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Chewy Condensed Milk Brownies

on June 2, 2022
last updated May 30, 2023
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These Condensed Milk Brownies are extra chocolatey and fudgy, with a thick, moist, and chewy texture. Plus, they're easy to whip up!
super close up of condensed milk brownies

Looking for the perfect brownie recipe? Look no further. This Condensed Milk Brownies recipe is easy to make and yields the most delicious, chocolatey, chewy brownies.

The addition of sweetened condensed milk adds extra moisture to the brownie batter, yielding a uniquely rich brownie.

sliced condensed milk brownies all sitting on parchment paper at different angles

As an environmental scientist, I’m always conscious of my food waste. I love highlighting ingredients with a long shelf life, like Sweetened Condensed Milk!

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

Condensed Milk Brownies Ingredients


Here’s everything you need:

  • Sweetened condensed milk. This secret ingredient gives your chocolate brownies the best texture!
  • Unsalted butter. Make sure it’s softened for the best batter consistency.
  • Granulated sugar. You can also opt to sub date or coconut sugar for a healthier option.
  • Vanilla extract. For flavor.
  • Eggs. For leavening.
  • All-purpose flour. This acts as the base of your brownies.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. I love using dark cocoa powder, but any unsweetened cocoa powder works!
  • Salt. Inside the batter to amp up the flavor, plus you have the option to put a little sea salt on top for the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
  • Chocolate chips. Dark or semi-sweet.
flour, chocolate chips, condensed milk, salt, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, unsalted butter

Condensed Milk Brownies Tips and Tricks


Make Sure Your Butter Is Softened

Though salted will work in a pinch, I recommend using unsalted butter in this recipe so that you can control the amount of salt you are adding to your condensed milk brownies.

But most importantly, your butter must be softened—not melted, and not too solid, in order to get the best consistency batter.

The easiest way to soften your butter to perfection is to allow it to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start baking.

But if you’re hit with a brownie craving or a sudden urge to bake—don’t fret! You can soften your butter in several other, quicker ways. I usually just soften my butter in the microwave. Start with 15 seconds on high, then drop down to 10 if it’s still too solid.

From there, you’ll just heat the butter in just 5-second intervals until it’s softened. You’ll know your butter is ready when your finger leaves an imprint when you poke it.

Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.

Cream the Milk, Butter, and Sugar First

Use a hand mixer on high to get the condensed milk, butter, and sugar mixture thick and smooth.

Creaming your fat (in this case the butter and sweetened condensed milk) and the granulated sugar together don’t only combine these ingredients together smoothly, but they also add little air pockets to the batter.

Aerating the batter is an effective way to get that soft and chewy texture you expect from a fudgy chocolate brownie.

Adding condensed milk to a large mixing bowl

Beat in Your Eggs and Vanilla Next

Once you’ve creamed together your sweetened condensed milk, butter, and sugar, you’re ready to add your eggs and vanilla extract.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s safest to crack your eggs in a separate bowl first, rather than adding them directly to your batter. It’s just the best way to avoid eggshells or a bloody egg.

But to be honest, I often “live on the edge” and crack ’em right in!

Use your hand mixer again to combine the eggs and vanilla extract into your batter until it is nice and smooth once again!

cracking eggs into mixing bowl with consensed milk, butter, and sugar

Add Your Dry Ingredients

Time for your flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and, you guessed it—your hand mixer is your best friend here!

Use it again to integrate your dry ingredients, mixing until there are no visible clumps. Biting into a lump of cocoa powder or flour makes for a bitter, unpleasant taste.

adding flour to condensed milk brownie batter

Transfer to a Lined Pan

Line a 9 x 9-inch square pan with parchment paper so you can easily remove your condensed milk brownies. These are fudgy and a little bit sticky, so you’ll want to make sure your brownies are cool before cutting into them and peeling them away from the paper.

The best way to speed up the cooling process (because once that chocolatey smell is wafting through your kitchen, your patience may start to run out) is to remove the parchment paper with the brownies from the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack.

transferring brownie batter to lined baking pan

Add Chocolate Chips On Top

As opposed to mixing chocolate chips into the batter, you’ll just want to add them on top of your batter once it’s in the pan.

That’s because this batter is a little bit thinner than your average brownie batter, so some of the chocolate chips will sink. Adding them on top and last is the best way to ensure they are spread more evenly throughout the batter, rather than all at the very bottom.

sprinkling chocolate chips on top of condensed milk brownies in baking pan

Storing Your Condensed Milk Brownies

Keep your condensed milk brownies in an airtight container or cover them up to keep them fresh. At room temperature, these delicious fudgy squares will stay delicious for 3-4 days.

If you want to extend the life of your brownies, you can freeze them for up to 4 months in an airtight container. Of course, make sure to allow them to thaw at room temperature before biting into them.

overhead shot of sliced condensed milk brwonies

Condensed Milk Brownies Frequently Asked Questions


Can you use condensed milk in brownies?

Adding condensed milk to your brownie batter yields a chewy, fudgy brownie by adding moisture and extra sweetness.

What can I make with 1 can of condensed milk?

With just one can of condensed milk, you can whip up the most delicious, best-textured condensed milk brownies!

Is condensed milk the same as evaporated milk?

Though condensed milk and evaporated milk have the same consistency, they are not the same and should not be used interchangeably.

The difference between condensed and evaporated milk is the sugar content. Condensed milk is sweetened with added sugar, while evaporated milk is unsweetened.

Why You Should Make These Condensed Milk Brownies


  • The consistency. The addition of sweetened condensed milk to your brownie batter adds extra moisture, giving you a chewy, fudgy consistency that can’t be beaten.
  • They’re so easy! Just one bowl and basic pantry ingredients + the condensed milk will give you brownies in no time!
  • They’re extra chocolatey. Between the already-chocolatey flavor and the addition of chocolate chips, you’ll get a supercharged chocolate fix with every bite.

If you love these Condensed Milk Brownies and want more fun brownies, check out these Matcha Brownies and Brownie Blondies!

super close up of condensed milk brownies

Chewy Condensed Milk Brownies

4.9 from 138 votes
Marley Goldin
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These Condensed Milk Brownies are extra chocolatey and fudgy, with a thick, moist, and chewy texture. Plus, they're easy to whip up!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 brownies

Ingredients
 
 

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (14oz usually = 1 small can)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
  • 1 pinch sea salt on top (optional)
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 9×9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on high to cream together sweetened condensed milk, butter, and sugar until thick and smooth (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again on high to combine.
  • Next, add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix again until there are no visible clumps.
  • Transfer batter to your lined pan and pour chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. Give the pan a little shake. You'll know they are ready when the center wobbles, but the edges are set. Make sure to allow them to cool completely before slicing and peeling away from parchment paper. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt (optional).

Pro Tips

  • Make sure the batter is smooth and free of clumps before adding it to your baking pan. If your cocoa powder is extra clumpy, consider sifting it!
  • If you love brownies as much as I do, you’ll love this collection of my greatest brownie recipes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Brownies, Chocolate, Condensed Milk, Easy, One-Bowl
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80 thoughts on “Chewy Condensed Milk Brownies”

  1. Hi Marley!
    I’m looking at this recipe and need to take it yo a function this weekend. It looks like you can make the recipe bigger but the directions for the pan size don’t change. Can you help me out please?

    1. Hi Lori!! You have great baking instincts! Yes, switch to a 9×13 pan and check them after 55 minutes. They’ll just need a little extra baking time. Make sure to let them cool completely to set before diving in. Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  2. These were delicious! I did cut down on the sugar to 1/2 cup and also 1/2 cup with the chocolate chips. Texture was between cake like and chewy. Great with vanilla ice cream!

    1. Hi Taylor! So sorry they didn’t turn out as you hoped. Can I ask- did you use a hand mixer or just a whisk? Typically, the absence of the cracked top on brownies comes from eggs that are under-beat. After creaming the butter and sugar in this recipe, you then add the eggs and vanilla extract, mix, and then the dry ingredients and mix again, which is usually enough beating to get you that cracked top! But if you used a hand whisk, or your hand mixer on a lower setting, that may be the issue!

      1. I used a hand mixer to beat the ingredients for 5 minutes. My eggs still felt slightly cool vs completely room temp so maybe that was the issue!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Marley, would you mind sharing which brand of bowls you use and/or where to find them?
    I’m planning on making these for my wife this weekend but it’s also time to upgrade my baking bowls!

  4. 5 stars
    Only change I made was putting 2/3 of the choc chips into the cake with only 1/3 on top. Very tasty, especially with vanilla ice cream.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Manuel! Thank you so very much for taking the time to let me go. Adding ice cream on top is genius!

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing brownies. Does have slight cake like texture but absolutely amazing. Very easy instructions and turned out great. Thanks for recipe. I’ve made them twice so far!

  6. 1 star
    Unfortunately these came out sooo cakey, they weren’t even close to the texture of brownies. My batter also came out to be a very light brown, compared to yours in the picture and i cannot figure out why as i followed the measurements exactly.

    1. Hi Farwy! So sorry to hear! Did you use dark cocoa powder? This recipe works with any unsweetened cocoa powder, but for the darker color you would have to use dark cocoa powder.

  7. 1 star
    I just made these recently & I wasn’t happy with the taste or consistency. They were overly sweet with both sweetened condensed milk & sugar& were not as chewy & fudgy as the description . I made them exactly to the direction and used the exact ingredients listed.

    1. Sorry to hear you didn’t like them, Nicole! They certainly have a different taste than typical brownies, so it’s just a matter of preference, I suppose. I have a lot of traditional brownie recipes on the site, if that’s more you’re thing 🙂

    1. Hi Sandra! Box mixes and most homemade brownie recipes use around 1 1/2 cups sugar (some even use up to 2 1/2 cups!). This recipe calls for 3/4 cup, but if you like your brownies less sweet, you can try just adding 1/4 or 1/2 cup! I haven’t personally tried it, but have gotten feedback from several others who have and said they liked it! 🙂 Hope that helps!

  8. 5 stars
    Perfect, so yummy! This recipe gets to be printed and collected in my favorites I’m making my second batch.

  9. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and so does my hubby!! (he calls them addicting) I added 1/8 tsp of baking soda to it to add some fluff, and I used 2 of the mini cans of condensed milk, but after cooling and being in the fridge, they’re like fudge with crispy edges (I made them into cupcakes). Thank you!!

    1. SO glad you loved it, Destiney! Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so happy to know they work well as little cupcakes! <3

  10. 5 stars
    This was the first time I made Brownies from scratch. They turned out great and were a huge success!

    1. Hi Jenny!! This made me smile so big! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback <3

  11. 5 stars
    First time making anything like this, added peanut butter chips in place of chocolate. Was amazing! Ty

    1. Absolutely!! Just chop it up into smaller pieces so it doesn’t all sink to the bottom 🙂 enjoy!!

      1. Thankyou for such a timely response ♥️♥️♥️ will try this recipe in the morning as it is 1:30 am in Pakistan

  12. Could I just had a can of condensed milk to my box brownie mix? I would love to make but I don’t have all ingredients on hand but I do have brownie mix on hand. Please let me know what you think?

    1. Hi Brandee!! I haven’t personally tried it. My biggest fear is that it will be a little too sweet because I cut the amount of sugar in half in this to compensate for the extra sweetness of the condensed milk. That being said, there were a couple of people that commented on social media that they tried it with a box mix and it seems to have very mixed reviews- about half liked it, half did not!

  13. I don’t like my desserts too sweet, can I leave out the granulated sugar without compromising the structure of the brownies?

    1. Hi Jenny!

      I haven’t tested it without sugar, so I can’t give you a definitive answer with 100% confidence- I’m sorry! Typically, aside from adding sweetness, sugar bonds to liquid during baking and locks in moisture, but there is sugar in condensed milk, so you may be able to get away with it. I did reduce the amount of granulated sugar by 50% to compensate for the extra sweetness from the condensed milk! I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Terez!

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but I fear it may be a little too sweet. I cut the amount of granulated sugar added in half here to compensate for the extra sugar in the condensed milk. Hope this helps!

  14. 5 stars
    Brownies are delicious. I make them constantly for my grandchildren.
    However according to your recipe when doubled or tripled the ounces are correct…..not the number of cans. (1 small can) is listed for all increases. Not a criticism just information.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe, Betty!! Thank you for the heads up on the can, I have updated that note!

    2. 5 stars
      The #of cans stays the same but the ounces updates. If you double it, it changes to 28 oz which is 2 cans.

      1. Thanks for the heads up Chris! Unfortunately there’s no way to double the notes, so I wrote 14 oz= 1 can instead of just writing 1 can, but I can see where it gets confusing!

  15. 5 stars
    Hi Marley,
    I would like to make a 9 X 13 pan of these brownies. If I double the ingredients, and place in 9 X 13 pan, how long should I bake them in that size pan? Thank you!

    1. Hi Cyndy!

      I would check it after 55 minutes! I don’t think you will need more than 60 minutes total. Enjoy ❤️

    1. Hi Donna!

      Absolutely, bread flour will work in a pinch. It has extra protein so will make the brownies extra chewy, but I think they will still be delicious!

    1. Hi Karen!!

      The 8×8 pan will work on the top rack with 3 extra minutes in the oven! When you first take them out and they’re still hot, the very center may be a little extra gooey, but as they cool and firm up, you’ll be left with a nice chewy texture! Just make sure to wait until they cool completely before slicing them 🙂 Enjoy!

  16. 5 stars
    I made these with condensed coconut milk and dairy free “butter” to accommodate food allergies in my family. Hands down the BEST brownies I and the rest of my crew have ever had! Here we are a month later and I’m making a batch to bring to a potluck. They are THAT GOOD!

    1. I am SO glad you love them as much as I do! And so happy it works with condensed coconut milk– I’m going to try that next time!

    2. 5 stars
      Definitely the best brownies ever made this will always be the recipe from now on. Made a double batch this time.

        1. Hi Priyanka! The full recipe with detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card toward the bottom of the page. You can use the “jump to recipe” button at the top to access it easily. To answer your question, these are baked at 350F for 35-45 min 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    They were a little thin and crispy on the edges when they came out of the oven. After a day in Tupperware they became very soft and chewy. Delicious brownies.

  18. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, it is so delicious. I tried twice once with chocolate chips and family enjoyed it. And second time without chocolate chip but I add walnuts for my Mom. She call me tell how much she enjoyed the brownies.

    1. Hi Ms Mamie!

      I am so glad to hear your love this recipe as much as I do. Walnuts sounds like such a wonderful addition; I will have to try that next time 🙂

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment. Have a wonderful day!

      Marley

    2. 5 stars
      I love this recipe so much! I added peppermint flakes in it to give it more of a festive taste and I 100% recommend it. I will definitely be using this recipe again. Thank you for helping me use up my leftover condensed milk

      1. I am SO glad you love them as much as I do!! Peppermint flakes sounds AMAZING, I will definitely have to try that! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback.

  19. Would these taste good with cream cheese frosting?

    I can’t eat these but I bake for other and work sometimes, which is why I’m asking a somewhat unusual question if one could consume the outcome.

    I’m looking for a smaller recipe that prevents me from wasting 1/3rd of cream cheese frosting when I makes cakes with it.

    Thank you

    1. I loveeeee hearing that you’re doing your best to avoid waste!! I do think these would be great with cream cheese frosting. The condensed milk in this recipe’s main purpose is to create a moist and chewy texture. I actually cut back on the sugar to accommodate for the sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk, so they’re not much sweeter than any other brownies. So any add ons or mix ins that you would add to any other brownie will work here. I hope that answers your question!

    1. Never a dumb question! YES Absolutely you can!!! You may notice a change in color, but the taste difference will be negligible.

    1. Hi Tammy! I’m so sorry, I have not tried this with any other flour besides all-purpose flour. I will say, it’s a pretty no fuss recipe, so if you have a trusted GF flour you typically substitute 1:1, I’m confident it will work! Let me know if you test it out 🙂

    1. Hi Mo!

      It’s totally up to you! You will still get a fudgy, sweet, and sticky brownie without chocolate chips. You’ll still get some chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder, but you’ll miss out on the chocolate chunks!

    1. Hi Renee!!

      That should totally work! I haven’t personally tried it, but generally subbing sweetened condensed coconut milk for sweetened condensed milk 1:1 works in baking, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t be delicious! Let me know how they come out 🙂

    1. Hi Leigh!

      While the exact nutrition info may vary slightly based on the brand you use for each ingredient, the estimated calories per serving are 283, with 10.2 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, and 133 mg sodium.

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