Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on September 20, 2012

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about baking for the fall and the upcoming holidays. I think this is a healthier option over canned sweetened condensed milk because you can control all the ingredients and I think it tastes better too. I like to use organic ingredients. This can be used to replace canned sweetened condensed milk in baking or it can just be added to coffee (YUM). This makes about 1 cup to 1¼ cups depending on how much you reduce the liquid.


  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla


  1. Over medium-low heat, in a heavy saucepan, add milk and sugar.
  2. Simmer until sugar has dissolved.
  3. After sugar has dissolved reduce heat to lowest setting and let simmer for about 2 hour. Until liquid reduces to about ½ of its original quantity.
  4. Once liquid has reduced, remove from the stove and whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  5. Let cool and place in an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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5 responses to “Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

  1. thank you for sharing the recipe… I am making a note of it for the future! your photo is just gorgeous! so glad I was able to visit tonight from photo friday….

  2. Seriously? That’s it? I’ve ditched recipes or trekked out to the store because I didn’t have any! And this sounds better than something that has been sitting in a can for ages…this deserves a tweet and Pinterest! THank you for sharing on Ladies Holiday- hope to see you next week on Photo Friday…oh and the photos is lovely!

  3. Jennifer Student

    Thank you! I agree with you, I would rather make something so simple from scratch. That way I can use the ingredients I like. 🙂

  4. I never have this on hand! I can’t wait to try making it homemade…thanks for sharing 🙂

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