Creamy Vanilla Pudding Recipe
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Creamy Vanilla Pudding Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 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.
Originally published as Creamy Vanilla Pudding in Reminisce Extra April 1993, p49

Sweet White Wine

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

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Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 263857
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2017

"I made a half-batch of this, as a basis for a strawberry dessert. Excellent results in almost no time! Not stirring is scary, but it worked."

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."

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