Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche is Spanish for candy made of milk or caramel.  Making Dulce de Leche is very easy and fun to make.  Dip apples, fruits, cookies or anything you like into this wonderful caramel sauce.

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3 (4oz jars)

Ready In:

1 hour 15 minutes

Good For:


About Dulce de Leche Recipe

I adore caramel apples, so for me dipping apples into Dulce de Leche is over the top delicious!  But Dulce de Leche is also good on Ice Cream, Pies, cookies and so much more. 

This sweetened milk turns into smooth beautiful caramel under pressure and is a perfect treat to share.

My husband for a time lived in Chile years ago where he was introduced to Dulce de Leche and he quickly fell in love with the rich caramel sauce made from sweetened milk. 

Through the years I’ve always been looking for a recipe that was easy to make and delicious.  I found it!  This recipe couldn’t be easier.  

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de Leche is a Spanish for “candy made of milk” or essentially a rich caramel sauce.  And let me tell you.  If you haven’t tried it, it’s wonderful on so many things from Ice Cream, to cookies, cakes, and fruit.  The list is endless. 

When making Dulce de Leche, keep in mind there are a couple of ways to make this amazing caramel sauce.  You can use mason jars that are approved for pressure cooking or you can make this right in the can.  Just don’t forget to remove the label first! 

Timing is important.  Everyone likes their caramel a little thicker, richer and darker than another so you will want to play with this recipe a little bit to find your sweet spot.  Also, when you first open the lid on the can or the jar, the caramel may look a little cuddled.  Don’t worry.  This is normal.  Just give it a quick stir and it will smooth out nicely.  

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Quick Tips

Dulce de Leche is a rich caramel.  Depending on how long you process will make a darker and richer flavor.  It’s a recipe to test and decide what you like best.  We like a 35 minute processing time for a mid level darkness and a rich flavor.

Yield: 12 oz

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche
Dulce de Leche is a sweeten milk that tastes a lot like caramel. Dulce de Leche is Spanish for candy made of milk or caramel.
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 12oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Enough water to fill to 1/2 inch of top of 4oz mason jars.


  1. In clean and sterilized Pressure Cooker Approved mason jars, fill to lip before rings. (1/2 inch from top)
  2. Place clean lids and on jars and screw finger tight, not too tight.
  3. Place 3 4oz mason jars on trivet in Instant Pot and fill pot with water to just below rings of mason jars.
  4. Set to Manual for 35 minutes and allow to fully natural release.
  5. Remove jars from Pressure Cooker and allow to sit on counter until cool.
  6. Caramel should be kept in refrigerator to keep.
  7. Serve with apples, fruit, cookies or anything else you wish to dip into creamy caramel.

In Can Method:

  1. Take paper label off sweetened condensed milk can.
  2. Place can on trivet into Pressure Cooker and fill pot with water. Allow 1/2 inch of can to be above waterline.
  3. Set to Manual for 35-45 minutes. The longer you process the darker and richer the flavor.
  4. Allow a full natural release.
  5. Remove can from Instant Pot and allow to sit on counter for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Open Can and remove lid.
  7. Pour Caramel into bowl or jar.
  8. You will need to stir caramel. Consistency can look somewhat curdled. Stirring after processing brings the caramel back to a smooth consistency.
  9. Store caramel in Refrigerator to keep.


I like to process 4oz mason jars for 35 minutes with a full natural release. However, when I process a 12oz can, I like to process 45 minutes to achieve the same dark richness. It's a personal preference and something you will have to decide for yourself.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 98mg Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 42g Protein: 6g

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