Easy Chocolate Pudding

Recipe by MaryJane Robbins

When you're craving something warm, spoonable, chocolatey, and supremely comforting, you need homemade chocolate pudding. The good news is you're only 20 minutes away from silky smooth pudding perfection! Just a few pantry staples and some time at the stove, and you'll have the best (and easiest) chocolate pudding you've ever had. Bonus: Pour the pudding into a pre-cooked pie shell for a super easy chocolate cream pie.

15 mins
20 mins
about 3 cups
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  1. Place the cocoa, cornstarch and water in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Stir everything together; don't worry about a few small lumps.

  2. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Since the mixture is barely warm, there's no need to worry about the yolks cooking.

  3. Cook the chocolate pudding for 4 to 5 minutes, or until it's thick and creamy. Remove it from the heat and immediately stir in the butter, vanilla and espresso powder. The chocolate pudding will become very smooth and glossy.

  4. If desired, press the chocolate pudding through a sieve to remove any lumps. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the chocolate pudding to prevent a skin from forming, and chill for several hours.

  5. Portion into individual ramekins, coupes, or wine glasses for serving. Garnish with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired. The cooked chocolate pudding can also be transferred to a pre-baked 9" pie shell and chilled until firm for a delightfully silky, easy chocolate cream pie. Store leftover chocolate pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Need s'more ideas? Use your leftover egg whites to make marshmallow topping to top your pie.

  • Tiny pie shells baked in a muffin tin, filled with this luscious pudding and topped with fresh whipped cream, make dainty bite-sized pies.