Creamy Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding
Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Butterscotch pudding doesn't have to come from a dry mix to taste great! Lose the box and try this fantastic homemade version. The flavor is sublime, and it's easier than you probably think. The pudding recipe calls for dark brown sugar, but feel free to use light brown sugar.

Sweetened whipped cream is the perfect topping, but frozen (thawed) whipped topping or Dream Whip are just fine. 

What You'll Need

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Garnish: sweetened whipped cream (see below)
  • Optional: toasted coconut, maple flakes, or cinnamon-sugar

How to Make It

  1. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl or a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan or saucier, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir with a whisk until well blended.
  3. Whisk in the milk and cream and place the pan over medium heat. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture is simmering and thickened.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and quickly whisk about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks.
  1. Return the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and put it back over the heat. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture is simmering once again. Continue cooking and whisking for 1 minute.
  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the pudding into the bowl. Whisk the butter into the pudding along with the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. 
  3. For individual servings, ladle the pudding into ramekins or dessert dishes and place them on a rimmed baking sheet or pan. Cover each serving with plastic wrap, pressing it onto the pudding to keep it from forming a skin. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. 
  4. Alternatively, leave the pudding in the larger bowl. Press a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the pudding to keep the air from forming a skin and then refrigerate to chill thoroughly.
  5. Top this pudding off with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of maple flakes, toasted coconut, or cinnamon-sugar, if desired.


  • Simple Whipped Cream: Put 1 cup of heavy cream or whipping cream in a deep bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks have formed. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat until stiff peaks form. Make whipped cream as close to serving time as possible; cover and refrigerate. Spoon on desserts just before serving.
  • A saucier is a handy pan to have in your arsenal. It's basically a saucepan with a slightly rounded bottom. The rounded bottom means all surfaces can be easily scraped with the whisk or spoon, making it perfect for sauces, custards, polenta, oatmeal, and any mixture that tends to get stuck in the corners of a standard saucepan.