50 Ways to Use a Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

pumpkin pie with pastry leaf cutouts on top
Pictured: Chef John's Pumpkin Pie. Photo: Vanessa Greaves

A can of sweetened condensed milk is a wonderful thing to have. Use it to create perfect pies and puddings (you absolutely must try Chef John's Pumpkin Pie this holiday season, and classic Banana Pudding is always a good idea), deliciously moist cakes (there are four types of milk in this Tres Leches cake, and this Strawberry Cheesecake is ideal for special occasions), and irresistible cookies and candies (these top-rated Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies are as good as it gets, and this three-ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge with Condensed Milk is great to gift). No matter what kind of decadent dessert you're in the mood for, we've got you covered with this collection of recipes using sweetened condensed milk.

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Chef John's Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie with pastry leaf cutouts on top
Pictured: Chef John's Pumpkin Pie. Vanessa Greaves

"After many years of experimentation, I've finally perfected what I think is the ideal formula for a rich pumpkin pie that's also much less likely to crack on top," says Chef John. "Serve garnished with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg."

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Key Lime Pie VII

Key Lime Pie VII

"This recipe uses condensed milk and sour cream. Fabulously easy ... a summertime favorite," according to recipe creator ANNRICHARDSON. "If you have time, a homemade graham cracker crust is better! Garnish with whipped cream and thin slices of lime if you like."

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Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

This layered dessert looks incredibly impressive, but it's actually so simple to make. Nobody will guess it only requires seven easy-to-find ingredients.

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Banana Pudding IV

Banana Pudding IV in a glass dish

This quick and easy classic banana pudding gets its decadent texture and flavor from sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and instant pudding mix.

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Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars
Melissa Goff

Seven is the magic number when it comes to this irresistible dessert. It has seven layers and is made with seven easy-to-find ingredients.

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Coconut Macaroons

close up of Coconut Macaroons

Here's an award-winning recipe that's so easy to make (with only five cheap ingredients). Whip these up in less than 30 minutes.

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Fudge Puddles

Fudge Puddles

"Looks so fancy with such little effort," raves reviewer Vicky Gunkel. "The taste is very good too. The fudge center is awesome! This cookie intrigued me for a Christmas type of offering, but my kids liked it enough to have more often."

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Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

"Truffle-like chocolate cheesecake in a chocolate cookie crust," recipe creator mac says of this decadent dessert. "If this does not drive your mate wild, keep the recipe and replace him or her."

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Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road Ice Cream
Photo by Meredith.

Who needs the store-bought stuff when you can make perfect homemade rocky road ice cream with only seven ingredients?

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Passion Bars

Passion Bars

If you're looking for an easy and delicious way to use a can of sweetened condensed milk, your search ends here.

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Chewy Caramel

a square green plate holding fresh cut caramels

Homemade caramel candy is easier than you think. Wrap these bite-sized beauties in wax paper to give as a heartfelt holiday gift.

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Creamy Caramel Flan

Creamy Caramel Flan
Photo by ABC123MAIL.

A creamy cross between a custard and a cheesecake, this fancy-looking flan is rich, delicious, and surprisingly simple.

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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

"This cake is made with three layers: Cake, filling, and topping," explains recipe creator Stephanie Watts. "There are 4 types of milk in the filling and topping (whole milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream). This is an excellent cake for milk lovers!

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"I double the recipe and put in a glass baking dish (9x13 inches)," advises recipe creator Dana. "Nice for holidays ... Keep it for a secret and family and friends will think you worked forever on it ... (smiles). You can also use peanut butter chips and make peanut butter fudge."

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Freezer Caramel Drizzle Pie

Freezer Caramel Drizzle Pie

There's nothing quite like a creamy freezer pie on a hot summer's day. It only takes 15 minutes to throw together, but be sure to allow time for overnight freezing.

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Original Irish Cream

Original Irish Cream
Original Irish Cream | Photo by Allrecipe. AllRecipes Magazine

Show your loved ones you care with this totally unique and fun food gift. If you store it correctly, it'll keep for about two months in the fridge.

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Coconut Cream Cake I

Creamy Coconut Cake

"An easy cake using a white cake mix, and moistened with a creamy coconut sauce," recipe creator GPAIN says of this top-rated dessert. "You may reduce the amount of sauce if you prefer, and it will still be delicious."

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Kool-Aid Pie

Kool-Aid® Pie
Melissa Goff

"This is a super-easy and quick recipe I got from my mother-in-law," says recipe creator blue. "No cooking, no baking, just mixing and it's set! Everyone will think you spent hours making the creamy and luscious filling."

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Kulfi Indian Ice Cream
Kulfi Indian Ice Cream. Leisha

"This is a simple but delicious recipe for Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) that I got from my sister-in-law," says recipe creator Simmi G. "I have made this several times, and it always gets rave reviews - even the kids love it! For extra flavor, you could add a few drops of rose water or ground pistachios."

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II | Photo by Lindsay.

These special occasion cookies really are as good as they sound, according to recipe creator JAMIE CARPENTER. You may want to go ahead and double the recipe — these won't last long.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake I

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

"This is the best cheesecake I've ever had," raves recipe creator Jessica Jones. "People have offered to pay me to make these for them during the holidays!"

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Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie with pumpkin crust design

What sets this family recipe apart from run-of-the-mill pumpkin pies? It has a crunchy walnut streusel topping that everyone will love.

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Boardwalk Quality Maple Walnut Fudge

Boardwalk Quality Maple Walnut Fudge
Photo by Dianne.

"Throughout the summer we enjoy the fudge sold on the boardwalk at the shore," says recipe creator SHORECOOK. "Hubby and I came up with this recipe so that we would be able to enjoy our favorite flavor year round."

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Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Photo by remmus89.

"A chocolate version of a Mexican classic," says recipe creator MrsFisher0729. "This moist and delicious cake tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen but a boxed mix makes it so easy."

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Caramel Shortbread Squares

Caramel Shortbread Squares
Caramel Shortbread Squares | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

These simple shortbread squares are perfect to throw together on a whim. They only take about 20 minutes to bake.

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

Caramel Popcorn Balls on a black stand
Allrecipes Magazine

Perfect for last-minute holiday baking, these kid-friendly popcorn balls are as easy to throw together as they are to eat.

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Impossible Cake

impossible cake on white cake dish

"This cake has a reputation," according to recipe creator gem. "A sweet and tempting caramel is drizzled into a greased Bundt pan, followed by a gorgeous smooth mixture for a moist and rich chocolate cake and a layer of flan."

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Chocolate Orange Fudge

squares of chocolate orange fudge
Alberta Rose

"A simple fudge recipe combining semisweet chocolate chips, condensed milk, pecans and grated orange peel," says recipe creator Angela. "Use almonds, or any kind of nut, if desired."

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Tiramisu Poke Cake

Tiramisu Poke Cake

This make-ahead cake is perfect for company. White cake mix makes it easy to whip up on a whim.

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Peachy Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Peachy Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

"This rich and creamy bread pudding is a truly decadent and comforting dessert," says recipe creator jowolf2.

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Coquito in a glass

This festive Spanish drink, made with coconut milk and white rum, is the perfect eggnog alternative for the holiday season.

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake
M Mack

"I love this recipe," says reviewer Cynthia Feldman. "The cheesecake is creamy and delicious and it's easy to make it look beautiful with those strawberry swirls."

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Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

Store this make-ahead dessert in the freezer indefinitely. When unexpected company arrives, just whip it out and serve!

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Magic Lemon Pie

glass dish of lemon pie topped with whipped cream decoration

"Three generations of my family have made this pie — nearly identical recipe — we just use fresh lemons," says reviewer Kristin L. "It is absolutely THE best! We usually have to make two to avoid fights over the leftovers!!"

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Frozen Margarita Pie

Frozen Margarita Pie
Photo by Christina.

Believe it or not, your favorite cocktail is even better as a pie. This recipe has a pretzel-based crust, which makes it taste even more authentic.

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Photo by Allrecipes.

"Strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk and chilled on ice makes an unbeatable Southeast Asian treat," says recipe creator Joseph and Joyanna. "Even those who only take their coffee black will like this. Serve it on hot summer days or as an evening treat. We learned this in Vietnam, and now drink almost all our espresso this way."

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Oreo Cookie Bars

Oreo Cookie Bars

"I tried these cookie bars at a friend's house and immediately wanted the recipe," says recipe creator swimminash. "These bars are so rich and decadent, but they really couldn't be any easier to make."

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Grammie's Sweet Milk Cookies

Grammie's Sweet Milk Cookies

If a recipe starts with "Grammie's," you know it's going to be good. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are simply perfect.

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Coconut Bon Bons

Coconut Bon Bons

Why would you buy store-bought bon bons when these sweet little balls exist? Throw these together whenever you're in the mood for a sweet treat.

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Better Than Sex Cake II

Better Than Sex Cake II

This recipe title speaks for itself. 'Nuff said.

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Funfetti Gooey Bars

Funfetti® Gooey Bars
Linda T

"These Funfetti gooey bars are the best gooey bars ever," says recipe creator Christina Salinas. "Made with a cake mix and a few simple ingredients, they are gooey to the max!"

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Shahi Tukray (Indian Bread Pudding)

Shahi Tukray (Indian Bread Pudding)

"This is a very famous Hyderabadi dish and is a very simple, but rich dessert," according to recipe creator SUSMITA. "It is great for a large dinner party as the recipe can be easily multiplied to make more. It is best eaten chilled."

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Pani Popo (Hawaiian Coconut Bread)

Pani PoPo
Tammy Lynn

Frozen dinner rolls get a fun makeover in this sweet Hawaiian coconut bread recipe. This bread tastes great warm or cool, according to recipe creator Kasey.

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Peanut Butter Fudge with Condensed Milk

Peanut Butter Fudge with Condensed Milk

You need just three ingredients (butter, peanut butter chips, and sweetened condensed milk) to throw this quick and easy fudge together.

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Pecan Sweet Potato Bread

Pecan Sweet Potato Bread
Alma Mia

"Moist delicious way to use up excess sweet potatoes or yams after the holidays," recipe creator JENSGEMS says about this quick bread. "This is so delicious that it disappeared within minutes."

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Church Supper Macaroni and Cheese

Church Supper Macaroni and Cheese
Sheila LaLonde

Wait, sweetened condensed milk in macaroni and cheese?! Reviewers say this recipe is surprisingly delicious and creamy.

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Martha Washington Candies

Martha Washington Candies

"Here is a candy that can be given as gifts during the holidays or just gobbled up whenever you have a hankering for it," says recipe creator Willi. "They are a hand-dipped pecan candy in a fondant-like base."

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Halloween Candy Corn Jell-O Shots

Halloween Candy Corn Jell-O® Shots
Leslie Kelly

"The seasonal treat that inspires strong feelings — love 'em or hate 'em — in a boozy shot form," says recipe creator Leslie Kelly. "This version goes for a triple shot, so shoot responsibly. Serve with candy corn on the side. Cheers!"

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Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami

This no-bake Brazilian treat (salame de chocolate) is as easy to make as it is to eat.

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Peppermint Patties

peppermint patties cut in half

"I have made these every year as one of many Christmas treats," says recipe creator Patty Stockton. "My family really loves them, it wouldn't be Christmas without them! When you dip, tap the fork on the edge of the pan to shake off excess."

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