Just 3 ingredients Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies (2024)

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Can you resist if I say you can make a delicious cookie using just 3 ingredients and in under 25 mins?? This Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies is just that recipe.

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What is Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies?

Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies is basically a cross between shortbread cookies and thumbprint cookies but in a simplified version. They have the delightful crumbly texture of shortbread that you can use as the base to jazz up with any filling of choice like a thumbprint cookie.

Why you must try this recipe?

  1. Ease of the recipe - With just 3 ingredients and hardly any time needed, I bet you cannot go wrong with this recipe.
  2. Basic recipe - Basic easy to follow with simple 4 steps instructions, this is the perfect recipe to try with kids or even as a beginner baker.
  3. Variations - Well, this being the basic version you can jazz it up with endless variations to customise. Find a few suggestions in the post.
  4. Easy to scale - This recipe can easily be doubled or halved.
  5. Sells like hot cake - A very delicious cookie recipe that you can literally pack and sell. Easy to package, transport and would be a perfect addition to your cookie box for this festive season.
  6. Use your leftovers - Wondering what to do with a can of condensed milk or have some leftover condensed milk in your fridge? This is the perfect milkmaid cookies recipe to use it up.

Ingredients Needed:

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  1. Plain Flour: that is APF works best for this recipe
  2. Butter: needs to be chilled and cubed
  3. Sweetened Condensed milk: Don't confuse this with evaporated milk. You would need condensed milk and not evaporated milk.

Step by Step instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

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Combine together the flour and butter in a mixing bowl. Using your fingers rub the butter into the flour to create a wet sand like texture (image 1-2).

This technique of rubbing the fat into the flour is known as reverse creaming and it helps in making a tender cookie recipe by inhibiting the development of gluten.

You can check this Fresh Fruit Tart recipe if you would like to learn more about the science behind this reverse creaming technique more. (The post has a detailed explanation with infographics)

Once the flour and butter is rubbed well, add in the sweetened condensed milk to form into a cookie dough (image 2-3). Condensed milk acts as both the sweetening and the binding agent in this recipe.

If you find the dough to be sticky you can add a tbsp or two of flour and get it into a dough.

Step 2: Shaping

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Using a tbsp as a measurement, take out the portion of the dough and roll it into a ball.

Then press the dough using the back of your spoon or your forefinger to make an impression (images 4-6).

There are two ways of filling the cookie now:

First Way:

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In the first way, add 1/2 tsp of condensed milk in the impression created before baking. Then bake in the preheated oven (images 7-8).

Second Way:

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In this method, you add the condensed milk once the cookies are baked.

So once out of the oven and still warm, you press the cookie again with the back of your tsp to create the well and the fill the cavity with the condensed milk (images 9-10).

Step 3 - Baking

No matter which way you choose to fill the cookie, bake them in a preheated oven of 180°C for 8-10 mins until the base of the cookie is golden brown and the top remains pale in colour.

Allow it to cool and crisp up.

Enjoy the delicious cookie.

Texture of Condensed Milk Biscuits

Depending upon which way you choose to fill the cookie, you would get a variation in the texture.

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First Way:

When the cookies are baked with the filling, the sweetened condensed milk caramalizes a bit more, boils over and sets completely.

So when you bite into it or break the cookie into two using your fingers the condensed milk won't ooze out.

Making it perfect to be packaged and be shared eventually.

Second Way:

In this method, since the condensed milk is added after the cookie is baked it remains flowy in consistency, so when you bite into it the filling oozes out.

This type of sweetened condensed milk cookies is perfect for those who absolutely love eating the condensed milk on its own. I absolutely love this one.

Storage (Make-Ahead) Instructions

Store these cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Like any other cookie dough, this sweetened condensed milk cookie dough also freezes well.

How to freeze the cookie dough?

Once the dough is formed, shape it to a log, cling wrap and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, take it out from freezer, cut to form roundels; the process is similar to Tutti Fruiti cookies.

Please note in this case you cannot fill the cookies like a thumbprint cookies.

Instead you can treat them like the Jim Jam biscuits. Emma's goodies video explains it clearly.

Baker's Tips:

  1. The most important thing to take care is that you are using Condensed Milk by Nestle or MilkMaid and not evaporated milk for this recipe.
  2. If the dough feels sticky, add an additional tbsp of flour to bind them together.
  3. Use a tbsp or tsp measurement to divide the dough into roundels. That way all your cookies will be evenly shaped.
  4. While shaping the cookies might tend to dry out leading to formation of cracks. So work quickly while shaping and giving the impression on top.
  5. If you feel that the base of the cookie gets too brown quickly, then follow the double pan technique while baking. This technique works well for all types of cookies.


Like I said, this version of Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies is a very basic version. You can alter the filling choice in so many ways.

Here are few examples for you:

  1. Condensed Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies: You can add chocolate chips to the cookie dough and then make a ball and bake instead of the filling method.
  2. Condensed Milk Peanut Butter Cookies: Fill the cookies with peanut butter instead of condensed milk. Actually any nut butter would work in place of peanut butter. So you can choose to fill almond butter, cashew butter or whatever you like the most.
  3. Oreos: Crush the oreos and mix it with the dough. Divide into roundels and bake to form condensed milk oreo cookies.
  4. Milo: Mix around 20 gms of Milo or any drink powder - Boost or even cocoa powder will work for chocolate version.
  5. Caramel cookies: Just use homemade caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce for the filling in place of condensed milk.
  6. Glazed condensed milk cookies: So instead of giving an impression on top, bake the cookies like a sugar cookie and then dip them in a simple sugar glaze and coat with sprinkles on top.
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1. Can you use Evaporated Milk in place of Condensed Milk?

No you cannot. Condensed Milk is thicker and sweeter in consistency and hence works as both the sweetening and binding agent in the recipe. It cannot be substituted with evaporated milk.

2. Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes the cookie dough freezes well. Find the detailed instructions in the paragraph above.

3. How do you know the cookies are baked?

The cookies should crisp up on the sides. The bottom of the cookies changes to golden brown coloration whereas the top remains pale. If you have added condensed milk before baking then it should have set too.

4. Can I make the cookie dough in food processor?

Yes you can pulse the butter and flour in the food processor. Just make sure to not mix for long because you do not want to cream the butter here which might incorporate air into the batter and cause your cookies to spread. So just pulse until it comes together.

Related Recipes:

  1. Condensed Milk Cake
  2. Condensed Milk Fudge
  3. Nankhatai Biscuits

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Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies

Made using just 3 ingredients and in under 25 mins, this Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies is so tender and crumbly that you cannot resist yourself from relishing it over and over again.

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Servings 15 cookies

Calories 116kcal

Author Sushma Iyer


  • 1.5 cups + 1 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) Butter cubed and chilled
  • 1/4 cup (80 gms) Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • In a mixing bowl rub the flour and butter until it resembles a wet sand like texture.

  • Add the condensed milk and combine to form a dough. If the dough feels sticky then feel free to add additional tbsp of flour to make it into a cookie dough.

  • Using a tbsp as the measurement, take out the portion of dough, shape it into a ball and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

  • First way of filling: Using the back of your tsp make a well in the centre of the cookie dough. Smoothen the cracks if any. Then fill it with condensed milk.

  • Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180°C for 8 to 10 mins until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown and the top is pale in colour.

  • Second way of filling: In this method, make a well in the centre of the dough but do not fill it with anything. Once baked and still warm press again on top to create the well then fill it with condensed milk.

  • Let the cookies cool completely and then transfer to an air tight container and store for 1 week at room temperature.



  1. Start by adding 1.5 cups of flour. The additional 2 tbsp is to be used only if you feel the cookie dough is way too sticky.
  2. Work with chilled butter for optimum results.
  3. Use a tbsp or tsp measurement to divide the dough into roundels. That way all your cookies will be evenly shaped.
  4. Try to work fast while shaping the cookie dough. If you observe any cracks developing then just smoothen it up with your fingers.
  5. Cookies will crisp up upon cooling
  6. If you feel that the base of the cookie gets too brown quickly, then follow the double pan technique while baking. This technique works well for all types of cookies.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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Just 3 ingredients Sweetened Condensed Milk Cookies (2024)


What does sweetened condensed milk do in baking? ›

It Stars in the Most Irresistible Baked Goods

The thick syrup contributes both the sweetness of sugar and the benefits of milk without adding too much liquid since condensing milk removes moisture and concentrates the natural sugars. These sugars then take on toasty notes as they warm up and bake in the dessert.

Can I substitute condensed milk for sugar in baking? ›

As long as you keep the quantities of those “subingredients” the same, you can substitute milk and sugar with condensed milk in any recipe that calls for mixing sugar, milk /water and powdered milk.

Why do you add baking soda to condensed milk? ›

Baking Soda will make the Milk thick and give creamy texture. Condensed Milk is ready. It is thick and creamy. Cool down to room temperature.

What does evaporated milk do in cookies? ›

Evaporated milk can be used in both baking and cooking, where it provides richness, creaminess, and a mild "cooked" flavor without adding sweetness, says Leal.

What happens if you whip sweetened condensed milk? ›

Can condensed milk be whipped like cream? Yes, condensed milk can be whipped to create a creamy, fluffy texture similar to whipped cream. This makes it a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or looking for a dairy-free option.

What happens if you use sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk? ›

These items are essentially the same with one big difference: no sugar is added to evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk also has 60% of the water removed, but contains 40% sugar. Due to the big flavor difference, they cannot be substituted for each other.

Why do you put lemon juice in condensed milk? ›

Lemon juice thickens condensed milk in the same way it would "thicken" regular milk, i.e., by curdling. Basically, milk has two general types of proteins: casein and whey.

What happens if you add sweetened condensed milk to a cake mix? ›

Condensed milk is just the right ingredient to add moisture and a hint of developed sweetness to your next boxed cake. This non-refrigerated dairy product is made from concentrated milk that has been sweetened.

Can I replace condensed milk with honey? ›

While honey is a good sweetener to use in a dairy-free condensed milk recipe, honey is not an appropriate substitute for sweetened condensed milk. Both are thick substances, but honey can have a water or crystallized consistency. It won't yield the same results as a dairy-free condensed milk.

What's the difference between condensed milk and sweetened condensed milk? ›

Condensed milk is evaporated milk that typically has sweetener added, so much so that the terms 'condensed milk' and 'sweetened condensed milk' are used interchangeably. Sugar is added before canning; condensed milk is very sweet and contains about 40 to 45 percent sugar.

What does adding milk to cookie dough do? ›

The moisture contributed by the milk will also increase spread and hydrate more of the starches in the flour. These hydrated (gelatinized) starches support the structure of the air pocket wall, keeping the cookies from collapsing once cooled. By holding more water, they also help keep the cookies softer over time.

What is the point of condensed milk? ›

It provides a concentrated creaminess and sweet, milky flavor to whatever you put it in, without all the excess moisture that you get from regular old milk. That makes it perfect for creamy things that you want to set to a near-solid, like key lime pie, fudge, frozen margarita pie, or caramel.

What are the benefits of sweetened condensed milk? ›

Benefits of Condensed Milk for Health

Condensed milk is a good source of these nutrients in addition to calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin A, riboflavin, phosphorus, and protein. These nutrients are necessary for healthy teeth and bones, a robust immune system, and a cardiovascular system.

What is sweetened condensed milk best used for? ›

A can of sweetened condensed milk is a wonderful thing to have. Use it to create perfect pies and puddings, deliciously moist cakes, and irresistible cookies and candies. 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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