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Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe

Our Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted and it’s been enjoyed in our family for generations. Rice Pudding Recipes are one of “those” recipes that’ll bring out all the family cookbooks as it’s been well loved in America for generations. I might even venture to say that every family loves their recipe so deeply that by saying our families very is the BEST would likely get me into a recipe debate but that’s okay! All family recipes have so many beautiful memories and tie generations together which is what cooking all about, right?! Rice Pudding is a Christmas classic recipe so we hope you’ll make a batch during the holidays this year! Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe is creamy and smooth with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and then sweetened with honey which is all in perfect harmony to the amount rice and raisins. We hope you love this recipe that’s been handed down from generation to generation in our family.

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Loving Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe

My Grandma Bolinske was the first to make Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding for me as young girl. I remember sitting in her 1960’s kitchen circular bar and falling in LOVE with it! She must have enjoyed how much I loved it because often times there was some waiting in the fridge for me when I arrived to visit. Once I was old enough to cook, she taught me how to make it just like her Grandma Cora taught her. I’ve done my part in passing it on to my kiddos too! I think I made this recipe at least once a month while they were growing up. Now that all my kiddos are grown and out of the house, I haven’t made it nearly as often. Perhaps this year we’ll celebrate our Christmas Day dinner with it for dessert! Happy Holidays!

Here are a few more holiday dessert recipes to inspire your baking!

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Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake

Peppermint White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars

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Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pastries

Nutella Pastry Stars

Cinnamon Roll Kabobs

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A brief look at the history of Rice Pudding!

• The earliest rice pudding recipes were called whitepot and date from the Tudor period; one of the earliest recipes was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615. Rice pudding is traditionally made with pudding rice, milk, cream and sugar and is sometimes flavoured with vanilla, nutmeg, jam and/or cinnamon. 

• Today, rice pudding is considered a humble dessert – a simple mixture of rice with milk, sugar, and spices. But for centuries, rice pudding held a place of distinction in the royal courts of Europe. The true root of rice pudding is hard to discern – the dish can be traced to multiple culture across millennia, including ancient China, the Byzantine Empire, and ancient India, where rice was a major food source. In India, rice pudding (known as kheer) is a staple food that potentially dates back as far as 6000 BCE, as it was included in the Ancient Indian diet prescribed by Ayurveda, an ancient alternative health regime.

• It’s actually been around for centuries, believe it or not, and was thought to have originated in China, which has an ancient rice culture. This has been disputed by some food historians; they argue that rice pudding likely originated in India, which has an ancient rice culture as well as an ancient sugar culture.

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Great Grandma Cora's Rice Pudding Recipe

Great Grandma Cora's Rice Pudding Recipe is the best I've ever tasted and it's been in our family for generations! by

Our Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted and it’s been enjoyed in our family for generations!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large pot with lid add water and rice, bring to simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain rice if necessary; return to pot.
  3. In small bowl whisk egg, slowly drizzle in honey while whisking.
  4. Add egg mixture to rice; stir to incorporate.
  5. Add raisins, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt; stir.
  6. Cook 2-3 minutes over medium high heat to thicken, add vanilla, and stir in.
  7. Portion into 6 serving glasses and refrigerate until cold.
    Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g
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Enjoy our Great Grandma Cora’s Rice Pudding Recipe with your family tonight! 

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  1. Lois Ramaeker says:

    Thank you for your receipe.
    I was wondering if brown rice would be ok to use in your recipe.

    Thank you,

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