Rich and Creamy Butterscotch Pudding

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Recipe. A very special recipe using heavy cream, brown sugar, butterscotch chips, and a splash of Scotch. Luxurious, velvet rich and an unforgettable dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butterscotch, pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Servings 6
Calories 646 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Scotch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs yolks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean seeds seeds scraped from 1/2 of a vanilla pod
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips 6 ounces. Like Nestle Butterscotch Morsels from the baking aisle.
  • whipped cream, store-bought caramel sauce, and toffee bits for serving (see note)


  1. Fill a medium bowl with ice water. Set a fine mesh sieve in another medium bowl; set the bowl in the ice water bath.
  2. In a small skillet, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cream with the Scotch, brown sugar, water and salt and cook over moderate heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool slightly.
  3. Put the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk well.

  4. In a heavy, medium saucepan, bring the remaining 3 1/2 cups of cream to a simmer with the vanilla bean seeds. Remove from the heat. I've also used 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in leu of the vanilla bean seeds.

  5. Add the butterscotch chips to the hot cream and let stand until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.

  6. Gradually add the hot butterscotch mixture to the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Add slowly so the eggs don't scramble.

  7. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof rubber spatula, until thick, about 15 minutes. Do not let it boil.

  8. Strain the pudding into the bowl in the ice bath. Once strained, stir in the Scotch/brown sugar mixture.

  9. Pour the pudding into glasses and refrigerate until thoroughly set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

  10. Serve the pudding with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Sprinkle with some toffee bits for an extra special treat. You can purchase these on the baking aisle.

Nutrition Facts
Rich and Creamy Butterscotch Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 646 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 34g213%
Cholesterol 356mg119%
Sodium 365mg16%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2285IU46%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.