30 Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes

Real Thai iced tea

The Spruce Eats / Emily Baker

Sweetened condensed milk adds richness and sweetness to recipes, making it great for desserts and creamy drinks. If you have an extra can lying around or some sweetened condensed milk leftover from making another recipe, try one of these sweet treats.

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    4-Ingredient No-Bake Key Lime Pie

    No bake key lime pie

    The Spruce Eats

    A classic key lime pie is a refreshing summer dessert that looks impressive but requires very little heavy lifting. With only four ingredients and no need to turn on the oven, this recipe is no-stress. Top with whipped cream if you have it. Plan to chill for at least 8 hours or overnight before serving.

  • 02 of 30

    Vietnamese Egg Coffee

    Vietnamese Egg Coffee

    The Spruce Eats / Sonia Bozzo

    This is a delicious dessert coffee treat with an indescribable flavor and texture. Imagine coffee and a eggy foam on top consisting of eggs, condensed milk and vanilla and you've got egg coffee. Whisk the topping till it's light and airy, and brew a strong roasted coffee. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top, sip and enjoy.  

  • 03 of 30

    Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

    Three ingredient macaroons on a dessert plate

    The Spruce Eats

    Classic coconut macaroons only require three ingredients: flaked coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. These cookies don't even require eggs and bake up perfectly sweet and chewy. Dip them partially in chocolate if you like or enjoy as is. So simple to whip up, these will become a favorite in your house. 

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    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Truffles aren't especially difficult to make, but using sweetened condensed milk makes it even easier. This recipe for chocolate bourbon truffles calls for only a few ingredients but feels like a very decadent treat. A coating of chopped pecans adds a bit of crunch.

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  • 05 of 30

    No-Churn Ice Cream

    No churn ice cream with cookie crumbs.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    No-churn ice cream recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which adds sweetness and a satisfying, custardy mouthfeel. You'll have creamy and delicious ice cream after just a few minutes prep and a few hours of freeze time without an ice cream maker. Add your favorite toppings or jazz up the vanilla ice cream with additions such as cookie crumbs, chocolate chips, or nuts.

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    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    Classic magic cookie bars recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Claire Cohen

    Besides the sweetened condensed milk, this classic magic cookie bars recipe calls for chocolate chips, pecans, and flaked coconut. They require almost no mixing and are baked as bars, making them a cinch to make. Take them to your next potluck or party.

  • 07 of 30

    Easy Tres Leches Cake

    Tres Leches Pastel

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Tres leches cake, a favorite Mexican dessert, is made with a mixture of three milks—in this case, whole milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. The result is a perfectly moist and creamy cake. This recipe starts with a cake mix, making it especially easy and takes a little over an hour to make. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the whipped topping for additional flavor.

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    Million Dollar Pie

    Million dollar pie

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    This decadent pie combines canned pineapple, toasted nuts, and shredded coconut with sweetened condensed milk for a tropical flavor that is hard to resist. This particular million dollar pie recipe calls for a store-bought graham cracker crust, but making your own crust is easy and worthwhile if you have time. Perfect for any occassion.

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  • 09 of 30

    Easy Banana Pudding

    Easy banana pudding recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Sweetened condensed milk adds an extra element of rich creaminess to this banana pudding recipe. Mixed with vanilla pudding and whipped topping, it's the secret ingredient that makes this classic dessert extra special. Use firm but ripe bananas for the best flavor and texture. This dessert is one you will make over and over again.

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    Easy Caramel Flan

    Caramel flan recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ana Zelic

    Traditional Spanish flan is the perfect way to use sweetened condensed milk. It's silky texture and unique caramel flavor create a delectable dessert. Make the flans ahead of time so they have time to set up in the fridge, then dramatically remove them from their molds, releasing the caramel sauce.

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    Better Than Sex Cake (Robert Redford Cake)

    Better Than Sex Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This extremely moist cake can be made with ingredients you already have on hand. A boxed chocolate cake is saturated with sweetened condensed milk, hot fudge, and caramel before being topped with whipped topping and crushed toffee bars. No wonder it's called better than sex cake. Let it chill in the refrigerator overnight to get the ultimate decadent flavor.

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    Super Easy Chocolate Fudge With Variations

    Super easy sweetened condensed milk fudge

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Super simple chocolate fudge calls for just five ingredients and a few steps, making it perfect for beginners. No cooking, or beating, simply combine all the ingredients in a double boiler and stir. Enjoy as-is or add optional nuts or other mix-ins to create a custom flavor. It makes a lovely gift during the holidays or any time of year.

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    Real Thai Iced Tea

    Real Thai iced tea

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Baker

    Thai iced tea is often made with cheap powders, but an authentic, homemade version is worth the effort. Strong black tea is steeped with spices before being strained and combined with sugar, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Make a big batch of the spiced tea so you can quickly mix up Thai iced teas all week long.

  • 14 of 30

    Soft and Chewy Caramel Candies

    Soft Caramels

    The Spruce Eats / Elizabeth LaBau

    The creamy, chewy texture of these caramel candies is a hit with all sweets lovers. Make sure you have a candy thermometer handy before starting since it is key to successful caramel candies. Let the candy set up overnight before cutting. Dip the caramels in chocolate to add another layer of decadence to the classic treats.

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    Frozen Lemonade Pie

    Refreshing Frozen Lemonade Pie Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Lemonade is so refreshing to drink on a hot summer day, and this lemonade pie brings it to another level. Three ingredients make up the filling, and a storebought or homemade graham cracker crust provides the crunchiness. Make it the night before and put it in the freezer to set up. Sweet, tart, and tangy, this pie will stand out at any summer cookout or gathering.

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    Dulce de Leche Candy

    Dulce de leche candy recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Rich, indulgent, and just so delicious. This creamy candy that is a favorite in Central and South America simply uses a can of condensed milk. While easy, it does take a bit to make, so plan accordingly. Roll it in nuts, toffee, or coconut for some extra texture and flavor. 

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    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Peanut butter lovers will enjoy this luscious pie that is made with a cream cheese and peanut butter filling with chopped-up peanut butter cups folded in. Make a homemade graham cracker crust or save time and get a ready-made one. Or use a chocolate cookie crust one instead to get the full effect of a peanut butter cup. The hardest part is the waiting time of two hours for it to chill in the freezer. Hold tight, it's worth the wait!

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    Jessica's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

    Jessica's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

    Perfect for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion, these cookies are baked with a cherry in the center, along with a chocolate and sweetened condensed milk topping. While it might sound complicated, it's fairly simple. Just roll the dough into balls, then press a thumbprint into the center of each one. Place the cherry into the indentation and cover with the chocolate topping and bake. Moist, fudgy, chewy, these cookies are a fabulous treat. 

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    Cherry Pretzel Dessert

    Cherry Pretzel Dessert

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This incredible dessert is made with a crunchy salty pretzel crust, sweet cream cheese filling, and cherry pie filling topping. Make it up ahead of time, so it's ready for the next day. A great dessert for the holidays, barbeques, or picnics. For extra indulgence, put a dollop of whipped cream on each slice before serving.

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    Blueberry Lemonade Pie

    blueberry lemonade pie

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This easy-to-make blueberry lemonade pie uses a storebought or homemade graham cracker crust, with a filling of frozen lemonade, condensed milk, fresh blueberries, and whipped topping. Simply blend the fruit, milk, and lemonade in a blender, and fold in the whipped topping to make the filling. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and four hours in the freezer before slicing and serving. 

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    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars With Chocolate Chips

    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars With Chocolate Chips

    The Spruce Eats / Preethi Venkatram

    These are absolutely delicious bars made with peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips. So easy to whip up, these are perfect for get-togethers or family dinners. Choose creamy or chunky peanut butter or add some nuts for an extra crunch. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan for around 20 minutes. These make a nice batch of about 48 servings depending on how big you cut the squares. 

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    Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel Topping

    Pumpkin Streusel Pie

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The changing colors of the leaves bring to mind the Thanksgiving holiday season and the mouthwatering flavor of pumpkin. This pumpkin pie recipe is soon to become a favorite in your household. A delicious pumpkin filling made with condensed milk and spices then covered with a crunchy brown sugar-pecan streusel topping. Make sure to put a spoonful (or two) of whipped cream on top.

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    Southern Coconut Poke Cake

    coconut poke cake

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Grab a white cake mix, bake, then poke holes in the warm cake so it can soak up the coconut cream and condensed milk mixture. Slather on whipped cream and sprinkle on some coconut flakes, and this cake is ready to enjoy. If you love coconut, then this poke cake is right up your alley. This cake is best kept in the refrigerator and pulled out a few minutes before serving.

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    Chocolate Turtle Cake

    turtle cake

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Chocolate, caramel, pecans, and cocoa frosting make this a chocolate lover's dream cake. Simply made with a chocolate cake mix that's mixed with butter, water, condensed milk, and oil, baked and layered with a melted caramel mixture, sprinkled with pecans, and then topped with decadent frosting. Oh my! This cake is sure to fill that sweet tooth craving. 

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    Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

    Chocolate Filled Oatmeal Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    These easy chocolate-filled oat bars are made with chocolate chips, brown sugar, oatmeal, and sweetened condensed milk. A layer of the oat mixture is spread into the pan, topped with the chocolate filling, then the remaining oat mixture is crumbled on top. Baked for around 20 minutes, let it cool down before cutting. 

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    Martha Washington Candies

    Martha Washington Candy

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The creamy coconut and pecan filling in this candy is simply a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, coconut, pecans, and confectioners' sugar. The filling mixture is shaped into balls, refrigerated for one hour, and dipped in a sweet chocolate coating. Great for gift-giving during the holiday season or for a Valentine's Day treat.

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    Hello Dolly Bars

    Layered cookie bars - Hello Dolly Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    These bars are known by a few names, such as seven-layer bars, magic cookie bars, or Hello Dolly bars. A sweet layered confection of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, sweet coconut flakes, and chopped walnuts that are then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. Baked in the oven for 25 minutes, cooled, and then cut into 20 bars. So simple to make, serve them at holidays, parties, or family gatherings.

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    No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls

    Easy No-Bake Cocoa Coconut Candy

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    An easy no-bake chocolate treat made with cocoa and coconut, along with sweetened condensed milk and confectioners' sugar. Add in chopped pecans or walnuts, if you desire, for additional texture and crunch. Shape into balls and chill for two hours or more and store in an airtight container. Feel free to tweak the recipe and add your own touch to it, such as toffee chips, rum, or dried cherries. 

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    Peach Bread Pudding

    Peach Bread Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This easy and delicious peach bread pudding is made with sweetened condensed milk, diced canned peaches, vanilla eggs, cinnamon, and French bread. This pudding is baked for a little over an hour and best served while still warm. Top it with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. 

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    Blueberry Pizza With Cream Cheese

    Blueberry Pizza

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This dessert pizza is super easy to make and uses a shortbread type crust that is baked in the oven before putting the delicious filling on top. Fresh blueberries are combined with sugar and cornstarch to make the blueberry topping. Simply layer the baked crust with the cream cheese filling and top with the fruit mixture. Chill thoroughly before cutting into pizza-shaped slices.