Vanilla Pudding For One

This rich, creamy, homemade Vanilla Pudding is a real winner! Here is an easy to make, stovetop pudding recipe delivering a wonderful single serving of vanilla pudding. Step by step video included in the recipe.

bowl of vanilla pudding

Friends, I am so excited to share this Vanilla Pudding For One recipe with you today!

This dessert started out as simply a need to satisfy my sweet tooth, not as a dessert recipe to develop and share.

Once I started to make the pudding and tasted the finished product, I knew this easy homemade vanilla pudding recipe was one I needed to tell you about.

Vanilla Pudding

I found myself craving a little something sweet the other day.

My kids had all gone back home after spending the Christmas holidays with us and I was frankly, a little tired. I had gotten my house back in shape after all the kids left, did several loads of laundry and needed a sweet kind of pick-me-up.

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As usual, after my kids leave, my fridge is almost completely empty so I turned to my pantry to see what I could put together.

A quick glance in and a quick scan of the ingredients that were available to me and I immediately thought of pudding – a vanilla pudding for one.

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vanilla pudding in a dish on a tray


This pudding recipe is seriously easy, folks.

I feel as if I should call it instant pudding because it comes together so quickly. I assure you though, it is definitely not instant.

This vanilla pudding is made on the stove in a small saucepan. It has a rich and creamy flavor that you would never experience in any a boxed pudding mix.

This egg free pudding is velvety smooth with an intense vanilla flavor and can be ready in minutes.

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berries and whipped cream

How To Make Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients needed:

  • cream
  • sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla extract
  • butter

Step 1

The cream and sugar are heated in a small saucepan and while the cream is heating, whisk together the cornstarch and a little more cream in a separate bowl.

Step 2

When the cornstarch is smooth, pour it into the cream/sugar mixture and continue to heat.

Pro Tip: Mixing the cornstarch with a little cream before adding it to the pot practically guarantees that you will not have any lumps in your pudding. Just mix it well until it’s smooth.

As the creamy mixture heats and cooks, the pudding slowly becomes thicker.

Step 3

After about 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

Step 4

Pour the vanilla pudding into a small dish or ramekin and refrigerate until chilled. Top the pudding with a little whipped cream and fresh berries or enjoy it all by itself.

eating vanilla pudding

Other Single Serving Pudding Recipes

Chocolate Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Traditional Rice Pudding

Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

Breakfast Bread Pudding

vanilla pudding with berries

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The rich, wonderfully sweet taste of the vanilla pudding will take your tastebuds by surprise!

The vanilla flavor is intense in the most glorious way! This vanilla pudding is thick, luscious and over-the-top delicious and the perfect dessert for anyone cooking for one.

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Vanilla Pudding Recipe & Video

Vanilla Pudding For One |

Vanilla Pudding For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: pudding
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream , divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream , optional
  • fresh berries , optional

How To Video


  • Pour 1 1/4 cup of cream in a small saucepan on medium-low heat.  Stir in the sugar and salt. Cook until mixture begins to steam, about 5 minutes.
  • Combine cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup cream in a small bowl and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to the heated cream; cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir for 5 minutes, until thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and butter. Continue to stir until butter has melted.
  • Pour mixture into a small ramekin or bowl.  Put plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent formation of a skin.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 20 minutes.
  • Top with whipped cream and berries, if desired.


Serving: 1serving
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Rich and creamy homemade Vanilla Pudding For One, a wonderful single serving dessert that takes minutes to make and is so much better than store-bought versions. This pudding will take your taste buds by surprise! The vanilla flavor is intense in the most glorious way! It’s thick, luscious and over-the-top delicious. |
Rich and creamy homemade Vanilla Pudding For One, a wonderful single serving dessert that takes minutes to make and is so much better than store-bought versions. This pudding will take your taste buds by surprise! The vanilla flavor is intense in the most glorious way! It’s thick, luscious and over-the-top delicious. |

27 thoughts on “Vanilla Pudding For One”

  1. I absolutely love getting your emails! When I can make it for one and not have to eat it until the sun doesn’t shine is a blessing. Keep up the good work.

  2. 5 stars
    I make sugar free pudding for a diabetic using whole milk in a recipe that is identical except for the amounts listed here, using Splenda sweetener, and it is wonderful! I fully intend to use this recipe, adding coconut, to make myself a coconut cream pie! Thank you! I look forward to trying a LOT of your recipes, and I will share your site with some single friends, too.

  3. Hi – I never have heavy cream in hand either. Will half and half have same results and will I need to change anything else?

    1. Hi Annemarie,
      I have only made this recipe using cream so I can’t tell you with certainty how using a different ingredient in it’s place would work. However, we have had readers tell us that using whole milk in place of cream works. If you try it using milk, please let us know how you liked it.
      Thank you.

  4. 4 stars
    This recipe will work pretty well using whole milk too. I never have heavy cream around my house but I’ve made puddings several times using whole milk instead.

  5. This recipe looks delicious! I might have to double it because I’m not sharing with my husband. LOL Thanks for sharing.

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