3 pieces of butter-pecan fudge on a piece of parchment paper with a white casserole dish of fudge behind all on a white wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Butter-Pecan Fudge

Butter-Pecan Fudge is a simple recipe to make but tastes delicious. It’s perfect for dessert for a crowd since one batch makes 64 pieces!

We’ve made a few different types of fudge and they always come out delicious. This time, we decided to make a very different one than before. I’ve made Treacle Fudge for our Harry Potter recipes and Double Chocolate Fudge when we had a lot of extra chocolate chips. This time, though, we made a lighter recipe: butter-pecan fudge!

Butter-Pecan Fudge is flavored with butter, vanilla, and pecans plus some sugar. Butter-pecan flavor can be used for a variety of desserts. A few months ago we made some caramel-pecan ice cream from a recipe that came with the stand mixer ice cream bowl attachment. We all enjoyed it, so we started thinking of other things to make with a similar flavor.

Fudge is a great dessert if you are going to be entertaining. It doesn’t take a lot to make, and you can cut it into many servings. This recipe is so sweet, you’ll want just a small bit at a time. We were able to get about 64 pieces from the batch that we made!

Just remember that fudge keeps better when it’s chilled. If you bring this to an outdoor event, the fudge will start to soften just a bit as it sits in the heat. We stored the fudge in the refrigerator for this reason.

Step by Step

Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and prepare all of your ingredients.

Ingredients for butter-pecan fudge in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and salt. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly so nothing burns to the bottom of the pan.

Bubbling fudge ingredients in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Stop stirring and cook until a candy thermometer reads 234F (soft-ball stage).

Close up of a candy thermometer in a saucepan full of bubbling fudge ingredients

Remove from the heat and add the rum without stirring. The alcohol in the rum will make the mixture bubble up again, but leave it alone.

Bubbling fudge ingredients in a saucepan with a candy thermometer on a wooden surface

Cool to 110F. This took about 30 minutes for me.

Glossy fudge mixture in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Beat with a spoon until the fudge begins the thicken. Slowly stir in the powdered sugar until the fudge is smooth. It will get hard to stir, but keep going until it’s all combined.

Fudge mixture in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Add the crushed pecans and stir until the fudge is very thick and loses its glossy sheen.

Butter-pecan fudge in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Immediately spread into the lined pan. Cool for about 1 hour.

Butter-pecan fudge on top of parchment paper in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Use the parchment paper to remove the fudge and cut into pieces about 1-in square.

3 pieces of butter-pecan fudge on a piece of parchment paper with a white casserole dish of fudge behind all on a white wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Store the fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last about 3-5 days as long as it stays chilled. If you live in a cooler climate, it may be ok on the counter, but heat and humidity will quickly soften the fudge and make it stick together.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 26, 2020

3 pieces of butter-pecan fudge on a piece of parchment paper with a white casserole dish of fudge behind all on a white wooden surface

Butter-Pecan Fudge

Butter-Pecan Fudge is a simple recipe to make but tastes delicious. It's perfect for dessert for a crowd since one batch makes 64 pieces!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, fudge, pecans
Servings: 64 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp light rum
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pecans

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and salt
  • Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly
  • Stop stirring and cook until a candy thermometer reads 234F (soft-ball stage)
  • Remove from the heat and add the rum without stirring
  • Cool to 110F, about 30 minutes
  • Beat with a spoon until the fudge begins the thicken
  • Slowly stir in the powdered sugar until the fudge is smooth
  • Add the crushed pecans and stir until the fudge is very thick and loses its glossy sheen
  • Immediately spread into the lined pan
  • Cool for about 1 hour
  • Use the parchment paper to remove the fudge and cut into pieces about 1-in square
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
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Nutrition Facts
Butter-Pecan Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 73IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 thoughts on “Butter-Pecan Fudge”

  1. Ooh, this sounds absolutely delicious! I love fudge – it’s one of my favourite sweets! I’m definitely going to be making some of this…

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