The Best Pecan Pie Fudge

Delicious pecan pie fudge
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Ratings (5)
  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 1 9x9 pan (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
478 Calories
33g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 9x9 pan (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 478
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 3g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love the taste of pecan pie, you will love this fudge! Toasted pecans bring a deep nutty flavor to this delicious brown sugar fudge. For a richer taste, you can substitute molasses for some or all of the dark corn syrup. The taste of this fudge depends in large part on the pecans, so it is important that they are well-toasted so they impart maximum flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4.5 cups pecan halves
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1 stick/4 ounces butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F, and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Place the pecans on the baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toast the pecans until they are dark brown and fragrant. Keep an eye on the pecans toward the end of the baking so that they do not burn. Remove the sheet from the oven and allow the pecans to cool. Once cool, coarsely chop the pecans and set aside.

  2. Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the brown and granulated sugars, the cream, and the corn syrup over medium heat. Stir until the sugars dissolve, insert a candy thermometer, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

  4. Allow the mixture to boil, stirring frequently, until it reaches 238F on the candy thermometer. Once at 238F, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, maple, and vanilla extracts, and chopped pecans.

  5. Begin to stir the fudge vigorously with a wooden spoon. This is called “beating” the fudge and it helps the sugar crystallize properly and produce fudge’s signature texture. Stir constantly until the fudge loses its shine and holds its shape. It is done when it comes together and forms a ball on the bottom of the saucepan. The beating process should take about 10-15 minutes.

  6. Once the fudge holds its shape, pour it into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Refrigerate the fudge to set it, for at least 1 hour.

  7. Once set, remove the fudge from the pan using the foil as handles. Cut the fudge into small 1-inch pieces to serve. Store Pecan Pie Fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.