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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. | stressbaking.com #icecream #boozydessert #boozy #butterpecan

Bourbon Butter Pecan Ice Cream

5 from 3 votes
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!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1 quart)


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
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chopped pecans on baking sheet and toast them for 7 minutes, or until fragrant and golden.
  • 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.
  • Add pecans to sauce pan and stir/toss to coat. Pour pecans in a single layer onto a piece of parchment paper to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream, half and half, ¾ cup sugar, vanilla extract and bourbon.
  • Pour batter into frozen ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer's directions (usually 20-25 minutes of churning). During the last 5 minutes, add in your prepared pecans.
  • 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.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1076IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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