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Dulce de Leche is basically liquid caramel. All it takes is a can of sweetened condensed milk and a little vanilla to achieve the most decadent dessert that’s perfect for drizzing on cheesecake, cookies or for dipping apples.


  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional but strongly suggest as it adds a punch of additional flavor)


  • A sprinkle of sea salt, if serving as Dulce de Leche
  • A pie crust, cooked from scratch or according to instructions (a frozen one from the market is great) and then the caramel poured in it, refrigerated and topped with whipped cream before serving
  • Ice cream, for topping
  • Sliced apples, for dipping
  • Pretzel rods, for dipping
  • Pound cake, for dipping


  1. Remove the label and lid from the can of condensed milk and securely cover the top of the can with foil (you ABSOLUTELY MUST remove the lid from the can which is why we place foil over it once the lid is removed – it is super dangerous to cook a can with its lid still sealed on)
  2. Add the trivet to the Instant Pot, place the foil-wrapped can of condensed milk on top and pour in enough water (NOT directly on top of the can, but on the sides) so that the can is submerged in the water halfway up (about 8-9 cups worth of water in a 6qt). Note: You can totally do more than one can at once and fit in 2 or 3. The cooking time below will remain the same.
  3. Secure the lid, hit “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” High Pressure for 40 minutes. Quick release when done, carefully remove the can from the pot (it will be hot), rest on the countertop, remove the foil and let cool for 20 minutes. You’ll see it will have transformed from ordinary condensed milk into a beautiful caramel/dulce de leche!
  4. After 20 minutes have passed, add in the vanilla extract right in the can and stir well for about 2 minutes until it goes from a lumpy consistency to a creamy one (the can may still be hot so just hold it with a dish towel while stirring with the other hand
  5. And now, the sky’s the limit as to what you can do with it. So enjoy!:
    – Pour some in a small ramekin and sprinkle with some sea salt to make an amazing Dulce de Leche dessert
    – Make a caramel pie by placing in a pie crust (either made from scratch or follow the directions on one bought at the market), refrigerating a few hours and then topping with whipped cream
    – Top it over some ice cream of your choice
    – Dip pound cake in it
    – Dip your favorite fruits in it (apples especially)
    – Dip a pretzel rod in it
    – Pour some in your coffee/latte
    – Transfer to a mason jar, cover with a lid and pop it in the fridge and use when you wish. It won’t harden but will be like a super creamy and perfectly thick caramel consistency!

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