds incredible. And so fun to collaborate with a place you love so much!

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Aw thank you Chelsea! I wish I could meet you for one of these lattes right now, one day girl!

  • Shelley December 14, 2016 at 5:12 am

    AH! This is so great Jessie. Getting to team up with a brand you love, while sharing one of your beautiful recipes with the public. So wonderful, and so perfect for this time of year and the season of giving. Have a great trip to Denver – hopefully they have snow so you can get your annual fix. Safe travels xx

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Shelley! You’re the sweetest, and Denver was really lovely. It’s always amazing to see good friends, even if it means leaving them so much harder! I hope you enjoy your baking and Christmas-ing this week girl, lots of love!

  • KJ | Om Nom Herbivore December 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I’m so glad you got to experience this neat experience!! It’s fun making food but its even better to watch people enjoy it in person instead of through comments!! The syrup sounds amazing!! What milk do you use at home for lattes? My homemade stuff is too thin so I usually buy Califia Farms but just curious what you love to use :)

    • KJ | Om Nom Herbivore December 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Forgot to ask, how long does this keep? Id imagine for quite a bit!

      • KJ | Om Nom Herbivore December 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        One more reply – Made this tonight! SO GOOD! It reminds me of peanut brittle. I added 2 shots of espresso and downed this latte! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe so those of us who aren’t close by could try it :)

        • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

          Hey KJ! Thanks so much for all of these fun comments <3. I'm so glad you got to make and use the caramel! YAY. It should keep on the counter for a few days, the fridge for a week or two, or the freezer for at least a month (or longer). And as for the milk I use in lattes and such, I make homemade cashew milk - SO creamy and flavorful. xx

  • Jana December 18, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Best. Recipe idea. Ever.

    Ps. Thank goodness you were willing to share so that people like me sitting at the very tip of Southern Africa won’t be denied of such goodness. I cannot wait to give it a try!!

    • Faring Well December 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

      AW Jana! Thank you! I’m so stoked you’re excited about it and wanting to give it a try. Let me know if you do. And happiest of holidays to you in South Africa! xx