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BUTTER PECAN FUDGE {Easy Recipe!}

This Butter Pecan Fudge recipe is super easy and perfect for your sweet tooth. Creamy, buttery, and full of nutty toasted pecans, it’s perfect for any occasion and makes a delicious gift!

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If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals, Millican Pecan, and Taylor & Colledge USA. I have received product in exchange for this post. The recipe and all opinions expressed in it are mine.

Fudge is a classic treat, mostly found during the holidays, but I love it year round! So rich and buttery, you need just one or two bites to satisfy your cravings.

This means, you can give the rest away as gifts to friends, neighbors, and coworkers!

Easy enough to not need a candy thermometer, this butter pecan fudge comes together in less than 10 minutes and after it’s chilled and set, leaves you with a decadent, melt in your mouth, treat.

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BUTTER PECAN FUDGE INGREDIENTS

  • butter
  • sugar
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • powdered sugar
  • pecans

Butter – Use unsalted butter if at all possible. This way you can control the level of salt in the recipe.

Sugars – This recipe uses a combination of brown and white sugar. Dixie Crystals is my preferred brand of sugar.

Heavy Cream – Use heavy whipping cream. And bring close to room temperature before using for best results.

Vanilla – I like to use Taylor and Colledge vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. It has an intense flavor and doesn’t change the chemistry in the recipe by adding additional liquid.

Salt – If you use salted butter, I would leave the additional salt out or just sprinkle the top of the fudge with flaky sea salt before it sets.

Powdered Sugar – Be sure to sift the powdered sugar before measuring to remove any clumps. Then measure by spooning into the measuring cup and leveling with a knife.

Pecans – I love to toast my pecans before adding them to the fudge. It enhances the nuttiness of them and gives them a crunchier texture.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTER PECAN FUDGE

FIRST: In a medium sized pot over medium high heat, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and cream. Stir to melt the butter and combine the remaining ingredients.

SECOND: Bring to a rolling boil and continue boiling, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

THIRD: Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla paste and chopped roasted pecans. Stir to combine. Add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Work quickly as the fudge will start to set.

FOURTH: Pour into an 8×8 pan, prepped with nonstick spray or parchment paper, and let set. I like to add more pecan halves on the top for decoration but this is completely optional. You can place in the refrigerator for faster setting.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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HOW DO YOU HARDEN FUDGE?

Fudge will harden at room temperature but it will take some time. I like to place mine in the refrigerator to speed up the process. You can even place it in the freezer.

Just be sure to let it come to room temperature before cutting or the fudge will break into smaller pieces.

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO MAKING CREAMY FUDGE?

Be sure to melt the butter and dissolve the sugars before bringing to a boil. Sift the powdered sugar before adding and whisk the fudge after adding it to make it creamy.

HOW DO YOU STORE BUTTER PECAN FUDGE?

Store the fudge at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two weeks. If you are layering it to fit in the container, I recommend separating layers with parchment or wax paper.

You can also store the fudge in the refrigerator the same way. I like to keep mine chilled as my kitchen can get pretty hot.

If you want long term storage, you can freeze the fudge for up to 3 months. Just be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in an airtight freezer safe container.

Chocolate, peanut butter, and butter pecan are the most popular flavors of fudge. But really, any fudge is delicious!

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TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS

  • Sift the powdered sugar and then measure it so the amount is accurate. This will also remove any lumps.
  • For slightly thinner pieces, you can spread the fudge in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Make sure your pecans are toasted before adding to the fudge. It will bring out the flavors of the pecans even more.
  • Use vanilla bean paste for more intense vanilla flavor.
  • Chill the fridge to set it up faster.
  • Decorate the top of the fudge with additional pecans on top for more flavor and texture. Using the pecan halves makes a pretty presentation.

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stack of fudge with text "butter pecan"

One bite and this Butter Pecan Fudge fudge melts in your mouth! The buttery flavor, and creamy texture along with the nutty toasted pecans will have you immediately hooked.

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Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe

Yield: 64 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and cream.
    3. Bring to a rolling boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a full 5 minutes (in the rolling boil).
    4. Remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla, and pecans. Still fo mix.
    5. Add powdered sugar and stir by hand for a minute or two until smooth.
    6. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish. Let cool for 10 minutes.
    7. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Store until ready to cut.
    8. Before cutting, bring to room temperature or the fudge will crack. Cut into 64 one inch squares.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 64 Serving Size: 1 cube
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Homemade fudge is just the best and I'm loving this flavor.

Jolene

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

I've never had butter pecan fudge before, must change that immediately!

Radha

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

This is yum! Perfect for the holidays! The steps sound simple, and I am making it soon.

Lisa Kerhin

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Such a great recipe and dual purpose...dessert/snack and a gift to make and give.

Cindy

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

What a great gift idea too!

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