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!
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.
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!
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!
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¾ cup sugar (granulated or cane), honey, or maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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.