Condensed Milk Cake. Just stir and bake!

If you are looking for an easy way to make a delicious dessert with just a few simple ingredients – sweetened condensed milk is the answer! This versatile ingredient can be used in dozens of recipes, from flans, cakes, and cookies to ice cream and fudge. Here are 25 of our favorite sweetened condensed milk recipes. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

As far as pantry staples go, canned sweetened condensed milk is among the most magical. Not only is it rich, luscious and delicious on its own (we know you’ve licked the spoon clean before), but it’s also the secret to making homemade dulce de leche, cheater’s fudge and foolproof no-churn ice cream without trying too hard. Iconic treats like key lime pie, tres leches cake and Vietnamese iced coffee wouldn’t be the same without its thick, sweet splendor. Read on for 54 condensed milk recipes that prove you should always have a can on hand.

Oh, what would we do without condensed milk? Not only does it make sweet treats creamy, rich and oh-so moreish, as these slices, cakes, cheesecakes and fudges all prove, but it’s super affordable and easy to store in the pantry.

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Lemon shortbread triangles

These shortbread triangles may be simple to make but are just bursting with strong lemony flavour – both in the biscuity base and in the soft, condensed milk topping.

Mint Slice truffles

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Hong Kong milk tea has a smooth, creamy texture and is made by simmering tea with sweetened condensed milk. It is also known as “pantyhose tea” or “silk stocking tea” because it is often brewed in a large tea sock that resembles pantyhose.

This recipe calls for a whole can of sweetened condensed milk, but if you prefer a less sweet beverage, add just 1/4 to 1/2 cup instead. The milk tea can also be made with evaporated milk, which will result in a more mellow-flavored drink. For an added treat, use it as the base for yin-yang coffee-tea, a combination of milk tea and coffee.

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“Overall, this recipe is a good jumping-off point for making a milk tea with the right amount of creaminess and sweetness.” —Carrie Parente

  • , preferably a bold Ceylon tea
  • sweetened condensed milk, or to preferred taste

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  • Gather the ingredients. 
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  • Combine the water and tea leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat.
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  • Bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
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  • Remove from the heat. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk to taste. Return to the heat.
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  • Bring back to a boil. Simmer for 3 more minutes.
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  • Strain the tea and condensed milk mixture.
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  • Serve hot or chill and serve over ice. Small glasses are ideal.
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Recipe Variations

  • Instead of using sweetened condensed milk, you can use a 14-ounce can of evaporated milk, with sugar, to taste.
  • Turn the milk tea into bubble tea by adding tapioca pearls to the bottom of the glass before pouring over the tea and milk mixture.
  • Double or triple this recipe to serve at a party.

The Origin of Hong Kong Tea

As the name says, milk tea originated in Hong Kong, going back to the British colonial rule; the British tradition of afternoon tea, where black tea is served with milk and sugar, became popular in Hong Kong. Milk tea is similar, except it is made with evaporated or condensed milk instead of ordinary milk. It is called “milk tea” to distinguish it from “Chinese tea,” which is served plain. Outside of Hong Kong, ​it is referred to as Hong Kong-style milk tea.

The taste and texture of Hong Kong-style milk tea can be influenced by the type of milk used. For example, some Hong Kong cafés prefer using a filled milk variant, meaning it is not purely evaporated milk (as with most retail brands) but a combination of skimmed milk and soybean oil instead.

What’s the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk?

The main distinction between condensed and evaporated milk is that condensed milk has sweetener added to it. Condensed milk is darker in color and thicker than evaporated milk. The products are similar in that they are both sold in cans, are shelf-stable, and have had much of the water removed. Both can be used in cooking and baking, but it is important to choose the type called for in the recipe since their taste is quite different.

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This lovely little vintage recipe for Condensed Milk Afternoon Tea Cakes is my adaptation of a recipe found in an old cookbook, “Farmhouse Fare“.

JUST Four Ingredients in the Recipe

The recipe has JUST 4 ingredients in it, and the recipe makes between 20 and 24 dainty cakes that are just delicious, espeically with a cuppa.

I’ve made these several times now, for my Sunday Tea Tray Supper, as well as for the weekly cake tin.

They are brilliant for picnics, and for the WI cake stall too – we usually sell 2 cakes with a cup of tea of coffee, and people love them.

The 4 ingredients are: butter or margarine; SR flour, 1 x 397 tin of condensed milk and 2 eggs, that’s it.

The last time I made these, I used a tin of caramel condensed milk, as that’s all I had in my pantry, and they were even more delicious.

The cakes shown in today’s photos are the ones I made with the caramel condensed milk, so don’t expect the same colour if you are using regular condensed milk.

I usually add vanilla extract, which adds a lovely flavour to these wee afternoon tea cakes. I suspect that grated lemon zest would work well too.

These cakes, or buns as I call them, may not be as showy as the overblown cup cakes you now see everywhere, but what they lack in looks is more than made up for in taste.

You MUST use a normal sized patty tin/pan for these cakes, and NOT a muffin tin which will be too big.

The small patty tins that you would use for fairy cakes or butterfly cakes is the perfect size, and you will need small paper cake cases, again, as you would use for fairy cakes.

You can ice these if you wish – I have in the past added some vanilla buttercream, but we actually prefer them plain, as you get the lovely mellow taste of condensed milk and vanilla

I hope you enjoy these little Condensed Milk Afternoon Tea Cakes if you make them – sometimes LESS is really MORE! Karen

Original Recipe and Other Options

  • Original Recipe for Afternoon Tea Cakes
  • 4ozs margarine
  • 8ozs flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • A few drops of lemon or vanilla essence
  • Method is the same as my adapted recipe
  • Optional Extras:
  • Use caramel condensed milk
  • Add grated zest of 1 lemo or an orange
  • Add vanilla buttercream to the top of the cakes

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  • 115g butter or margarine
  • 225g SR flour
  • 1 x 397g condensed milk or caramel condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  • Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F and line 2 x 12 hole patty tins with paper cake cases.
  • Melt the butter or margarine over a gentle heat, then add the tin of condensed milk – mix well.
  • Add the beaten eggs, stirring well and then slowly add the flour, mixing well after each spoonful as not to make the mixture lumpy.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until they are well risen and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before serving them.


Original Recipe for Afternoon Tea Cakes

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tin sweetened condensed milk

Pinch of salt

A few drops of lemon or vanilla essence

Method is the same as my adapted recipe

Use caramel condensed milk

Add grated zest of 1 lemo or an orange

Add vanilla buttercream to the top of the cakes


Amount Per Serving

6g 4g 0g 2g

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Condensed Milk Cake. If pound cake and sponge cake had a baby, this would be it! Only 6 ingredients! Soft, yet firm with a springy texture and a beautifully rich vanilla flavour. Perfect as a snack cake or as the base for strawberry shortcake, Victoria sandwich cake, and especially trifles.

Condensed Milk Cake.

My path to this simple but delicious cake was definitely not a straight line. In fact it took several attempts to perfect my version of this recipe.

It all began with what I often call the “Costco effect”. That’s when you buy more of an ingredient than you really need, then go in search of ways to use the surplus.

That was just the case, when doing a post Christmas cupboard cleaning I discovered several cans of sweetened condensed milk. What to do with them?

There are, of course, many cookies & treats already on this site using this ingredient. From to No Bake Strawberry Chiffon Squares and even , there are no shortage of ideas to be found.

However, this time I wanted to try it in a cake batter. I felt the concentration of rich milky flavour would lend itself well to a simple vanilla cake.

Plenty of inspiration for a condensed milk cake.

It turns out this was not an original idea. As soon as I searched it online, lots of recipes popped up but they all seemed to be pretty much the same.

They all used the same 5 ingredients; flour, baking powder, eggs, butter and a can of sweetened condensed milk. I thought it was odd that there was no vanilla extract in the recipe but I went ahead and made it as it was written.

The cake turned out just fine but I thought it could be a little lighter in texture and a little less dark on the outside. I also missed the addition of vanilla extract.

I always say vanilla extract is to baking  what salt is to cooking. It’s very much missed when not present.

6 common ingredients are all that’s needed.

The next attempt included the vanilla and bumped up the baking powder as well as increasing the butter just a little. I also reduced the oven temperature a little.

This time I took the cake out too early and there was a little uncooked portion at the centre top of the cake. Back to the drawing board!

Just add ingredients and mix

Third time’s the charm? Nope.

The third attempt seemed to be on track, but when I tested it it needed a few more minutes in the oven. I set the timer for 5 more minutes and went back to my desk upstairs.

The trouble there was that I was alone in the house and forgot the timer! I normally use 2 timers, one on the stove and one on my phone, just to be safe. However I forgot the phone timer and did not hear the kitchen timer at all from upstairs.

Condensed milk cake ready for the oven.

Enter my son, Noah, who, when returning home shouted up the stairs, “There’s a timer going off in the kitchen!!” I will spare you the content of my colourful exclamations of frustration as I descended the stairs!

It turns out the timer had been going off for 20 minutes, meaning I actually over baked the cake, almost to the point of burning it. Yes, even experienced bakers like me can have the occasional disaster.

Undeterred, I immediately set out to try it again and, well, apparently the 4th time is now the charm. This time I got it just right.

Condensed milk cake just out of the oven.

A very versatile condensed milk cake.

As soon as I stuck my fork into it, I immediately saw the possibilities for this recipe. we served it with berries and whipped cream for a delicious dessert at short notice.

In fact, the cake is perfect just on its own as a snack cake. The firm texture means that pieces can be handheld and eaten on their own. Great for adding to packed lunches or even picnic baskets!

I also immediately thought that it would be a good base for strawberry shortcake or any fruit shortcake really. Cut it in 2 layers and add your favourite jam in the middle for an outstanding Victoria Sandwich Cake too.

Baked to perfection.

The firm springy texture seems ideal too for all sorts of trifles. (See short video in the recipe below.) The cake seems just made for absorbing fruit juices, syrups, or sherry.

I can’t wait to try that. I’ve never met a trifle I didn’t love!

This really is a must-try recipe. It’s so quick, easy, versatile and delicious, you’re sure to find yourself coming back to it again and again.

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Condensed Milk Cake. If pound cake and sponge cake had a baby, this would be it! Only 6 ingredients! Soft, yet firm with a springy texture and a beautifully rich vanilla flavour. Perfect as a snack cake or as the base for strawberry shortcake, Victoria sponge cake and especially trifles.

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter (Melted but not hot; warm is ok.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8 inch cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper. (A 9 inch pan will work but the cake will not be as high and the baking time could be 35-40 minutes. Let the toothpick test be your guide.)
  • Add the flour and baking powder to a bowl and mix together well.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix for just a couple of minutes until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the centre springs back when touched and a wooden toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. This recipe took the full 45 minutes in my oven but test it at 40 minutes.
  • Turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Dust the surface with a little icing sugar before serving.
  • Delicious with fresh berries and cream.


1Amount Per Serving 11g 6g 0g 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, make ahead

Trading graham crackers for chocolate wafers reinvents this old-school dessert in no time at all.

Coquito with Cinnamon

Coquito with Cinnamon

Coquito with Cinnamon is an eggnog-like drink traditionally served in Puerto Rico at Christmas. It is made with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, Cinnamon and nutmeg and is perfect for holiday entertaining.

Sweet Cream Cold Brew Fudgesicles

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours (includes freezing time)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, gluten free

Admit it: You wouldn’t mind waking up at the crack of dawn to start your day with one of these bad boys. (We’ll be letting ours melt into a hot cup of joe, thank you very much.)

Banoffee Pie

There’s nothing better than a classic banoffee pie elevated by some homemade toffee. You don’t even need an oven for this one, which makes it an excellent recipe for hotter weather.

Manjar de Coco

Venezuelan Coconut Dessert

Manjar de Coco is a smooth, creamy Venezuelan coconut dessert made using only four simple ingredients. It’s satisfying yet light, delivering a delicious flavor mix with every spoonful.

No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours (includes freezing time)
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, no bake, beginner-friendly, make ahead

Bye-bye, ice crystals. Your scoop will be smooth and grit-free, thanks to condensed milk and a dash of citrus liqueur. The only crunchy part will be the broken shortbread cookies.

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead, no bake

See ya, fussy water bath. All this cheesecake needs to set is a night in the fridge. Don’t skip the pretty lime zest garnish.

The Easiest 3-Ingredient Brigadeiro

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, one pot, <10 ingredients

For the uninitiated, brigadeiro is a type of Brazilian chocolate truffle rolled in sprinkles. Chocolate milk powder gives the classic treat its flavor, but strawberry milk powder works just as well.

Crème Caramel

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, gluten free, special occasion-worthy

This silky French custard gets a Vietnamese-inspired twist with the help of sweetened condensed milk. (We’re betting you already have the other five ingredients needed to pull it off, too.)

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

This homemade ice cream has all the bright lime flavor of key lime pie — even the crunchy, buttery graham cracker crust — and it’s a cinch to make. There’s no temperamental custard base to make and chill, no ice cream machine to fiddle with, and no pulling the ice cream out of the freezer every 30 minutes to beat out the crystals.

Tres Leches Cake with Raspberries

A tres leches cake is a fantastic light dessert! Tres Leches means “three milks” in Spanis and refers to the three kinds of milk used to make the mixture for soaking the soft sponge – sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole-fat milk (or half-and-half).

This tres leches cake recipe adds a bit of an extra zazz adding brandy to the wet mixture and topping the cake with beautiful fresh raspberries – a true dessert masterpiece.

Kool-Aid Pie

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, no bake, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

This vibrant, no-bake pie tastes like childhood. Choose any Kool-Aid flavor you’d like. Whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk pairs with just about anything.

Easy Lemon Cream Pie

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes (plus chilling)
  • Why We Love It: no bake, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

A buttery brown sugar crust meets a sweet-tart cream cheese filling. Did we mention you don’t even have to turn on the oven to pull it off?

Bird’s Milk Cake

Vanilla Souffle Cake

Bird’s Milk Cake (aka Ptichye Moloko in Russian) is an exquisite dessert perfect for a special occasion. This elegant cake combines a soft vanilla sponge with a luscious creamy custard souffle. Bird’s Milk Cake is absolute perfection and melts in your mouth. The recipe comes out perfect every time and is much easier to put together than it might look.

Cookie Dough Tiramisu

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Between layers of coffee-soaked ladyfinger cookies and meringue-kissed mascarpone cream is a bed of chocolate chip cookie dough. Need we say more?

Coconut Cream Eggs

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, make ahead, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

You’re only five ingredients (plus some pastel sprinkles) away from the cutest Easter favor of all time.

No-Churn, 4-Ingredient Plum Swirl Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no bake, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Cheater’s condensed milk ice cream has endless varieties. Opt for swirling in store-bought jam instead of our homemade plum version if you’re feeling extra lazy.

Atlantic Beach Pie

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

This summery pie is famous for its sweet-and-salty saltine cracker crust. (Though we’d argue that the three-ingredient citrus filling is just as noteworthy.)

Key Lime Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

Sour cream in the batter guarantees a moist, tender crumb. Feel free to substitute regular lime juice if you can’t find key limes.

Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 10 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Chocolate Caramel Fudge with Cracker Jack Popcorn

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes (plus chilling)
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, gluten free, beginner-friendly

The nostalgia is strong with this one. Finish the fudge with a sprinkle of flaky salt to really make the flavors pop.

Easy Sweetened Condensed Milk Fudge

Easy Sweetened Condensed Milk Fudge

Made with just three ingredients and cooked in the microwave for only one minute, this fudge is rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Your friends and family will love it, and they’ll never guess how easy it was to make!

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sundae

No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sundaes

A big reward for hardly any effort, these no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream sundaes are the perfect simple and delicious dessert anyone will enjoy.

Rocky Road Fudge

Super-Easy Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road Fudge is a delicious mixture of chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, marshmallows, and walnuts. It is easy to make and perfect to bring to your holiday parties!

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, no bake, kid-friendly, make ahead

Complete with a flourish of chocolate and peanut butter chips, this dessert couldn’t be any more decadent. Use a store-bought graham cracker crust to save time.

No-Bake S’mores Pie

No-Bake S’mores Pie

This No-Bake S’mores Pie is campfire goodness without the fire. A graham cracker crust layered with a rich sweetened-condensed milk chocolatey filling and a light and fluffy marshmallow topping. An irresistible summer treat, but in a no-bake necessary pie form!

Coconut Macaroons

Chewy and moist on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside, they are delicious plain but even more irresistible dipped in chocolate. They also keep well for days, making them the perfect cookie to make or give as gifts during the holidays.

Dulce de Leche Skillet Brownie

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

It doesn’t get more ooey-gooey than this marbled masterpiece. (If you like your brownies less fudgy, bake for 40 to 45 minutes instead of 30.)

Dulce de Leche Flan

Dulce de Leche Flan

Looking for a delicious and creamy dessert that’s sure to impress? This Dulce de Leche Flan recipe fits the bill! Made with a mix of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, this rich and easy-to-make dessert is so creamy and tasty its perfection itself. Simply garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or more Dulce de Leche, and you’ve got a showstopper of a dessert that everyone will love.

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies (Alfajores)

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

These traditional Argentinian sandwich cookies *will* change your life. Save yourself hours’ worth of simmering by using canned dulce de leche.

Perfect Tres Leches Cake

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

The traditional Latin dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare. The cake is soaked overnight in a mix of whole, evaporated and condensed milks.

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

This classic four-ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge is super easy to make and beyond addictive! White chocolate is combined with sweetened condensed milk, smooth peanut butter, and roasted peanuts to create a rich, chewy fudge that will keep everyone happy – give it a go today!

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge

The chocolate fudge recipe takes only 5 minutes to put together before you pop it into the fridge to chill! Dark Chocolate Chips are combined with Vanilla, Condensed Milk, and Mini Marshmallows. Topped with nuts and cut into squares, this no-fuss comfort food is a guaranteed winner

Butterscotch Ice Cream

Butterscotch Ice Cream

This recipe is creamy and flavorful, sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this homemade ice cream will indeed become your favorite guilty pleasure.

Classic Rice Pudding

Classic Rice Pudding

This Classic Rice Pudding is the perfect end to a delicious meal. It is topped with cinnamon for that cozy feeling that will make you ask for seconds. Perfect to enjoy warm and cold; it’s always delicious!

Chocolate Rum Balls

Chocolate Rum Balls

Crockpot Hot Cocoa

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Whole milk, heavy cream, condensed milk and quality chocolate? Just call this hot cocoa a liquid brownie.

White Chocolate Buttered Rum Fudge

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, gluten free, <10 ingredients

Don’t worry, there’s not a drop of alcohol in this holiday treat. The key to its boozy flavor is rum extract.

Honey Brick Toast

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

Think of it as sugary, custard-soaked French toast. This sweet breakfast dish is typically made with milk bread, but buttery brioche is a fine substitute.

Gingerbread Swirl Fudge

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, make ahead, gluten free

Just one bite will put the Scrooge of your family in the Christmas spirit. The gingerbread swirl is loaded with molasses, cinnamon and warm spices.

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

If you’re short on time, chocolate chips are a solid alternative to chopped dark chocolate. (Though you’ll have to wait for the cream to chill anyway, so why not go all out?)

Thai Iced Tea Panna Cotta

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, gluten free, special occasion-worthy

Ombré desserts are always guaranteed to impress. This one’s made up of two layers of panna cotta—one spiked with Thai iced tea mix, the other infused with vanilla extract. The finishing touch? A generous dollop of whipped cream.

Mini Key Lime Pies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

A teeny-tiny bite of pure sunshine. They bake in a muffin tin for just 20 minutes, so they’ll be in your mouth before you know it.

French Silk Mousse Tartlets

French Silk Mousse Tartlets

If you love French Silk Pie, you are in for a treat! A buttery and flaky tart shell filled with rich and creamy French Silk Mousse and topped with fresh raspberries and strawberries!

Traditional Flan

Traditional flan is a heavenly custard dessert that doesn’t require any complex ingredients. Its simple yet tempting flavors will tantalize your taste buds. It’s creamy, smooth, and oh-so-delicious! It’s easy to put together and is perfect for any occasion.

4-Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

4-Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

4 Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are just as simple as they sound, possibly simpler! Fudgy, eggless, whole grain, one bowl, hand-mixed, and quite extraordinary, you will love these gluten-free millet brownies that come together in minutes.

Lemon Tres Leches Cake

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Not only is there lemon zest in the cake batter, but the whipped cream topping also gets a dash of lemon extract to drive the citrusy flavor home.

Southern-Style Banana Pudding

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, make ahead, kid-friendly

Topped with toasted meringue for good measure. Save time by using store-bought instant vanilla pudding.

Caramel Coconut Macaroons

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

Sweetened condensed milk is the silky, creamy secret to the caramel sauce that holds these bite-sized cookies together.

Millionaire’s Shortbread

This British classic is an incredibly delicious and indulgent dessert that impresses family and friends. The crunchy, crumbly biscuit base is topped with a rich buttery soft caramel; all smothered in a silky smooth layer of milk chocolate – a perfect treat for any day!

Creamy California Avocado and Mint Sorbet

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 10 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Homemade sorbet can turn out unpleasantly icy, but buttery avocados, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk ensure this one’s silky smooth texture.

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice is a classic, no-bake English candy made with shredded coconut, condensed milk, and powdered sugar. The recipe itself is easy, but you’ll need at least 10-12 hours to dry the mixture before you can cut and eat it, but it’s well worth the wait! A great holiday treat and the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Five ingredients + ten minutes prep + a trip to the refrigerator = the easiest holiday fudge of all time.

Pumpkin Mocha Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The dulce de leche topping comes together in a water bath in the slow cooker, so you won’t need to babysit the stove.

Seven-Layer Bars

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Three types of baking chips, coconut flakes and nuts doused in sweetened condensed milk? Pinch us, we’re dreaming.

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