Butterscotch Pudding For One

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding For One – rich, creamy and wonderfully indulgent! This nostalgic single serving butterscotch pudding is so easy to make and serves up the perfect amount for anyone cooking for one.

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There’s something about the flavor of butterscotch that I absolutely love. The buttery, sweet taste of butterscotch pudding brings back memories from my childhood.

I always thought the only way to enjoy butterscotch pudding was from a box. That’s the kind of pudding my mother always used to make and while I loved it as a kid, I know homemade tastes so much better.

When I started to experiment with this butterscotch pudding recipe, I almost gave up but I’m so glad I persisted. What I’m sharing here today is a wonderful, creamy, rich butterscotch pudding that I think you’ll absolutely love too.

This easy pudding recipe is currently one of my favorite dessert recipes. It delivers the same wonderful flavors I remember growing up, but in a single serving size. As a bonus, you’ll be happy to know that homemade butterscotch pudding is easy to make too!

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What is Butterscotch?

Butterscotch is really just butter and brown sugar melted and liquified.

Cream gets whisked in and is thickened with milk, an egg and cornstarch.

Butterscotch Pudding

Making butterscotch pudding will give you an arm workout too, you will whisk and whisk but it will be so worth it.

Ingredients In Butterscotch Pudding

For this recipe, you will need:

  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • milk
  • an egg yolk
  • butter
  • sugar
  • heavy cream (also called double cream)
  • vanilla extract

See complete recipe with instructions below

Pro Tip: One thing to note is that you’ll need to be careful when heating sugar and butter, use a deep saucepan and go slowly. Melted sugar is hot so please be careful.

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It just takes minutes to make butterscotch pudding on the stove.

After you pour the pudding into a serving dish, let it chill for a few hours. You can top it with whipped cream, if you’d like or enjoy it as it is.

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What To Do With A Leftover Egg White

You will only use an egg yolk in this butterscotch pudding recipe. You might consider using the egg white in any of these recipes:

Small Batch Meringues

Coconut Macaroons

2 Vanilla Cupcakes

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Butterscotch Pudding Recipe For One

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Butterscotch Pudding For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: pudding
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 700kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream , optional


  • Whisk the cornstarch with the salt in a small bowl. Slowly add the milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Whisk in the egg yolk and set the bowl aside.
  • Melt the butter in a deep saucepan set over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, whisk in the brown sugar.
  • The brown sugar will look grainy at first, but whisk vigorously until the brown sugar completely melts and becomes a liquid.
  • Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Slowly whisk in the cream. (The sugar and cream will steam but continue to whisk. The sugar will clump together, this is normal). Return the pan to the stove, reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk until the sugar has melted and is smooth.
  • Very slowly add most of the hot butterscotch liquid to the bowl with the cornstarch and milk and whisk. (You want to add the hot butterscotch slowly because you don’t want the heat from the butterscotch to “cook” the eggs.)
  • Return the tempered cornstarch slurry to the pan and cook. Raise the heat to medium-high and whisk vigorously until it comes to a boil.
  • Continue whisking and cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  • Carefully spoon into a bowl or a glass and chill for at least an hour.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired.


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 325mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 359mg | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 1780IU | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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14 thoughts on “Butterscotch Pudding For One”

  1. I made this for my husband, but it turned rubbery and was almost completely solid after I stuck it in the fridge. Did I overcook it?

    1. Hi Heather,

      That’s frustrating, I’m sorry your pudding didn’t turn out as planned. It is possible that it was overcooked. If you try this recipe again, keep a close eye on the time. Also, make sure that the cornstarch “slurry” is well mixed and that no lumps remain. This should also help. Please keep me posted.


  2. 5 stars
    This is genius! I love dessert, but hubby doesn’t have a sweet tooth. And quite frankly, I don’t need a ton of dessert lying around. LOL. This hit the spot!

  3. This recipe is going to be dangerous in my hands! I love butterscotch pudding, but since I live alone, I never make it. I have a feeling I’ll be making this recipe way more often than my waistline will appreciate. My taste buds will be happy though!

  4. Finally someone who encourages NOT sharing your deserts…hehe! I love butterscotch so much. I used to make the quick and easy butterscotch pudding just for me and eat the whole thing. Lol- definitely pinning this for later!

  5. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    This is perfect! My husband is the only person in the house who likes butterscotch pudding, so we never make it. This would be great for him.

  6. This looks and sound delicious. The ingredient list is tiny and it doesnt sound too complicated to make. Will try this, this weekend. Always room for dessert I say.


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