Go Back
+ servings

Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream

Rich and creamy homemade butterscotch pecan ice cream.


For the buttered pecans:

  • 1 ½ cup chopped pecans (150 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted (28 grams)
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

For the ice cream:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (70 grams)
  • ¾ cup packed light or dark brown sugar (170 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk (375 ml)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream (375 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or scotch whiskey , optional


To make the buttered pecans:

  • Toss the pecans and butter together until well coated. Spread out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, stirring once. Let cool completely.

To make the ice cream:

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add the sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add the milk and whisk occasionally until sugar is dissolved and mixture is steaming.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks. When the milk mixture is heated, slowly pour it into the egg yolks while whisking continuously. When fully incorporated, pour the mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium heat. Let cook until thickened while stirring with a spatula, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and whiskey (if using). Chill completely in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  • Freeze according to ice cream machine’s manufacturer’s instructions, usually about 30 minutes. Add the buttered pecans in the last few minutes of churning. Spoon into a bowl or tupperware and let harden in the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.


  • Recipe makes 1 quart. 
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop.


Calories: 431kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 215mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 994IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 1mg
Have you tried this recipe?I’d love to hear about it! Leave a review below or take a photo and tag it on Instagram @completelydelicious with #completelydelicious.