This recipe for butter pecan fudge is so delicious you will be tempted to eat the whole pan! Keep reading to learn how to make it.
My family asks me to make this butter pecan fudge recipe for every holiday. It has a lovely buttery flavor and is chock full of nuts. It is definitely one of my family’s favorite holiday sweets.
If you make this holiday fudge recipe, be sure to cut it into really small pieces. This butter pecan fudge is sinfully rich! A little bit is all you need.
The nice thing about this fudge recipe is that you can make it fairly quickly. The mixture just needs to boil a few minutes on the stove. From start to finish, making fudge from scratch using this recipe takes just 15 to 20 minutes.
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Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe Ingredients
- 1/2 cup butter (the real stuff- not margarine!)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (again the real stuff – not vanilla flavoring!)
- 2 cups powdered sugar (measure after sifting)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup whole pecans (for garnish)
You really do need to sift your powdered sugar before you measure it. This ensures you don’t add too much powdered sugar to your recipe.
I have made this recipe for butter pecan fudge without sifting the powdered sugar first and it results in a much harder fudge. One time I made it and could have broken a tooth, it was so hard! So take my advice and sift the powdered sugar. Your teeth will thank you 🙂
Soft Butter Pecan Fudge Instructions
Generously grease a baking dish and set aside. (Or see my note at the bottom of this post about using a silicone baking pan for making fudge from scratch which lets you skip the greasing part!)
In a large saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and salt. Over medium low heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Add your candy thermometer to the pan. Whisking constantly, boil until the mixture reaches 230 degrees.
Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
Sift your powdered sugar. If you don’t have a flour sifter, it works just as well to use a fine mesh strainer. After you sift the powdered sugar to remove clumps, measure out the 2 cups.
Stir the powdered sugar into your mixture, stirring until smooth. Fold in the chopped pecans.
Pour into your prepared baking dish. Spread to smooth out the fudge in the pan. Press the whole pecans on to the top of the soft butter pecan fudge for garnish.
Allow to cool to room temperature then cut into small squares. Store this soft butter pecan fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Tips for Making Fudge from Scratch
I get asked a lot why you need to use a candy thermometer for this recipe for butter pecan fudge. The simple answer is – Consistency! Every stove is different – a gas stove behaves differently than an electric one. So to ensure that your holiday fudge recipe turns out great each and every time, I recommend using a candy thermometer.
I’ve had my candy thermometer for ages and always use it when I am making candy. It is one of the metal and glass ones where the red liquid in the tube rises as the temperature increases. It has a clip so it hangs right on the side of your pan.
The one downside to the candy thermometer I have is that sometimes it can be hard to read when you have a steaming boiling mixture in the pan. So I have my eye on this instant read digital candy thermometer. It goes up to 300 degrees F, which is the hard crack stage – making it perfect for any of the holiday candy recipes I make.
Whenever I make a fudge recipe, I allow it to cool in a silicone baking pan. After it cools, you just flip it over onto a cutting board and the fudge comes right out. You don’t even have to grease the pan! An 8 inch square baking pan is the perfect size for holding a batch of fudge.
I like this silicone baking pan because it has stainless steel handles. Most silicone pans sag when they are full, so you need to sit them on a baking sheet for moving. That isn’t an issue with this particular pan because it has a stainless steel frame and handles to help it hold its shape while you transfer it into the fridge .
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If you make this recipe for butter pecan fudge, you will have to let me know how you liked it. While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of our Christmas Crafts and Recipes. So tell me… What are your favorite candy recipes to make during the holidays?