These Condensed Milk Cookies are a true treat! The drizzle of vanilla icing on top is the perfect sweetness for these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. They’re not only simple to make, but they’re fun to eat as well! If you’re a fan of shortbread cookies and sugar cookies, get ready to love these sweet treats!
Making easy recipes with condensed milk is one of the best ways to prep, bake, and indulge! The sweetened condensed milk paired with the butter and powder sugar creates a texture and flavor that are out of this world!
Topped with a sweet vanilla glaze, these crispy cookies are exactly what you need at the end of a long day (or at the beginning – I’m not here to judge!).
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Fast and Simple – Seriously. You just need less than 30 minutes to prep AND bake.
- Delicious Sweet Flavor – The condensed milk and the vanilla frosting were meant to be. You can also easily change up the topping to whatever you’re craving.
- Easy to Prep – If you need a treat but can’t make it all in one go, you can easily prep the dough and bake them when you’re ready.
- Fun for a Crowd – This simple step-by-step recipe below makes almost 300 mini cookies! Talk about an efficient way to create a delicious dessert.
Condensed Milk Cookie Key Ingredients
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Salted butter – Using salted butter is key to the flavor and be sure that it’s softened but not melted. Setting the butter out overnight and letting it get soft will give it the perfect baking consistency for this recipe.
- Sweetened condensed milk – You can’t make condensed milk cookies without condensed milk! I always keep a few cans in my pantry, ready to use. Avoid using evaporated milk.
- Powdered sugar – If you’re worried about lumps, sift the sugar before adding it.
- Pure vanilla extract – Use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla. You’ll notice an immediate difference in the flavor.
- Flour – We need simple all-purpose flour for this recipe, nothing fancy. Make sure to level it when you measure.
- Rainbow sprinkles – Use any sprinkles that you’d like, but rainbow sprinkles are always fun. If you’re making these during the holiday season, change up the sprinkles to reflect the holiday.
- Vanilla icing – Totally optional, but totally delicious. You can also make your own flavored glaze or even buttercream and use that instead.
How to Make Cookies with Condensed Milk
- Get Ready: Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C degrees and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat silicone mat.
- Mix: Use a mixer and combine the butter and sweetened condensed milk.
- Combine: Beat in the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar until combined.
- Add the flour: Pour the flour in 1 cup at a time and mix well after each cup.
- Add sprinkles: Add the sprinkles and mix.
- Make the cookies: Use a cookie scoop and make the cookie dough balls. Place them on the baking pan. You can flatten the cookies some by pressing down on them slightly.
- Bake: Put the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Once done, move them to a wire rack and let them cool.
- Add icing: After the cookies have cooled, drizzle on the vanilla icing.
- You can easily vary the size of the cookies, depending on how you make them (see image above). For mini cookies, add a 1A tip to a piping bag and fill it with cookie dough. Squeeze the dough out onto the baking sheet and flatten them slightly. For medium-sized cookies, use a medium-sized cookie scoop. And for larger cookies, roll some dough in your hand and then use a cup to cut out a larger size of the dough.
- Give the cookies space on the baking sheet. A good rule of thumb is to space them two to three inches apart so that they have room to spread.
- Leave off the frosting. If you don’t want to add the frosting, don’t. These simple cookies will still be delicious without adding it. You can also top with a little bit of powdered sugar, too (or leave them plain because they’re delicious no matter what!).
- The cookies will flatten a little while they’re cooling. You may notice them puff up a bit in the oven, but once they’re removed and cooling down, they will “deflate” a bit and become flat.
- Add-Ins: You can easily mix in chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts, or even top with more sprinkles as well.
More Cookie Recipes to Try
Salted works best, but if all you have is unsalted butter, just add a tiny pinch more salt when you’re making the recipe.
To keep the cookies as fresh as possible for as long as possible, store them in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for one week or chilled in the fridge for two weeks.
Yes, you can freeze these cookies baked or before baking. If freaking baked, just let them cool completely and then add them to a freezer-safe bag or container. I would freeze them prior to adding frosting because that can easily be added once they’re unthawed. If you’re freezing unbaked cookie dough, make sure to scoop out the cookie dough into balls, flash freeze on a sheet pan and then transfer to a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen, you might need to add a minute or two to the baking time.
Making your own glaze is easy to do. Just whisk together half a cup of powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons of milk, and it’ll be the perfect consistency to drizzle on top. You can also add pure vanilla extract to flavor the glaze.
If you make mini cookies, you can make about 280 cookies with this recipe. For regular-sized cookies, this recipe should make about 48 cookies. Either way, it’s a lot of cookies.
These Condensed Milk Cookies are sure to be a hit! Have some milk handy, and get ready to watch them disappear off the cookie plate! Be sure to Pin the recipe to save it and share it with others.