The Very Best Butterscotch Pudding

The BEST Butterscotch Pudding you’ll ever have!  Rich, creamy, salted caramel flavor that’s simple to make and waaaay better than anything from a box. A fantastic homemade sweet treat for every single day.

Rich, creamy and comforting, the very BEST Butterscotch Pudding made from scratch from

I just had the best weekend ever.  If there was ever a time when you’ve turned your nose up to the end of summer and dug your heels in deep to stop the start of fall….this was that time. We took a quick trip to the beach and spent hours in the sand soaking up the last seconds that summer had to offer.  My son, who is a nature lover, got up close and personal with a blue crab (he has the gash to prove it)….finally saw his first puffer fish in the wild (it was dead…but still a real puffer fish) and we strolled through the streets of Cape May while I cried with my sister about the fact that Halloween decorations were displayed in every window of our favorite shops. It’s happening…and I kinda don’t like it.  This is the first year I have not welcomed fall with open arms.  I think I’ve said it in every post this past week but really….it’s so not cool at all.

Rich, creamy and comforting, the very BEST Butterscotch Pudding made from scratch from

But if fall HAS to come and I HAVE to live through it…we might as well enjoy some fall flavors to go along with the imminent fall weather. Right?  And I know the go-to is pumpkin.all.the.things….like pumpkin oatmeal…..pumpkin cheesecake and….pumpkin ice cream.  But what about the cozy comfort foods like homemade vanilla pudding?  Or homemade chocolate pudding? Or homemade…rich, creamy, caramel-y Butterscotch Pudding?

Rich, creamy and comforting, the very BEST Butterscotch Pudding made from scratch from

This is simply the very best Butterscotch Pudding ever.  It’s rich, creamy, slightly salty, sweet, buttery, addictive.  It’s what you want to sit and stuff your face with after a long day of your boss breathing down your neck or your child not really digging the red pants you tried to put on him that morning.  It’s what you want to eat after a rich, decadent dinner party meal.  It’s like love in a bowl.

Rich, creamy and comforting, the very BEST Butterscotch Pudding made from scratch from

The Very Best Butterscotch Pudding is a close tie for first place with this rice pudding recipe in the world of puddings. It’s amazing and totally reminds me of my younger days when I drove my mom crazy and didn’t want to wear red pants.

The Very Best Butterscotch Pudding

Sweet and creamy, the very BEST Butterscotch Pudding recipe is the ultimate comfort food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 402 kcal


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Continue to cook, while stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved completely and the mixture is completely smooth caramel sauce. Turn off the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • In a second saucepan, whisk together the milk, cream, egg yolks, cornstarch and vanilla until thoroughly combined over medium heat until steaming.
  • Slowly ladle the caramel into the milk mixture 1/2 a cup at a time whisking constantly until all the caramel has been added.
  • Continue cooking the mixture over medium heat until boiling being sure to whisk constantly until smooth.
  • When the pudding has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 103mgPotassium: 156mgSugar: 29gVitamin A: 1105IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword butterscotch pudding
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12 comments on “The Very Best Butterscotch Pudding”

  1. This pudding is so good!! This was my first ever pudding from scratch. It was easy to make and turned out beautifully. I’ll never make pudding from a box again! Question though….where did you get the tardis cookies?!?

  2. when do you add the salt ?

  3. *sigh* Tried this several times, but didn’t work for me. I melted the butter and sugar, mixed until smooth, then it cooled…. into a hard candy. Ugh.

    • Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry…I haven’t had that problem. Let me retest it. Thanks so much and I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. 🙁

  4. When melting the dark sugar in butter, it got burnt. The consistency of the mixture looked smooth, but it tasted bitter when I tried. Any suggestions?

    • Oh no! So, you do have to keep stirring because it could burn on the bottom while it’s still looking ok on top. I just give it a stir every few seconds to make sure the mixture is in motion so the sugar doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

  5. Can you use an almond milk?

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