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.

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch pudding is dessert we don’t always think of making at first. When we think puddings, we often choose chocolate and vanilla. But butterscotch is my absolute favorite and you wouldn’t believe just how easy it is to make.

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Butterscotch is basically brown sugar and butter cooked together. These two ingredients along with milk, cream, eggs and a few pantry staples all come together beautifully and the result is a rich, creamy, velvety smooth dessert.

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Ingredients In Butterscotch Pudding

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

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and recipe instructions.

For this recipe, you will need:

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

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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A closeup of a spoonful of butterscotch pudding in a dessert glass topped with whipped cream and mint leaves

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

Other Single Serving Pudding Recipes

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Chocolate Pudding

Rice Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Best Pan To Use For Making Butterscotch Pudding

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Butterscotch Pudding Recipe

Butterscotch Pudding For One | onedishkitchen.com

Butterscotch Pudding For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: pudding
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 699kcal
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: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 325mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 359mg | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 1781IU | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 1mg
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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.


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