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Bourbon Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Light, soft vanilla ice cream with a hint of bourbon flavor and loaded with buttery sweet roasted pecans. | #icecream #boozydessert #boozy #butterpecan

Bourbon Butter Pecan Ice Cream

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x


Light, soft vanilla ice cream with a hint of bourbon flavor and loaded with buttery, sweet, roasted pecans. This ice cream is for adults only – sorry, kids!



Toasted Pecans

  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
  • Hearty pinch of salt

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half (I use this)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste (aff link) or pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chopped pecans on baking sheet and toast them for 7 minutes, or until fragrant and golden.
  2. Just before the pecans are done toasting, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add 1 Tablespoon brown sugar and salt and whisk until completely combined and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. Add pecans to sauce pan and stir/toss to coat. Pour pecans in a single layer onto a piece of parchment paper to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream, half and half, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla extract and bourbon.
  5. Pour batter into frozen ice cream maker (aff link) and prepare according to manufacturer’s directions (usually 20-25 minutes of churning). During the last 5 minutes, add in your prepared pecans.
  6. Store in freezer-safe container and freeze for a couple hours if you want it to be soft-serve texture (or overnight, if you want to eat it after it’s hardened). Enjoy!


The bourbon helps keep the ice cream soft, but you don’t want to add more for a stronger bourbon flavor – it’ll make the ice cream impossible to full set! Instead, try adding a little bourbon the butter/sugar mixture for coating your pecans.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Churn and freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bourbon ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, boozy ice cream

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