Vanilla Pudding with Amaretti Cookies

Whip up a homemade vanilla pudding and layer it with crushed amaretti cookies for an elegant dessert.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
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2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 large egg

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

About 3/4 cup crushed amaretti cookies


  1. Bring 1 cup of the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup milk a little at a time to avoid lumps, then whisk in the egg.
  3. When the milk is boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and gradually whisk in the sugar/milk mixture, stirring constantly. Return to medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a simmer and is thick and creamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Divide the pudding among four to six 1/2-cup ramekins or 4-ounce glasses, layering each with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the amaretti cookies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until fully set, about 2 hours.