I love homemade pudding. It has always been one of my favorite desserts.
I make homemade chocolate pudding and homemade lemon pudding often, but homemade butterscotch pudding is one pudding that I have never been able to get quite right. It just wasn’t butterscotch enough.
They were good, but they were more of an old fashioned flavored butterscotch. Yes, I will admit that what I was looking for was the “fake” butterscotch flavor that so many of us love.
I wanted it to taste like the kind of pudding you get in a box. Well, maybe not exactly like the pudding you get in a box, because I don’t like pudding mixes, but I wanted something with the same basic butterscotch flavor.
After years of trying I finally got it.
This homemade version of butterscotch pudding is so good. It actually tastes like butterscotch.
A few weeks ago when I posted on my Facebook page that I finally came up with a homemade butterscotch pudding that actually tasted like butterscotch, several of you asked for the recipe, so here it is. I am sorry it took so long to get it posted.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Homemade Butterscotch Pudding
Skip the box and make homemade butterscotch pudding.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 eggs
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- ¾ cup butterscotch chips (If you are gluten free be sure to check the ingredients not all are gf)
- In a pan combine sugar and cornstarch. Slowly whisk in milk and cook over medium heat until thickened slightly.
- In a small bowl whisk eggs and add about ½ cup of hot milk, cornstarch, mixture. Whisk together well. You are tempering the eggs here.
- Add egg mixture back into the remaining milk mixture. Add salt and continue cooking over medium heat until thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in butterscotch chips and until chips are melted.
- Strain pudding through a fine mesh strainer to remove lumps.
- Serve warm or cold.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 0gSugar: 44gProtein: 5g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
I’ve never made butterscotch pudding, I better change that!
That looks fantastic- we will definatley be trying your recipe! Would love to see the lemon one too!!
This looks really good, Lynn. I love butterscotch pudding but haven’t had it in ages.
Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama
looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it!
I have a similar recipe that is from a 1939 cookbook that my mother made and my own family still loves.
“1 cup brown sugar (my Mom used dark brown)
5 tablespoons flour
dash of salt
2 cups of milk (my Mom used diluted evaporated milk for extra richness)
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine brown sugar, flour and salt in top of a double boiler and add milk and egg, mixing well. Cook over boiling water 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add butter and vanilla. Chill. Serve with whipped cream. Serves 4 to 6.” From “The Working Girl Must Eat” by Hazel Young
And yes, I have the book.
I am going to try this one. Reminds me of the way my Grandma always made hers until the box stuff took over. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds fabulous. Your recipes are always simple and yet very good. Thank you for all of the inspiration.
Would love the recipe for homemade lemon pudding. I have lots of lemon lovers in our family!
oh yummy! i’m definitely going to try this recipe soon!
We have loved your vanilla and chocolate pudding recipes so I was excited to try this because butterscotch is my husband’s favorite. When I made it the flavor was great, but the texture was kind of grainy. Do you think I did something wrong or is the texture just different for this kind?
@Heidi, I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you about the butterscotch pudding. I am guessing that the heat was either to long or you did not let the chips melt in all the way. The texture is a little different on the butterscotch, but not really what I would call grainy. I hope that helps.
Hi Lynn! This is the very first time I’ve made homemade pudding and I just made this recipe this morning. Instead of butterscotch chips, I tried those Hershey cinnamon chips but left the rest of the recipe identical. So good! I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried it that way, but I’d highly recommend it! So happy to whip up a yummy dessert without using my oven. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
@JessieLeigh, That sounds really good! My son loves cinnamon so I may have to try that. We love homemade pudding especially this time of year when it is so hot. It is a great no oven dessert to make.
I just made this for my Dad, came out just like you said, and tastes absolutly delicious, can’t wait for him to try it.
I hope he enjoys it! Thanks for letting me know how well it turned out.
I love Butterscotch the best….but was wondering if you could create a recipe for Maple (pure organic 100% syrup) Pudding. There must be many different ways to design pudding. My Dad remembers the way it was made when he was growing up in the 1930’s. No boxed or pudding cups for us!
I tried a few butterscotch recipes but thought they tasted bland. I had given up. I do have a chocolate pudding recipe that I love which calls for adding in chocolate chips at the end and blending them. It’s delicious. When I saw that your butterscotch recipe does the same thing with the bits, I gave it a try. Great job!! I now have a favorite butterscotch pudding recipe! The chips were the key missing ingredient!
So glad you liked it. And I was the same way until I thought to add butterscotch chips to it. They make all the difference.
Megan @ For the Love of Cookies
I just made homemade vanilla pudding for the first time. I didn’t realize how easy it is! I will have to try butterscotch next!
So glad I found your recipe. It’s delicious and so easy to make! Thanks for doing all the trial and error and posting the recipe.
Going out to get bs chips now so I can make this. I love this flavor pudding! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
I hope you enjoy it!
It was a bit too sweet for us. I think if I cut the sugar in half that would make a big difference. Also could you use a Butterscotch flavor extract in place of the chips? Or do you use the chips for added creaminess? I love butterscotch flavor. Thanks for your time.
PS. I put the pudding in a baking dish and added some cooked apples and some granola. Tomorrow I will mix up some biscuit dough and place that on top then bake. I think that will be like having butterscotch gravy w/apples over biscuits. Usually I would have chocolate gravy no apples! Lol.