Make Dessert From Scratch: 8 Homemade Puddings

The packet of Jello-O pudding mix has a place in your cupboard. As a shortcut for getting moist, richly flavored cakes and cupcakes, it can’t be beat. But for these recipes, that box is going to stay up on that shelf. When you’re craving a rich, creamy, flavorful pudding, try making the whole dessert from scratch with any of these 8 recipes.

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1. Vanilla Pudding

Kicking things off with the basics, Chow‘s vanilla pudding is easy and you might have all the ingredients already sitting in your kitchen. Use crumbled cookies, toasted nuts, or toffee to add texture if desired.


  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • 2¼ cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions: Place a mesh strainer over a 4-cup measuring cup or bowl with a spout and set aside. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk until incorporated. While constantly whisking, slowly drizzle in ¼ cup of the milk until smooth. Whisk in the egg yolks and remaining milk.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking often, until the pudding begins to thicken and just starts to bubble, about 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low and switch to a rubber spatula. Stir constantly, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the pudding makes visible ribbons when drizzled over the surface, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted and completely incorporated. Pour the pudding through the prepared strainer. Immediately transfer it to 4 (4-ounce) ramekins or resealable containers. Lightly press a piece of plastic wrap on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours.