Give classic holiday fudge a fun twist with this butter pecan fudge recipe! Gather your kids and spend some time together making an old fashioned holiday treat.
I have always loved baking and cooking during the holiday season. My favorite as kid was a huge pan of chocolate fudge made with marshmallow cream. It was a family favorite and we’d eat it by the pound.
As an adult, and feeling adventurous, I wanted to make real fudge – without the marshmallows. The ingredients for butter pecan fudge are pretty basic – butter, heavy cream, vanilla, salt, pecans and three kinds of sugar.
But oh my goodness, the end result is a melt in your mouth goodness that is incredible.
Like most candy making, fudge is pretty simple to make it just takes a little patience and a lot of stirring.
Cream, sugar, salt and butter are mixed together in a pot. Once the mixture boils,it is stirred constantly, for 5 minutes. Stir in the pecans and a little more sugar before pouring it in a pan letting it cool.
The fudge will be set once it is cooled to room temperature, but I like to give it 24 hours to really firm up.
Make sure to also check out our Cookies and Cream Fudge! It’s a favorite with the kids!
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5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup pecans
- To toast the pecans - place in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes or until you can smell the pecans. You can also toast the in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Measure out powdered sugar in to a medium bowl and set aside.
- Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with butter and set aside.
- Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, whipping cream and salt in a medium size pot. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to boil and the bubbles do not disappear when you mix them. It will only take a few minutes to come to a full boil.
- Set a time for 5 minutes and stir the mixture constantly while it boils.
- Once the 5 minutes are up, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in pecans.
- Pour the fudge in to your prepared pan. Allow fudge to cool until room temperature before cutting, but preferably 24 hours.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
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