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Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk

Living in the country I try my absolute hardest not to run out of things, but hey it happens. I can’t always be looking ahead and realize I need some spur of the moment dessert. One of the things I only buy once a year happens to be sweetened condensed milk because it is $4 a can the rest of the year. That cost adds up.

A couple of weeks ago I was just in that position. I needed a dessert and I am totally in love with the individual cheesecakes I have been making. They only need 6 ingredients and are so quick to make. But I happened to be out of sweetened condensed milk and it is pretty essential in making these delectable little no bake cheesecakes.

There was no way I was driving 30 miles to pick up a can of this nor did I have the time. It was either make my own sweetened condensed milk or take the usual cake with icing. I remembered my mom one time telling me it was just milk and a ton of powdered sugar. She happened to be wrong from everything I found on the internet but it gave me a good starting point.

The Cast Of Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup boiling water
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 2/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions Of Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

1. Combine boiling water and butter in a small saucepan and stir until butter melts.

2. Combine melted butter mixture, sugar,vanilla and nonfat dry milk powder in blender until mixture thickens. This will take about 2 minutes.

3. Store un-used sweetened condensed milk in the refrigerator.

Makes 20 ounces. A normal can of sweetened condensed milk is 14 ounces.




  • Vicki

    Would I add the vanilla with other ingredients just before blending? I’m thinking that’s what I shoul do, but want to make sure. Thanks!

    • Brandy

      I have updated the recipe to show that you would add it when you add all the ingredients to the blender. Thank you for pointing that out!

      • Vicki

        Great. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Clair Boone

    LOVE how easy this is using things most people probably have at home and this time – you know what’s in it! Thanks girl!

  • Miz Helen

    I am so excited to have this recipe, we love using homemade products. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Cool. Thank you for the recipe. I was thinking there has to be a way to make this and now I know how.

    • Brandy

      I loved how easy it was to make and actually couldn’t believe that it only took ingredients I always have on hand. Thanks for stopping by!

  • What a fantastic idea! I’m Pinning this, and would like to invite you to come join my link party. It would be great to have you!

    • Brandy

      Thank you for stopping by. Headed to check out your linky now. Have a splendid day!

  • This is such a great recipe to have on hand; I’m going to feature it today! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

    • Brandy

      Thank you for featuring my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk. I love how easy it is to change the flavor up a little and that I don’t have to run to the store to pick some up when I run out.

  • Rachel

    I tried a different version of this and it didn’t work. Pinning, so I can try your version next time I need condensed milk. I’d love for you to share this at my link party Terrific Tuesdays .

    • Brandy

      Here is to hoping this one works out for you. I had good luck with it for my cheesecakes. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

    I am trying to get away from anything in a can. Thank you for the tip.

    • Brandy

      Ms. Lemon-
      I like knowing I have a backup for when I run out of the convenient option. Making your own is simple and it would get rid of the cans taking up space on your shelves.

  • Simplee Sue

    How cool! Never thought of making my own. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

    • Brandy

      Thank you for stopping by Simplee Sue. I was shocked at how easy it truly was to make my own.

  • Awesome! I had no idea you could make it yourself. Thanks for linking it up to Monday Funday!

    • Brandy

      I couldn’t believe how easy it really was to make my own sweetened condensed milk. I will be using this recipe often in my own house. I am shocked to realize how much I actually do use sweetened condensed milk.

      What types of recipes do you use it in?