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Recipes Using Powdered Milk

Recipes Using Powdered Milk

Keep this list of recipes using powdered milk on hand for meals and sweet treats when you’re out of fresh milk.

Often forgotten in our pantry, powdered milk isn’t just for emergencies. This shelf-stable ingredient can do wonders in both sweet and savory dishes. From decadent cookies to creamy mac and cheese, it adds that creamy texture without extra moisture. 

Here are some of the best recipes using powdered milk; you’ll find fun inspiration here!

Popular Powdered Milk Brands

In the U.S., many recipes use powdered milk because it’s easy to store and use. Here are famous brands/products that are commonly used:

  • Carnation instant nonfat dry milk. A widely available Nestlé product used for drinking and cooking.
  • Bob’s Red Mill non-fat dry milk powder. Trusted for its high quality; ideal for baking.
  • NOW Foods organic non-fat dry milk. An organic choice ideal for baking, smoothies, and sauces.
  • Augason Farms Morning Moo’s milk alternative. A whey-based milk substitute popular for long-term storage.
  • Hoosier Hill Farm whole milk powder. A full-fat powder favored for its rich taste in recipes.

Best Recipes Using Powdered Milk

1. Milk Cookies

These Milk Cookies include dry milk powder, giving them a rich, creamy, and milk flavor. Adding milk powder to sugar cookie dough not only improves the flavor but also gives the cookies a soft, moist texture.

2. Milk Powder Burfi

This decadent delight, known as burfi, melts in your mouth with every bite and can be made in under 25 minutes. It’s an ideal quick dessert when you have guests over or when the kids crave something sweet.

3. Chocolate Fudge

This sweet treat can be prepared in just 15 minutes. The recipe is versatile, allowing the addition of ingredients like cocoa powder, raisins, nuts, or dried fruits to suit your taste.

4. Toasted Milk Pie

This unique Toasted Milk pie showcases a traditional custard base with a twist–the addition of toasted milk powder. This gives the pie a richer, nutty, and caramel-y flavor. 

5. Hot Chocolate

This 4-ingredient holiday treat is rich and creamy, with a deep chocolate taste from the cocoa powder. The powdered sugar adds a sweet touch, while the powdered milk gives it a creamy texture.

6. Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These straightforward bite-sized treats mix peanut butter, oats, powdered milk, and honey. They’re ideal for lunchboxes, snacks, or a quick dessert.

7. Toasted Milk Ice Cream

This Toasted Milk Ice Cream recipe features a rich, brown, buttery, and hazelnutty flavor. The recipe involves toasting nonfat milk powder and incorporating it into the ice cream mix.

8. Powdered Milk Cake

This fluffy and decadent cake powdered milk in the cake and the topping. It’s enriched with a sweet milk mix for moisture, while the creamy topping, made of condensed milk, cream, and powdered milk, adds a rich note. 

9. Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

Here’s a delightful spin on traditional snowball cookies. This recipe is straightforward, doesn’t need dough chilling, and lets you adjust the sweetness with the powdered sugar coating.

10. Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie uses fresh fruit without the need for yogurt or frozen fruit. It’s an ideal breakfast choice, highlighting the smooth taste of strawberries and blueberries.

11. Ras Malai

This South Asian dessert highlights milk solids (paneer) soaked in sweetened milk infused with cardamom. This recipe uses powdered milk for a simpler yet equally tasty treat.

12. Polvoron

Polvoron is a famous shortbread snack in the Philippines. To create, combine toasted flour, powdered milk, sugar, butter, and your choice of flavors like pinipig, cashews, or cookies and cream.

13. Cinnamon Milk

This warm, comforting drink is a great alternative to hot cocoa, perfect for chili nights or fall and winter mornings. You can enjoy it solo or add it to coffee, tea, or brewed cacao.

14. Mac & Cheese

This one-pot mac and cheese recipe is simple to prepare and only requires three ingredients. It’s also customizable with different toppings, such as chives.

15. Pastillas De Leche

This well-loved Filipino candy, which translates to milk or milk tablets, is primarily made from milk and sugar. This version is exceptionally soft and offers a rich, creamy flavor. 

16. Japanese Milk Bread

This Japanese Milk Bread, also known as Shokupan, is a popular bread in Japan known for its milky-sweet taste and pillowy softness. It’s enjoyed daily in Japan as breakfast toast and sandwich bread. 

17. Coconut Rice

This recipe offers a foolproof method to achieve fluffy, restaurant-quality coconut rice. The trick is baking the rice in the oven instead of stovetop cooking, which ensures even heat and avoids burning the pot.

18. Orange Julius Recipe

This Orange Julius recipe stands out for its simplicity and quick prep time. The mix of orange juice concentrate and vanilla offers a distinct, creamy taste everyone will love. 

19. Milk Peda

This famous Indian sweet, made with milk powder, milk, and sugar, is ready in 20 minutes. Add cardamom and optional saffron for taste, and top with pistachios for extra flavor.

The bottom line

It’s clear that powdered milk is far more than a forgotten pantry staple. Its versatility stretches beyond our initial expectations, proving its worth in both savory entrées and sweet delights. 

With this collection in hand, we hope you’re inspired to give powdered milk a central spot in your next culinary creations.

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19 Best Recipes Using Powdered Milk

19 Best Recipes Using Powdered Milk

These recipes using powdered milk are a great way to enjoy scrumptious meals and sweet treats, even when you don't have fresh milk on hand.


  • Milk Cookies
  • Milk Powder Burfi
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Toasted Milk Pie
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  • Toasted Milk Ice Cream
  • Powdered Milk Cake
  • Snowball Cookies Without Nuts
  • Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
  • Ras Malai
  • Polvoron
  • Cinnamon Milk
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pastillas De Leche
  • Japanese Milk Bread
  • Coconut Rice
  • Orange Julius Recipe
  • Milk Peda


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