How to Make Pastillas - Panlasang Pinoy Easy Recipes

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How to Make Pastillas

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Pastillas, orpastillas de leche,are a sweet and sugary dessert that is well known and loved by many people in the Philippines. You can make this dessert without cooking at all, or you can do a bit of cooking to make this delicious treat. If you want to know how to make pastillas, just see Step 1 below to get started.


  • 2 cups of powdered milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of margarine


Making No-Cook Pastillas

  1. Pour the powdered and the condensed milk in a bowl.Just pour 2 cups of powdered milk and 1 can (14 oz.) of condensed milk into a bowl. This recipe should make about 80 candies.
  2. Mix the powdered and condensed milk together.The mixture may be a little thick and hard to mix together, so have patience and a thick and sturdy spoon.
  3. Add the margarine to the mixture.Add 1 tablespoon of margarine to the mixture; alternately, you can use real butter. This will help add an extra creamy flavor to the treat. Mix it in with the other ingredients.
  4. Shape your candy into circles or cylinders.Choose the shape you'd like for your pastillas; they can be circular, or they can be more cylindrical, like Tootsie Rolls. Just use your hands to give them their desired shape; you can wear gloves if you want to. Place the shaped candies on a plate.
  5. Pour the sugar on a plate.Pour half a cup of sugar on a plate.
  6. Roll the pastillas into the sugar.Make sure that all part are covered.
  7. Wrap the pastillas in cellophane.You can cut the cellophane in advance to get the desired shape. Then place the pastillas in the cellophane and wrap the ends of it.
  8. Serve.Put the candies on a party plate and enjoy. You can have them for dessert or serve them as a snack whenever you like.

Cooking Pastillas

  1. Combine the condensed milk, powdered milk, and sugar in a saucepan.Make sure to stir the ingredients thoroughly as you heat them until they turn to a paste.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Add the butter.Continue to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Remove from heat.Take the pan off the stove and move the mixture you've cooked into a bowl. Let it cool for at least 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is cool enough to be touched but still a bit warm.
  5. Shape the mixture.Use your hands or a knife to shape the mixture into bite-sized candies. You can make a circular shape, a cylinder, a cube, or whatever shape you want. You should make about 80 pieces.
  6. Roll the candy lightly in sugar.Use your hands to make sure each piece is lightly but evenly covered in sugar.
  7. Wrap the candy in cellophane.Place each piece of candy in the center of a cellophane square and roll it into a cylinder or whatever shape you like, and tuck the ends of the cellophane into the roll.
  8. Serve.Enjoy this tasty candy during any time of day.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Is adding margarine optional?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, this is entirely optional.
  • Question
    How long do pastillas last?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    They usually last 2-3 days, based on my experience. Store them in an air tight container.
  • Question
    Does it really need 2 cups of powdered milk?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Not necessarily, but the ratio is 2:1, meaning 2 cups of powdered milk to1 cup of condensed milk. You may use any kind of measurement, like tablespoon, glass or even your own palm, just apply the ratio quantity.
  • Question
    How can I make flavored pastillas?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Add the powder of the desired flavor, or melt it for flavors such as cheese, then add it to the mixture before coating with sugar.
  • Question
    How do I put margarine in pastillas?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    For non-cook pastillas, combine the condensed milk and powdered milk, then add melted margarine. For cooked pastillas, heat the margarine first in the pan; once it's melted, add the condensed milk. Gradually add the powdered milk.
  • Question
    Can I use skim milk?
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    Community Answer
    My mother makes pastillas and she uses skim milk, so yes.
  • Question
    Are the cooked pastillas soft or not?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Cooked pastillas usually comes out soft when you cook it on low heat. However, if you want it a little crunchy, cook it on medium heat and let the condensed milk evaporate some of its liquid.
  • Question
    How do I make pastillas?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You should read the article above to answer this question.
  • Question
    Why are my pastillas very sticky?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You may have added too much condensed milk. Try adding more powdered milk to decrease the stickiness.
  • Question
    Will the uncooked pastillas lose their shape after a few minutes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    They won't as long as you don't put in lots of condensed milk. You can add more powdered milk to hold the shape if you need to.
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  • Is there a difference in taste between non-cooked pastillas vs cooked pastillas?
  • What is the size of 1 pastillas for this recipe?
  • How about when I want to add flavor like for langka pastillas?
  • What kind of powder is better to use in making a pastilla?
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Quick Summary

To make no-cook pastillas, combine 2 cups of powdered milk and 14 ounces of condensed milk in a mixing bowl. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined with no lumps, add 1 tablespoon of margarine and mix thoroughly. Then, use your hands or a scoop to shape your pastillas into a ball or cylinder, and roll them in sugar. Immediately wrap the pastillas in cellophane and twist the ends tightly to keep the candies from drying out.

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  • For the pastillas that needs to be cooked, you can boil a can of evaporated milk first before adding the powdered and condensed milk. This will make you pastillas more creamy and white in colour.

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  • Cellophane

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