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Butter Pecan Pie Ice Cream

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Last week we bought a new television. The one in our family room, while still functional, was starting to have pixel problems. As in, I could read the constellations from my couch. And whenever there was a close-up of Gretchen (RHOOC, obvi) her face was covered in teensy tiny black dots, soon to turn into large white ones.

So, we downsized and bought a 47″ for the family room. (Yes, I like large TVs. That’s all me. The bigger the better. Heck, I’d watch Andy on a movie screen if I could.)

Question was, where to put the dinosaur that was the old TV? I mean, it was still functional, albeit a dot-to-dot in process. No one is going to pay money for it; the part to fix it is more than the cost of the new television.

So we did what all rational, level-headed people do with an old 55″ TV. We put it in the living room, right in front of the Christmas tree window. And we hooked up the Xbox Kinect to it.

The Kinect. You know, that video game we got two years ago and hardly ever played? {If I’m not in the mood to move my coffee table and rearrange my family room furniture, I’m probably not in the mood to play a movement video game, clearly.}

So we rearranged the (nonexistent) living room furniture and plugged in Dance Central 2.

And oh my God, you’d think Jordan got a brand new toy.

She didn’t stop at all on Saturday afternoon.

And guess what she started doing at 6:30 am Sunday morning? 6:30 am., I kid you not.

She took a break for lunch at noon.

By two she was “resting” with the iPad.

By dinner I had to yell at her to stop with the You’re a Jerk so she could set the table.

That child is relentless, I tell you.

All the dancing means she’s hungrier. And, I guess, if you dance for six straight hours, it’s okay if you have some ice cream.

Do you like pecan pie? How ’bout Butter Pecan ice cream?

Good, I’ve got you covered then.

I made more of my easy ice cream. But this time I added butter pecan cake mix, toasted pecans, and chopped pecan pie tarts.

I added three of the six tarts to the ice cream. Any guesses where the other three went?

Hmmm…maybe I should be the one doing Born This Way for six hours.

Excuse me. I’ll be right back.

Butter Pecan Pie Ice Cream

by Crazy for Crust

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 container Cool Whip (or you can make whipped cream from 2 cups heavy cream)
  • ½ cup Butter Pecan cake mix (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (about 3 large, 6 mini, or ½ a large) pecan tarts/pies, coarsely chopped (found in the baking section of your grocery store)
  • ½ cup toasted pecans (you can toast pecans in a frying pan over low heat – keep an eye on them!)
  • Stir together sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip or whipped cream. Stir in dry cake mix and vanilla. Stir in chopped pecan tarts/pie, and toasted pecans. Place in a Tupperware container and freeze until firm like ice cream, at least 4 hours.
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  1. Hmmmm, can I guess where this ice cream inspiration came from? Perhaps your favorite flavor at your favorite parlor? ๐Ÿ™‚ forreals, though–pecan pie tarts INSIDE the ice cream? I really hope you have more of this because A) I’ve actually never had butter pecan ice cream; and B) (here’s the kicker!) I’ve actually never had pecan pie. I KNOW, I swear. It’s kind of disgusting how I’m a baking blogger and have NEVER had pecan pie. Someone please kick me? Blah. But this looks awesome and BTW, I think we need a dance party and STAT.

  2. Oh my goodness I love your blog. So many yummy treats! I would love for you to come share anyone of them on my linky party!
    Marcie @

  3. OMG. I’m in LOVE with this. And Jordan is probably the funniest kid I’ve never met.

    Also– got my reader all organized (thanks to you!) so I’m not missing posts anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    …er, so expect some delayed commenting from me as I go through older posts, lol…

  4. So I’m going to not so casually leave this page up on my laptop at home and hope my wife walks by and sees it. Pecan pie is one of my all time favorites, and butter pecan ice cream is her favorite (which she recently rediscovered). It’s a win-win as long as she makes it.

  5. I saw your picture on instagram and thought that was always how your living room was ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a Wii in the basement and rarely use it.
    The ice cream looks wonderful! I could so go for some ice cream now.

  6. My husband is going to be eternally grateful to you once I get around to making him this. He loves Butter Pecan Ice Cream and Pecan Pie so he is going to think he has died and gone to heaven.

  7. I have one thing to say…YUM!!!

  8. your stories never cease to make me laugh! your posts are like my daily dose of reality tv… just, you know, on a classier level ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Butter Pecan ice cream was my mother’s favorite and I know she would have gone nuts over this. You’ve done it again:-)

  10. It almost makes me ill thinking of how I’d eat this entire batch in one sitting. Butter pecan ANYTHING is my favorite. It was the only ice cream I’d eat from ages 9-15. I just happen to have some sweetened condensed milk…
    I finally put our Wii away last week. It’s been 2 years. I don’t think I’ll be playing it anytime soon.

  11. Oh My! I look forward to making this recipe :). I would love for you to link up to my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  12. haha that’s awesome! My girls love Dance on the Kinect. Me? totally not coordinated enough. Although, years ago I was pretty good at the Dance,Dance Revolution. Just sayin.

  13. first of all, how smart, we should so do that with our x box it is a huge pain to push chairs out of the way. Secondly, this ice cream sounds awesome!

  14. Yum! Butter Pecan Ice cream and pecan pie are like, two of my absolute faves. Ummm…homemade ice cream is SO easy. Who knew?!

  15. OMG! I love butter pecan cake so this HAS to be AMAZING! What a great idea! I will have to whip this up for 4th of July to help us deal with the million degree temperatures we are having in Texas. UGH!

  16. Amazing! I love the pecan pie chunks!

  17. No wonder she was asleep on your couch the other day at noon…all that busting a move has her exhausted! I wish I had the energy of kids!!! Mine love to play the kinect too. Unfortunately I have no rhythm and can’t dance worth squat…so I just watch and laugh at them! Every once in a while I jump in and then the giggles start. They think it is hysterical when mom starts dancing. Now ice cream with pecan pie in it…I would dance for sure to get a bowl of that good stuff! And this two ingredient ice cream is awesome…I have made about 5 different versions so far:-)

  18. so cute! i wish i had that kind of energy…and that ice cream!

  19. I love butter pecan ice cream but have never tried pecan pie. This looks killer! When I first saw the picture and the title I thought, woah, she made pies just to crish up into the ice cream? Ahem.
    Jordan is totally deserving of a huge bowl of this stuff after all that dancing. Good for her!

  20. oh. my. gosh!! that looks so incredible! LOVE pecan pie!

  21. Oh, I remember the days being a kid and dancing all day only to take breaks for food. She’s a very smart young lady! I bet this ice cream is amazing, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. What a fun way to change up butter pecan ice cream. It’s one of my hubs favorites.

  23. Okay, butter pecan ice cream is (one of) my favorites – and with the addition of the tarts? Yes, yes, please!

  24. Oh my!! That looks delicious! My Dad is a butter pecan FREAK!! I should soo try this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. this is great. Found you via the live laugh linky. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

  26. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

  27. Is Dance Central a Wii game too? Or is it just Kinect? Because I would dance my bootie off to some Gaga ๐Ÿ™‚

    Butter Pecan is one of my favorite ice cream flavors <3

    Stopping by from Something Swanky

  28. Oh man does this look good! I just pinned it. I’m laughing about the tarts because I don’t know that 3 would make it into the ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ I wouldn’t have thought to add the cake mix. Very smart! I love old fashioned flavors. This one is a favorite! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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