Pecan Pie Ice Cream

Pecan pie ice cream  We served two desserts at Friendsgiving. I liked the idea of serving a couple different treats, just in small sizes so they are more enjoyable. I love a big ol' piece of pie, don't get me wrong. But, after a big meal sometimes too much dessert can really ruin the experience. I decided instead of serving a more traditional pecan pie I'd turn it into ice cream. That way I could serve every just one or two small scoops and we'd enjoy that nutty, spicy pecan pie deliciousness without having to consume a whole pieces of pie after a big meal. Pecan pie ice cream    Of the two desserts we served, this was the bigger hit. I think it's because this is a cream cheese based ice cream, making it almost cheesecake-like. It's also super easy to make.

Pecan Pie Ice Cream, makes a generous quart.

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1/4 to half a pecan pie, cut into small pieces

Cream together the cream cheese and sugars. Stir in the milk, cream, vanilla and salt. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Pour the batter into your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer's directions. During the final stages of the freezing process add in the pie bits.  Pecan pie ice cream Pecan pie ice creamI served this with a few more candied nuts on top with some caramel sauce. Just trying to make it look fancy. 🙂 This would also be an awesome ice cream to make with leftover pie. Just a thought. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photos by: Janae Hardy

  • This ice cream looks really good, especially since it actually contains pecan pie pieces. Good post.

  • I made this last night and it is ahhhhhmazing!! It’s supposed to be my contribution to the family Thanksgiving feast, but I don’t know if I can keep from eating all of it before then!
    I was a little unsure about the mixture once I stirred in the milk and cream, because the cream cheese and sugars became kind of clumpy, but I just mixed it for a couple seconds with a hand mixer to smooth them out a bit. Between that and the churning in the ice cream maker, it all came out juuuuuust right.
    Thanks for this recipe! I’ll be making it many more times to impress (and fatten up) everyone I know.

  • This made me think of the scene in When Harry Met Sally when they’re talking about pecan pie in funny voices.

  • Oh… Sweet Lord in heaven! This is a revelation por pecan lovers such as myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Oh, lordy. Pecan pie is my favorite. My mom makes a chocolate pecan pie every year for Thanksgiving (and apple, pumpkin, cherry and regular pecan–we’re a big family) but this might have to be made instead. Would pecan pie a la mode with pecan pie ice cream be too much??? I DONT THINK SO!!!!!

  • Gosh, this looks amazing! I am so making this! I love pecan pie & I’ve never tried a cream cheese based ice-cream before, I bet it’s got great texture!
    You could probably achieve a similar consistency using silken tofu, coconut cream & non-dairy milk….it wouldn’t taste as good though…..x

  • this sounds like heaven in a bowl!! : )

  • This looks marvelous! Such a perfect dessert! Maybe thrown with some hot apple crisp?! Yum!

  • my husband would dieeee over this I am pinning this and will totally have to make it soon!!!

  • Soo yummy! thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Yum … sounds and looks delicious!

    After reading the posts last night about your Friendsgiving Dinner I had a dream that I was one of your guests. There I was sitting right at your table with you all! It was a fun party for sure, so thanks for the good time, albeit I was asleep while enjoying it. lol.

  • I love it and I totally need an ice cream machine now, this post totally justifies it!

  • Ice cream is my weakness! Yum 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  • This is such a great idea for a lighter dessert! It looks amazing xo

  • I can’t have dairy, but I feel like this recipe would be just as good with some milk substitutes! Great post ladies 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • I need to get an ice cream maker!

    xo Jennifer

  • This looks simply perfect- I’ll try it immediatly!

    Love from Germany,

  • Awww jeeze! Any recipe with cream cheese as an ingredient is A-OK in my book. Pecan ice cream is already wow wow, but with cream cheese as a base ingredient?! I’m sold!

  • This looks incredible. My family loves making homemade ice cream together during the summers, so I will definitely have to make sure this gets put on the list!

  • Love pecans! The combination of ice cream with caramel and nuts sounds like heaven.

  • That is combining my two food loves into the perfect love child food baby. I must try this.

  • Wow! Thats a yummy dessert 🙂 Coincidentally, I have some leftover pie in my fridge tonight, would try this recipe tom. Thanks for sharing 🙂


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