Vanilla Pudding For One

Vanilla Pudding For One! Rich and creamy vanilla pudding recipe made with a few simple ingredients. Better than boxed and so easy to make!

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Friends, I am so excited to share this single serving vanilla pudding 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 pudding recipe was one I needed to tell you about.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Boxed pudding brags that you can make “homemade” pudding in minutes. Well, I urge you to ignore that claim and make real pudding from scratch with this easy recipe.

With this vanilla pudding recipe, you won’t find any artificial thickeners or flavorings -- just real ingredients, many of which you likely already have in your fridge and pantry.

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Ingredients In Vanilla Pudding

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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

How To Make Vanilla Pudding

  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.
  2. When the cornstarch is smooth, pour it into the cream/sugar mixture and continue to heat. As the creamy mixture heats and cooks, the pudding slowly becomes thicker.
  3. After about 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.
  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.

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.

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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this vanilla pudding recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

Cream: Lime Posset, Chocolate Mousse, Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Cornstarch: Lemon Meringue Pie, Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken, Coconut Cream Pie

Vanilla extract: Two Vanilla Cupcakes, Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee Creamer

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Other Single Serving Pudding Recipes

Chocolate Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Traditional Rice Pudding

Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

Breakfast Bread Pudding

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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

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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

How to Make Vanilla Pudding For One |
Watch this video on YouTube.


  • 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.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write, Jacquie. I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes.

      Have a wonderful week!

  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.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Mary. I love how easy it is to make this pudding, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you loved it!

  5. Vanilla pudding for one?! I love to have the single serving recipe. It's just super convenient. Love vanilla pudding too!!!

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

  7. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    Most of my family is on a diet but I'm not giving up dessert! This looks like the perfect treat to make for just me!

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