The Proof’s in the Pudding! (9 fabulous recipes)

Pudding might just be the perfect dessert – easy to make, comforting, and nostalgic. Here are pudding recipes for the classics (chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch) and flavors you’ve probably never tried before (lemon, peanut butter, coffee!) to tempt you to pull out that saucepan and fire up the stove. This is going to be good!

homemade pudding recipes to try today!

If your only experience of pudding is from a box, or those awful little plastic cups, I don’t blame you for not being interested. Pudding has overtones of nursery food, or something you’d be given when you don’t feel well. But if this is health food, bring it on! Just know that pudding is something you just can’t mass produce, it doesn’t work. You’ve got to make it at home, which is fine, because it’s a snap to do. Make it decadent, wholesome, non dairy, low carb, vegan…it all works! So even if you’ve never made homemade pudding before, give one of these easy recipes a try. The first time you scrape a spoonful of warm pudding from the bottom of the pan, you’ll be hooked, promise.


classic butterscotch pudding

It’s really hard to go wrong with such a classic, and I perfected this recipe so that it’s got a nice rich flavor, a perfect balance of salt, and the smoothest, creamiest texture.


meyer lemon pudding

This was one of those why did it take me so long to think of this moments. At first it might seem weird, but the minute that first bite hits your tongue it’s like, I get it, this was meant to be. It’s silky, creamy, luxurious, and…lemon!

Meyer Lemon Pudding with spoons

perfect chocolate pudding

If you’re a true chocolate lover, chocolate pudding might not strike you as the best thing to satisfy a serious chocolate craving. But trust me, this pudding is seriously rich in flavor and texture. It’s grown up enough to serve at a dinner party, but kids love it too! I like it equally warm and cold. Don’t forget the whipped cream!

pouring chocolate pudding into a small glass jar

peanut butter pudding

Pudding lover that I am, I made this peanut butter version on a whim, not entirely sure if it was going to work out or be kind of weird. Man, am I glad that I took a chance! It’s creamy, smooth, sweet, and full of peanut butter flavor, like a mini peanut butter pie in a cup!


kentucky bourbon vanilla bean pudding

If you think vanilla pudding is bland and uninteresting, meet Kentucky bourbon vanilla bean pudding. Real specks of vanilla bean, and smoky, rich Kentucky bourbon make this pudding unforgettable. This one is for the big kids at the table.

Kentucky Bourbon Vanilla Bean Pudding in glasses with spoons

coffee pudding

Do you love those sweet, creamy coffee drinks from your favorite coffee shop? Imagine those flavors in the form of a silky, spoon-able cup of pudding and you’ve got the idea here. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up or after-dinner treat.

creamy coffee pudding in small glasses

mint chocolate pudding pots

Ok, yes, the cute factor is pretty high here, but these little “pots” of mint chocolate pudding topped with crushed chocolate wafter “dirt” and little mint “seedlings” are also really really delicious! I love them for spring events and parties, but the chocolate-peppermint pudding is a great recipe for whenever that peppermint craving strikes.


winter spice vanilla pudding with brandied whipped cream

If I haven’t yet convinced you that pudding can be sophisticated, I hope you’ll give this reicpe a try. Silky vanilla pudding gets infused with whole winter spices (think star anise, cinnamon, and cloves), orange peel, and vanilla. Then we top it off with a homemade brandied whipped cream for the perfect finishing touch.

Glasses of winter spice vanilla pudding with whipped cream and orange peel.

Rice Pudding

Last but not least this might be my favorite of all. I love how the creamy vanilla pudding clings to each grain of perfectly cooked rice. When you catch this while still warm from the pan it’s stunningly delicious.

Instant Pot rice pudding in glasses

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    Lori
    March 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Sue – these pudding recipes look so good! I am not able to use cornstarch. Do you have any experience with substitutions for cornstarch? Thanks, Lori

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      Sue Moran
      March 29, 2022 at 6:16 am

      You have lots of options, Lori. Some of my pudding recipes rely on just eggs or egg yolks for thickening. You can also use arrowroot powder, tapioca powder or rice starch in place of cornstarch. Hope this helps!

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        Lori
        March 29, 2022 at 5:55 pm

        thanks! I’m going to start with your Milk Chocolate Mousse which doesn’t need cornstarch. Then will start experimenting with arrowroot and tapioca powders

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    Julie
    January 16, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Sue,
    I’ve been on your list for a long time so how can I get your free Puddings e-booklet? After requesting it, I got the answer that “I’m already subscribed!”
    Julie Pelletier

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      Sue Moran
      January 16, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Julie, I don’t have a pudding e book, I think what you’re referring to is the photo on the sign up prompt at the bottom of the page? If you got my “Celebrate ~ Simple Cakes for Every Season”, that was my most recent freebie. Let me know if you need that one. I’ll be releasing a new book soon, and will leave links to it in my emails so you won’t miss it! Thanks for subscribing 🙂

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    DEBORAH VERDON
    January 16, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Love all of your recipes.

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    Randa Black
    January 16, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Thankyou for the e-book on cakes. I love it! The cakes all look so beautiful and we all need more beauty,peace and love. You are doing this.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you Randa ~ there’s a new one coming out soon and you’ll have access to that one, too.

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