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Sweetened Condensed Milk Brownies Recipe

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Sweetened Condensed Milk Brownies are extra rich and fudgy and incredibly easy to make! All you need is a few basic ingredients, one bowl and a whisk and you’re well on your way to enjoying these moist, chocolate-y brownies. The sweetened condensed milk is the key ingredient for ultra moist brownies with a rich chocolate flavor and hints of delicious milk caramel.

A stack of four condensed milk brownies with melted chocolate dripping out of them.

Easy Condensed Milk Brownies

You don’t need a box brownie mix to make great brownies. Homemade brownies are easier than ever with this recipe!

When it comes to the perfect brownie recipe, we have several you can choose from here on the blog, from Fudgy Sourdough Brownies to Triple Chocolate Brownies to these sweet and earthy Matcha Brownies. You’ll find the perfect brownie recipe for every occasion, taste preference and mood! 

But none are like these sweetened condensed milk brownies! It’s an easy brownie recipe that strays from the standard cakey brownies into true rich and fudgy brownies territory with an unbeatable flavor.

Why Use Condensed Milk for Brownies

Sweetened condensed milk is one of those ingredients that can sometimes be overlooked in baking. It’s a staple in sweet treats like our Brown Sugar FudgeChocoflan Cake and our Lavender Ice Cream. But when it comes to a baked good, condensed milk has the potential to work wonders, elevating both the taste and texture. 

That’s exactly the case with these brownies! Sweetened condensed milk gives the brownies a sweet, almost caramel-like flavor and imparts moisture into the batter that makes these super tender, too.

The end result? A rich, chocolatey, fudge-like brownie that melts in your mouth. 

Here’s why you’ll love this from scratch condensed milk brownie recipe:

  • This condensed milk fudgy brownie recipe only needs one-bowl and comes together quickly.
  • They’re super fudgy and decadent brownies.
  • It’s simple to customize with your favorite flavor add-ins.
  • You can easily double the recipe for a larger batch.

And don’t forget the rule for the best brownies ever: serve them up warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of our rich chocolate sauce.  It’s the kind of delicious dessert that always hits the spot!

Ingredients for Condensed Milk Brownies

This is a great pantry recipe. Here’s a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make these sweetened condensed milk brownies. 

  • Butter. Use unsalted butter, melted, to give these brownies a rich, buttery flavor. 
  • Chocolate or chocolate chips. Chopped and melted, the chocolate goes right into the batter.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. For moisture, flavor and sweetness that makes these brownies irresisitble! We like Eagle Brand.
  • Granulated sugar. Just 1/2 cup of white sugar is all you need since the condensed milk adds its own sweet flavor.
  • Vanilla extract. A splash of vanilla is a must in brownies!
  • Large eggs. For the best results, make sure your eggs are at room temperature. 
  • All-purpose flour. A 1/2 cup of flour gives the brownies structure. 
  • Cocoa powder. More chocolate! In the form of cocoa powder, this also gives the brownies the perfect flavor and texture.
  • Salt. A pinch of salt with chocolate is always a great idea.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chocolatey mix-in that takes brownies to the next level. 

Keep all these ingredients in your pantry and you will never buy a box of brownies again.

Ingredients for condensed milk brownies: sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, flour, sugar, butter, chocolate chips, eggs, and cocoa powder.

Fudgy Brownies with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Condensed milk is the secret ingredient that lends a layer of richness to your brownies, making them incredibly fudgy and moist. Sweetened condensed milk is made by evaporating water from milk and adding sugar, resulting in a thick, sweet syrup. When it’s baked into brownies, it caramelizes and thickens, giving your treats that gooey, melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s characteristic of the perfect fudgy brownie. The sweetness of the condensed milk also adds depth to the chocolate brownies.

Easy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

​Here’s a look at how to make this recipe for sweetened condensed brownies. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the details:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper. 

Mix the chocolate chips into the chocolate mixture.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-22 minutes. 

Several slices of warm brownies.

Recipe Variations

Brownies are versatile, and you can easily add ingredients or make slight changes to the recipe to create a new brownie flavor. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

  1. Nutty Brownies: Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter before baking. For more nutty flavor, roast the nuts lightly before adding them.
  2. Caramel Swirl Brownies: Drop spoonfuls of caramel sauce onto the brownie batter and use a knife to swirl it in before baking.
  3. Mocha Brownies: Add 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder to the batter. 
  4. Coconut Brownies: Mix in 1 cup of shredded coconut to the brownie batter.

Tips for the Best Results

  • If you use a square 9-inch baking pan, reduce the baking time to 18 to 20 minutes. 
  • For a larger batch in a 13 x 9-inch pan, double the recipe and bake the brownies for 33 to 36 minutes.
  • The brownies are done when they are slightly puffed and cracked around the edges of the pan. You can also use an instant-read thermometer to test doneness. It should read between 180°F to 198°F. They will be a bit gooey at 180°F and well-done at 198°F.
  • For a different flavor spin, add in chopped nuts, chopped dark chocolate or white chocolate chips.
  • Store the brownies at room temperature in an airtight container for 5-7 days. 
  • While you only need a whisk for mixing the batter, feel free to use an electric mixer (like a hand mixer or stand mixer) if you prefer. Be careful not to over-mix, especially once you add in the dry ingredients. 

​Serving Suggestions

Our sweetened condensed milk brownies are delicious as-is, but you can always take them up a notch and serve them with some fun toppings! Here are a few suggestions for fun sauces, ice creams and toppings that taste amazing with a fudgy brownie:

Two brownies with a bite taken out of one.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when you cook condensed milk?

When you cook condensed milk, the heat causes the sugar to caramelize and gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. The longer you cook it, the thicker and more caramelized it will get. This process is commonly used to make dulce de leche.
This recipe delivers an exceptional batch of milk brownies that stand out for their rich chocolate flavor. Condensed milk makes this an easy brownie recipe and adds a slight caramelized flavor and fudgy texture.

Is it safe to boil canned condensed milk?

Yes and no. The cans of condensed milk sold in the store are specifically designed to withstand the high pressure that builds up when heated. However, they can explode if the cans of condensed milk get dented or are not completely submerged in the water. If the water evaporates and exposes the can to air, or if the can is damaged in any way, it is not safe to boil cans of condensed milk.

This recipe delivers an exceptional batch of milk brownies that stand out for their rich chocolate flavor. Condensed milk makes this an easy brownie recipe and adds a slight caramelized flavor and fudgy texture.

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A stack of three condensed milk brownies with warm melted chocolate dripping out of the brownies.

Condensed Milk Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

These sweetened condensed milk brownies are rich, fudgy, and surprisingly easy to make. This is a one-bowl brownie recipe, and all you need is a whisk to mix the batter. The sweetened condensed milk gives the brownies a fudgy texture and a delicious milk caramel flavor.

If you want a larger batch, read the notes for directions to bake the brownies in a 13 x 9 inch pan.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or ⅓ cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 can(14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Place the butter and chopped chocolate in a large microwavable bowl. Melt in the microwave using 10 second bursts, stirring between bursts. 
  3. Add the condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk well. Stir in the eggs. 
  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir well. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake for 20 to 22 minutes.
  6. The center of the brownies will appear slightly underbaked but they will firm up when they cool. 

Notes

  • If you use a 9 x 9 inch pan, reduce the baking time to 18 to 20 minutes. 
  • If you want to make a larger batch in a 13 x 9 inch pan, double the recipe and bake the brownies for 33 to 36 minutes.
  • If you have an instant-read thermometer, the brownies will be done baking when the internal temperature reads between 180°F to 198°F. They will be a bit gooey at 180°F and well-done at 198°F.
  • If you don't have an instant-read thermometer bake the brownies until they get slightly puffed and cracked around the edges of the pan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandson or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Polly

Saturday 9th of September 2023

What kind of chocolate? Milk? Semi-sweet? Unsweetened?

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Semi-sweet or dark chocolate work great. You can also use milk chocolate if you prefer. Thanks for the question.

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