Condensed Milk Cookies

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These condensed milk cookies are simple to make.  The recipe for these three ingredient cookies calls only for butter, flour, and condensed milk.

condensed milk cookiesSince my kids, and my nieces and nephews, have been getting older, and there are no really little kids left in our family, my mom has been trying to come up with some fun activities that we can all do together.

To that end, she planned a pizza and Pictionary night.  It was brilliant.

My dad fought the idea, being sort of Pictionary-impaired, but he was outvoted.  Anyway, the more interesting thing than who is a good artist is watching how each person chooses to communicate their ideas.

I was bragging up how great I was going to be because I’ve been practicing by playing Draw Something on my phone.  I kind of love this game.  It’s basically just like Pictionary, except it’s a one-on-one game.  Not even one-on-one, more like one-with-one, because you play more as a team than as opponents.

Which is why I don’t mind “cheating.”  At least, that’s what Robb calls it.  He hates that in a game called “Draw Something” I would add letters, numbers, symbols, names, and even entire words.  Every time I play it, he looks over my shoulder and tells me I’m cheating.

And then I tell him that he’s lying.  It’s like a game of ethical one-up-manship between us.  Or one-down-manship.

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I mean, sometimes a girl just has to cheat a little to stay sane.  Sometimes she has to hide dirty dishes in the oven, or run the dress shirts through the dryer with a wet towel rather than iron them.

And sometimes she makes three-ingredient cookies.

Here’s the story with the three ingredient cookies.  The three ingredients are: butter, flour, and sweetened condensed milk.  The flour, however, should be self-rising flour.  I didn’t have any self-rising flour in my pantry, so I… well… I cheated.

Yep.  Made my own self-rising flour with regular flour and baking powder.  So now they’re four-ingredient cookies.  And if you add chocolate chips, they’re five-ingredient cookies.  And you can’t NOT add salt, so… FINE.  I lied when I called them three-ingredient cookies.  It was a big fat cheat all the way around.  I admit it.

Happy, Robb?!

condensed milk cookies

By the way, I did NOT cheat at Pictionary, I kind of rocked it.  Except for the word porpoise.  How do you get someone to guess the word porpoise?  I drew a porpoise, but everyone on my team just kept guessing the word dolphin over and over again.

The cheaters.



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Condensed Milk Cookies
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A recipe for three-ingredient cookies made with sweetened condensed milk.
Category: cookies
Yield: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Mix butter and condensed milk. Add salt, baking powder and flour, and mix just until combined.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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condensed milk cookies

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  1. I tried this recipe tonight and the cookies were great! Made with butterscotch chips instead of chocolate, because that’s what I had on hand. So easy to make! I didn’t think these were salty at all, but I used unsalted butter. Will definitely make these again. Thanks!

  2. I just made these on a whim tonight because I had left over condensed milk and they came out great! I used unsalted butter and cooked them for 12 minutes and then I topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. SO good! I didn’t think there was too much salt at all. Great cookie to munch on!

  3. How many eggs and how much sugar does the sweetened condensed milk replace in the cookie dough?

  4. Made these and everyone loved them. Not salty at all. Buttery, yes…but just the right amount. Making more batches to gift.

    Thanks for this great recipe.

  5. These. Are. Incredible! I have to describe them for a bake sale and I’m going with chocolate chip cookie meets shortbread. They are rich without being too sweet; dense without being heavy or hard. They’re one of my new favorites! Thanks for sharing, Jen!

  6. Lindy Lucky says:

    6 ingredients actually. I plan to make them anyway.

  7. Just finished making a batch of theses cookies. They came out like mini biscuits. When you pick them up, the fall apart. Followed the recipe exactly.
    We’re going to dip them in dark chocolate to see if will hold them together.
    Taste overall…..bisquity.

  8. I enjoyed these delicious cookies! I ended up using butter and shortening 1:1. I also didn’t have chocolate chips on hand so I chopped some dark chocolate (70% cacao) and otherwise tasteless Whitman’s chocolates. The cookies came out delicious – soft on the inside and crunchy outside. I’d recommend with the substitutions! Thanks for the guide!

  9. followed all instruction, loved the recipes it came out great honestly, my family loved it. Especcaly my siblings.

  10. Could I sandwich two cookies together with icing like melting moment cookies?

  11. Hi, this recipe sounds yummy! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with some leftover sweetened condensed milk. Do you think adding lemon juice to make lemony cookies would affect the dough? I’d leave out the chocolate chips if I did that, of course. I’m going to give this recipe a try as is for now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Adding lemon JUICE will definitely affect the dough. Juice doesn’t add as much flavor as you might think, though, so I would try adding either 1/2 teaspoon or so of lemon extract, or if you prefer using fresh fruit, add the zest from one lemon. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!

  12. I had 1/2 a cup of sweetened condensed milk left over from a cake recipe I had made, and found this recipe to use the rest of it up. These little cookies are so good! They are buttery and taste like a mini shortbread cookie. Perfect!

  13. Dannie Piezas says:

    Great use of my leftover condensed milk! Very good cookies–not overly sweet and so easy to make. Guests loved it. I’d like to experiment with adding egg next time to get some chewiness in, but as a shortbread-type cookie it works pretty darn well, too.


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