Budino (Easy Cookies and Cream Pudding)

Frankie explores his heritage with a Cookies & Cream Budino.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • Semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Crumbled chocolate chip cookies, for topping


  1. Add the sugar, cornstarch and salt to a large saucepan with a curved bottom; whisk to remove any lumps. Pour in the milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract and egg yolks, and whisk again until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Set the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 6-8 minutes. While whisking, make sure to pay attention to the bottom and sides of the saucepan. Add the semisweet and bittersweet chopped chocolate and stir to melt.

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