Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

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Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding is as yummy as it sounds.  Seriously…what a dreamy word – butterscotch is!

“I’m tempted by everything. My husband makes fun of me because every day it’s a new food that I love. I have a weakness for butterscotch pudding, ice cream in any flavor and dark chocolate, although that’s one thing I do keep in my house – 70% dark chocolate.” – Gail Simmons

If you like butterscotch pudding, I’m guessing you also love all things cozy.  I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life.  It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.  

Butterscotch anything has to be one of my top favorite flavors of all time.

What amazes me is that I’ve never made a butterscotch recipe for myself – ever in the history of my life.  How can that be possible?

While browsing through my enormous pile of recipes to make, I came across this one.  Well, you had me at Mollie.

If you don’t know who Mollie Katzen is – let me enlighten you.  She is a famous vegetarian chef that has written a series of cookbooks.  Her most famous cookbook is the Moosewood Cookbook.

I seriously love her recipes.  Hungarian Mushroom Soup is one of her other recipes I featured on my blog.  I tweaked the recipe a bit – it had way too much parsley in it – but that recipe is a keeper.  You can find it here.  

Butterscotch pudding is a cure-all for many things in my book.  Have a bad day?  Have a little pudding.  Too much to do?  Slow down and enjoy the yummy taste of butterscotch.

Now here’s the kicker.  All these years and I’ve never made myself homemade butterscotch pudding – yet it is so darn simple.  There’s a total of six ingredients in this recipe – the most exotic one is vanilla extract.

Who the heck knew that this pudding would be one of the easiest recipes I have ever made?  Not me that’s for sure.

Ninety-nine percent of the time I have the ingredients on hand…without making a special trip to the store.  I bet you do too.

So let’s get to this amazing recipe, so you can wind down, get cozy and treat yourself to a sweet snack at the end of the day.

Tips on making Homemade Butterscotch Pudding:

1) Don’t leave the saucepan unattended!  I stayed right where I was supposed to be stirring the mixture like I was supposed to.  Milk can burn easily.

2) Have everything out and ready to go.  This is a quick recipe, you don’t want to be fumbling around for ingredients.  I’m a fumbler.  This time I changed my bad habit and I’m glad I did.

3) Let the mixture get cold in the refrigerator no matter how tempted you are to dive in.  It’s a dish that’s better cold.  You know it, I know it…but your stomach has other ideas.

Ok…I think that’s it.  Let’s move on to the recipe, shall we?

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Recipe:

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons DARK brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Combine the milk, butter and brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Place it over medium heat until it is hot to the touch. DON'T LET IT BOIL.
  3. In a medium bowl, pour in half the milk mixture from the saucepan and add the cornstarch.
  4. Whisk vigorously, until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  5. Pour the cornstarch mixture back into the pan and return it to the heat.
  6. Let the mixture come almost to a boil, whisking frequently.
  7. Lower the temperature to simmer and cook for five minutes, whisking often. It will become thick and shiny.
  8. Pour the pudding in a serving bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
  9. Once it has cooled, cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator until cold.
Now that you’ve had time to read through the recipe – easy right?  Yep.  This is something you can whip up at a moment’s notice and have a delicious dessert in no time.

This dish serves four.  Or maybe just one, if you had a really bad day.  Right?

Here’s what you need to make Homemade Butterscotch Pudding: 

1) A saucepan.  

I use ceramic pots and pans.  You can find some here on Amazon.

2) Serving bowl.  

My CorningWare serving pieces with lids are my favorite.  No need for foil or plastic wrap.  You can find a set here.

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I love butterscotch pudding. I haven’t had it in years! I did not realize it has such simple ingredients. This is on my list of things to make

Mary Wasley

I used to make butterscotch pudding when I was in high school but have not been able to find the recipe I used. Then this one fell into my lap!

Cindy Baldwin

My sister loves butterscotch pudding! Just made this as a little surprise for her. This is my first time making pudding that didn’t come from a box.
Recipe was easy to follow, with simple instructions, and everyday ingredients.
It’s cooling now, and can’t wait till tonight to see how she likes it!


I did everything exactly the way the recipe said and it was really light? Should I have used dark brown sugar?

Carol Kempton

I was just browsing through recipes when I came across this recipe, and I remembered having it when I was a young girl (loved it) . It certainly takes me back,way back,so I was very pleased to find it …thank you.
Will let you know how it goes


I made the pudding in the microwave. Texture was good but I found that it didn’t have the butterscotch flavour I was expecting. Can you tell me why.


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