Pastillas de leche

Pastillas de leche are sweet milk candies that are usually served for dessert. An authentic recipe will require the use of Carabao’s (water buffalo) milk and cooking is also necessary.

What we have here is a no-cook quick and easy dessert recipe intended to satisfy your cravings right away. Also, cooking or heating the ingredients is not necessary. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and voila, a sweet delicious milk candy that you can have for dessert in no time.

Like what I’ve mentioned, the best Pastillas are the ones that are made using Carabao’s milk. San Miguel, Bulacan and Laguna are the places where you can get the best and authentic Pastillas.

Since I can’t find any Carabao’s milk around (and using fresh cow’s milk will have a big difference in taste), I decided to feature a more quick and easier version. I understand that the taste of powdered milk is almost similar to fresh cow’s milk since they come from the same source. However, using powdered milk will save you time and effort since using fresh milk requires cooking.

In your opinion, which provinces or delicacy stores in the Philippines makes the best Pastillas?



2 cups powdered milk, sifted

1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk

½ cup granulated sugar, sifted

Watch the video:


1. Place the condensed milk in a large mixing bowl.

2. Gradually fold-in the powdered milk. The texture of the mixture will be similar to dough once all the powdered milk is completely added.

3. Scoop some of the mixture and mold into cylinders.

4. Roll each molded cylindrical mixture on granulated sugar.

5. Wrap in paper or cellophane.

6. Serve for dessert. Share and enjoy!

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  1. Will you how to make PASTILLAS DE MACAPUNO….. it’s better and yummier than pastillas de leche….

  2. lhanie says:

    Thanks for the great tasting recipes!!!

  3. Pastillas from Candelaria Zambales is also one of the best. Made from Carabao’s milk. Once you’ve started eating, you can’t stop. Yum..yum…=)

  4. Grace mendez says:

    what brand of milk did you use? can you suggest a milk that is cheap but at the same time it has a good taste…. how many pastillas can you make with the given recipe?? just give an estimate….

  5. Emmanuel says:

    i havent tasted the bulacan pastillas yet. but i would sure love to taste one because i love pastillas, but for now the best one ive tasted so far is from marshas in ilocos sur vigan.

  6. hi, can i use this recipe for commercial purpose? would like to sell pastillas but i doubt if this recipe will last for a long period. how long is the shelf life of this recipe if will not be put inside the refrigerator? thank you and more recipe to come…

  7. reymond says:

    i tried this tonight and it came out great… tnx for sharing

  8. Marissa says:

    I try your siopao recipe, i make it three times so that i can make it perfect. My siblings and nephews like it, they said I am improving. Your recipe’s is really very helpful, please continue sharing your best recipes.
    I want to try other recipe’s like pastillas, ensaymada, beko, and maja blanca. Perfect for the new year recipes. Thank you.. thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God Bless all of you.

  9. Hi chef! I just wanna ask if it’s okay if I’ll put some twist? Like making chocolate or coffee flavored pastillas?

  10. lea paez says:

    hi, if i want to prolong the shelf life of the pastillas and yema, what kind of preservative should i use? what should be the exact amount of the preservative? and lastly how long willl it last? i would like to try the recipes and hopefully make it a home business, i hope you can help me,tnx

  11. Hi Sir Tony, my friend asked me about pastilas using cows milk instead of carabao’s… any effect on the taste and what is the measurement or ratio of the fresh cows’ milk to the other ingredients if ever. thanks meh… GNEJ

  12. Hi sir,

    Thanks for sharing to us your talent of cooking I appreciate that, i have one question where shall i buy that colored celophane? im here in Pensacola Florida im torning around to the store here no colored celophane..pls give me an idea where shall i buy?

    Thanks and god bless

  13. Lebby says:

    Hi Chef Vanj, i did almost half of your recipe & every time a friends to share it i really tell them to go visit your site & some said oh we’re using the same site if i needed Filipino Recipe! Keep up the good work & more power!

    Lebby (USA)

  14. Dimples Madrid says:


    Please teach us how to make ube haleya. Thanks and God bles you!


  15. It seems that you need to add a little more powderd milk, Michelle. Don’t put too much as it may make the mixture dry.

  16. doray says:

    we tried this with my kids. they like it so much that they want me to make it again.

  17. MegaJem100 says:

    Im Jem. I really dont know how to cook eversince, specially Filipino food.but since the time i got married… need to lerned how.Now i can cook International food but not Filipino food.Just recently I found your website(Panlasang Pinoy),I did try just today how to make Egg Pie,And my children love them so much they asked me to make it again.Just want to say thank you for sharing your wonderfull knowledge in cooking.God Bless!!! and keep up the good work.

  18. luz, I got the best result when I used full cream powdered milk.

  19. kim limtong says:

    hi po :) would like to ask do you happen to know how to make pastillas de ube? :)

  20. I used an ordinary full cream milk powder.

  21. happy says:

    tried this recipe once, it was too sticky even after i doubled the powdered skimmed milk, and the color was too yellow, why is yours white?

    • it should be really sticky, happy. Mine turned out white because I did not use any yellowish or brown ingredient. Have you checked the expiration dates of your ingredients?

  22. Josie C. says:

    Wow! one of my favorite dessert. Thanks for sharing, God bless!

  23. marisse says:

    the best pastillas for me is the one made in San Miguel Bulacan. everytime we go home to the Philippines, we drop by San Miguel just to buy this sweet delicacy as well as the chicharon bulaklak before we head home to Negros Occidental.

  24. diane says:

    I shall try this.its so simple pala.I’m impressed with the husband and wife team.I believe you share the same passion for sweet treats:)

  25. honey g. says:

    we only have powdered skim milk in the stores here :( will that work?

  26. Denise says:

    Please also give us measurements and procedure with Liquid milk! We don’t have powdered milk here! :) Thank you!!! :)

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