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Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe

Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe

Toasted pecans add a nutty crunch to this creamy buttery fudge. I have given this candy with its wonderful caramel flavor, as gifts at Christmastime and people always rave about it! —Pam Smith, Alta Loma, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:64 servings


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted


  • 1. Line an 8x8-in. pan with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine remaining butter, granulated and brown sugars, cream and salt. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage). Remove from heat. Add vanilla to pan (do not stir).
  • 3. Cool, without stirring, to 110°, about 30 minutes. Beat with a spoon until fudge just begins to thicken. Gradually stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth; add nuts and continue stirring until fudge becomes very thick and just begins to lose its sheen. Immediately spread into prepared pan. Cool.
  • 4. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. Yield: about 1-1/2 pounds (64 pieces).
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 59 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 18mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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xenazoe User ID: 2694029 259703
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"I made this recipe and it was phenomenal! I followed the directions exactly, having bad fudge- making experiences in the past. You may need to adjust the powered sugar at the end. Add it slowly, and you may not need to use it all. When I noticed it was getting too crumbly, I stopped adding, and it came out perfectly."

saizonm User ID: 5544114 257772
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"I made this fudge today and it was a total flop! I followed the directions exactly and ended up with a hard, mixture in my pan. I had to scrape my All-Clad saucepan to get the glob out of the bottom after a very long soak. If you follow the directions as written, cooling the cooked mixture brings it to a point that it can no longer be stirred. I was totally disgusted by this recipe but was really interested in making a Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe. After searching on line, I found the same recipe, same ingredients, but with different directions. It worked."

leolion User ID: 323787 249147
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"This Butter Pecan Fudge was a big hit at my family reunion! Definitely will make this again!!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 240621
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"A new family favorite! I found it was a typical fudge recipe: you have to move fast getting from stove and pan. Mine came out perfectly."

jsuleta User ID: 8657108 240028
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Very easy to mix ingredients, but what about cooking time.? I have it in the oven now for atleast 15 mins at 350 and it's still liquid. Please help with what I should do to finish this fudge"

bwrmom User ID: 8605646 236800
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"Very easy. Follows directions to the T and youll have no problem. Measure exactly. 1st batch came out kind of flaky when I tried to cut it, but I accidently used a little too much powdered sugar. The 2nd batch I measured everything to exact measurements and it came out perfect. Great to give as gifts or for bake sales and farmers markets."

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 234328
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"This fudge was so easy to make and it turned out great! I only had walnuts on hand, but despite missing the pecans, the fudge still tasted amazing! I can't wait to make this recipe again!"

lisa.lingaman User ID: 8181351 215891
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly even though it seemed like it called for too much powdered sugar. After adding the powdered sugar, it was dry and crumbly, resembling graham cracker crumbs. If this happens, don't get discouraged and throw it away. Put the mixture back over medium heat, add a couple tbsp butter and about 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Whisk constantly until it turns into a more liquid form again and any sugar lumps have melted. Add the pecans and spread in the pan and cool. It still may be slightly crumbly when you cut it.

Next time, I will reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and add more cream."

okadam User ID: 5362109 214819
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"Mine came out awful. Dry and crumbly. Threw it away. What am I doing wrong. Obviously most people are succeeding. What are you doing differently?

This bothered me so much that I made a second batch. This time it came out the way I think it should. Haven't tasted tested it yet, but it did come out creamy. Here's what I did differently. 1. I cooked it at an easier boil/lower heat so that some of the liquid wasn't boiled out. 2. I let it sit a few minutes after I put the vanilla in. 3. I reduced the amount of confectioners sugar to 1 3/4 cups. 4. I added about 1/2 cup of the confectioners sugar at a time, whipping it smooth with a whisk. It came out very creamy. Can't wait to taste it tomorrow!"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 214267
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Big hit, I've been making this for many years now"

bakinlady User ID: 8100772 63317
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"WAKIEKAT if you have to reduce the amount of confectioner sugar. I just made this I did 2 cups of everything I used and actual Heavy Cream (Creama Mexicana you can find it in places like save a lot, Winn-Dixie maybe WalMart but I'm not sure) the only thing I did different was reduce the amount of confectioner sugar and it came out solid but creamy and perfect... My family has got it just about gone. Happy Holidays Everyone"

pastiepie User ID: 1062574 131821
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"Made this several times. quick, easy, and delicious :)"

Dr. Leigh User ID: 5211137 152994
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"This fudge is creamy and delicious. It is fairly easy to make, but a little crumbly to get out of the pan. It makes a wonderful gift. I recently made a batch for my cousin, who cannot eat chocolate, and I think she thought she was in heaven. This has been well liked, each time I have made it. It sold quickly at a recent church bake sale."

gomommygo User ID: 1379244 154150
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Amazing taste. Simple to make."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 63309
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"All i can say is..easy and YUM!!! This is soo good i cant keep it around and it is requested in my house ALL the time!"

Karen J User ID: 1365546 149003
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"This is so good! I've made it several times and it turns out well each time."

mniceberg User ID: 1172839 154129
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"great taste; my first batch a little crumbly"

kaly_ab User ID: 1070646 59224
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I have been making this fudge for over 4 years now. It is delicious and creamy. Definitely my go to recipe. Making a batch for my cookie swap!"

Applegirl612 User ID: 4720633 157665
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"This is so fun to make. I love the creaminess of the fudge. It just melts in your mouth. Make sure to sift your pdsugar. My family keeps sneaking pieces. I had to make another batch for my party:)"

cherstad User ID: 2390261 152993
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Decadent flavor!! This fudge just melts in your mouth. However, I did not achieve the creamy consistency that many have described, despite making the recipe twice. Both times, the end result was very crumbly when I tried to cut it into pieces. The second time, I even tried reducing the powdered sugar slightly to 1 3/4 cups, but the fudge was still quite crumbly. Still, the flavor is buttery and delicious....I may keep trying to tweak the recipe to get a creamier consistency."

shonnaoquinn User ID: 3120169 68054
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I took this to my doctor's office during the holiday for the staff. They flipped their lids for it! I've had several requests for the recipe. I plan on taking another batch on my next appointment. I did, however, add marshmallow fluff to the recipe after it was done cooking to add more "height". The staff described it as a cross between fudge and divinity :)"

DebraCS User ID: 3515921 131815
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"Wow! this is the bomb! best fudge I ever made, I'd like a dark chocolate version of this"

pegtopm42 User ID: 821801 68459
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Double the recipe and use 1 pound plus 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Make sure you sift the powdered sugar. This is the best."

zdb2010* User ID: 5656030 207177
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"This was excellent - the easiest fudge I've ever made. May do just a few less pecans in it next time."

Kinwart User ID: 5735894 152989
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Reminiscent of pecan pralines but so much easier to make."

wombie User ID: 5672227 68053
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Loved this recipe! After reading the reviews I cut the powdered sugar to 1 3/4 cup. Turned out very creamy and full of flavor"

shirley Borgerding User ID: 5600962 131984
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"this is easy and very good in texture and taste. I made it while baking cookies and making dinner--no trouble"

MS LISA User ID: 5279129 101467
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"I must have tried to make fudge the last 20 years of my life...with the old candy thermometer. Never did master ''the art of fudge-making"....until this recipe. It came out perfect, smooth as silk, very tasty, like a vanilla truffle. Hooray, at age 65, I finally made a batch of fudge that came out!! Thank you !!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1510 147013
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"very easy, and my husband said this one is a keeper..."

chefcherylsue User ID: 4212672 131807
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"When I make this for friends, I get absolute RAVE reviews. I am not experienced with candy making, but this is foolproof !!!!!"

H Family User ID: 5177142 154114
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"Highly recommend! A++++ recipe. Best fudge I have ever had!"

muffinbean User ID: 4883853 101312
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"This fudge is so rich and creamy, and the flavor is to die for. I halved the amount of pecans in it, and there was still plenty in there. Also, the toasted pecans really added a wonderful flavor to this fudge. If ade proper, it should turn out smooth, and not chalky at all. Definately is getting added to my fudge recipe book. YUM!"

ibu User ID: 2423185 68052
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"The flavor was wonderful, but it was very crumbly and dry. Did I put in too much powdered sugar? I'd make it again if I knew how to make it creamy like everyone else says it is."

lwllms User ID: 2579223 134563
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"A new family holiday treat!! Creamy and tastes delicious. I can not keep it in the house once it is made."

bonist55 User ID: 4712107 207176
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This fudge was quite delicious but the consistancy of this fudge is like that of chalk. It's hard, flaky, and brittle. The powdered sugar hardens up the mixture and should be replaced with marshmallow fluff instead or sweetened condensed milk. I have not attempted to alter this recipe yet but I intend to. Again, the flavor was incredible but the wrong texture."

efioraso User ID: 2498410 68456
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This Butter Pecan Fudge Recipe was so easy (made 4 batches of it back to back) and very delicious! Made another batch without the pecans for a bit of variety. All of the family loved this fudge! Definately a holiday staple!"

lawbeth User ID: 4694078 152988
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I made this last night and it was a breeze to make, yet tasted like I had spent hours in the kitchen! Smooth and creamy base with the nuts added for a touch of crunchiness, this recipe has become an instant hit with my family and will definitely be included as part of a holiday tradition from now on!"

xmas24 User ID: 3215927 131805
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"As someone else said I have been making this wonderful fudge since I frist saw it in the magazine. I have witched out the pecans with chopped walnuts, it taste like vanilla fudge that comes from a fancy candy store. So now I make both each year."

HChrisman User ID: 4020188 134562
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"This fudge was fantastic. It had a nice nutty flavor and was very creamy. All of my friends and family that tried it thought it was delicious!"

maggie1152 User ID: 3784033 68455
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This will be the third holiday season i've made this fudge, I will continue until I just can't. My husband and kids look forward to me making it every year!"

armywifetoo User ID: 223711 101310
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"Simple and delicious!!!! I've been making this for years at Christmas time. Tastes like pecan pralines....yum!"

BPgoodies User ID: 4637620 152987
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"What a surprise!! Everyone loved it!!! It has become a family tradition now."

mnevins User ID: 4634221 81377
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"Yum! Made this recipe over the holidays and everyone raved about it. It was so easy to make and so good to eat. This will be one of my go to recipes for the future. :)"

pepermintpatti User ID: 399190 63308
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"I have made this fudge every Christmas since it first appeared in Taste of Home and it has been a huge hit every year. Some have thought it was made with white chocolate and are surprised that it isn't. I will continue to make it every year it is wonderful!"

Chicken Queen User ID: 3174305 134561
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"We have made this many times for contests and won blue ribbons each time!"

Makajo User ID: 3084225 154111
Reviewed May. 2, 2008 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"This was so easy to make and very good!! I love the fact there is no candy thermometer involved. A new favorite of mine for the holidays."

Smalltalk98 User ID: 2665422 147012
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2008 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Fantastic recipe. Grandkids love it-so do I."

kaly_ab User ID: 1070646 152944
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2007 Edited Dec. 18, 2011

"This is my new family favorite!"

Glutenfreeprincess User ID: 2709872 149000
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2007

"This is easy and delicious."

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