How to Make Classic Pastillas De Leche with Your Kids

Pastillas De Leche

Looking for a good bonding activity with your kids this semestral break? Then try making pastillas de leche. This sweet and sugary snack is beloved by Filipinos. It is extremely easy to make and you don’t need to bake or fry it at all.

Pastillas de leche is often sold in sari-sari stores around the country. Traditional pastillas require fresh milk from water buffalos (carabaos) and even goat milk, but this recipe will keep it simple by requiring only powdered milk. Though the primary ingredients are milk and sugar, don’t hesitate to mix things up a bit by adding nuts or rice crispies! The overall process will take about 1 to 1½ hours, with 90 percent of it spent on reducing the fresh milk. Avoid boiling the milk at high heat to hasten the process because this may result in it curdling, affecting the overall texture of your pastillas. Try to be a little more patient, it is definitely worth the wait!

Easy Pastillas De Leche Recipe for You and the Kids

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Pastillas De Leche Recipe

You will need the following:

  • 2/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 5 cups of fresh milk
  • 1 lime (remove zest)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup full cream powdered milk


  1. Gently mix milk and sugar in a wide, nonstick skillet until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Cook and regularly stir the bottom of the pan for 1–1 1/2 hours until milk is reduced. Your mixture should resemble a thin paste.
  3. Add lime zest to the mix and stir.
  4. Add the butter and powdered milk until the mixture becomes smooth. Cook again for about 3 to 5 minutes until your mix turns into a soft dough.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a place that’s been drizzled with oil.
  6. Once cooled, divide mixture into approximately 40 portions and roll each portion into logs that measure 1-inch long. Roll pastillas in sugar and wrap each piece in Japanese paper.

Eager to know other treats? Here are more Filipino favorite snacks.

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