Condensed Milk Cookies

condensed milk cookies

I have a flair for the dramatic.

I almost had a mini melt down at CVS the other day. I had a lot of errands to do one early morning and I was in a sour mood. I had just injured my left hamstring which means I couldn’t run, and you know when you can’t do one of your favorite things, you end up being cranky. And when I consulted my phone to look at my list of things to buy at CVS, I accidentally deleted my list of things to cook for the blog.

Nooooooooo!! I can’t lose that list! I’m already feeling behind, and I can’t run, and I lost my important list of recipes, and my gel polish chipped, and my life is ruined.

Like I said, I have a flair for the dramatic.

When the CVS guy approached me to ask if he can help – I guess he noticed I was screaming internally – it brought me back to earth. It’s just a list, one of the many I keep. For instance, I always have a list of things to do, errands for the day, desserts to bake for Christmas, food to pick up at the grocery store, what next to buy at Sephora, something from Buzzfeed, etc. And besides, I knew I was going home to make some condensed milk cookies that morning. CONDENSED MILK COOKIES! That was certainly enough to make me feel better and prevent an unnecessary mini meltdown.

condensed milk sugar cookies

I grew up dipping my spoon in cans of condensed milk at home. My childhood in Manila was drenched with this thick sweetened creamy concoction. I loved condensed milk with champorado (chocolate rice pudding), pancakes,  avocado smoothies, fruit salads, and drizzled over hot pan de sal (breakfast buns). As an adult, I like using condensed milk in desserts, particularly in fudge and no bake cheesecake. And every now and then I still sneak a spoonful from my can at home.

When I was mixing the dough for these cookies, I added white chocolate chips because it mirrors the sweet creaminess that I love in condensed milk. And it was a very good decision. The cookies taste like a cross between a sugar cookie and buttery shortbread. It’s surprisingly not too sweet, even with white chocolate chips, but instead just tastes mild and creamy. It’s soft and chewy, and almost elegant in its simplicity. I decided to sprinkle the tops with sanding sugar for some holiday sprucing, but the sugar also added a nice texture to each bite.

The soft milky cookies reminded me of the little pastillas de leche from the Philippines, which are small rolls of milk candy wrapped in colorful tissue paper. These were typical Christmas-time treats, and I thought these Condensed Milk Cookies would be a nice addition to holiday cookie platters as well.

sweetened condensed milk cookies

These cookies are incredibly easy to make! There’s no egg nor any additional sugar in the dough, and you don’t need a mixer – just a big mixing bowl. The cookies come out all cracked with crevices on top, which I love and is quite perfect for the crunchy sugar to settle into. Next time I want to experiment with adding coconut flakes, or using butterscotch chips instead of white chocolate.

And next time I’m going to remember that my phone is synced to my email, so I actually have all the lists on my phone saved online, too, even the ones I accidentally delete. Oops.

Yield: 18 cookies

Condensed Milk Cookies


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup condensed milk (or around half of a 14 oz can)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sanding sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter. Add condensed milk and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Add flour and baking soda and mix until well combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  3. Using a standard (2 inch) cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, portion out dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Bake in the middle rack one sheet at a time, for 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden.
  4. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar.
  5. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before serving or storing.

sweetened condensed milk cookies with white chocolate

I recommend that you put these cookies in your list, too, and make ’em soon! No drama needed.


29 Responses to “Condensed Milk Cookies”

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    grace posted December 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    these are marvelously festive! i’m a chronic list-maker, but i usually write them down…which means i’m often losing them. that said, i understand your frustration!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Grace! Cookies always help me calm down ;)

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    Sharon posted December 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Champorado, pan de sal, condensed milk…I grew up with those too :D I may or may not still eat spoon fulls of condensed milk :-| <3

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Sharon! It’s the nectar of the gods :)

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    Monica posted December 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

    This sounds and looks so awesome! I grew up with condensed milk as well – on toast, in coffee, on top of jellies and whatnot so it’s a special ingredient for sure. This is a beautiful treat for the holidays!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks, Monica! Ooohhh yes condensed milk in coffee is lovely, too!

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen posted December 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    We all have days like that! What doesn’t kill us, eh?
    My love for condensed milk also goes back to my childhood so these cookies are my dream!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Mariana! Haha yes what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger (my favorite Kelly Clarkson song) ;)

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health posted December 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    this is such a heavenly recipe – love anything with shortbread taste..
    just a reminder that you did not list flour in your recipe..

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Dixya, thank you for catching that! I appreciate you letting me know. I just updated the recipe!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted December 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve never heard of condensed milk cookies before! They sound amazing! And I’m totally like you… when I lose a “to do” list, I get mighty cranky :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Chris! Fair warning (especially if you’re really like me): these cookies are addicting…

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted December 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Ooo, I’ve never heard of these cookies, but I love condensed milk! I bet these are so perfectly sweet and delicious!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Leah! Believe it or not, I actually wanted them a little sweeter haha but my friends really loved this recipe as is! I hope you get to try it someday :)

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    Ashley posted December 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Oh man! Well I’m glad that employee helped avoid a total meltdown! I’ve definitely been there before!

    And these cookies! They sound so so good! I’ve never used condensed milk in cookies before … must try it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! Yes, definitely try using condensed milk in cookies soon. Bonus is you get to lick your spoon afterwards ;)

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted December 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I love these cookies! I can’t wait to try them this week. I have all the necessary ingredients.

    I can’t relate to the hamstring but have one of my nails chip and I’m irate. It’s always the nail tech’s fault. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Thanks, Maureen! I’m thinking of making another batch myself…

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    Sues posted December 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve had some similar meltdowns and oftentimes due to losing important things I’ve written down! These cookies look so delicious- I’ve never heard of condensed milk cookies, but they sound like such a good idea!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      They’re so good – so buttery and almost delicate. I hope you try them soon!

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    Joanne posted December 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

    GAHHH. That would drive me crazy if it happened, so I feel your pain. But on the bright side – COOKIES! So happy I have some leftover condensed milk in the fridge. Feel like I’m winning at life right now.

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Yep the stars are aligning for you to make cookies!

  12. #
    Meghan posted December 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I love condensed milk in recipes and am also prone to meltdowns, so I love this post!

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    Reg posted December 17, 2014 at 2:45 am

    You have the best recipes! I have a can of condensed milk sitting in the fridge. Time to make cookies ;-)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted December 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a giant batch of these cookies, it would be probably the best with some hot tea or chocolate! :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Sacha posted December 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t know what I would do without my recipe list either! But it looks like you’re surviving with these cookies :).

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted February 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I have a lone can on condensed milk in the pantry right now. I was thinking of making Filipino macaroons, but maybe condensed milk cookies will be a better choice as my kids hate coconut but loves milk cookies! Done!

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    seelia posted December 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Mmm, looks great! Can’t wait to make them, how many doors this recipe make roughly?

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    Jolene posted June 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I think the flour quantity might be off. I made these and they went completely flat.

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