Easy Chocolate Pudding in the Microwave

This dark and dreamy chocolate pudding is just minutes away in the microwave! (Plus some time to chill!) This recipe is so easy and fool-proof, you're going to love it.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 generous servings


For the pudding

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 ounces (about 3/4 cup) 60 to 70% chocolate baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream (optional)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 Combine the ingredients: In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the egg yolks. Gradually stir in the remaining milk.

Partially cover the bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a gap in one side so steam can escape. If you prefer not to use plastic wrap, cover with a paper towel or a plate that is set slightly askew.

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2 Microwave the pudding: In the microwave, cook the mixture for 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave, remove the plastic, and whisk the pudding to distribute the heat.

Partially cover again and microwave for 1 more minute. Stir again. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring the pudding between each increment, until you see the mixture bubbling around the edges and the pudding has thickened enough for the whisk to leave a light trail, or ribbon, through the pudding. The pudding will thicken further as it cools.

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3 Add the chocolate, butter and vanilla: With a whisk, stir the chocolate chips, butter and vanilla into the bowl. Stir constantly until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth.

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4 Transfer the pudding to serving dishes: Spoon the pudding into 4 small serving cups (5- to 6- ounce ramekins or tea cups work great). Chill in the refrigerator until cold.

5 Make the whipped cream: In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla together until the cream forms soft peaks. Dollop a spoonful on top of each serving cup and serve immediately.

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  • Julie

    Loved it. I hadn’t found a microwave dessert that I really liked until now!


  • Stephanie

    I feel like this could go horribly wrong easily but I can’t wait to try it because it looks amazing.

  • Marquetta, Rock City, IL

    Made with 2% milk and semi sweet chocolate chips. I put in tea cups and garished it with miniture m&m’s turned out Great!

  • Rebecca

    Would this work with almond milk?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Rebecca! Try using cashew milk or another kind of non-dairy milk that’s a little creamier? I think that almond milk (the shelf-stable kind that comes in boxes) would be too thin for this recipe. If you try this with non-dairy milk, let us know how it turns out!

  • Ashley

    Excellent recipe! I used what I had on hand: 2% milk, regular cocoa powder, semi-sweet chips and it still turned out great! I’d like to do it as written some other time though for more richness and chocolate flavor!