Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more! 

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe - This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more! // addapinch.com

This homemade sweetened condensed milk is a recipe that I hope you love as much as I do. It isn’t an ingredient that we use a lot in cooking, but when I do, I like to turn to this homemade version.

Made with just a few ingredients that I generally always have on hand – milk, sugar, butter and vanilla, I knew this would be one of those recipes that I would turn to year after year whenever I needed it. 

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I’ve tested the recipe time and again to make sure that it yields just the right amount to use for recipes that call for a can of sweetened condensed milk. That way, it removes any guesswork from using this homemade recipe in place of the standard can from the grocery store. It is equal to just a bit over a cup, 1 1/4 cups each time I’ve made it. Once you make your own, you’ll be so surprised at how easy it is, I think!

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe - This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more! // addapinch.com

Once made, store in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.  If frozen, just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then shake vigorously in an airtight container with lid on or pour into a larger container and whisk until smooth and consistent throughout.

Here’s my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 1 1/4 cups
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar granulated or cane, honey, or maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk together milk and sweetener in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisking often, bring to a low simmer. Continue to simmer, whisking often, until milk has reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Once reduced, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool completely and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe - This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe makes a delicious, made from scratch version of sweetened condensed milk that you can use in coffee, baking, ice cream and more! // addapinch.com

96 comments on “Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe”

  1. Thank you Robyn for sharing this recipe! I made sweetened condensed milk from powdered milk before but your version seemed like a true winner.

  2. could you make this dairy free by using coconut milk?

  3. Best idea to make condensed milk at home. I will try it soon. Can I use 2 tsp vanilla extract?

  4. Due to dietary problem, I wonder is this woud work with lactose-free milk?
    Anyone tried it??

    • I make this with lactose-free milk all the time. It is a tiny bit less thick but just the same in every other way. I do have to say, I have never added the butter out of habit. My grandmother never added the butter so I just never have. It does not seem to affect the quality.

  5. Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️ Now that I’m cutting down on sugar, I’ll try using swerve 

  6. Absolutely yummy! Thanx!

  7. Is it important to leave it the week? Just made it and am needing to use it quicker than I thought…

  8. It’s awesome…tastes just like store bought (maybe better? :o) but it’s much thinner in consistence so I’m wondering if that will have an impact on the recipe you use it in. Thanks in advance for your help.

  9. Hi Robyn

    I compared your recipe to others and the ingredients are slightly different but the cooking is the same. I’m guessing your recipe with the vanilla extract adds wonderful flavor that the others do not especially in baking. Why did you add salted butter and vanilla?

    Thanks for this and I’ll post my picture when it’s done. Happy holidays.

  10. In what recipes do you use this?  Robyn, it caught my eye because I was looking for a recipe for homemade custard that we would pour over jello at Christmas.  Did your family do this and do you have a recipe for it? When my aunt died, we all realized that no one but her knew how to make it.  Thank you, Sherry

  11. Hi there. Have you tried using Splenda instead of sugar. I know so many people who are diabetic.

    Xoxo
    Suzan

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