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Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter pecan fudge is a rich buttery, creamy fudge that is amazingly decadent and the perfect gift for the holidays.

A Decadent Butter Fudge

Butter pecan fudge cut up and sitting on the counter.

If you love decadent desserts with pecans, you will adore this fudge. I can’t even explain just how good it is.

One bite and the fudge melts in your mouth. The creamy texture along with the crunchy toasted pecans will have you hooked immediately.

Fudge is a wonderful gift if you can part with it!

A piece of butter pecan fudge on parchment paper.

What Ingredients Do You Need For Butter Pecan Fudge?

  • Toasted pecans
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How Do I Make The Easy Fudge Recipe?

  1. Toast the pecans and set them aside.
  2. Add the butter to the saucepan, on medium heat, and melt.
  3. Next, add the brown and white granulated sugar and mix well.
  4. Add the salt, vanilla extract, and the cream and mix.
  5. Bring the recipe to a boil and boil for four minutes. Stir occasionally while it cooks.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar.
  7. Add the pecans and mix, pour into a baking dish, and sprinkle a few more chopped pecans on top.
  8. Allow the fudge to set up for at least three hours.

How To Make The Fudge

Toasting chopped pecans in a saucepan.

Throw a couple of tablespoons of butter into a skillet and add the chopped pecans. Toast them in the butter for about five minutes.

Melting butter in a saucepan.

Grab a saucepan and put it on medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt.

Melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a saucepan.

Next, add the brown and granulated white sugar to the saucepan and mix.

Pouring heavy cream into the fudge saucepan.

Pour the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract into the pan and mix well.

Four pictures of boiling sugar and butter.

Turn the burner up to medium-high or high heat and bring the butter and sugar mixture to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point (picture number 3), start timing it for four minutes.

Stir occasionally while it cooks.

I added the four pictures so you could see how it evolves in the boiling process.

Typically, when you’re making fudge, you want to bring it to a temperature of 234-degrees before removing from the heat.

For this recipe, you don’t need need to use the thermometer (that’s hard for me to say because I always use one with fudge). Just keep track of the time.

I usually get my fudge to a full rolling boil before timing it, but I did that once before with this recipe and it came out super crumbly.

So, start your four-minute timer when your fudge looks like picture number three. You can see there’s still a bit of the mixture not boiling at the edge of the pan.

Powdered sugar and fudge in a pan.

Once the fudge reaches the four-minute mark, take it off of the heat and stir in the powdered sugar.

There will be a few lumps, so I use a whisk to try and get most of them out.

You can also use a whisk in the powdered sugar before you add it to the butter, just be sure to do that before you start the recipe so it’s ready to pour in.

If you have a few little lumps, that’s ok, because once the fudge sets up it will all be absorbed.

Toasted pecans added to fudge mixture.

Finally, add the toasted pecans to the mixture and stir until combined.

Butter pecan fudge in a baking dish.

Pour the butter pecan fudge into a baking dish and sprinkle a few more pecans on the top.

Allow it to set up for at least three hours.

I used some parchment paper in the dish to help take it out when it sets up. It’s not necessary, but it helps to be able to lift the fudge up, take it out, and cut it up a little more easily.

As you can see in the picture above, I got a little impatient and didn’t wait until the fudge completely set up (gee, I am never impatient with fudge, ha!) and I made the top crack a little.

It doesn’t hurt a thing, it just doesn’t look as pretty. It still tastes just as fantastic.

I used a smaller dish for this recipe because I like my fudge good and thick. But, you can use a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and you’ll get more pieces out of it.

Butter pecan fudge cut into pieces on parchment paper.

This is honestly one of the most delicious fudge recipes I’ve ever eaten. I don’t usually like nuts in my fudge, but these pecans make this taste incredible.

It’s super-duper rich and creamy and some of the best fudge recipes you’ll ever eat.

A piece of butter pecan fudge

More decadent fudge recipes:

  • Old fashioned fudge recipe with peanut butter is one of my favorite recipes on the blog. It uses real peanut butter.
  • Tiger butter fudge is actually one of the easiest fudge recipes I’ve ever made and it turns out beautiful. Be sure to go over to that post and look at the pics.
  • This chocolate fudge recipe has been one of my most popular recipes on the blog and it’s a hit around the holidays.
  • This peanut butter fudge recipe really is to die for. It’s a fun recipe because it uses peanut butter chips instead of peanut butter for a much sweeter taste.
  • Cake batter fudge is another easy recipe that turns out fun because you can add any type of sprinkles to the mix! And, it uses cake batter. Who knew?
  • Reese’s peanut butter fudge is a rich and creamy peanut butter fudge with Reese’s Pieces. It’s another super easy recipe.
A piece of butter pecan fudge on parchment paper.

Delectable Pecan Recipes

  • Praline pecans are easy to make and everyone falls in love with the recipe.
  • Pecan pie cobbler is a must-have around the holidays. It’s great for Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert–and it feeds a lot of people.
  • Pecan cinnamon roll recipe will feed a lot of people for breakfast. And, there’s no waiting for it to rise.
  • Pecan pie brownies are super duper decadent. You get the best of both worlds in a brownie and pecan pie.
  • Stovetop candied pecans are great for snacking during those holiday parties.

Easy Butter Pecan Fudge

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a wonderfully decadent dessert and I think you’ll love it.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your fudge on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Butter pecan fudge cut into pieces on parchment paper.

Butter Pecan Fudge

Yield: 48 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 19 minutes

Butter pecan fudge is a rich buttery, creamy fudge that is amazingly decadent and the perfect gift for the holidays. 


  • 2 cups toasted pecans + 2 Tbsp.
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) + 2 Tbsp.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Toast the two cups of pecans with two tablespoons of butter for five minutes and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the two sticks of butter and melt on medium-high heat.
  3. After the butter melts, add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix well.
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream, salt, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Turn the temperature to medium-high to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once the mixture starts to boil, start the timer for four minutes. Stir occasionally while it cooks.
  7. When the timer reaches four minutes, take the fudge off of the burner, add the powdered sugar, and mix well.
  8. Finally, add the two cups of chopped pecans and stir.
  9. Pour the fudge into a casserole dish, sprinkle the two tablespoons of chopped pecans on top, and allow it to set up for at least three hours.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Sunday 13th of December 2020

This recipe is not what you show in the video for butter pecan fudge... you used only powdered sugar....?

JoAnn Salvisberg

Sunday 20th of December 2020

@Julie Pollitt, thanks for sharing this delectable treat. I hadn’t roasted pecans before, and am now a fan of the flavor. Unfortunately after leaving overnight mine is still too soft and gooey. Any idea what might have gone wrong? I have now got it in the fridge.

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Hi Lorio,

It calls for granulated sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you'll find the recipe card and you can print it out. It will have all of the ingredients, measurements, and instructions. Enjoy!


Monday 23rd of November 2020

Just got done making this fudge - omg, delicious. I followed directions to the T and was not disappointed! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Jodie Waller

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

@Jui love..loce..loce the butter pecan fufge..gave made it 3 times in the past few can I convert this recipe to make a chocolate version of thus..would that be possible thanks jodie Pollitt,

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. You're welcome. I am quite a little piggy with this fudge, lol!


Monday 23rd of November 2020

first time fudge maker and it was a fail. I read the recipe only and it did not say "to stir while cooking or "do not stir while cooking", so i didnt and I had a pot of scorched brown blob.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Oh no! I am so sorry. I will go add that to the recipe. I am terribly sorry! I hope you try again. It's so worth it.


Saturday 21st of November 2020

I made this today-it was easy and delicious!!! I like that directions were very specific(I don't have a thermometer) I timed it 4 min after boiling like it said and it came out perfect-I have tried to make fudge before and sometimes it comes out crumbly : ( NOT THIS ONE!!!!

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Awesome! I love to hear that! Thanks for sharing. :)