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Cooking With Collin: Simple Vanilla Pudding Recipe


So, I first want to apologize for just now posting a new Cooking with Collin. To be quite honest,Β  I’ve been slackin’ in the cooking department. Yep, my hubby has actually taken over quite a bit in the kitchen – gotta love him! πŸ˜€

Anyway, today I am going to show you how to make homemade pudding! …And let me say, homemade pudding is so much better that the boxed mixes you can buy in-store. Plus, making pudding from scratch is so simple and requires very minimal ingredients. I love pudding also because it is so versatile. You can add fruit, change the flavor and basically use items you have on hand to give it a little twist!

Simple Vanilla Pudding Recipe


* 2 and 1/4 cup milk
* 1/2 cup white sugar (or substitute Splenda)
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(Quality Vanilla Extract will make this so yummy! This Simply Organic Vanilla Extract is pricey, but it’s got some great reviews and should last you a while!)
* 1 tablespoon butter (Love me some real butter – not the fake stuff! πŸ˜€ )


In medium saucepan over medium heat, add 2 cups of milk and heat until bubbles start to form. While the milk is heating up, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and 1/4 cup cold milk in a medium bowl. Pour this mixture slowly into the hot milk and stir continuously. Keep stirring until the mixture is thick enough to stick to a spoon.Β  Finally, remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla and butter, then chill for at least an hour (possibly longer). Now get a spoon out and dig in! This is a simple recipe, but so delicious.

* Note – make sure to never let the milk mixture come to a boil as it will burn.

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Comments 26

  1. Diane

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love that you are always having contests and giveaways, but for those of us who work during the day….we have no shot at this. Could you post the next one in the evening? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Jesi

      i agree! i don’t get home til 6pm!

      • Debbie

        I totally agree. Not all of us are home all day!! πŸ™‚

    • Collin

      Yep… I will try and post during evening hours next time! πŸ˜€

      • Jesi

        Thanks Collin, we really do appreciate it!

  2. Jesi

    think i’ll make this in chocolate! and btw, i LOVE organic valley products! they taste so good and they sell the best tasting chocolate milk hands down! taking your advice on the extract and ordered some, love good quality baking products!

  3. Collin

    Wow! That was fast… we have already gotten 5 emails with pudding pictures! Congrats to the winners and stay tuned for your mystery prize! πŸ™‚

  4. Nathan

    Wow, 5 people already made it?! If I didn’t get my pic sent in on time, I’m definitely blaming my slow stovetop! πŸ˜‰

  5. Dana

    Wow! That was quick! I might have had a chance had I not taken so long trying to get a decent photo with me in it in case it was posted! LOL I wasn’t sure if a person had to be in it or just the pudding. πŸ™‚ I made mine with soy milk and a little butter flavor because my son is allergic to milk products. Made those changes and it still tastes good. I was going to try a vanilla pudding recipe soon anyway so this was a time to do it. I have a great one for chocolate soy pudding. πŸ™‚

  6. jiya

    this was the first time I had all the ingredients ……….came back to post the pic. & post is gone. Anyways cong. to winners. U guys are really fast(-:

  7. Kelly

    Hi! How do we know if we won? I sent my photo around 3:03pm. Fun! Thanks!

    • Collin

      Hi Kelly!

      If you were one of the first 5 Hip2Savers to submit a pic, you would have already been contacted by Bryn. Hope this helps! πŸ˜€

      • Kelly

        Darn, must not have been quick enough! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  8. Holly

    How do you make this pudding recipe into the chocolate variety? Do you just add cocoa to the sugar mixture? Thanks Collin for this recipe! I’m having some friends over tonight and I wanted a treat to serve – your post came at just the right time!

  9. jmartcougar

    Looks so yummy!

  10. Anonymous

    Wow, that IS simple! I will try that real soon! Does anyone know if it would work with 1% or Skim milk?

    • Dana

      It should work with 1% or 2% milk but I am not sure about fat free or skim. Although I made it with soy milk today and it set fine. So I don’t know if that really helps or not. πŸ˜‰

  11. Lauren

    I love when you post recipes! You are great Collin!

    • Collin

      Aw, thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Collin

      Hi Isabella,

      I actually got the recipe from a friend, but it does look similar to the recipe referenced (although, I think my recipe calls for more milk). I didn’t have issues with lumps, but I think the key is to very slowly add the pudding mixture into the hot milk, then make sure to continuously stir. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  12. Jessica G

    I made a vegan version today with almond milk and vegan butter…. It’s delish!! I’m so glad you posted this recipe. It was so easy and a store bought pudding never tasted so good!

  13. DawnDM

    My husband made this and it was so good. He ate it with cherries and I ate it with blueberries. YUM!! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Judy

    I was lookinf for a recipe for warm vanilla pudding to put over
    Baked apples. My mother always made this and I cant seem to get
    it right. She would warm it up when serving of course she made may
    apples to be able to serve company . Hope you can help////////

  15. Donna

    This is the waY my grandmother made pudding many years ago! To make sure no lumps, mix the ingredients, other than the milk that is heating, in a shaker, and shake well, just like making gravy.

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