Butter Pecan Ice Cream: A Homemade Delight

butter pecan ice cream
butter pecan ice cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

I’m thrilled to share this amazingly delicious Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe with you today! Imagine a sweet vanilla custard ice cream swirled with toasted, butter-candied pecans. This recipe is superior to store-bought versions and might just become your new favorite ice cream flavor!

The Best Butter Pecan Ice Cream is Homemade!

No dessert screams summer more than a big bowl of homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream! There’s just something about that sweet, rich, caramel-y vanilla flavor combined with crunchy, sweet buttered pecans that can’t be beaten. Picture yourself enjoying a bowl of this delightful treat on the porch, watching the sunset on a warm summer evening. Pure bliss!

What is Butter Pecan Ice Cream?

Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a rich custard-based vanilla ice cream, with this recipe featuring deliciously crunchy, sweet buttered, and candied roasted pecans. If you haven’t tried candied pecans on their own, you must! They make an amazing sweet treat for snacking. Combining them with your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream recipe takes the experience to a whole new level.

Candied Pecans

How to Make Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting your own Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream:

  1. Heat the milk: In a saucepan, combine the vanilla and two types of milk (whole milk and heavy cream). Bring them to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  2. Beat the eggs: In a separate bowl, beat the eggs for a minute or two. Add the sugar and continue mixing until the eggs and sugar are completely combined.

  3. Combine the mixtures: Gradually whisk half of the milk mixture into the eggs. Pour the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture should become thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. If desired, strain the cooked egg mixture through a fine sieve to remove any cooked egg chunks.

  4. Chill the ice cream base: Transfer the hot mixture to a chilled metal bowl and set it in an ice bath, stirring until cooled. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the mixture for at least one hour. The ice cream base can be refrigerated for up to two days ahead.

  5. Freeze: Add the chilled ice cream base to your ice cream maker and process it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Towards the end of the processing time, add the toasted butter pecans (or any other mixins you like).

  6. Serve: You can enjoy the ice cream immediately as soft serve or transfer it to a freezer-safe container to reach your desired consistency.


Get creative and try these variations to personalize your Butter Pecan Ice Cream:

  • Add a swirl of caramel for an extra sweet caramel-y flavor.
  • Skip the eggs and make a Philadelphia-style ice cream base.
  • Experiment with a combination of other nuts, such as walnuts or almonds.
  • Make ice cream sandwiches by adding a scoop of ice cream between two cookies. Yum!


To ensure the best results, store your Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream in a freezer-safe airtight container for about a week. We recommend using an ice cream storage container to keep your ice cream fresh.

Recipe Tips

Here are some helpful tips for perfecting your Butter Pecan Ice Cream:

  • Chilling the custard in the fridge before using your ice cream maker is essential. It allows the custard to cool down completely, preventing the ice cream from turning icy. You can speed up the cooling process by transferring the hot mixture to a chilled metal bowl and setting it in an ice bath before refrigerating.
  • If your ice cream becomes too hard in the freezer, let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes before scooping.


Q: How long can I store Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream?

A: For the best quality, store your Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to one week.

Q: Can I make this recipe without eggs?

A: Yes! You can skip the eggs and make a Philadelphia-style ice cream base for a delicious eggless version.

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