Our Best Custard and Creme Brulee Recipes

Creme brulee and custard recipes start with basic ingredients -- milk and eggs -- and take on a variety of delicious flavors. "Creme brulee" translates as "burnt creme," a distinction earned from its caramelized sugar topping, which contrasts with the creamy custard hidden underneath. So choose your favorite flavor to add (think caramel, chocolate, berry, or vanilla), and bake a delicious custard tonight.

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    Coffee Shop Custard

    If you can't get enough espresso in the morning, try having some for dessert! Top these espresso-flavored no-bake custard cups with a spoonful of whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon to make them just like your morning latte.

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    Maple Creme Brulee with Hazelnuts

    Intensely flavored toasted hazelnuts give the maple-infused creme brulees a scrumptiously nutty crunch. Plus, this creme brulee recipe makes individual portions, so your family members can add as many nuts as they want to their dessert.

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    Snickerdoodle Custard Pie

    Snickerdoodle cookies, vanilla custard, and pie all have a hand in creating this three-in-one dessert masterpiece. A few extra sprinkles of chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top make this custard pie a feast for the eyes, too.

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    Pumpkin Custards with Cardamom Crumble

    Step aside, pumpkin pie; pumpkin custard cups are here to take your place. The classic autumn spice trio of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom makes these desserts taste like a cup full of fall.

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    White Chocolate Creme Brulee

    We'll never say no to chocolate for dessert, especially when it's baked into creme brulee! To keep the classic pale creme brulee color, use white chocolate instead of dark or milk chocolate.

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    Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars

    Serving up creme brulee to a crowd just got much, much easier. Bake these cheesecake bars in a 9x13 pan, then top with sugar and caramelize. Now everyone at your potluck or party can have a bite of creme brulee deliciousness.

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    Apple-Cardamom Custard Pie

    Luscious apple pie is always on our minds when dessert rolls around, but this apple pie and custard combo might just replace the classic dessert in our dreams. Plus, you can customize this custard pie to add nuts, raisins, or cinnamon.

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    Berries with Custard Sauce

    Cook this custard pudding in just 20 minutes, then top it with a bowl full of berries once it's chilled. To take your presentation to the next level, top with a few fresh mint leaves.

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    Apple Creme Brulees

    Sneak diced apples into your creme brulee for a fruity fall twist on this favorite dessert. For a pretty splatter paint effect, caramelize the sugar in a saucepan, then drizzle on top just before serving.

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    Salted Caramel Pots de Creme

    Turn one of your favorite dessert toppers into a dish all its own with these rich custard cups. A little bit of salt offsets the sweetness of baked caramel custard for a balanced dessert.

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    Dark Chocolate Flan

    This dessert has all the characteristics you look for in flan: satiny-smooth texture, rich caramel topping, and a touch of cinnamon. Edible gold leaf, available at specialty food stores, gives it a fancy finish.

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    Coeurs a la Creme with Apricot Sauce

    Translating to "hearts with cream," these no bake desserts are made by forming mascarpone cheese and whipped cream into a heart-shape mold. You can make the apricot sauce while the hearts chill.

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    Mocha Custards

    Have your mocha and eat it, too! Adding instant coffee crystals to this chocolate custard makes every spoonful much more decadent. 

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    Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

    It's hard to believe such a simple recipe could be packed so full of flavor. Vanilla-infused cream adds richness, while dark brown sugar melts into a divine caramel sauce over this almost-like-cheesecake flan recipe.

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    Baked Raspberry Custards

    This dreamy fruit custard features vanilla bean and tangy-but-sweet fresh raspberries. It's a great dessert recipe to make when raspberries are in peak season, from May to September.

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    Banana-Caramel Custard

    This classic baked custard recipe with a caramel topping is luxuriously rich and smooth. The addition of cinnamon-spiced sauteed bananas lightens up this dessert.

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    Caramel Flans

    For beginners learning how to make custard, this flan recipe is a great place to start -- it keeps it simple and delicious with just 5 ingredients. To create the rivers of caramel that spill over these baked flans, add caramelized sugar to the dishes before the custard. 

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    Pumpkin Creme Caramel

    The silky texture and subtle flavor of pumpkin is a fantastic addition to these heavenly caramel custard cups. Orange zest gives the creme caramels a hint of citrus.

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    Tiny Vanilla Creme Brulee

    Following an ample meal, just a few bites of dessert will do. This easy creme brulee, flecked with vanilla bean seeds, fits the bill perfectly.

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    Oaxacan Coconut Flan

    Coconut inside and out -- along with a splash of rum -- elevates always-popular flan to special-dinner status. The addition of allspice adds a warm touch to this Mexican-inspired coconut custard.

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    Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

    Surprise dinner guests with this Mexican-style creme brulee recipe. The unique and tasty dessert features bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and mild-but-smoky ancho chile pepper.

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    Frozen Caramel Custard

    Frozen custard might sound like a simple dessert, but this recipe is an absolute showstopper. Serve with caramel shards to take each cup from pretty to wow-worthy.

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