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A spoonful of cajeta on a surface.


Teri & Jenny
Cajeta is a deliciously sweet sauce similar to dulce de leche and caramel, but made with caramelized goat milk to give an extra tang so this gooey sticky sauce. We love it on ice cream!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course condiment, Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12
Calories 64 kcal


  • 2 cups goat milk
  • ½ cup superfine sugar granulated is fine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cow milk
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract


  • In a small pot, stir together goat milk, sugar and salt. Simmer over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour baking soda mixture into the goat milk mixture and stir together.
  • Continue to simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once the mixture is thick enough to thoroughly coat the back of a spoon and has turned a caramel color, remove from heat and pour mixture into a sterilized jar.
  • Tightly seal the jar and can in a water bath, or method of your choice, until the jar is properly canned.
  • The mixture will thicken as it cools. Spread onto cookies or crackers or gently warm and pour onto ice cream, pies, cakes, etc.


  • Makes 1 to 1 1/2 cups
  • Shelf Life: Once the sauce is properly canned, it will keep in a cool, dry place for about months. Once it's opened it should be refrigerated and will keep for up to a month.
  • Is this as thick as dulce de leche? This version is thinner than the typical dulce de leche you'll find at the market. It's a pourable sauce, without having to heat it up. If you'd like a thicker sauce just simmer and stir the mixture for about an additional 30 minutes.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 86mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
Keyword caramel sauce, dulche de leche
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