Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream, taking the everyday butter pecan ice cream to a new level. Get the recipe at Little Figgy Food

There’s butter pecan ice cream and then there’s,

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream!

Just to clarify, this is not your ordinary butter pecan ice cream, which is by all laws of nature already pretty darn good. Use brown butter and then candy those pecans, and it’s like a heightened sense of sumpin’ happens to your taste buds.

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream, taking the everyday butter pecan ice cream to a new level. Recipe found at @LittleFiggyFood
My mom’s favorite ice cream was butter pecan, followed by mint chocolate chip and most of the time she would serve it up in her favorite mug. Personally, I enjoyed mine with a bit of cold milk poured over it to let it ice a little and then by the time I got halfway down to the bottom it would be all milkshake like.

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream, taking the everyday butter pecan ice cream to a new level. Recipe found at @LittleFiggyFood

Here’s my little tips for great ice cream:

  • Make sure that your mixture is really cold before freezing it in the ice cream maker. In so doing, you are cutting down on time, and not over working your machine or the ice cream.
  • The higher the fat content in the cream, the creamier and better the ice cream will be. Sometimes I do use 2% milk in place of whole milk, and still can turn out a great ice cream.
  • Plan ahead of time. The day before you want to serve the ice cream is the best time to make it, giving your ice cream to properly freeze. I make mine the day before. Once I’ve made the ice cream in the ice cream maker, I transfer it to a freezer safe covered container and allow it to freeze overnight.
  • Whenever you add the eggs into a hot mixture, it’s best to “introduce” a small amount of the hot mixture first to the yolks to warm them up and with continual whisking to prevent any of the eggs from curdling. Once the yolks have warmed and with continued whisking add the “warmed” yolks into the remaining hot cream. If you do find bits in your ice cream base after adding the eggs, no problem, simply strain the cream base before allowing to cool and continue as directed.
Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream, taking the everyday butter pecan ice cream to a new level. Recipe found at @LittleFiggyFood

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream

Yield: 1 1/2 qts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A pimped up version of the traditional, try this Brown Butter and Candied Pecan Ice Cream.


Ice Cream Base:

  • 4 Tbls Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Milk (whole milk)
  • 4 Egg Yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the Candied Pecans:

  • 2/3 cup Pecans, roughly chopped or halves
  • 1 Tbls Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tbls Brown Sugar


For the Ice Cream Base:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of Unsalted Butter for 3 - 5 minutes or until the butter has turned a light amber in color and there's a sweet nutty aroma. Do not let the butter burn.
  2. In a saucepan, add together the Whipping Cream, Milk and Sugar and bring to a simmer, stirring to mix well. Cook for about 3 - 5 minutes until the Sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the browned Butter into the cream mixture and mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, add the Egg Yolks, gently whisked, Salt and Vanilla, pour about 1/2 cup of the cream mixture over the Yolks, whisking constantly to warm the eggs.
  5. Slowly add the Yolks mixture back into the remaining cream whisking constantly until well combined and cook over medium low heat for about 6 - 8 minutes until the cream mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat, allow the ice cream base to completely cool by placing the saucepan into a larger bowl that is filled with ice.

For the Candied Pecans:

  1. While the ice cream base is cooling, it's time to make the candied Pecans.
  2. In a (non-stick) skillet over medium heat, melt the Butter then add in the Pecans stirring to coat.
  3. Add the Brown Sugar to the Pecans and continue to cook until the sugar has melted and has started to caramelize the Pecans, about 3 - 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


  1. Once the ice cream mixture has completely cooled, pour into Ice Cream Maker and continue to freeze according to directions. Add the Candied Pecans to the ice cream during the last 5 minutes of freezing and make sure the Pecans have been well incorporated.
  2. Transfer the Ice Cream to a freezer safe container and continue to freeze in freezer for at least 3 - 4 additional hours or overnight for a firmer ice cream.
  3. Serve and Enjoy!


Can make a double batch, just make sure that your ice cream freezer is large enough to freeze the whole mixture at one time. Make extra Candied Pecans as a topping or for snacking.You can also strain the cream mixture before cooling to remove any solid bits. I try to skip this step by whisking constantly during the cooking process, which helps prevent any solids from forming when the yolks are added.

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Ice Cream, taking the everyday butter pecan ice cream to a new level. Recipe found at @LittleFiggyFood

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  1. Your tips are spot on! My youngest has been experimenting with making her own ice cream. Your tips are perfect for her. Like your Mom, butter pecan is up there for me too!

  2. First, I have to say that this looks SO scrumptious. This seriously looks ridiculously good.

    Second, I am curious on your thoughts of using heavy cream instead of whole or 2%?

  3. Well, I love eating ice cream in a mug too, so we have something in common! This sounds sinful and delish, I love the idea of candied pecans too!

  4. My mom’s favorite ice cream is butter pecan and her second favorite is mint chocolate chip too! ?This is ice cream looks so yummy and thanks for all of the ice cream making tips! I think I’m ready to give it a try!

  5. As someone who’s always thought of making your own ice cream as too difficult, I really appreciate the tips you gave. I love butter pecan and your ice cream turned out looking divine! I MIGHT just have to dust off my ice cream maker and give this a try!

  6. I love browned butter everything + butter pecan and am in love with homemade ice cream, so I think I need to add this one to my list!

  7. Oh wow, this looks like drippy, melty goodness! With the addition of candied pecans, you must have a winner! I love the look of this ice cream!

  8. Ooooh I LOVE candied nuts – I can only imagine how delicious they are IN ice cream. What a great idea! (And I’m with your mom on the mint chocolate chip love!)

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