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Pudding Pie: A Go-To Dessert Recipe

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bryn Mawr chapter.

If you’ve never heard of pudding pie, I’m here to tell you it’s delicious! Pudding pie is a comforting dessert that isn’t difficult to make, and you can avoid the hassle of traditional baking. Although pudding pie is simple, this recipe will impress even the most serious foodies.


1 box of pudding 

1 1/4 cup of regular milk or rice milk (rice milk may only need 3/4 to 1 cup)

1 tub of whipped cream (coconut or milk)

1 package of small, breakable cookies

Toppings of your choice 


  1. Place pudding powder in a large bowl and pour milk into the bowl. Stir until the mixture has thickened.

  2. Using a 8×8 dish, first layer your cookies followed by the pudding. Make sure to moderately cover the cookies while saving some of the pudding for future layers.

  3. Finally layer your whipped cream on top. Make sure to be gentle and not mix the pudding and whipped cream!

  4. Repeat the process until you have filled your pan to the top. This process will generally make three layers.

  5. Once you have reached the top, feel free to add any toppings, dessert sauces, etc. to add that special touch to your pudding pie.

What to Do If You’re Lacking Time or Supplies

College life is super hectic and we don’t always have time to prepare or the supplies needed for a specific recipe. However, you can still make this recipe with these easier hacks.

  1. Pre-Made Pudding: Instead of preparing boxed pudding, use instant pudding cups and crush cookies into the mix with some whipped cream. If you still want a nice presentation, you can pour the instant pudding into a new cup with crushed cookies and whipped cream at the bottom. 

  2. Make Ingredients in Stages: This tip is definitely helpful if you don’t have a huge block of time. I especially recommend this if you’re making the vegan version because the rice milk and pudding mixture may need more time to coagulate in the refrigerator. 

  3. No 8×8 tray, no problem! As long as you have a sturdy container, your pudding pie will be okay in the refrigerator. Even a regular drinking cup would suffice; however, it would be more like a pudding parfait. 


Kate Southerland

Bryn Mawr '20

Kate is planning to be a Cities major at Bryn Mawr College. Along with that, she is an avid foodie and travel lover.