14 Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes

Thai Iced Tea

The Spruce

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

    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.

  • 02 of 14

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Dá)

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee

     Pete Scherer

    A refreshing and sweet afternoon pick-me-up, Vietnamese iced coffee consists of strong coffee combined with sticky-sweet condensed milk. Stirred with ice, it's a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. You can adjust the strength and the amount of condensed milk to suit your tastes.

  • 03 of 14

    Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

    Three ingredient macaroons on a dessert plate
    The Spruce

    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.

  • 04 of 14

    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    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 14

    No-Churn Ice Cream

    No churn ice cream with cookie crumbs.
    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.

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    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    Classic magic cookie bars recipe

    The Spruce / 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.

  • 07 of 14

    Easy Tres Leches Cake

    Tres leches cake

    Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

    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.

  • 08 of 14

    Million Dollar Pie

    Million dollar pie

    The Spruce / 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.

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  • 09 of 14

    Easy Banana Pudding

    Banana pudding with vanilla wafers.
    Diana Rattray

    Sweetened condensed milk adds an extra element of rich creaminess in 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.

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    Easy Caramel Flan

    Caramel flan recipe

    The Spruce / 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 / 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.

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    Super Easy Chocolate Fudge With Variations

    Super easy sweetened condensed milk fudge

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Super simple chocolate fudge calls for just five ingredients and a few steps, making it perfect for beginners. 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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  • 13 of 14

    Real Thai Iced Tea

    Thai Iced Tea

    The Spruce

    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.

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    Soft and Chewy Caramel Candies

    Soft Caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

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