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Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

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  • Makes: 56 servings
  • Hands On 15 mins
  • Total Time 11 hrs to 12 hrs

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Dulce de leche is lusciously thick Latin American caramel that's traditionally made by boiling an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk. Our slow-cooker method allows you to monitor the caramel's color, plus the end result is an instant gift.


  • 2 14 - ounce cans sweetened condensed milk


  1. Divide the sweetened condensed milk among six 4-ounce canning jars. (If desired, add a flavoring from the list below to each jar.) Secure lids. Place in a slow cooker; add enough hot tap water to cover by 1 inch. Cook on low for 11 to 12 hours, or until thick and richly colored. (To check doneness, remove a jar with tongs. If the color looks good but you aren't sure if it's thick, you can open a jar to check consistency. If necessary, secure lid again and return to cooker for another hour.) When dulce de leche is fully cooked, remove all jars with tongs. Cool to room temperature; store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.


  • Flavor Options Flavor dulce de leche by stirring one of the following into each jar before cooking: 1 teaspoon grated unsweetened chocolate, bourbon or spiced rum; 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder or ground ginger; teaspoon vanilla bean paste; or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, almond extract or coconut extract. (If making more than one flavor at a time, label lids with a permanent marker before cooking.)

Nutrition Facts

(Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche)

Servings Per Recipe 56, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 0, sodium (mg) 18, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 2, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, carb. (g) 8, Niacin (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 5, Thiamin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 1, Riboflavin (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 46, vit. A (IU) 38, iron (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 1, vit. C (mg) 0, sugar (g) 8, Potassium (mg) 53, pro. (g) 1, calcium (mg) 40

Comments (4)

meaganfrey212g wrote:
I love the little canning jars you used. Can you tell me the brand or where I could get them?
hfa1224 wrote:
Absolutely! These are called Weck jars. It's a European brand; they are sold at and also at They're available in several sizes and shapes. We used the 5.4-ounce mini mold jars. They do cost more than Ball canning jars, but I agree, they are so cute for a special gift! Happy cooking. --Hannah, Senior Food Editor
cobra24372aol wrote:
am i following correctly, are you sayinf to submerge the jars, and ocver with one inch of water or at least one inch of water in crock pot
crichton1 wrote:
Midwest Living here! Submerge the jars—put in enough water that it comes to about an inch above the top of the jars. Hope that helps!

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