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11 Dessert Recipes That Use a Lot of Milk

Use up that gallon of milk on these rich, creamy milk dessert recipes!

Dessert Recipes That Use a Lot of Milk

We've all opened the fridge to find a scary sight staring back at us.

A gallon of milk that's about to expire.

Letting milk go bad is a waste of money, not to mention a waste of food. So, as that expiration date approaches, we like to do everything we can to use up that gallon of milk.

Making a yummy dessert out of the milk is obviously one of the most enjoyable ways to accomplish this!

There are so many delicious milk dessert recipes out there. As a rule, anything that is made with pudding or custard will probably use up a lot of milk. Homemade ice cream or milk shakes can also be a great solution! Although, when researching this article we did find that many milkshake recipes don't use as much milk as you would think (they're typically mostly ice cream).

So, we've compiled some of our favorite dessert recipes that use up a lot of milk. We hope that it helps avert at least one expiring milk disaster.

Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 stars
Milk Used: 2 Cups

This chocolate pudding dump cake is one of our favorite easy desserts in any category, but it's also one of our favorite dessert recipes that use a lot of milk. Even better, milk is one of only a few ingredients in the recipe! All you have to do is blend a few items together, pour into a baking dish, and relax while your house fills with the smell of molten chocolate cake.

Get the recipe here.

4-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 4 Cups

Make this dessert just for the amazing experience of slicing into the finished cake. Your fork cuts a thick layer of rich chocolate ganache, sinks into fluffy vanilla cake, and finally releases a flood of gooey vanilla pudding. The textures in this poke cake are unreal, and we highly recommend making it right now. Maybe find a time machine so that you can start making it 5 minutes ago.

Get the recipe here.

Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake

Oreo Dirt Pie

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 3 Cups

If you think dirt pie is something you left in your childhood, think again. This ultra creamy, chocolaty, crunchy dessert is absolutely for everyone. The homemade vanilla pudding is indulgent, but still easy to make. It's the perfect summertime milk dessert recipe, but we will be making it all year long.

Get the recipe here.

Oreo Dirt Pie

Vintage Bread Pudding

Test Kitchen Rating: 4 Stars
Milk Used: 2 Cups

Bread pudding might be a bit of a forgotten dessert in today's world of green tea ice cream and acai berries. But we're doing our best to change that! This delicious recipe for bread pudding is everything you want in a dessert. Crisp and sweet on the outside, filled with gooey custard on the inside, you will be in heaven after the first bite. As a bonus, you can use up both leftover milk and leftover eggs with this recipe!

Get the recipe here.

Vintage Bread Pudding

Almond Crusted Creamy Pudding Cake

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 3 Cups

Get ready to indulge with this delicious pudding cake! We love this recipe because it is very easy to make and it tastes delicious. There's something about the crisp, sugary, almond-topped cake that we just can't resist. And the chocolate pudding is the icing on (wait, it's the icing under) the cake. Layers of rich chocolate pudding plus a scrumptious cake topping? Yes, please!

Get the recipe here.

Almond Crusted Creamy Pudding Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 3 Cups plus 1 Tablespoon

This is one of the delicious recipes from our own Chef Addie Gundry's No-Bake Desserts: 103 Easy Recipes for No-Bake Cookies, Bars, and Treats! It's everything you love about the classic chocolate pastry, but it's in cake form. You get layers of crisp graham crackers, creamy vanilla pudding, and an entire cup of Nutella. It's one of our favorite desserts, and it's also a fantastic dessert for using up leftover milk.

Get the recipe here.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Easy Chocolate Trifle

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 6 Cups

If you need to use up a lot of milk, then this dessert recipe is a perfect choice. It feeds a crowd. You'll make a few batches of instant chocolate pudding and layer it with pieces of Cosmic brownies, whipped topping, and Bailey's Irish Cream. It's the perfect boozy dessert to serve to your favorite group of adults. Of course, if you don't wish to consume alcohol, feel free to omit the Bailey's! The dessert will still be absolutely indulgent.

Get the recipe here.

Easy Chocolate Trifle

Oreo Delight Recipe

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 3.5 Cups

Calling all Oreo lovers! This delicious chocolate dessert is brimming with crunchy cookies, creamy chocolate pudding, and fluffy whipped topping. It's so easy to make, and it is a great way to use up that gallon of milk before it goes bad. We think this would be a great dish to take to a potluck, too. Just be prepared for everyone to ask you for the recipe.

Get the recipe here!

Oreo Delight Recipe

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 1.5 Cups (per 2 milk shakes)

We couldn't end this list without an ice cream recipe. This copycat Shamrock Shake doesn't use up as much milk as some of the other recipes, but it will use up a lot more if you are making these for more than 2 people. So, invite over a few friends or family members and treat them to this indulgent copycat recipe. They will be so impressed that you know how to make them at home!

Get the recipe here.

Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe

Rise and Shine Slow Cooker Coffee Cake

Test Kitchen Rating: 5 Stars
Milk Used: 2 Cups

This delicious coffee cake recipe is actually made in your slow cooker (yes, really!). So you can just sit back and relax while this easy milk dessert recipe cooks away and fills your home with delicious aromas. The recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate milk, which is great if you have some that you need to use up. But if not, go ahead and make your own chocolate milk according to your preferences.

Get the recipe here.

Rise and Shine Slow Cooker Coffee Cake

Strawberry Pudding Milk Shake

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Milk Used: 3 cups

If you're more of a fruit person than a chocolate person, then this delicious milk shake is the perfect recipe to use up extra milk. It's rich and creamy, with a delicious flavor that you can only get from fresh strawberries. This is the perfect summertime treat, and we can imagine everyone enjoying it outdoors while the sun goes down. It would also make the perfect movie night snack!

Get the recipe here.

Strawberry Pudding Milk Shake

What are your best tips for using up milk that is about to expire? Let us know in the comments!

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