Food Memory Friday: Graham Cracker Pudding

This food memory Friday is dedicated to Robert. Graham cracker pudding was one of his favorite desserts growing up. A staple in the Amish community, the pudding tastes like a caramel custard and is combined with a graham cracker crumb mixture and whipped cream. It’s comfort food at its finest.

This was my first time making homemade pudding; and while I’m typically not a lover of pudding, I appreciated the difference between the pre-packaged stuff and homemade. There really is no comparison.

If you are looking for a dessert to help lift your spirits and satisfy your soul, look no further.

And a little throwback photo of Bert and his momma…

Graham Cracker Pudding

Yield: 8 servings


For the pudding

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk

For the crumbs

  • 12 graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

For the whipped cream

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


First, make the pudding…

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the brown sugar and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil. Carefully add in the water (mixture will bubble)!

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, milk, and flour. Stir into hot mixture. Reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and cool.

Then the crumb mixture…

3. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar and mix until evenly coated.

After that make the whipped cream…

4. Place the heavy whipping cream in a medium-sized bowl. Beat on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.

Finally, assemble the pudding..

5. Layer the crumbs and pudding in a glass bowl. Topped with whipped cream and any remaining crumbs. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Olde Tyme Cooking

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Kelso says:

    YAY! So happy to find this! Grew up Mennonite, and my parents grew up Amish. My aunt Ruth made this every summer and I could have eaten my weight in it. Thank you for posting this!

    1. Lolly says:

      So glad you like it! That’s pretty neat that your parents were Amish- where did you grow up?

  2. Connie says:

    Boy that picture brings back alot of memories and so does the pudding. I havent made that pudding in along time.

  3. khaki says:

    yay,good ol ohio comfort food….i get all tingle when someone says “butterscotch”.

  4. This recipe certainly sounds like my type of comfort food πŸ˜€
    Anything with caramel is a big yes πŸ˜€

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