Easy Condensed Milk Recipes (35+ Ways to Use It)

Wondering how to use up that can of condensed milk? Here are 35+ amazingly delicious condensed milk recipes. From sweet treats, to beverages and more!

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Condensed milk is a versatile and beloved ingredient that adds a rich and creamy touch to a wide range of desserts and treats. Whether you’re looking for a sweet indulgence or a delightful addition to your morning coffee, condensed milk can elevate your recipes to a whole new level.

In this post, we’ll explore 35+ delectable recipes that make great use of condensed milk.

But first, let’s answer some common FAQs about condensed milk.

FAQs About Condensed Milk

What is condensed milk?

Condensed milk is a thick and sweet milk product made by removing most of the water content from regular milk and adding sugar. The result is a concentrated and creamy liquid with a slightly caramelized flavor

Can condensed milk be substituted for regular milk?

Condensed milk is not a direct substitute for regular milk in most recipes. It is better suited for sweet dishes, desserts, and beverages where its concentrated sweetness and creamy texture are desired.

How long does condensed milk last?

Unopened condensed milk can be stored in a cool and dry place, such as a pantry, for up to a year beyond its printed expiration date. Once opened, it should be refrigerated and consumed within a week or as directed on the packaging.

Can you freeze condensed milk?

Yes, you can freeze condensed milk! If you have leftover condensed milk or want to stock up, transfer it to an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using and give it a good stir to restore its smooth consistency.

The BEST Recipes Using Condensed Milk

Now, let’s dive into the mouthwatering recipes that showcase the versatility of condensed milk:

Spoonful taken out of can of dulce de leche made with condensed milk.
Dulce de Leche: Learn how to make dulce de leche at home using two ingredients: boiling water and cans of condensed milk! It’s an easy and hands-off process that transforms condensed milk into a sweet and rich caramel-like sauce to drizzle over ice cream, cakes, and much more.
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Caramelized Condensed Milk Mini Apple Pies. The most yummy hand-held pies that are moister, sweeter and just well…better! From halfbakedharvest.com
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No Bake Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie: A tangy and creamy dessert with a buttery crust and a zesty lime filling, topped with whipped cream.
Get the RECIPE from Cents Less Deals
Homemade Chocolate Frosty. Just as cold, just as creamy, but with real chocolate flavor and hints of vanilla. And only 4 ingredients!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Tres Leches Cake: A moist and spongy cake soaked in a mixture of three milks—condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream—and finished with a fluffy frosting.
Get the RECIPE from Baked by an Introvert
Chocolate Drizzled Buttery Pecan and Caramelized Condensed Milk Cookies
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Coconut Macaroons: Chewy and sweet coconut treats made with condensed milk, shredded coconut, and a hint of vanilla.
Get the RECIPE from Entertaining with Beth
Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate. Flavored just like my favorite sugar cookies…but with a special ingredient that makes it just perfect!
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Fudge: A classic indulgence made by melting chocolate, condensed milk, and butter together for a velvety smooth and decadent treat.
Get the RECIPE from Rich and Delish
Very Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pavlova Jars – simple, delicious and red, white & blue! Perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July! From halfbakedharvest.com
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Vietnamese Iced Coffee: A refreshing beverage combining strong brewed coffee, condensed milk, and ice for a delightful balance of bitterness and sweetness.
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No Churn Fudge Brownie Coffee Ice Cream…takes only minutes to prepare, requires zero eggs, no fancy ice cream machine…such a favorite!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked harvest
Banana Pudding: Layers of creamy pudding, fresh bananas, and vanilla wafers topped with whipped cream—a comforting and nostalgic dessert.
Get the RECIPE from A Latte Food
Pistachio Butter Cookies with Chocolate Tres Leches Drizzle: The perfect easy cookie to whip up for a last minute green themed dessert @halfbakedharvest.com
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Caramel Flan: A silky smooth custard dessert topped with a luscious caramel sauce, made by combining condensed milk, eggs, and vanilla.
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Vampire’s Drip Cocktail: Basically the perfect drink to serve up just about any night of the week from here until October 31st!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Magic Cookie Bars {7-Layer Bars} - Two Peas & Their Pod
Magic Cookie Bars: A simple yet irresistible treat featuring a buttery graham cracker crust layered with condensed milk, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and nuts.
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5 ingredient Raspberry Peach Sherbet: naturally colored (no food dies), takes only minutes to prepare (no ice cream machine) and so delicious!
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Brazilian Brigadeiros: Bite-sized chocolate fudge balls made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and sprinkles—an addictive Brazilian delight.
Get the RECIPE from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie: Sweet milk adds that extra special sweetness + a major goo factor, best part – this pie is so easy! @ halfbakedharvest.com
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Rice Pudding: A comforting and creamy dessert made by simmering rice in milk, condensed milk, and spices until it reaches a luscious consistency.
Get the RECIPE from Cafe Delites
Salty Peanut Butter S’more Ice Cream Cake – If you love ice cream and s’mores, you have to try this cake! So easy…and no bake!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Condensed Milk Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie: A classic autumn dessert made with a creamy pumpkin filling, sweetened with condensed milk and flavored with spices.
Get the RECIPE from Country Hill Cottage
Tiramisu Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Bars: No-churn mascarpone ice cream, sandwiched between 2 fudge brownies, so easy and so delish!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
3 Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream (Basic)
No-Churn Ice Cream: A quick and easy homemade ice cream recipe that combines condensed milk, whipped cream, and your favorite flavors and mix-ins.
Get the RECIPE from Spend with Pennies
Lemon Key Lime Pie Bars: Just sweet enough, incredibly luscious, super creamy, and perfectly tangy…amazingly salty-sweet key lime pie bars!
Get the RECIPE from Half Baked Harvest
Cuban Cortadito
Cuban Cortadito: A strong and sweet espresso drink made by combining condensed milk with a shot of freshly brewed coffee.
Get the RECIPE from Fat Girl Hedonist
Mango Lassi: A refreshing and creamy Indian beverage made with ripe mangoes, yogurt, condensed milk, and a touch of cardamom.
Get the RECIPE from Shweta in the Kitchen
Chocolate Éclair Cake: A delightful, no-bake dessert featuring layers of graham crackers, vanilla pudding, and condensed milk-based chocolate frosting.
Get the RECIPE from Culinary Hill
Bread Pudding: A warm and comforting dessert made with bread soaked in a mixture of milk, condensed milk, eggs, and spices, then baked to perfection.
Get the RECIPE from Kick Ass Baker
Homemade Dulce de Leche: Transform condensed milk into a rich and caramel-like spread by simmering the can (unopened) in a water bath for several hours until thick and golden.
Get the RECIPE from Preppy Kitchen
Condensed Milk Thumbprint Cookies: With only five ingredients, this simple recipe for thumbprint cookies combines the wonderful crumbly texture of shortbread with the sweetness of fruit jam.
Get the RECIPE from Yay for Food
Thai Iced Tea - Fox and Briar
Thai Iced Tea: A sweet and creamy iced tea made by brewing strong black tea, mixing it with condensed milk, and serving over ice.
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Easy Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars: Tangy lemon curd baked atop a buttery crust and dusted with powdered sugar—an irresistible treat for citrus lovers.
Get the RECIPE from Keeping it Simple Blog
Condensed Milk Toffee
Milk Toffee: A delightful Sri Lankan sweet treat made by simmering condensed milk, sugar, and butter until it forms a soft and chewy toffee.
Get the RECIPE from 365 Days of Baking
Chewy condensed milk biscuits: Made with just a handful of simple ingredients. The freezer-friendly dough can be made in advance and baked as needed.
Get the RECIPE from Where is My Spoon

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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35+ Condensed Milk Recipes

Wondering how to use up that can of condensed milk? Here are 35+ delicious condensed milk recipes. From sweet treats, to beverages and more! Learn how to make dulce de leche at home using two ingredients: boiling water and cans of condensed milk!
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Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 18 people



  • Remove the label from your cans and remove as much of the glue as possible.
  • Place the cans in a large pot and add enough water to the pot to cover the cans by 2-inches.
  • Bring the water to a low boil over medium-high heat. Then, reduce the heat to its lowest setting and let simmer for 3 1/2 hours. Important, make sure the cans are fully submerged at all times, adding additional water if needed during the cooking process. I like to cover my pot to cut back on the evaporation.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and leave the cans in the water. Let the water in the pot and the cans come to room temperature. Careful: Opening the cans while still hot can cause sputtering and burns.
  • Store the cans in the refrigerator. Unopened cans will last up to three months. Once opened, the dulce de leche will last about one week in the fridge.
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Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 245mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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