Pastillas de Leche Recipe

January 24, 2017
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)

How to cook Pastillas de Leche

Children and adults like the milky, thin stick treat Filipino Pastillas de Leche. It is considered to be one of the sweet and delectable delicacies in many localities of the Philippines. With this, it is perfect as “pasalubong” (souvenirs) for the kiddos and relatives at home.

Pastillas de Leche is an appetizing delight that could be plain or may come with a twist. In fact, it comes in a variety of flavors such as jackfruit, purple yam, coconut and mocha.

Pastillas de leche recipe

How to make Pastillas de Leche:

Making this Pastillas de Leche Recipe at home is simple and easy that will definitely satisfy family’ sweet tooth.

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Pastillas de Leche Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 40 pcs
Author: Eduardo Joven


  • 3 1/4 cups powdered milk sifted
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for coating
  • Wax paper or cellophane for wrapping


  • Place sifted powdered milk in a big bowl and make a well in the center.
  • Pour condensed milk and lemon or orange extract (if using flavor extract) in powdered milk.
  • Using a spoon or spatula mix the milk from the center slowly outwards until incorporated and forms a soft dough.
  • The texture should be similar to a sticky fondant.
  • Cut wax paper or cellophane into rectangle with 1½ inches larger than your desired size of pastillas de leche “milk candy”.
  • Prepare extra milk powder and refined sugar on a separate bowls and set aside.
  • Scoop some of the milk mixture, and using your clean hands make a ball.
  • If it’s a bit sticky just dunk in a bowl of extra powdered milk, shake off excess and roll into cylinders until smooth and shiny.
  • Roll in a bowl of refined sugar until evenly coated and shake off excess sugar.
  • Wrap in prepared wax paper or cellophane. And keep on scooping, rolling, and wrapping until you’re done.
  • Store in an airtight container or a jar at room temperature.


Pastillas de Leche is perfect as pasalubong treat for your relatives and friends.

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  • Reply
    April Monty
    March 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    These look absolutely delicious !! The flavors sound heavenly.

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    Amber Ludwig

    March 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Oooh is this like taffy!?!? I LOVE taffy and would love to be able to do it at home!!

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    Terry Poage

    March 8, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I have never tried these, but the recipe looks really good.

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    Dorothy Dreyer
    February 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I use to eat these all the time as a kid, and my aunties would all make them with different colored wrappers. Love it!

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    Bethany Stout
    February 13, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This looks amazing, I must try it.

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    alessandra lalla

    February 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I must absolutely try this recipe.

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    Lydia Truesdell

    February 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This looks really good! I’ll have to make this. Thank you for posting!

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    Ronald Gagnon

    February 5, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    What a wonderful easily made dessert

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    Christy G.

    February 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    These look fun! Thanks for posting!

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    Jenny L.

    February 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I made these last night and they are delicious! I’m taking some into work tomorrow to share. Thanks again!

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      Ed Joven
      February 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      You are Welcome, Jenny!

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    Jenny L.

    February 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    When I was younger, I got a job on the other side of the country where I knew no one. All of my students were incredibly kind and friendly but the one Filipino student, who was new to the city as well, used to bring me pastillas made by his wife. They were so delicious and so appreciated. I have great memories of that job and those students, I look forward to making these for myself and sharing with my new students. Thank you so much!

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      Ed Joven
      February 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      I’m glad a fellow Filipino gave you a beautiful memory about Pastillas. Have a Great Day Ms. Jenny!

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    January 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    These look just incredible, and I love how few ingredients it takes to make them!

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    January 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! looking forward to try this soon. Hope it turns out delicious! Craving for these since I was a kid

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      Ed Joven
      January 27, 2017 at 12:09 am

      I’m sure its goin to be delicious, thank you for your support.

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    January 25, 2017 at 8:47 am

    this is my favorite since I was little.

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    April Wray

    February 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    These look yummy! Thank You for sharing

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    February 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I really love pastillas! thanks for this recipe, Now I’m gonna try to do it on my own

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