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How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

A simple recipe that requires little tending

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dessert recipe, how to
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Linda Spiker


  • 2 cups organic whole milk
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vanilla paste or extract note: I usually end up using this condensed milk in recipes that already require vanilla so I often leave it out. If you choose to omit it, your milk will be a little lighter and whiter than pictured, and that's just fine


  1. Place milk and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan, stir for 20 seconds with spatula
  2. Place on cooktop and heat pan on low heat until sugar is dissolved, gently stirring here and there
  3. Once sugar is dissolved, turn heat to medium and bring milk/sugar mixture to a simmer (do not stir from here on out)
  4. Allow to simmer (not boil) for 40 minutes. Milk will thicken and darken a little. When done condensed milk should thickly coat a spoon and measure about two cups, but that measurement doesn't have to be exact. If it's not quite thick enough and you need to give it a little extra time, do! No harm will come from letting it simmer a little longer. Milk will also get thicker once it's placed in the refrigerator.

  5. If a foam forms on top just skim off with a spoon
  6. When ready, remove from heat and allow to cool
  7. Once cool, if using vanilla, add it now and stir. Pour milk into a jar and place in the fridge. Allow condensed milk to get cold, (thickening even more) before using.