49 Condensed Milk Recipes for the Holidays and Beyond
As far as pantry staples go, canned sweetened condensed milk is among the most magical. Not only is it rich, luscious and delicious on its own (we know you’ve licked the spoon clean before), but it’s also the secret to making homemade dulce de leche, cheater’s fudge and foolproof no-churn ice cream. Iconic treats like key lime pie, tres leches cake and Vietnamese iced coffee wouldn’t be the same without its thick, sweet splendor. Here are 49 condensed milk recipes that prove you should always have a can on hand.
12. The Easiest 3-Ingredient Brigadeiro
For the uninitiated, brigadeiro is a type of Brazilian chocolate truffle rolled in sprinkles. Chocolate milk powder gives the treat its flavor, but strawberry milk powder works just as well.
13. Creamy California Avocado and Mint Sorbet
Homemade sorbet can turn out unpleasantly icy. But buttery avocados, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk ensure this one’s creamy texture.
15. Mini Key Lime Pies
A teeny-tiny bite of pure sunshine. They bake in a muffin tin for just 20 minutes, so they’ll be in your mouth before you know it.
19. Chocolate-Drizzled Buttery Pecan and Caramelized Condensed Milk Cookies
Simmering the condensed milk over low heat for half an hour turns it ridiculously thick, so much so that it can hold its own as the cookie sandwiches’ filling.
20. Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake
Complete with a flourish of chocolate and peanut butter chips, this dessert couldn’t be any more decadent.
21. Key Lime Cupcakes
Sour cream in the batter guarantees a moist, tender crumb. Feel free to substitute regular lime juice if you can’t find key limes.
22. Loaded Peanut Butter & Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip Dulce de Leche Fudge
It’s safe to say that you’ll land a permanent spot on the nice list if you gift a batch to your friends and family.
23. Perfect Tres Leches Cake
The traditional Latin dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare. The cake is soaked overnight in a mix of whole, evaporated and condensed milks.
24. Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa
Just like the Choco Tacos you’d get from the ice cream truck as a kid…only a million times more gourmet.
28. Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Brownies
Tangy, chocolatey and impossibly gooey. Simmer the condensed milk the night before so it has plenty of time to caramelize and cool before you bake.
29. Southern-Style Banana Pudding
Topped with toasted meringue for good measure. Save time by using store-bought instant vanilla pudding.
32. Cannoli Poke Cake
BRB, going for a dip in a pool of sweet ricotta. Might we suggest topping the cake off with crumbled cannoli shells?
35. Buttered Rum Fudge
Don’t worry, there’s not a drop of alcohol in this holiday treat. The key to its boozy flavor is rum extract.
40. Seven-Layer Bars
Three types of baking chips, coconut flakes and nuts doused in sweetened condensed milk? Pinch us, we’re dreaming.
42. Chocolate Caramel Fudge with Cracker Jack Popcorn
The nostalgia is strong with this one. Finish the fudge with a sprinkle of flaky salt for extra contrast.
44. Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce
For ice cream sundaes, brownies and well, just about any dessert that could use a lil’ something extra. The recipe calls for melting down white chocolate chips, but you can substitute half with peanut butter chips if you’d like.
47. Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Crust
Trading graham crackers for chocolate wafers reinvents this old-school dessert in no time at all.
49. Sweet Cream Cold Brew Fudgesicles
Admit it: You wouldn’t mind waking up at the crack of dawn to start your day with one of these bad boys. (We’ll be letting ours melt into a hot cup of joe, thank you very much.)