Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

If you’ve ever been in the middle of making a recipe and suddenly realized you didn’t have one of the main ingredients….raise your hand! OK, I see I’m not alone in this (you can all put your hands down now.) It’s so frustrating when that happens! Even though it’s fairly easy to just run to the store and grab a can or box of something (depending on where you live,) it’s also nice to know that in a pinch you can easily make it at home!

I’ve done several posts over the years showing you how to make homemade versions of traditionally store-bought ingredients….chocolate syrup, mayonnaise, pancake mix, pancake syrup, cream soup substitute, teriyaki sauce, hot chocolate mix, taco seasoning, yogurt….just to name a few.:-)

Today I’m adding to the list by showing you how easy it is to make your own Sweetened Condensed Milk at home! All you need are four ingredients and a hand mixer or blender, and you can make this baking staple in minutes!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk 

Adapted from FoodNetwork.com

A jar of white sugar and a jar of powdered milk on a table - surprising things to make.


  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered milk
A person making a surprising concoction in a blender, incorporating powdered milk.

Combine water, butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium sized bowl and blend with a hand mixer.

A surprising moment captured in two pictures as a person makes a blender concoction by pouring powdered milk into the mix.

Add the powdered milk and blend with a hand mixer until smooth.

A bottle of condensed milk next to a whisk is the perfect combination to make surprising treats.

It should keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

Here are some of my favorite recipes using sweetened condensed milk!

Root Beer Freeze

Rootbeer Freeze

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Brazilian Strawberry Limeade

Best Ever Creamy Crockpot Cocoa

Creamy Crockpot Cocoa

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Homemade Wendy’s Frosty

FatBoy Dessert

FatBoy Hot Fudge Sundae Dessert 

What is your favorite way to use sweetened condensed milk?

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  • Jilee PLEASE when you have a recipe in a post, please include a recipe card/index card that can be printed with the ingredients and instructions, instead of having to print out however many pages the post is. (and is easier on the ink budget)

  • I have been using this recipe for years (sans the vanilla – will have to try that additive!) I use it to make this simple recipe my family loves – and it is too easy when you need a quick dessert!!

    Skor Ritz Squares
    1 (6 ounce) package Skor English toffee bits
    1 (1/2 lb) box Ritz cracker
    1 (14 fluid ounce) can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

    Crush the Ritz into fine crumbs and put in mixing bowl.
    AddSkor bits and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well.
    Press into a 9 inch buttered square pan.
    Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (no more).
    Make sure you cool off completely before cutting into squares or they will fall apart.

  • I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it! But Barbara commented that she has made this with stevia! I would assume that you should use a bit less splenda or stevia because they are sweeter than sugar. Give it a try and let us know how it goes :-)

  • I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it! But Barbara commented that she has made this with stevia! I would assume that you should use a bit less splenda or stevia because they are sweeter than sugar. Give it a try and let us know how it goes :-)

  • Hi Jillee! Thanks so much for sharing my sweetened condensed milk recipe with your readers! I too have been in that “oh no!” spot you referenced, and I can count on more than one hand the number of times a from scratch recipe has saved me. ;) But I had no idea you could make American cheese! Must.Try.Soon.

  • Put it in mason jars and cook in the crock pot on low over night. I’m not sure about the stevia part but normal sweetened condensed milk is just fine when done this way. I say try 1 jar and see what happens.

  • Quick Delish Lemon Cheesecake
    Crush/grind together 3oz (weight) each hazelnuts and all-butter shortbread cookies, press into base of 8-inch springform pan. Beat 8oz (weight) mascarpone until soft, then beat in 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk. Stir in 5/8 cup heavy cream. Mix in the grated zest and juice of 3 lemons (hold back some of the juice if necessary to ensure mixture sets). Pour into pan and refrigerate overnight or until set. Decorate with lavender sprigs, mint leaves, strawberry or kiwi slices, or a dusting of powdered sugar. NOTE: If mixture doesn’t set because of too much juice, scoop it into stemmed glasses and call it Lemon Surprise!

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