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Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Creamy, nutty Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a creamy, crunchy, delicious homemade treat! It’s easy to make, too, so you can have it mixed and in the freezer in short order.

overhead view of scoops of butter pecan ice cream in a metal pan

No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream

If you’ve followed me here for a while, you know how much I love all things pecan. So it’s not surprising that butter pecan ice cream has long been a favorite of mine. And I’m completely enamored with this homemade version.

There’s something nostalgic and comforting about a big scoop of butter pecan ice cream. The creamy vanilla ice cream and the buttery, crunchy pecans are an irresistible combination.

Making this recipe even better, it’s no-churn so there’s no need to unearth your ice cream maker and get it ready to work.

butter pecan ice cream in a white ramekin with more ice cream in the background

Why You’ll Love This Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

There’s a lot to love here. These are just a few of the reasons this ice cream is so very good:

  • No ice cream machine needed. You just need a couple of bowls and a mixer!
  • Quick and easy. Even with the extra step of toasting the pecans, this ice cream is a cinch to make. No cooking, no eggs; just a short list of ingredients and simple mixing!
  • Wonderful nutty flavor. The toasty, crunchy, buttery pecans are the perfect complement to the sweet, smooth vanilla ice cream base.
  • So creamy! Like other condensed milk ice creams, this one is amazingly creamy and rich.
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What You’ll Need

See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. Here are some notes about the ingredients you’ll need to make your butter pecan ice cream.

  • Sweetened condensed milk – Don’t substitute evaporated milk, which is unsweetened.
  • Brown sugar – Either light or dark brown sugar will work.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Heavy cream – Also labeled as heavy whipping cream.
  • Pecans – You can get the less expensive pecan pieces instead of pecan halves.
  • Butter – I use unsalted butter, but you can use salted butter if you prefer. If you do use salted butter, you may want to omit or reduce the salt in the recipe.
butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone in a wooden stand

How to Make Butter Pecan Ice Cream

You’ll be making the ice cream base and toasting the pecans, but it all comes together quickly and easily. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Prepare. Place a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ metal loaf pan (or another freezer-safe container similar in size) in the freezer.

Start mixing. Whisk together the condensed milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt.

Whip the cream. Use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

Finish mixing. Fold about a cup of the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture. Then gently fold that mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

Chill. Transfer the ice cream mixture to the chilled pan, and spread evenly. Cover and freeze for 2 hours.

Toast the pecans. Heat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a silicone liner. Combine the pecans and melted butter, coating thoroughly. Spread in a single layer on the pan, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the pecans are toasted. Allow to cool completely.

Mix in the pecans. Stir the cooled pecans into the ice cream after it has chilled for 2 hours. If you like, save a handful of pecans to sprinkle over the top after mixing. Cover the ice cream and return it to the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.

overhead view of butter pecan ice cream in a metal loaf pan with an ice cream scoop and waffle cones to the side

Tips for Success

The butter pecan ice cream recipe is super simple to make. Here are a few tips to help ensure ice cream success!

  • Keep the cream cold. Make sure the cream is straight from the refrigerator before whipping it. You can chill the bowl and whisk beforehand, too.
  • Know when you have stiff peaks. When you lift the beater out of the cream, the whipped cream should stand straight up without drooping.
  • Don’t over-mix. Keep the mixing to a minimum so you don’t deflate your whipped cream, resulting in a denser texture for your ice cream.
overhead view of three servings of butter pecan ice cream served in white ramekins

Serving Suggestions

It’s tough to beat a simple scoop of this homemade butter pecan ice cream, whether that’s just in a bowl or on a waffle cone. For a little something extra, dress it up with a drizzle of caramel or butterscotch sauce. It’s also a fantastic topping for desserts, from pecan pie to peach cobbler. Or go all out and make ice cream nachos!

How to Store

Keep this butter pecan ice cream covered and in the freezer up to 2 weeks. Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving for easier scooping.

a waffle cone filled with butter pecan ice cream with more ice cream in the background

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes

This no-churn butter pecan ice cream is rich, creamy, buttery, nutty, and so, so delicious. And there's no need for an ice cream machine - just grab your hand mixer!

overhead view of scoops of butter pecan ice cream in a metal pan


  • 14 ounces (397g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (473ml) heavy cream
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (165g) chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Place a 9” x 5” x 3” metal loaf pan or other similarly sized freezer-safe container in the freezer.
  2. Whisk together the condensed milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until firm peaks form.
  4. Fold about a cup of the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture. Then transfer that mixture to the remaining whipped cream, and fold gently to combine.
  5. Spread the mixture in the chilled pan. Cover tightly, and place in the freezer for 2 hours.
  6. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. 
  7. Combine the pecans and melted butter until thoroughly coated. Spread in a single layer, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  8. After the ice cream has chilled for 2 hours, remove from the freezer and stir in the pecan pieces. (Save some pieces for sprinkling over the top, if you like.) Cover and return to the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.

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