77 Heavenly Desserts To Make With A Can of Condensed Milk
Sweetened condensed milk is delicious on its own, but once you see it transformed into everything from bread pudding to key lime pie, you’ll realize it’s actually magic. Both budget-friendly and versatile, the humble canned milk is the perfect rich ingredient to keep on hand at all times. So, add a satisfying sweetness to your coffee or whip up a creamy no-cook ice cream. There are endless dessert possibilities when it comes to this tried-and-true baking wonder.
Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream
Fresh strawberries and basil become a refreshing treat in this summertime ice cream recipe.
Milk Punch Tres Leches Cake
Bake this a day before serving so it soaks up the creamy syrup. Make mini cakes with a round cutter. Top with whipped cream and a grating of nutmeg.
Thai Tea Pie
Warmly spiced Thai tea mix—which you can purchase at an Asian market or online—stars in this show-stopping, no-bake pie. The tea is steeped in sweetened condensed milk which is then used to make a stovetop custard; after straining out the tea leaves (definitely use cheesecloth), you’ll simply pour the vibrantly colored custard into a peanutty, no-oven-necessary crust and refrigerate until set. If you’re looking for a pie that’s sure to impress, trust us, the sweet Thai tea against the salty, toasty flavor of the peanuts is a combo you won’t be able to get enough of.
A small square of these rich bars is enough to satisfy a dessert craving. The flour and oats mixture is somewhat dry after combining, but it serves as both a solid base for the soft butterscotch chip layer and a crumbly, streusel-like topping.
Lavender Rice Pudding Tarts
In a stroke of pure genius, Darcy transforms homey, comforting rice pudding into pie. And why not? Rice pudding is a starchy, creamy delight, so it makes a perfect pie filling--especially when it's going into a pine nut-flavored crust. Some traditional rice pudding recipes use lots of sweetened condensed milk, but this one uses just 1/3 cup sugar for a not-too-sweet treat. Dried lavender, used judiciously, adds just the right amount of floral essence to lend an air of elegance, while blueberry jam spooned on at the end brightens with a tangy, fruity lift.
Requiring only two ingredients, these easy coconut macaroons are almost too good to be true. Whip up a batch in just 20 minutes for sweet and simple treat.
Peanut Butter Pie
Mary Frances Noveh from River Ridge, Louisiana, sent us this dessert recipe, which first appeared in December 2001. She noted it was like a "peanut butter and chocolate candy bar." We loved the results, and since it makes two peanut butter pies, you can share one with a friend and keep the other for yourself. Several tasters in our Test Kitchens enjoy serving this pie frozen.
This Spiced Rum Milk Punch Is Like Eggnog Without the Eggs
Traditional milk punch is made with either brandy or bourbon. We switched those out for spiced rum to make a spiced rum milk punch that's just like homemade eggnog—just without the egg. This creamy cocktail is sweetened condensed milk and flavored with cinnamon sticks and vanilla. The best part? You can make the milk punch mixture ahead of time and store it in your fridge for future boozing. When you’re ready to serve the milk punch, just mix in the spiced rum and serve over ice. We sprinkled cinnamon sugar over top, but feel free to garnish with nutmeg, too.
Spiced Rum Milk Punch
Requiring a mere 2 ingredients (both of which are likely already in your pantry), this is the fudge you can make with one only one hand. Packing an intensely chocolatey flavor, this easy fudge recipe is sure to please.
Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream
If you like creamy, fruity ice cream with a little bit of zing, you'll love this ice cream dish.
Mango-Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie with Baked Saltine Cracker Crust
Frozen Banana Pops
Orange Cream Granita
Your favorite peanut butter and chocolate Girl Scout cookie in yummy milkshake form. We recommend buying high quality ice cream and hot fudge. You can also use pre-made peanut butter sauce, but having the leftovers is delicious (and useful for making more shakes). Enjoy immediately.
Cherry Cream Cheese Pie
Strawberries and Milk Shaved Ice (Raspado)
Blogger Ana Frias grew up in the desert, in Sonora, Mexico. She has very strong memories of buying raspados--Mexican-style snow cones--after school from the curbside vendor, and slurping them until her brothers would finally pick her up. To make the shaved ice, just whirl ice cubes in a food processor, 2 cups at a time, until the ice no longer makes a racket and looks like snow, with no lumps.
Creamy Mini Tarts
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie
Browning the butter with spices lends a deep, nutty flavor to this Southern classic.
Heavenly Key Lime Pie
This pie is wonderful with fresh or bottled Key lime juice.
Almond Praline Cheesecake
DIY Baileys Irish Cream
While you might only drink a splash of Baileys once a year on Saint Patrick’s Day, the creamy drink is actually so easy to make you could feasibly always have a jar of it in your fridge. Although, you’ll want to save this particular creamer for a morning when you have time to get a little buzzed. You ready? Put on a pot of coffee and pull out the blender.
Start with a hefty pour of Irish whiskey in a blender, then stream in sweetened condensed milk, nondairy creamer (regular cream or half-and-half will also work), hot cocoa mix, instant coffee powder, and a bit of vanilla extract. Cover the beaker with a lid and blend the mixture well. Fill a mug with coffee, pour in the Baileys, and relax. Your morning is about to be very chill.
Copycat Baileys Irish Cream
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Deep-Dish Strawberry Ice Dream Pie
The filling for our killer pie is somewhere between ice cream and mousse--a creamy concoction that's ridiculously easy to make.
Glazed Condensed Milk Cookies
Need to throw together a last minute treat? Make a batch of fluffy and buttery, cream cheese-glazed cookies using 1 whole (14-ounce) can of sweetened and just a handful of other staple ingredients you probably already have in the fridge and pantry. You will use 2/3 cup of the condensed milk in these melt-in-your-mouth cookies (which eliminates the need for additional sugar or eggs), then simply combine the rest of the can with softened cream cheese to create a tangy-sweet glaze. After you glaze the cookies and add sprinkles (if desired), leave them on the wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes so that the glaze can set so that you don't end up with a mess.
Copycat Dulce De Leche Milano Cookies
For a cookie that’s sure to impress, look no further than our homemade take on Milano Cookies with a buttery-sweet dulce de leche filling. We tested using Nestle brand canned dulce de leche, but you can also make you own if you have a can of sweetened condensed milk in the pantry. For other favorite fillings, try our DIY take on classic Milanos as well as our Copycat Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies.
Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding
Black Forest Chocolate Cake
Arroz Con Leche
This rice and milk dish is essentially a rich and creamy rice pudding. Sweetened with raisins and vanilla, you can up the sweetness factor by adding sugar and cinnamon to the mix. This dish is one big comforting bowl of goodness that can be enjoyed as a rich dessert or even as a creamy and indulgent breakfast. This dish can easily be made ahead of time and chilled, just be sure to place plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent a layer of film from forming on top.
Better Than Sex Cake
Chocolate, caramel, and Heath candy take chocolate cake to a whole new level.
Make fondue the hit of the party at your next gathering.
Prep: 12 minutes; Cook: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Slow-Cooker Size: 3-quart
Creamy Latte Pops
Chai Spice and Pear Oatmeal
Magic Cookie Bars
These are also known as seven-layer or Hello Dolly bars. They take 30 minutes of hands-on prep and call for just eight ingredients, making them the perfect dessert for taking, well, just about anywhere!
Apple Hello Dolly Bars
Hello Dolly Bar fans will love this fresh twist that uses chopped apples, butterscotch morsels, and plenty of crunchy pecans and toasted coconut. Everyone will rave about these bars and they'll be gone before you know it!
Soft Apple-Cider Caramels
These chewy treats are like caramel apples in candy form, combining the tangy-sweet flavor of cider with buttery caramel. To create your own spin on them, use a flavored apple cider or add different spices, like ground ginger or black pepper.
Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars
Butterscotch chips and cream cheese make a cookie kids (and grownups) will go wild for.
Triple Peanut Fudge
Zesty Lemon Pie
If you don't have a 9-inch deep dish, you can use a regular 10-inch pie plate instead. Prepare recipe, without whipped cream, up to 2 days ahead.
An elegant make-ahead dessert, these custards sing with faint floral notes and sweet honey. Serving tip from our Test Kitchen: Flans release like a dream if you let the custard cups stand in 1 inch of warm water for 3 to 5 minutes before unmolding.
Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
Chocolate bread pudding just got better with the addition of decadent dulce de leche.
No-Cook Peach Ice Cream
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Lemon Cream Tart
Coconut Avocado Ice Cream
Chewy Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons
Amaretto Cheesecake with Almond Brittle
Summertime Peach Ice Cream
Cool off this summer with a refreshing scoop (or a few) of our homemade peach ice cream. Offering the classic peaches-and-cream combo in every bite, this fruit-based ice cream is the perfect way to showcase bright summer flavors. If you’re able to use fresh Georgia peaches, you’re one of the lucky ones. Make a batch while peaches are in season, and enjoy the silky-smooth treat all summer long. Pair it with a fresh slice of peach pie, a toasted pecan topping, or just a warm evening outdoors. This delightfully creamy dessert is sure to become a summertime favorite.
Pumpkin lends a unique and mouthwatering spin to the classic custard layered dessert with a soft caramel top. This flan is convenient--it can be made in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.
Triple-Layer Mud Pie
Velvety Pecan Candy
Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie
No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream
Bake a batch of these crunchy cookie bars that combine chocolate, toffee, and pecans for just the right amount of sweetness.
White Chocolate Panna Cotta
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made from heavy cream that is usually served with fresh berries, caramel topping, or chocolate sauce. We substituted fat-free half-and-half and fat-free sweetened condensed milk for the heavy cream and added a little white chocolate for flavor. Since this impressive dessert needs to chill at least 8 hours before serving, plan to make it ahead, and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Quick Caramel Frosting
Rum-Macadamia Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple and Coconut
It's warm enough in the Keys to grill outdoors year-round. In less temperate climates, you can use a grill pan to cook the pineapple. Leftover ice cream is a treat served over waffles for a Boxing Day brunch. Change the liquor and nuts to vary the flavor of the ice cream.
Key Lime Coconut Snowballs
Use regular limes if the Key limes are not available. Unsweetened coconut is often labeled "desiccated" or "pulverized," and is often sold in health-food stores.
Dulce de Leche-Filled Cookies
Alfajores, these crisp wafer cookies, are filled with caramelized sweetened condensed milk. Although you often can find a full-fat version of this product at Hispanic markets, we've made our own lower-fat version.
Coconut rum, coconut milk, and shaved coconut pieces on top make this a true coconut lover's paradise.
Lemon-Lime Cream Tart
This dessert is in addition to the Mocha Pudding Cake and can be made up to three days ahead of time. It was a big hit at all our gatherings.
Apple Butter Pie
Apple Butter Pie comes together in a flash with deliciously sweet fall flavor that you (and your guests) won't be able to get enough of.
Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream
Try a scoop of Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream. This homemade ice cream with just four simple ingredients and a tangy citrus twist reinvents the classic Southern icebox pie.
Pumpkin-Swirl Cheesecake Tart
Double Peanut Butter Bars
Six simple ingredients turn a cake mix into oh-so-rich, oh-so-easy peanut butter bars. You can substitute your favorite morsels for the peanut butter morsels. You can also substitute creamy peanut butter for crunchy.
A decadent Fudge Filling, made with chocolate chips and a touch of peppermint extract, fills the layers between Peppermint-Hot Chocolate Cake.
Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Cream Topping
Tangy cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk combine for a creamy contrast to the sweet potato layer. You can prepare this pie up to two days ahead and refrigerate.