Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

grandma's old-fashioned butter pecan sundae

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Family Favorites
Not Far From Green Bay, WI

This has been our family's favorite ice cream topping for three generations. Rich, creamy, buttery, and nutty... What's not to love? =) Also wonderful served warm over angel food cake, spice cake, apple cake, or apple pie- almost anything! Sometimes I'll omit the pecans and add 1/2 tsp of rum extract and sliced bananas into the pot at the end. So easy with pantry staples, you'll never buy the stuff in a jar again once you try your own homemade.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Super quick to make and we have to say this is one of the best butter pecan caramels we've ever had. One bite and you'll skip picking up toppings from the store. If you are a fan of butter pecan ice cream, the flavors are similar. The sauce is buttery and thick. Almost like a rich caramel with chunks of toasted pecans. Perfect with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream. The recipe made about 2 cups and the extra stores well in the fridge. It thickens up a bit in the fridge but is still spoonable. Use it slightly warmed or cold. Either way, it is a complete success!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For grandma's old-fashioned butter pecan sundae

  • 3/4
    cup sugar
  • 3/4
    cup brown sugar
  • 1/2
    cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3
    cup butter (don't substitute)
  • 2/3
    cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2-3/4
    cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • your favorite ice cream, store bought or homemade

How To Make grandma's old-fashioned butter pecan sundae

  • All ingredients but heavy cream and nuts in a saucepan.
    Combine all ingredients except whipping cream and pecans in saucepan. Cook over low-medium heat stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes or until mixture just comes to a low boil.
  • Pouring in the heavy cream.
    Cool 5 minutes. Stir in whipping cream.
  • Stirring in the chopped pecans.
    Stir in pecans.
  • Spooning Grandma's Old-Fashioned Butter Pecan Sundae sauce over ice cream.
    Cool slightly before using. Serve over butter pecan, vanilla bean, chocolate ice cream, or your favorite variety. Store unused butter pecan sauce in the refrigerator.