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Creamy Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Creamy Vanilla Pudding Recipe

This creamy pudding turns out perfect every time! It's quick and easy to make, and the result is an old-fashioned pudding that's great for an after-school snack or to use as a base for many delicious desserts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 1. Place 2 cups milk and salt in a saucepan. Sprinkle sugar on milk and do not stir; heat over medium-high. Quickly combine cornstarch with remaining milk; add egg yolks and mix well. When milk comes to a full boil, remove saucepan from the heat and stir in cornstarch mixture. Pudding will begin to thicken. Return to the heat and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and butter. Pour into individual dishes. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.

Reviews for Creamy Vanilla Pudding

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dchovanes User ID: 1293241 238492
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Great recipe. I could not believe that I didn't have to stir this. I would give it more stars if I could."

cvalera7 User ID: 8541780 232971
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Easy to make, my family loves it."

Christineharris2 User ID: 7804720 45369
Reviewed May. 15, 2014

"My family loves this delicious and simple treat! It works just right every time!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 45271
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014


lbroadh2o User ID: 7201056 15863
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"This had a good taste. However, it did not thicken. I added bananas and think it may be that with the moisture from bananas I should have lowered milk amount."

MarissaKaye User ID: 7176871 17478
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Excellent recipe. I added milk, salt, cornstarch, and sugar together in pan. It's the right amount for 2 people but I think you should double the recipe. :)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5184423 13131
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"We are empty nesters and most of the time we cannot use all the milk we buy. So I use this recipe to use up our milk. It is quick and easy and makes a great dessert."

PACountryGirl User ID: 5675087 43133
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"5 stars - easy to make and yummy too."

glo58bes User ID: 1072747 42550
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"This pudding is even easier if made in the microwave. I skip the butter and still get compliments on this."

CGEL User ID: 6175608 42549
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Great pudding! Very easy to make!"

arslp User ID: 1705824 17475
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"This was really good. At first I was afraid the milk would stick to the pan without stirring, but it did not at all. I used 2% milk, but next time will use 1/2 evaporated milk, 1/2 water for richer and creamier pudding. I doubled this recipe to use for a banana pudding and had enough for some extra pudding cups. This was really good, especially since it was so easy. Thanks!"

lmmf73 User ID: 2988177 37320
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Yummy and easy!"

lambasio User ID: 4065974 201876
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"This is a very quick and easy recipe. For that reason, I would make this again. I have, however, had creamier, richer pudding. I still enjoyed the flavor and the fact that I was eating homemade pudding."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 17471
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"Yippee! Who would make an instant pudding when this delicious recipe turns out great in no time at all! I used it to fill the cupcake of the week- boston cream cupcakes- Great!"

irishchef User ID: 3268917 40876
Reviewed May. 20, 2009

"I LOVE this one! I have made it two times so far and both times i have loved the out come! Really really really good, and easy! Also, it is nice that it is made with on hand ingredients! so yummy!!! Five *****"

flute salad User ID: 1453368 38026
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2007

"Can you guys check the nutrition info? It seems pretty ludicrous:)"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.