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jars of homemade vanilla pudding

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Cups

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths- Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 12 minutes


These Homemade Vanilla Pudding Cups are such a cute and fun dessert. Better yet, they're easy to make and filled with wonderful vanilla flavor!


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium sauce pan add the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. While whisking, slowly add the half-and-half until till combined.
  3. Add the egg yolks and whisk to combine.
  4. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly but gently. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, stir to combine. Pour the hot pudding into six 1-cup wide-mouth mason jars, filling the jars an inch from the top. Add a flat lid and then screw on the ring to close the jars.
  6. Refrigerate until the pudding is set, about 3 hours.
  7. Eat the pudding right out of the mason jars. Add sprinkles before eating for extra smiles.


  • You can swap the half and half for 3 cups of whole milk.
  • You don't have to add this to individual jars, it's just fun. You can place the pudding in a large bowl to serve instead of 6 individual containers. 
  • You can use salted butter, just omit the salt in the recipe. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 149
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.1g
  • Protein: Protein
  • Cholesterol: 104.9mg

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