Desserts Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Plus Other Sweet Treats, Too

Got an extra can of sweetened condensed milk in your pantry or kitchen cabinet? Here's a list of several desserts and other sweet treats you can make with it.

In case you didn't know it, but sweetened condensed milk is made by combining sugar and milk through a special vacuum process. Through this process, it has special properties that allow it to thicken without heating if combined with an acidic fruit juice like lemons. Plus, just heat some sweetened condensed milk and you get caramel.

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  • 01 of 10

    Bar Cookies

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    I was cleaning out my pantry one day and came up with this recipe for Bar Cookies. Besides the sweetened condensed milk, I used up all the little leftover bags of chips, semi-sweet, white, milk and butterscotch, nuts and so on.

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    It only takes a couple of chocolate truffles to make a beautiful dessert plate. Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Truffles aren't difficult to make anyway, but using sweetened condensed milk makes it even easier. If you don't count what the truffles are rolled in, there are only three ingredients in this recipe for Chocolate Truffles.
     

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    A Florida favorite. 2010 Key Lime Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    You don't have to worry about eating uncooked eggs with this recipe for Key Lime Pie, because it uses sweetened condensed milk.

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    Better Than Sex Cake a.k.a. Robert Redford Cake. 2010 Better Than Sex Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    This extremely creamy cake was made with ingredients I already had on hand. If you're into cream and chocolate, you can guess why this Better Than You-Know-What Cake cake got its name.

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  • 05 of 10

    Creamy Strawberry Gelato

    Creamy Strawberry Gelato in Shot Glass. Creamy Strawberry Gelato in Shot Glass Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Gelatos are typically made with whole milk, like this recipe. Rarely does a gelato have sweetened condensed milk in it. Regardless, traditional gelato or not, this recipe makes a lusciously smooth and creamy Creamy Strawberry Gelato.

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    Chocolate Silk Pie. 2010 Chocolate Silk Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Looking for a new favorite cream pie? I think this pie may be it. This recipe for Chocolate Silk Pie goes way beyond those chocolate pies made with a pudding mix.

    Making Chocolate Silk Pie with Photo Instructions

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    Tres Leche Cake. 2010 Tres Leche Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Tres Leches Cake, a Mexican favorite, is made with a mixture of 3 milks: heavy cream, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk.

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    Kumquat Cream Pie. 2010 Kumquat Cream Pie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    I never tried kumquats until my in-laws bought a house with a kumquat tree in the backyard. They have a wonderful sour taste that works perfectly in this Kumquat Cream Pie recipe.

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  • 09 of 10
    German Chocolate Cake. 2010 German Chocolate Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    This coconut pecan frosting goes perfectly on a German Chocolate Cake it is decadent and easy to prepare!

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    Flan Cake. 2011 Flan Cake Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Traditional Spanish flan is the perfect way to use sweetened condensed milk.  It's silky texture and unique caramel flavor create the perfect sweet dessert.