Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding


Decadent ingredients like half-and-half, egg yolks and butter combine in this creamy, dreamy Vanilla Pudding. Spoon on top of a bowl of fresh berries for a romantic dessert.

Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
3 1/4 cups


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 cup half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk

  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla bean paste

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • Miniature heart-shaped sprinkles (optional)


  1. In a medium heavy saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Add half-and-half. Cook and gently stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Gradually stir 1 cup of the half-and-half mixture into egg yolks.

  2. Slowly whisk egg yolk mixture back into half-and-half mixture in saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla, and sea salt. Pour pudding into 6 individual serving bowls. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Let stand 45 minutes; serve warm or chill up to 24 hours before serving.

  3. Top pudding with heart shaped candies before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

355 Calories
19g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 355
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 173mg 4%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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