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Rich Double Chocolate Pudding

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Savoring spoonfuls of Rich Double Chocolate Pudding garnished with crisp Pepperidge Farm® Cookies will allow you to focus on YOU for a few precious moments!

Rich Double Chocolate Pudding in shot glasses on a white tray

Double Chocolate Pudding

Most women I know are busy, busy, busy. We’re natural caretakers and do a terrific job taking care of our children, spouses, friends, and relatives. Shopping, cooking, volunteering, tutoring, chauffeuring, housekeeping have all been part of my responsibilities.

On days when my obligations run me ragged, it’s nice to take a deep breath and set aside a few minutes for myself. I’m all for a little pampering.

Whether it’s a half hour soak in a bubble filled tub, a couple of sweet, crisp Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies or a special chocolate treat from the fridge, like this double chocolate pudding, I remind myself that I deserve it and so should you.

Double Chocolate Pudding in highball glasses topped with cream, berries and mint

Tips for Making Double Chocolate Pudding

Make Minis or Regular Servings

  • I love making mini desserts–something that will satisfy that sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. My hubby doesn’t get the appeal, but I’m thrilled with a few spoonfuls of creamy, decadent double chocolate pudding or one or two Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.
  • Seriously, all I need is a few bites of something sweet and delicious to change my state of mind. I put half of this batch of pudding into pretty shot glasses and the rest into man sized portions for the husband.
  • The larger version was garnished with a Dark Chocolate Milano, sweetened whipped cream and a plump red raspberry. For my girlfriends, I’d offer the minis along with some Mint Milano cookies. Something for everyone.

Cooking the Pudding

  • This old-fashioned chocolate pudding is made with eggs and must be cooked to thicken. Once the mixture is brought to a boil, then temperature must be dropped so the pudding simmers until thickened.
  • PRO-Tip: Because eggs are involved, you will occasionally find tiny bits of cooked egg in the mixture. For this reason, the pudding must be run through a sieve or mesh strainer to remove any cooked egg. This makes for a silkier pudding.
  • Adding a little butter at the end of the cooking time also adds some richness.

Chilling and Garnishing Your Pudding

  • Pour your pudding mixture into serving glasses, ramekins, small bowls or shot glasses for mini versions.
  • Place some plastic wrap across the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from developing across the top of the pudding as it chills. Of course, if you love a thick skin on top, skip this step.
  • To garnish, whip some heavy cream with powdered sugar to taste and a splash of vanilla, then spoon or pipe a dollop on each pudding. Top with a single raspberry or half a strawberry and a sprig of mint if desired.
Double Chocolate Pudding in glasses on a white rectangular tray

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Rich Double Chocolate Pudding in shot glasses on a white tray

Rich Chocolate Pudding

A rich pudding with a double dose of chocolate. Adapted from The Best Recipe cookbook.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Sift cocoa, cornstarch, sugar and salt into a large saucepan. Whisk in half and half, then the yolks, followed by the milk. Stir in chocolate (don't worry if it clumps a bit).
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly, till pudding thickens. Reduce heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula for a couple more minutes till pudding thickens even more (should reach 200º).
  3. Pass the pudding through a sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla. May divide into individual bowls. Serve warm or chilled, but cover surface with plastic wrap before chilling.


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284 comments on “Rich Double Chocolate Pudding”

  1. I like as well make the mini desserts , they are easy to eat and have a great success ! Love the milano cookie, here we can find it as well ! Your chocolate pudding looks extra and I find your presentation so chic !

  2. Milanos are my absolute favorite cookie. Confession time: I can and have eaten an entire bag in one sitting!

  3. Milano cookies are my absolute favorites!!!!! Such a creative way to use them, Liz!

  4. Milanos are the best! This looks like the perfect way to enjoy them.

  5. I love mini-desserts too. Sometimes a bite or two of something sweet is all I need!

  6. Liz, oh my gawd! love this pudding!!! this is perfection!!! what do I do purely for me? Running on my treadmill to exercise and clear my head and regular manicure and pedicures!!! 🙂 these are so beautiful!!! I want one!

  7. This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to make this – love Milanos!!

  8. Mmmm…love Milano cookies. One of the things I do purely for me is to go to the library bookstore. I spend my time in the cookbook section looking for used cookbooks to add to my collection…and at great prices.

  9. I’m with you, Liz – mini desserts are SO fun to make, eat, and photograph 😉 I just love them! Sign me up for any dessert spread that features both Milano cookies AND your sweet treats. Heavenly!

  10. Nothing beats getting a massage to rejuvenate myself!

  11. This may seem like a dumb question, but why run the pudding through a sieve?

    • Not a dumb question at all, but sometimes when you’re making a custard, bits of egg get cooked and will give you a less than smooth texture. Straining helps remove any of those little pieces of egg. If you temper the eggs perfectly, this probably won’t happen, but for easily distracted cooks like me, it’s worth the extra step for the silkiest results. Thanks for asking 🙂

  12. Simply damn delicious choco pudding!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  13. Oha I could have spoons and spoons and spoons of that pudding!

  14. Milanos are the perfect addition to your luscious pudding.

  15. So gorgeous and totally irresistible!

  16. I love these cookies. They would be great in a pudding.

  17. My favorite moments of the day…first thing in the morning when I am the first one up and can enjoy the sunrise with my coffee, my time at the gym, and the 30 minutes before I go to sleep reading my book.

  18. My favorite way to press pause, unwind, and enjoy the moment is to take a nice hot bubble bath with my favorite soft music.

  19. My moment is my first cup of coffee, early in the morning.

  20. I’m not able to very often, but sometimes, just going through the Starbucks drive-thru is a big treat!


  21. Ha! About an hour ago, I confessed on my own community page that I once ate an entire bag of Milano Cookies! I love those things. The thing I have always done for myself and plan to continue doing for years to come is shoo everyone out of the house one day per month and make them stay gone from morning until at least 7PM in the evening. I garden, read, eat peanut butter with a spoon from the jar, have a bath, and watch sappy movies on TV…………..if things get busy and I don’t get around to it for more than 4 weeks, my husband and daughter start making plans for it…………….because I am so much more even keeled if I have that one day each month!

  22. i love to get a face mask

  23. I like to make coffee, grab a good book and just read and relax.

  24. I take time for myself by making sure to exercise and meditate! It is very important for me to have me time to rejuvenate! I also do yoga which really relaxes me. I love Milano Cookies and your dessert looks so yummy! I will have to try it!

  25. It all looks great, Liz! Anything, Pepperidge Farm, gets my attention! Have a good week!

  26. hi, i love taking time to sit & read quietly almost every night before bed, thanks for the awesome giveaway & the yummy recipe, will be making this

  27. I get in bed when the kids go to sleep relax with a book or my computer and just enjoy my peaceful QUIET time1 ):

  28. I like to enter contests or catch up on TV shows late at night.

  29. When I get the change to bake…it’s a great way for me to relax and be in comfort zone.

  30. A small glass of this chocolate pudding would certainly hit the sweet spot. And I LOVE Milano Cookies! Forever! I do enjoy my yoga class to, I set up a teacher to come to work and my colleagues participate. it is my moment.

  31. What I do just for me and it is the best stress reliever – I take bubble baths and love every minute!!

  32. I like to enjoy an iced tea.

  33. tweet–

  34. I like to read a book and enjoy a cup of coffee

  35. I take the time to read a good book.

  36. My moment is sitting down to either watch a show/movie or read a book and eat something sweet (like these delicious little puddings!!!)

  37. I like to take a break in the late afternoon, enjoy a cup of tea, sitting in my favorite chair by the window. 🙂

  38. Oh you had me at double chocolate, I love this pudding! I like to take 30 minutes after lunch to read in the sun and soak up some vitamin D!

  39. Milanos are honestly the only store bought cookie I eat! Just tried the Lemon/Chocolate, it was great! My most indulgent ‘me time’ has always been getting up at least one hour earlier than anyone else in the house:@)

  40. My “me” time is running on the treadmill and watching a documentary on Netflix.

  41. aw Lizzy you always amazing me these look lovely! I love the mini sizes!!

  42. What do you do that’s purely for you? I love to sit in my rocker recliner with a warm cup of coffee and read a great book.

  43. I enjoy going on nature walks, which is the one thing I do just for me.

  44. These double-chocolate puddings look DELICIOUS !!
    Another great dessert of yours 🙂

  45. What beautiful pudding dessert! We love to watch a fun movie, read a book in the garden, or go for a relaxing stroll and of course have a bite of dessert too!

  46. Liz, you have such a way of presentation and photographing your food. You know me, I don’t even like chocolate, and this all looks wonderful…now that”s saying something!! I would eat all the raspberries, just so you know. The thing I do just for me always is read, read, read. I love learning. 🙂

  47. I love to rent a movie and eat ice cream by myself once in a while!

  48. What I like to do that is purely me, is clear my head and write short stories and poems.

  49. I like to have cookies and tea and watch re-runs on the PBS website

  50. My favorite way to slow down and take time for me is to draw. I love to draw people and animals.

  51. I love mini desserts too; they are so much fun. I know that I would this lovely dessert, such a treat.

  52. I love to take a hot bath and watch a movie alone.

  53. I make sure and workout at least 3 days a week!

  54. I think I deserve a tread and this chocolate pudding would be really perfect treat!

  55. Mini desserts taste better!I I just started meditating…best thing I could have done for myself.

  56. My moment for myself = i do at least 5 minutes of yoga every morning, to get out the kinks!

  57. I am admiring your glassware!

  58. I love little mini desserts – perfect for entertaining! And Milanos are classic, too. Teeing this up for my next party!

  59. I like to drink tea to relax and read a book.

  60. A cup of coffee, cookies and a movie

  61. Reading. I don’t seem to find the time to do it as often as I would like, but there is nothing better than sitting down with a good book and a large glass of water.

  62. What do you do that’s purely for you? What is your moment?

    For me, it’s blogging! I love sitting down and taking a few moments to reflect on what I’ve accomplished that week. As I write and edit, I get a chance to enjoy photos of my home and family, and to find the humor in any struggles we had.


  63. Oh this looks heavenly! What a decadent dessert – perfect for special occasions.. or anytime!

  64. Losing myself in a good book does it for me!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  65. That pudding is seriously gorgeous, love the idea of adding the milano cookie to it! Perfection!

  66. Count me in for this double chocolate dessert.

  67. I take about 20 minutes to relax and clear my mind of the days duties. My Mom always did this and she lived to be 90.

  68. I read quite a bit. Everyone knows not to disturb me then, so it’s extra restful and relaxing 🙂

  69. What I do purely for yours truly is bicycle riding by the ocean <3 And, of course, allowing myself that indulgence of a sweet treat – like a Milano cookie! Or Liz Berg's beautiful double chocolate pudding with whipped cream!

  70. I like to go on hike to relax.

  71. I like taking a long shower

  72. What I do that is purely for me is exercise. Everything else I do is for my husband and kids, but exercise is so I can feel great.

  73. I relax by taking a nice warm bath, cuddling up under my blanket and watch my shows.

  74. I set aside a moment of time every week to read and relax.

  75. I am soon bad at giving myself time. Maybe right before I go to bed is the only time I get to myself 🙂

  76. For me time, I go old school. I put on some music and write in my journal; I have a collection of notebooks from over the years and it’s fun to go back and read how I was feeling at a certain period of time. I also use one of my favorite fountain pens when I write. <3

  77. Oh my gosh…these look and sound delicious. Definitely makes me hungry for some Milano dark chocolate cookies….I love those things!

  78. What do I do for my ‘me moment’??? Eat chocolate is at the top of that list. LOL

  79. What I do for me is buy and read way to many magazines and tear out pages for recipes and crafts I’d like to try later. My moment is saying good morning to my dogs. Love those cookies.

  80. Lizzy,
    Gorgeous presentation. I need to try making homemade chocolate pudding. Pinned.
    I indulge in long hot showers and tune out the world.

  81. What I do is take a nice long walk and listen to my music. Looks delicious as always, Liz.

  82. What gorgeous little chocolate desserts, Liz! I love the dark chocolate mint Milanos since they aren’t too sweet. Just the perfect amount of dark chocolate and mint.

  83. At the end of the day Netflix and a little dark chocolate is a little bit of heaven.

  84. I go for a walk on the trail by my house

  85. The early morning coffee time and yoga are purely for me, my moment.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  86. -

  87. These are a throwback to my childhood! I’d beg my mom every single time in the grocery store for a package of Milano cookies and promptly devour the entire bag when we got home. SO good!

  88. Sunrise yoga is my moment! There is nothing better!

  89. I like to step outside by myself for just a little bit everyday. Sometimes I read, do yard work or just sit and relax.

  90. I power walk! Regardless of the weather, it’s me time.

  91. Time that’s purely for me is time spent with a cup of coffee with frothed milk and a good book, or I work in our garden.

  92. I spend time reading

  93. Having a hot beverage early morning when I’m the only one up is bliss!

  94. This time of year I like to sit in my backyard with a cool drink and watch the birds nesting.

  95. I like taking walks

  96. Exercise — that’s “me” time.

  97. I love practicing my splits while listening to music; it helps me get my mind off of things but helps with my flexibility at the same time! 🙂

  98. I like to take the time to read before going to sleep. my own quiet time. hlee99 at gmail dot com

  99. I like to take time and look at pictures of what we have done the last week or month. Really makes me appreciate all the fun and love we have as a family. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  100. I go into my sewing room and quilt

  101. Lately, I’ve been making a yummy smoothie for dessert, then enjoying it while reading a new magazine from the library. I’d love to try that with this pudding – I love making homemade puddings!!!

  102. My running is solely for me. I hate it, but it’s for me.

  103. i take a hot bath and a glass of wine!

  104. I love to wake early in the morning, relax and enjoy a hot cup of tea or two in the morning before my family wakes in the morning. I enjoy sitting back, watching the sun rise and being thankful for all that I have.
    Thanks so much.

  105. I like to sit in the quiet, no television and no music, and just listen (This pairs very well with a cup of coffee and a couple of Milanos before anyone else has gotten up in the morning)

  106. This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to make this!

  107. I relax by taking a long hot shower.

  108. I like to read in bed at the end of the day while eating treats.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  109. i take time to relax and watch mindless tv, just for me!

  110. I take a stress relief bubble bath with no phone and no kids.

  111. I read, get up early to have me time, go out with friends…

  112. vanilla latte and milk chocolate Milano cookie – the best!

    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  113. I relax in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book!

  114. Sit in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa and a book

  115. A long, hot shower.

  116. When I get the chance, I just chill out and listen to music 🙂 It’s a calm, fun way to reflect on the day or on life in general 🙂

  117. I like to take time for me to enjoy life by getting my exercise on. A good run or walk outside reminds me of how beautiful this life is and how thankful I am.

  118. My moment is early in the morning when everyone else is still asleep. I like to get up and brew a special cup of coffee, and enjoy some quiet time. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  120. I like to exercise outside around my neighborhood. I find it relaxing and I love to get fresh air, see nature and clear my head. I look forward to it and miss it on days when I don’t go because I am too busy.

  121. What I do that is just for me is I wake up early and have a cup of coffee on my back porch all by myself and I get my nails done!

  122. I enjoy hot baths and chocolate!

  123. Every morning I read while drinking my cup of coffee! This is my ME time!

  124. I go and get my nails done no kids, no husband, and sometimes I wear my headphones so I don’t have to talk to the person doing my nails.

  125. that looks delicious!

  126. I take time out for myself by making sure I have a daily workout. Taking time to keep fit and healthy makes me feel good.

  127. I love sitting on my porch swing, watching and listening to the wildlife.

  128. Just for me – a Yoga class which helps me relax and get centered.
    thank you

  129. I love listening to good music or reading a good spiritual book when I take time for myself

  130. My relaxing time is to read a good book and drink a hot cup of coffee along with it.

  131. Probably the biggest “me” thing I do is keep a bird feeding station in the yard. It brings me a great deal of joy to watch the birds that visit, some of which I even recognize as individuals. Every time I pass a window, I stop for a moment to see what’s going on at the feeder. I try not to feel too guilty about the expense, but I do enjoy my feathered visitors.

  132. I tweeted about your lovely Double Chocolate Pudding and the Pepperidge Farm giveaway:

  133. I snuggle with a hot drink and a good book.

  134. I indulge in a long bubble bath!

  135. I love taking the time to knit or sew. 🙂

  136. My moment is taking a hike with my dogs

  137. I make time for myself with a cup of tea, a book and of course some cookies

  138. I take a long hot bubble bath and lock the door!

  139. This looks delicious! MUST TRY!

  140. I like to relax on the couch with my my cats, a cup of hot chocolate, and one of my favorite tv shows.

  141. I take time to myself surfing the internet.

  142. I love Milanos. I enjoy meditating as a way of relaxation.

  143. My moments are anytime I’m working in the garden, that’s my “me time”.

  144. I take a walk to relax.

  145. When I workout, it is purely for me. It is for my health and sense of well-being.

  146. Binge watch Netflix when the kids are in bed. I pay dearly the next day from no sleep, but the time for myself is worth it.

  147. I enjoy “me” time by reading the bible

  148. for me its by reading a good book or taking a bath

  149. Mornings with a cup of coffee before the hectic begins is one of my favorite times to savor the moment.

  150. What I do purely for me is take me time to snuggle with my cat and read magazines in bed in my pjs.

  151. Take a nap

  152. What I do that is purely for me is take a long hot shower and after, drink a hot cup of tea.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  153. i come home from work and relax and watch my soap operas

  154. My purely for me time is taking a nice bath…I get together a drink, something sweet to snack on, some music and just block everyone else out for a little while!

  155. my long hot baths are purely for me

  156. My favorite way to slow down and take time for me is to read a good book while drinking wine on my deck.

  157. Sometimes I just have to step back and ALLOW myself to do what I want, no matter what other craziness is going on around me.

  158. I like to lay in bed and read.

  159. I relax by soaking in a hot tub and listening to music

  160. I like to have a smoke and play computer games. Sometimes I’ll read and take a bath/watch a movie. Whatever strikes at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway!

  161. After lunch, I like to make coffee and just read a good book !

  162. Purely for me I get up extra early every morning to enjoy quiet time by myself. This also enables me to get to work early and enjoy the breakfast they provide. Serenity and food made by someone else!

  163. I like to take a long hot bath and read a cozy mystery. It’s my favorite way to unwind and take a moment to relax and rejuvenate myself.

  164. I like to work in my garden and plant flowers

  165. i love to get my nail done once in while

  166. What do I do purely for myself? Sometimes I make Kahlua milkshakes in my personal blender to indulge and unwind. I add a little bit of vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream, syrup, milk, and Kahlua together. During the holidays, I like to add Publix’s brand of Barnies White Christmas ice cream instead because it is the perfect coffee flavored ice cream to go with Kahlua.

  167. I relax in the warm swimming pool and reflect on what I’m thankful for.
    Thanks for the contest.

  168. I love to find a few minutes to myself to pour a glass of wine and catch up on a few episodes of my favorite shows.

  169. I love to spend some time in the backyard; pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the quiet.

  170. i always take some extra time to go to bed early at night to reflect on the day and to relax. take it all in

  171. There is really not much I do purely for me. Perhaps reading a book is my best example of me-time.

  172. watch a movie, if/when i find the time

  173. A cup of coffee, Milano cookies and a good book makes a great break from the routine.

  174. I read or soak in a bath!

  175. I like to bicycle!

  176. I like to go for a long walk or run! Alone!

  177. I like to sit out on the waterfront, and say the rosary.

  178. When I need a moment, I love to take a hike in the woods. While I am a long distance backpacker and can spends weeks/months out there hiking day in and day out, a hour in the woods can recharge/refresh me. This is what I do for me.

  179. I have a bath night once a week that is my moment. I also have lots of cozy mysteries on my Kindle, and I sneak in even just 1 or 2 pages to interrupt my brain patterns when I am stressed, and for when I am waiting on another family member in the car or at an event. I also have my secret stash of raw organic honey sweetened chocolates just for me!

  180. I have it lucky, my husband was okay with me leaving the work force so I wouldn’t have to sit in traffic. I take time for myself by enjoying my coffee in the morning and gazing out my sliding glass door at the birds, my flowers and plants.

  181. My morning coffee and evening bubble baths are purely for me.

  182. I like to take time for myself by going into my room and reading for a while. It keeps me from thinking about everything that is going on and just gives me a little break. Thank you!

  183. I love to run

  184. I relax with a glass of wine and watch the sun set

  185. The first thing that I thought of was my pedicure or facial treats I allow myself to get.

  186. A moment that is purely for me is my morning walk. I do it alone after my partner leaves for work, weather permitting. I boost my mood and metabolism and enjoy nature all at once. 😀

  187. I take time for myself by setting on my porch swing and reading a book.

  188. I like to read a book to relax.

  189. purely for me? I enjoy my quiet time on my sofa with a snack or beverage, always with my kitties curling up alongside me



  190. My hubby built me a wooden swing in the back yard…I love to swing out there and reflect.

  191. I usually get a manicure and pedicure!

  192. To take time for myself I go for a walk outside.

  193. I like to get up right before sunrise, sit on my front porch and watch the sun come up! It’s my quiet time!

  194. My moment is my walks with the dogs.

  195. I crochet. It relaxes me, makes me remember and feel closer to my grandmother and I make beautiful things.

  196. Finding time to read a great romance book

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  197. I like to have a nice cup of hot tea in the mornings.

  198. My moment is to relax and enjoy the savory flavor of the day, to enjoy.

  199. I like to take a bubble bath and listen to some good music.

  200. What I do that’s purely for me is I get up earlier in the morning than I have to and sit out on the patio with a hot cup of coffee. My moment is watching the sunrise and listening to the birds sing.

  201. I love to make puddings, but I don’t typically make them as indulgent as yours, altho I’m sure that makes them so much more luscious! I love to squirrel myself away with a cup of organic tea, a treat like a scone or some cookies, and read a good magazine!!

  202. I like to take a hot shower and sing at the top of my lungs

  203. homemade pudding and our favorite store bought cookies? what a perfect combo!

  204. I know your giveaway is way over, but I have to comment to say that a perfect me moment is to have one of these while sitting and reading my book (all alone in a quiet house might I ad!)

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