Try a New Kind of Rice Pudding Recipe For Christmas Dinner This Year

Rice Pudding Recipes for Christmas

I remember my mom’s rice pudding recipe.  She didn’t make this delicious treat often, but when she did, it must have been memorable, even for this little farm-girl-at-heart.  Pouring milk over that steaming old fashioned dessert she made just made it even more memorable too!

Rice Pudding Recipes for Christmas

What about a different kind of rice pudding recipe this Christmas season?
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While a traditional baked rice pudding recipe can make a nice dessert any time of the year, there are some other versions that can be served for special family holidays as well.

If you like the idea of serving up one of these piping hot Christmas dessert recipes but might enjoy a new or fanciful twist on an old fashioned favorite, a rice pudding recipe from below just might be what you are looking for.

Eggnog Rice Pudding


  • 2-1/4 cup eggnog
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • ½ cup finely chopped red maraschino cherries
  • ½ cup finely chopped green maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


1.    Cook rice according to package.
2.    Place 2 cups eggnog in a heavy saucepan.
3.    Combine cornstarch and remaining eggnog until smooth.  Add to pan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then boil for 1 – 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.
4.    Add cooked rice, red and green cherries, vanilla, and salt.
5.    Spoon into dishes.
6.    Chill 3 to 4 hours

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Rice Pudding with Almonds and Cherry Sauce

(This is a beautiful baked dessert that is pretty enough for an elegant Christmas dinner but tasty enough for a family dinner with wide-eyed children.)


  • 4 ¾ cups whole milk
  • 7 Tablespoons plus ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup Basmati rice or other medium grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen pitted cherries, thawed
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 Tablespoon water


1.    Combine milk, 5 Tablespoons sugar, and rice in heavy medium saucepan.  Add vanilla, and bring to a boil.
2.    Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until rice is tender and thick, stirring frequently.  This will be around 35 minutes.
3.    Mix in almonds.
4.    Pour rice pudding into 13x9x2-inch baking pan.  Cool completely.


5.    Using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl until medium peaks form.  Fold cream into cooled rice pudding mixture.

6.    Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours.


7.     Cook cherries, lemon, and remaining ¾ cup sugar in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until cherries are tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
8.    Add cornstarch / water mixture, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Discard lemon.
9.    Spoon pudding into custard cups, ice cream bowls, or cereal bowls
10.    Drizzle hot cherry sauce over top each serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Chocolate Slow Cooker Rice Pudding Recipe

(Crockpot cooking is great for a busy Christmas Eve dinner!)


  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sliced toasted almonds
  • Maraschino cherries


1.    Combine first 6 ingredients in a greased or sprayed crockpot.
2.    Cover.  Cook on low 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours or until liquid is absorbed.
3.    Serve warm or chilled.
4.    Top individual servings with whipped cream, sliced toasted almonds, and a maraschino cherry.

Makes 4 servings

Consider adding an easy rice pudding recipe to your family menu planning this holiday season, and experience an old world Christmas dessert in a whole new way this year!

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